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This past week (January 9-12) the inaugural conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association [IOTA], opened in Iasi, Romania. Hundreds of papers were presented, covering Patristics, Theology, Church History from its beginnings to present day situations, music, iconography, etc. Voices came from “the ends of the earth”, sharing thoughts and research on these topics of the Orthodox faith.

In perusing the abstracts of the presentations, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the speakers were active in our Chapel and OCF at some point. Here is a list:

…. The keynote address was delivered by His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Timothy Ware) who spent two years at Princeton as a Post Doc in the early 60’s .
…. Alexander Lingas
…. Marcus Plested
…. Fr. Cyril Hovorun
…. Dr. Kevin Kalish
…. Sotiris Mitralexis
…. Petre Guran
…. Alexis Torrance
…. Peter Bouteneff
…. Fr. Ciprian Burlaxioiu

How many do you remember ?? While these names are part of our Chapel’s fifty-four year history, one name leaps out as an integral part of our present. Our own Ioana Patuleanu was another participant, presenting a paper entitled Suffering and Orthodoxy in theTwentieth Century: Seeing the World Transfigured with Nicolae Steinhardt. Kudos to Ioana for her work, especially
for getting the word Transfigured into her title. Be sure to ask her about about her paper and the event when we next see her !
Father Daniel

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