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17th Annual Ss. Cyril & Methodius Lecture

17th Annual Ss. Cyril & Methodius Lecture

The 17th Annual Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture will take place at 7:00 pm on May 11, 2017

Guest Speaker: Very Rev. Peter Galadza, PhD.

Topic: Vatican Guidelines for Church Music: Eastern Christian Prospects and Problems

Location: St. John Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Center, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, PA


The annual Ss. Cyril and Methodius Lecture has been a great success, a tribute to past speakers who have presented energetic topics in the past. This year is no exception.

Very Rev. Peter Galadza, PhD, an exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Ss. Cyril and Methodius Lecture of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Fr. Peter will speak on “Vatican Guidelines for Church Music: Eastern Christian Prospects and Problems”.

This year’s lecture will be held at St. John Cathedral Center, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, PA 15120.

The sacred music of the Eastern Churches is among the great gifts bequeathed to them by Tradition. In several documents, among them the Vatican II Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, Church authorities have attempted to sensitize the universal Church to the importance of singing in worship. Fr. Peter Galadza will review some of these documents and discuss where Byzantine Catholics are and where they can be when it comes to using this gift. The talk will be illustrated with audio and video clips from several Eastern Catholic churches.

Fr. Peter Galadza is Kule Family Professor of Liturgy and Acting Director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.

After completing his M.Div. at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union in 1981, he was ordained to the presbyterate by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj and served in parishes until 1988, when he completed a M.A. in liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. From 1994 to 2004, he edited Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, and in 1997, became convener of the Eastern Liturgies Study Group of Societas Liturgica. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Fr. Galadza served as dean of the L’viv Theological Academy in Ukraine. In 2003-2004, Fr. Galadza was a research fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center in Georgetown, Washington, DC. He is also editor-in-chief of the recently published “pew book,” The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship and past president of the international Society of Oriental Liturgy. His wife, Olenka, is a high school teacher and iconographer. They have three children.

The annual lecture series is sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius.

This event is FREE but due to space limitations registration is required by April 28th.

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