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Byzantine Spirituality Conference set for October 11th


Pittsburgh - On Saturday October 11, 2003, the Office of Religious Education of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh will hold its annual Spirituality Conference in cooperation with the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. The Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Monroeville with registration starting at 8:30 am and closing with Great Vespers at 3:30 PM.   A group of inspiring speakers and a community of individuals who value their Byzantine Christian identity will be brought together for a daylong conference responding to a variety of educational, spiritual, and social issues of the day. This year’s theme is:  The Illumined Heart: Christ and Christian Ethics.   Ethics is the study of human behavior.  It attempts to discern and analyze the underlying principles and values that govern human conduct and the Christian life as they are revealed in Scripture and Holy Tradition.  Christian ethics and the act of making ethical judgments involve by its very nature a striving toward sanctity or holiness through our life.  In light of all that is happening in the world today, we want to give some direction in making moral decisions.

Conference Presenters for the day are:

Dr Vigen Guroian will speak on “The Heart of God: What is Christian Ethics?”  Dr. Guroian is professor of Theology and Ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, and has authored six books and over one hundred articles.

Dr. Albert S. Rossi will address “Life on God’s Terms: Christian Ethics and Relationships.”  Dr. Rossi is Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY, where he also teaches courses in pastoral theology.  He is an author and a licensed clinical psychologist.

Dr. David F. Kelly will speak on “Man Playing God: Christian Ethics and Human Life.”  Dr. Kelly is Director of the Duquesne University Health Care Ethics Center, and is Professor of Theology and Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University.  He is well known as a speaker on medical ethical issues and consults with a number of hospital ethics committees

The Conference is open to all age groups  (adults, teens and children).  Registration fees are $40.00 for adults; $15.00 for Teens & College Students; $8.00 for one child and $5.00 for siblings.  (Groups of 5 or more adults is $30.00 per person)