Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos Lecture


Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Professor Emeritus of Canon Law and former Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, delivered the 12th Annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture, on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 7:00pm. The event was hosted at the Kearns Spirituality Center, situated on the campus of La Roche College in Allison Park, PA.

Professor Patsavos gave an enriching and thoughtful talk on the theme of “Canonical Challenges Facing the Orthodox Church in America.” He spoke at length about the importance of the Church’s canonical tradition as a rudder to guide communities and individuals in securing the authentic Christian life. The Holy Canons seek to interpret authentic theory and to translate it into authentic practice by always projecting “the spirit of the Law” above and beyond the “letter of the Law.” Among the issues covered were: monasteries, the charismatic participation of the laity in the life of the Church, the challenge of ethnic allegiances, the challenge of Pan-Orthodox unity, and the theme of the Eucharistic community as the basis for the resolution of one bishop per diocese.

Dr. Lewis Patsavos
Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos

The event concluded with an array of insightful comments and motivating questions, posed to Dr. Patsavos by several of the attendees in the audience, clergy and laity alike. Also present were the newly-enthroned Hierarchs from both the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches – His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh. The audience included faculty, staff, and seminarians from the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. Several guests from the greater Pittsburgh area, as well as friends and supporters of the academic community, likewise attended. Following the lecture, the guests enjoyed refreshments and fellowship with one another.

Serving as Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Seminary since 1974, Dr. Patsavos continues to teach at Holy Cross in a limited capacity. A world-renowned scholar and authority in the field of Canon Law, Dr. Patsavos has lectured at universities in the United States and abroad. 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. A prominent and noted scholar in his respective field, Dr. Patsavos has served as a consultant on canonical affairs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of America, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.  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.

L. to R Protopresbyter  Frank P. Miloro, Chancellor of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox. Diocese, Archbishop William, Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Rev. John G. Petro, Seminary Rector.

The annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture series is sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary. Its purpose is to invite noted scholars from both Catholic and Orthodox traditions to offer meaningful presentations within their areas of expertise and to perpetuate the theological dialogue in both the academic community and the Church.   

The Lecture will be available on a CD by the end of May. Check www.bcs.edu website for more information.

Fr. Stelyios S. Muksuris, M.Litt., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Liturgical Theology
Byzantine Catholic Seminary


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