Saturday December 8th – 10:00 AM to Noon
SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary
3605 Perrysville Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15214 (Map)
Topic:Spiritual Fatherhood and Parish Ministries
Most Orthodox theologians understand the local eucharistic assembly to be the diocese gathered around its bishop in the Eucharistic celebration. But the diocese does not celebrate a single, unifying Eucharist. Instead, the eucharistic celebration happens in the parish, which gathers the priest and the Church community in order to send it on mission to live out the Kingdom of God. Orthodox theology needs to present a consistent theology of the parish and the parish priest as the faithful actually experience them: a eucharistic, missionary, charismatic community guided by the spiritual fatherhood of the priest. In the lived Orthodox reality, the parish, the priest, and (especially in Orthodox communities located in the West) the lay ministries are not merely parts of a larger fullness, namely the diocese and the episcopacy; they have their own intrinsic value, which in turn results in a re-imagination of the bishop’s role. These elements are necessary ingredients in an exciting ecclesiology, relevant to our faithful and the world.
Speaker: Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D.
Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and assistant priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, both in Pittsburgh, PA. His research focuses on ecumenical ecclesiologies. He is the author of Dumitru Staniloae: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology (Continuum, 2011, 2013). He served as President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America and is a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. He is a co-convener of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Pittsburgh and is involved in local ecumenical dialogues.
Society of St. John Chrysostom –
Pittsburgh Events have three main sections lasting two hours in total
- Opening Prayer Service
- Main Topic Presentation and Discussion
- SSJC business discussion on next steps, operations and future events
Free parking is available in the seminary parking lot and on the neighborhood streets for overflow. The seminary is located on the corner of Riverview and Perrysville ave with street parking available on both streets.
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