19th Annual Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture

19th Annual Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary

Guest Speaker: Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Topic: Breathing Unity: Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Today and its Promise for the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Fr. Brian Daley, S.J. is slated to speak at the 19th annual Ss. Cyril and Methodius Lecture of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. With the lecture scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at St. John Cathedral Center in Munhall, Pennsylvania, Fr. Daley has selected as his topic: “Breathing Unity: Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Today and its Promise for the Eastern Catholic Churches.”

We are eager to hear about the ecumenical progress made, and the hopes cherished, by the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation of North America to the situation of the Eastern Catholic Churches in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, a community of mentors, teachers, and students forming leaders for the Church in an environment of Christian unity, integrity, and missionary spirit, with a commitment to ecumenism. Such a commitment identifies closely to our speaker’s topic.

Brian E. Daley, S.J., is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). A 1961 graduate of Fordham University (New York), he studied ancient history and philosophy at Merton College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, from 1961 to 1964, then entered the Society of Jesus. After theological studies in Frankfurt, Germany, and ordination to the priesthood in 1970, he returned to Oxford to do a D.Phil. in the Faculty of Theology from 1972 until 1978. He then taught historical theology for eighteen years at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Notre Dame in 1996. He is the author of The Hope of the Early Church (Cambridge, 1991; Hendrickson, 2002); Gregory of Nazianzus (Routledge, 2006); and God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered (Oxford, 2018), as well as many articles. He is also the translator of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Cosmic Liturgy – The Universe according to Maximus the Confessor (Ignatius, 2003), and of collections of Byzantine homilies on the Dormition of Mary and the Transfiguration of the Lord. (St. Vladimir’s, 1998, 2013)) His critical edition of the works of the sixth-century theologian, Leontius of Byzantium, appeared in 2018. Fr. Daley is the executive secretary of the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation for North America. In the fall of 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize in Theology by Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first Jesuit and the first American to receive this award.

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