First regular chapter meeting for 2015 Tuesday, January 13, 7pm at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 West Rayen Avenue, Youngstown, 44502. Our speaker will be Rev. Father Lubomir Zhybak, Administrator of Holy Trinity. His topic will be "The Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Current Conflict in Ukraine."
Father is a native of Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine). His education has included St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome where he received a Sacred Theology Licentiate. Father Lubomir served the UGCC in various Patriarchal Curia offices including Cardinal Lubomyr Husar's personal secretary. Father is also currently administrator of St. Anne's in Austintown. In addition to his native Ukrainian Father is fluent in English, German, Italian, Polish and Russian and has a knowledge of French, Spanish, Latin and Greek. He is married to the former Nataliya Mytyuk.
The second regular meeting of our chapter will be Tuesday, March 10, 7pm at St. Brendan Catholic Church 2800 Oakwood Ave. Youngtown 44509. Our speaker will be Father Camillus O. Njoku. Father has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has several publications including a book chapter in Against All Odds: The Igbo Experience in Postcolonial Nigeria, ed. Apollos Nwauwa and Chima Korieh (NJ: Goldline & Jacobs, 2010) and in Translating Religion, ed. Mary Doak and Anita Houck (NY: Orbis Books, 2013). Fr. Camillus currently serves as Parochial Vicar at Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City, in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. His topic will be "Dialogue Between Gregory Palamas and Thomas Aquinas."
The third regular chapter meeting will be Tuesday May 12, 7pm at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut St. Youngstown 44503. Our speaker will be the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Dr. Steylios S. Muksuris, Ph.D., Professor of Liturgy and Languages at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Father Steylios serves Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Aliquippa. His talk is entitled "Setting Aside All Cares and Differences: The Divine Liturgy as the Locus Theologicus Where Diversity Gives Birth to Unity."
* The Orientale Lumen XIX Conference will be held on June 15-18, 2015 in Washington, DC on the theme of â€œThe Bishop of Rome: Past, Present and Future.â€ Speakers will discuss the historical dimensions of the papacy, the recent and current changes of Pope Francis, and what the future might be in a united Church.
*It has been decided for various reasons, including summer vacations, that our chapter meeting schedule will be adjusted. Instead of a July meeting we will have a regular October meeting. The total number of regular meetings will still be six. Special meetings and events can be scheduled at other times. Our next regular meeting will be in September.
The fourth regular chapter meeting will be Tuesday, September 15, 7pm at St. Christine Catholic Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave. Youngstown, 44511. Our speaker will be Father Christiaan Kappes a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, ordained in 2002. He formerly served in his home diocese in both Anglo and Hispanic ministry. Also he was variously assigned to aid missions in Ecuador and Mexico and more recently finished doctoral studies in Italy and Greece. He was granted bi-ritual faculties in 2007 and currently is full-time professor of Patristics and Liturgy at SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh. He has written on a variety of topics, especially the Theotokos. His topic will be "Reading the Fathers without denominational prejudices: The Immaculate Conception in Orthodox theology as a case study for overcoming other assumed disagreements between the Roman and Orthodox Churches."
*The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, Mary: Praised in Song of East and West. October 16-17, 2015.
The fifth regular chapter meeting will be Tuesday, October 27, 7pm at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 7782 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman 44512. Our speaker will be His Grace, Bishop John Michael (Botean), Eparchy of St. George for the Romanians, Canton. His Grace will speak on "Peter, Andrew, and the People in the Pews." The bishop will comment on the Pope's USA visit.
The sixth regular chapter meeting will feature Father Sebastian Madathummuriyil, a Syro-Malabar priest now teaching as Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, will be the speaker for our Tuesday, November 10, 7pm meeting at St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church, 3560 Logan Way Youngstown 44505. Father will speak on "The Syro-Malabar Church: Liturgy and Pastoral Care in the Diaspora." Father exercises his priestly ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.