Fairfax, Virginia – The Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will attend the opening events of the 21st Orientale Lumen Conference scheduled for June 19-22, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Other international ecumenical leaders who will be plenary speakers during the 4-day conference include Archbishop Job of Telmessos, Orthodox Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue; Msgr. Paul McPartlan of The Catholic University of America and also a member of the international dialogue; Father Thomas FitzGerald, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary and member of the North American Catholic-Orthodox Consultation; and Father Hyacinthe Destivelle, OP, from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Vatican.  Video recorded lectures by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and professor emeritus of Oxford University, will also be presented during the conference.

The theme for the conference will be “Chieti and Crete: Two Historical Events.”  Speakers and participants will discuss the Chieti Agreed Statement of September 2016 in which the Orthodox-Catholic International Dialogue agreed on the role of the Bishop of Rome during the First Millennium.  The second topic will be the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church held on Crete in June 2016 which produced, among other documents, a statement on the ecumenical relationship of the Orthodox Church with other Christian Churches. The conference is a “grass roots” ecumenical movement open to the public that has been meeting annually for twenty years.  It includes laity, clergy, theologians and hierarchs from the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Conference founder and annual chairman, Jack Figel, said, “we are very excited about the lineup of speakers we have for this year’s conference.  Their participation shows the level of commitment to ecumenical dialogue from both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.”  Past conference speakers have included patriarchs, cardinals, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, theologians, and lay persons.  Themes have included a wide range of topics dealing with ecumenical relations as well as topics specific to the Eastern Christian Churches. Audio and video recordings of past conference are also available for purchase.

More detailed information, a brochure to download, and online registration is available at: http://olfoundation.net/conferences/ol-xxi-june-19-22-2017/,  

Call the conference office at 703-691-8862 for more information or to register over the phone.


Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina