Report – The Vatican II Decree on the Eastern Churches – Orientalium ecclesiarum – Fifty Years Later

010-vii-conf-2014The Vatican II Decree on the Eastern Churches – Orientalium ecclesiarum –Fifty Years Later
October 17-18, 2014
University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Organized by
The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies

Co-sponsored by
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Centre for Research on the Second Vatican Council in Canada, St. Michael’s College, Toronto
Research on Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

On October 17 and 18, the Sheptytsky Institute sponsored an international conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Vatican II Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches. The conference took place at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. The five plenary speakers were Brian Daley, SJ of Notre Dame University, who spoke on “The Eastern Catholic Churches – A Roman Catholic Perspective Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum.” This plenary and the other four plenary lectures were all followed by three presentations that took place in smaller sessions simultaneously. A total of fourteen such presentations were made. The smaller sessions were also video recorded whenever they took place in the same hall as the plenary lectures.

The next plenary speaker was the former dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, Fr. John Erickson. His topic was “The Eastern Catholic Churches – An Orthodox Perspective Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum.

That evening, Fr. Elias Manon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) spoke on the history and present work of CNEWA.

The next day began with the First Hour. After this, Melkite Bishop Nicholas Samra of Newton, MA, spoke on “Eastern Catholicism in the Middle East Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum.

During the afternoon, Professor Thomas Bird of the City University of New York presented a lecture on “Eastern Catholicism in North America Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum.

Finally, Deacon Roman Zaviyskyy, the dean of theology at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, presented a power point on the present situation of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine.

One of the high points of the conference was the Vigil Service (Vespers and Matins) beautifully sung by the parishioners of St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church of Brampton, Ontario, where Fr. Roman Galadza is pastor. Trinity College (Anglican) chapel was the site of the very prayerful three-hour service.

Presentations:

 

daley-video The Eastern Catholic Churches – A Roman Catholic Perspective Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum
Brian Daley, SJ
Friday, October 17, 2014
 chirovsky-video Theologizing as an Eastern Catholic after Orientalium ecclesiarum
Andriy Chirovsky
Friday, October 17, 2014
Spiritual Treasure for the Entire Church: Pope Benedict’s General Audiences on the Church Fathers as an Expression of Orientalium ecclesiarum
Kevin Brezner
Friday, October 17, 2014
The Mother of God among the Orthodox and Eastern Catholics in Ukraine and Canada
John Jillions
Friday, October 17, 2014
 erickson-video The Eastern Catholic Churches – An Orthodox Perspective Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum
John Erickson
Friday, October 17, 2014
 skira-video Ecumenism, Dialogue and Ukrainian-Canadians in the Vatican II Council Diaries of Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk
Jaroslav Z Skira
Friday, October 17, 2014
Ecclesiological Presuppositions Laying the Foundations of Orientalium ecclesiarum
Anastacia Wooden
Friday, October 17, 2014
Diverse Orthodox Responses to Vatican II, and the Future of the Church
Oleg Mironov
Friday, October 17, 2014
 samra-video Eastern Catholicism in the Middle East Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum
Bishop Nicholas Samra
Saturday, October 18, 2014
 motiuk-video An Overview of the Ukrainian Catholic Church on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council
Bishop David Motiuk
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Orthodox Observers at Vatican II
Cyril Kennedy
Saturday, October 18, 2014
 bird-video Eastern Catholicism in North America Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum
Thomas Bird
Saturday, October 18, 2014
 galadza-video Full, Conscious and Active Participation: The Influence of Vatican II’s Liturgy Constitution on an Eastern Catholic Worship Aid
Peter Galadza
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Fully Equal Dignity: How Orientalium ecclesiarum Articulated the Implicit Principle of Church Unity Lost in the First Millennium
Peter William John Baptiste, SFO
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Orientalium ecclesiarum through the Lens of Pope John Paul II’s Pontificate: Interpretation, Implementation, and Reception
Brian Butcher
Saturday, October 18, 2014
 zaviyskyy-video Eastern Catholicism in Eastern Europe Fifty Years after Orientalium ecclesiarum
Roman Zaviyskyy
Saturday, October 18, 2014
 tataryn-video Vatican II’s Call to Renewal: Re-visiting Sheptytsky’s 1942 Initiative for Re-Union
Myroslaw Tataryn
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Fate of the Diaconate in the Eastern Catholic Churches
David Kennedy
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Orientalium ecclesiarum as the Key to the Hermeneutic of Reform
Andrew Summers
Saturday, October 18, 2014​

 

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