Father Peter Galadza Elected President of International Scholarly Society

Fr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa was elected president of the Societas Orientalium Liturgiarum (SOL) during its meeting in Greece. The ecumenical scholarly body is devoted to the study of Eastern Christian worship. Founded in 2002 by the renowned liturgist, Fr. Robert Taft, SJ of the Oriental Institute in Rome, the SOL meets every two years for an academic congress. Since its founding, congresses have been held in Eichstaet, Germany; Rome; and Volos, Greece. The next meeting of the SOL will take place either in Slovakia or Lebanon.

Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant scholars meet in plenary sessions as well as smaller groups to analyze the worship of all of the Eastern Churches – from Syro-Malabar and Maronite to Coptic and Byzantine.

 Fr. Galadza has been Kule Family Professor of Liturgy at the Sheptytsky Institute since 1997 (and assistant professor since 1994). He is also director of the Institute of Liturgical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

Pictured in the photo is the present executive of the Society along with past-presidents:

(L to R) Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Secretary (University of Athens); Bert Groen, Vice-President (University of Graz); Fr. Robert Daly, SJ, Treasurer (Boston College); Elena Velkovska, Past-President (University of Siena); Fr. Robert Taft, SJ, Founding President (Oriental Institute); Fr. Peter Galadza, President (Sheptytsky Institute, SPU) and Fr. Mark Morozowich, Past-President (Catholic University of America).