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Eastern Churches Seminar Discusses Catholic, Orthodox Differences

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry will present the 26th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, titled “Orthodox and Catholics: Together Yet Apart,” on Oct. 8 and 9.

Changing world views and contemporary currents in Christianity pose real opportunities and challenges to the Orthodox and Catholic “ancient Churches.” Together both churches can respond to these changing views and contemporary currents and also offer joint witness in areas such as the protection of human life and the care of our earth. Both Churches can and do speak with “one voice” while painfully aware that there still remain historical issues of doctrine and practice that keep the two churches estranged and apart. 

Speaking together while owning the differences will be focus of the lectures of this year’s seminar, which opens at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma, on Friday evening, Oct. 8, and continues at Notre Dame College in South Euclid on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The Friday evening program will begin with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Fr. Ronald Roberson, associate director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will open the seminar with a reflection entitled “The Current State of Affairs.” A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m.

The Saturday program at Notre Dame College features three speakers. Dr. Richard Schneider, associate professor of history and humanities at York University, will discuss “What Draws us Together” at 9:15 a.m.; Archpriest David Petras, director of ecumenical affairs for the Eparchy of Parma, will address “What Keeps us Apart” at 10:30 a.m.; and Fr. Joseph Hilinski, delegate for ecumenical and interfaith affairs for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, will talk about “The Local Scene” at 1 p.m.

A discussion with all speakers will follow at 2:15 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be served during the day. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on the ground floor of the College’s Administration Building.

The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is an annual dialogue between the clergy, bishops and laity of the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. Over the years, the seminar has become a prototype for similar efforts in the United States and around the world.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. St. John the Baptist is located at 1900 Carlton Road in Parma. Cost for the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is $30 before and $35 after Oct. 1.

For further information contact Sr. Mary Ann Baran, SND, director of the Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry, at 216.373.5389 or mbaran@ndc.edu.