Cardinal Spidlik Center for Ecumenical Understanding Hosts Inaugural Public Event

News Story: October 4, 2007

The Cardinal Spidlik Center for Ecumenical Understanding at Sacred Heart University will present its inaugural public event, a lecture titled Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue Problems and Progress, on November 27. The lecture will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center. Admission is free of charge, and the public is invited to attend.

The discussion will feature two speakers: Fr. Ronald Roberson, a resident of St. Pauls College in Washington, D.C., and associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

The two experts will speak about the relationship between the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the progress thats been made toward the communion of said churches, and the difficulties associated with that objective.

The reunion of the churches is an important topic.  We hope that people will come away from the lecture with a clearer understanding of what unites the Orthodox and Catholic churches, and what the difficulties in dialogue are.  We are all called upon to work for the communion of the Churches” said Dr. Anthony Cernera, President of Sacred Heart University.

This Spidlik Center, founded in the fall of 2006, is dedicated to promoting greater ecumenical understanding and cooperation through dialogue, research, education, publications and artistic collaboration among the Western and Eastern Churches.

The center is named for His Eminence, Cardinal Tomas Spidlik, a founder of Rome Centro Aletti, a center for study and research attached to the mission of the Society of Jesus at the Vatican Pontifical Oriental Institute. Cardinal Spidlik is a Jesuit priest and scholar who has spent more than 50 years pursuing dialogue and greater union between the Western and Eastern branchesof Christianity.