Eastern Churches Seminar Explores 20th Century Saints of the Orthodox, Byzantine

Notre Dame College's Eastern Churches Seminar to Explore Orthodox, Byzantine, Roman Catholic 20th Century Saints

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry will present the 29th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, “Alive in Christ: The Witness of 20th Century Saints,” on Oct. 11 and 12.

This year’s Eastern Churches Seminar will introduce participants to some of the many 20th century “saints” and “blessed” of the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches who were alive in Christ, strove to live the Gospel, knew struggle and joy and were willing to “drink the cup” that Jesus drank.

The program will explore what these representative saints did in their respective times and places and what that means to people as they struggle to live and to witness Christ in today's world.

Notre Dame’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry, together with its co-sponsors, presents this seminar with the hope that knowledge will lead to greater understanding and mutual respect.

It opens at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral on Friday evening, Oct. 11, and continues at Notre Dame College on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Friday evening program will begin with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with the Very Rev. Father Remus Grama, D. Min., pastor of St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Cleveland. Father Alexander Garklavs, pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma and former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America will then open the seminar at 7:30 p.m. with a reflection entitled “Can You Drink This Cup.” A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m.

The Saturday program at Notre Dame features two speakers.

Father Joseph Hilinski, delegate for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs and director of the Office of Continuing Education and Formation of Ministers for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and pastor of St. Barbara Catholic Church, Cleveland, will present “The Godly Among the Godless” at 9 a.m.

The Very Rev. Father Remus Grama, D. Min., pastor, St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Cleveland, and educator, counselor and church historian, will present “The Experience of Martyrdom in Communist Romania” at 10:45 a.m.

A discussion with the speakers will follow at 11:45 a.m.

Registration for the Saturday program opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Great Room, located on the third floor of the College’s Administration Building. Brunch will be served at 10 a.m.

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. The seminar was the first of its kind in the United States and over the years has become a prototype for similar efforts in the country and around the world.

The seminar is open to all clergy, religious and laity of the Eastern and Western churches and is especially helpful for religion teachers and pastoral ministers to aid their understanding of the Eastern traditions.

The Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry co-sponsors the event with the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy, the Romanian Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Canton, St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Orthodox Church, St. Josaph at Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, the Raymond Malburg Family and the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is at 3256 Warren Road in Cleveland.

Cost for the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is $30 before, or $35 after, Oct. 4 and includes Saturday’s brunch.

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.



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