9th Annual SS Cyril and Methodius Lecture

The 9th Annual SS Cyril and Methodius Lecture will take place on Monday, May 4, 2009 at St. Paul’s Seminary in Pittsburgh at 7:00pm.  The featured speaker is Rev. Ronald G. Roberson.  

Catholic-Orthodox Relations: Hopes for the Future” draws on Fr. Roberson’s extensive expertise in ecumenical studies.

Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1977, Fr. Roberson began studying the Eastern Churches of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey while traveling extensively in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in 1982.  In 1988, he was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Eastern section) in Vatican City, where his responsibilities included relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Orthodox Churches of Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Finland, and the Orthodox in the diaspora.  Fr. Roberson has presented conferences in ecumenism since 1993.

Fr. Roberson
Rev. Ronald G. Roberson

Fr. Roberson received the “James Fitzgerald Award for Ecumenism” for his “outstanding contribution and service in the work of Christian Unity” from the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers in 2003.  He has served as the Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops since 1995.  In 2005, Walter Cardinal Kasper named Fr. Roberson as a Catholic member of the International Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.  He is the author of numerous articles in various magazines and journals.
Fr. Roberson received his doctorate (S.E.O.D.) in Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome; an M.A. in theology from Catholic University; and his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Kansas.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the SS Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary. The Seminary serves as the center of learning for Byzantine Catholic Churches in North America.


Those seeking information about the SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture (no charge but registration is required) are invited to contact the Seminary at 412-321-8383.


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