Fairfax, Virginia – The 22nd Annual Orientale Lumen Conference will be held on June 18-21, 2018 in Washington, DC on the theme: “Sister Churches: Fact or Fiction?”  The conference is open to the public but advanced reservations are required.  The agenda will include six plenary sessions of lectures and discussion of the conference theme, ecumenical prayer services from the Byzantine Christian tradition, and fellowship at meals and evening receptions.

Plenary speakers for this conference will include:

•    Patriarch Emeritus Gregorios III, retired primate of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem
•    Father Hyacinthe Destivelle, OP, from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in the Vatican
•    Father John Ford, CSC, professor emeritus of ecumenism of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
•    Father Robert Kaslyn, SJ, professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
•    Dr. Will Cohen from the University of Scranton and author of “The Concept of ‘Sister Churches’ in Catholic-Orthodox Relations since Vatican II”
•    Mr. Michael Haldas, author, educator and lecturer from Bethesda, MD
•    Father Ron Roberson, CSP, will be the moderator

A pre-recorded video by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), professor emeritus from Oxford University, on the conference theme will be shown at the opening session.


The conference fee is $395 per person and includes all meals and other conference expenses.  Early registration is available until May 1st for $350 per person.  Overnight accommodations at the Washington Retreat House, location of all events and meals, can be reserved through the conference office for $80/night per person.  Space is limited for the conference, so reservations should be made early.

The Orientale Lumen Conferences have been meeting annually in Washington since 1997 and have included patriarchs, cardinals, archbishop, bishops, theologians, ecumenists and lay persons from the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic traditions. More information about past conferences can be found at:  http://olfoundation.net/conferences/.  More details and online registration is available at http://olfoundation.net/conferences/ol-xxii-june-18-21-2018/ or by calling 703-691-8862.


Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Holy Prophet Elias

The glorious Elias, * an angel in the flesh, the foundation of prophets and the second Forerunner of the coming of Christ * sent grace from on high to Elisha * to drive away sickness and cleanse lepers. * Wherefore, he pours forth healings for those who honor him. (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.

O Prophet and foreseer of the great works of our God, * O renowned Elias, who, by your word restrained the clouds of rain, * pray for us to the only One Who loves mankind. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

The Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Prophet Elias on July 20th.

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony