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Eastern Churches Seminar Talks Ritual, Mystery, Holiness

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry will present the 27th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, titled “Ritual, Mystery, Holiness: Beyond the Apparent,” on Oct. 7 and 8.

Given the realities of today, many people find that all too often there is a deep relational disconnect within themselves, with others and with God. This year’s Eastern Churches Seminar explores what the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches can offer to people seeking deeper meaning, to culture and to the world. It discusses how ritual can draw us into mystery and lead to intimate union with God.  

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. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma, on Friday evening, Oct. 7, and continues at Notre Dame College in South Euclid on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Friday evening program will begin with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Fr. Daniel Findikiyan, who is the dean and the Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Professor of Liturgy at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, N.Y., will then open the seminar with a reflection entitled “My Life in Christ.” A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m.

The Saturday program at Notre Dame College features three speakers. Father Mark Latcovich, academic dean and professor of pastoral theology at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio, will discuss “Celebrating Life in Christ” at 9:15 a.m.; Archpriest David Petras, director of ecumenical affairs for the Eparchy of Parma, will address “Exploring Life in Christ” at 10:30 a.m.; and Rev. Hieromonk Calinic Berger, pastor at Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church in Hermitage, Pa., will talk about “Living Life in Christ” 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. 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 United States 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. Josaphat 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. Josaphat Cathedral is located at 5720 State Road in Parma. Cost for the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is $30 before and $35 after Sept. 30.

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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.