12th Annual Sts Cyril & Methodius Lecture
On Monday May 7, 2012, the seminarians from Christ the Saviour Seminary, accompanied by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, Seminary Dean, attended the 12th Annual Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture at the Kearns Spirituality Center, situated on the campus of La Roche College in Allison Park, PA
Sponsored by Sts Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, the lecture was delivered by Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Professor Emeritus of Canon Law at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Dr. Patsavos’ address was entitled: “Challenges Facing the Orthodox Church in America.”
Having received his Licentiate in Theology (1961) and Doctorate in Theology (1974) at the University of Athens, Greece, Dr. Patsavos also completed certified theological studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, the University of Munich, the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Serving as Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Seminary since 1974, Dr. Patsavos continues to teach in a limited capacity. This dual responsibility enabled him to experience the pastoral nature of the canonical tradition of the Church contextually through theological field education, leading to an integration of theory and praxis towards a holistic approach to the study of theology and canon law.
A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Professor Patsavos is fluent in several languages, including Greek and German, and serves as a consultant on canonical affairs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of America, and the Mother Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. His numerous awards and ecclesiastical distinctions include Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He has also served as a former member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, as well as a member of various Archdiocesan ad hoc committees and an ex officio member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.
A world-renowned scholar and authority in the field of Canon Law, Dr. Patsavos has lectured at universities around the world. He has authored several articles and four books, his last study entitled: A Noble Task: Entry into the Clergy in the First Five Centuries (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Press, 2007). He is currently completing a textbook on Orthodox Canon Law based on his over 35 years of academic research and teaching.
Seminarians of Christ the Saviour Seminary who accompanied Fr. Frank Miloro and Fr. Michael Rustick to the lecture.
Representing the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, and the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA pictured with Dr. Patsavos (left) are Metropolitan Savvas, Metropolitan Archbishop William Skurla, Fr. John Petro and Fr. Frank P. Miloro.