On Saturday March 5, 2011 the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute (MASI) hosted and co-sponsored the fourth edition of the Symposium of Romanian Orthodox Spirituality organized by the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas. The theme of the Symposium was “The Sacraments: Ways of Sanctification.” It was chosen by the Romanian Orthodox Church to celebrate its commemoration of Holy Baptism and Holy Matrimony.
Father Stephen Wojcichowsky, Director of the Sheptytsky Institute, welcomed the approximately 70 people who were in attendance. He was pleased to greet His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae Condrea of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas whose see is located in Chicago. Among the other guests were His Grace Vicar Bishop Ioan Casian of Montreal, Fr. Grigorie Țãpuc (St. Matthew Romanian parish, Ottawa), Fr. Teofil Arsene (St. Mary Romanian parish, Gatineau), professors, students and faithful of the local Romanian Orthodox community.
Father Timothy Sas of the Holy Apostles Church in Duluth, Minnesota introduced the following lecturers who presented papers on the following and respective topics:
Mysteries, The Way, and Participation in God’s Holiness: Expanding Horizons and Confronting Nominalism”
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza (Kule Family Professor of Liturgy at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies)
“He will lead you into all Truth”: Understanding Early Changes in the Baptismal Rite as a Function of Tradition Speaker: Rev. Dr. Oliver Herbel (Executive director of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas (SOCHA)
Baptismal Consecration: Nicholas Afanasiev’s Theology of Baptism and Universal Priesthood
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu (Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, PA)
Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae Sacramental Theology
Speaker: Dr. Lucian Turcescu (Full Professor of Historical Theology and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal)