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Faculty Participates in Meeting of Orthodox and Catholic Theologians

Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, and Dr. Despina Prassas, Adjunct Associate Professor of Church History, were featured speakers at a recent meeting of the North American Consultation of Orthodox and Catholic Theologians, held at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire, from May 31-June 2, 2016.

The Consultation, established in 1965, is the oldest continuous ecumenical dialogue, its purpose being to contribute to the restoration of full communion in the Apostolic Faith between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. In keeping with that mission, Fr. FitzGerald, Executive Secretary of the Consultation, delivered a paper on “The Ecumenism of the Orthodox Laity.” Dr. Prassas provided a response to the Consultation’s draft study on “The Christian Faithful.”

Metropolitan Methodios of Boston serves as the Orthodox chairman of the Consultation while Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis, Indiana, serves as his Catholic counterpart. Metropolitan Methodios met recently in Rome with Pope Francis, who expressed his appreciation for the work of the Consultation and His Eminence’s leadership. 

Over the past half-century, the Consultation has produced 28 Agreed Statements on such vitally important topics as the Holy Eucharist, mixed marriages, and the Filioque. The body recently published “Steps Towards a Reunited Church: An Orthodox-Catholic Vision for the Future.”