FATHER JOHN MEYENDORFF MEMORIAL LECTURE with Bishop Alexander (Golitzin): “Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart”

September 14, 2014

Bishop Alexander, speaking at 2012 St. Vladimir's CommencementBishop Alexander, speaking at 2012 St. Vladimir's CommencementOn Sunday September 14 at 7 p.m., St. Vladimir's Seminary will host the second Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture, with speaker The Rt. Rev. Alexander (Golitzin), bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America (OCA).  His Grace has chosen the topic: "Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart": Some Resemblances between Byzantine Hesychasm and Merkavah Mysticism.

Two years ago, Bishop Alexander delivered the Commencement Address to the Class of 2012, speaking on the theme of the priesthood. An alumnus of the Class of 1973, His Grace also served for a time as an adjunct faculty member at St. Vladimir's, later teaching theology for 22 years at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.  

The free public lecture will be held in The Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, located on the third floor of The John G. Rangos Family Building, with a reception following. More details will be announced as they become available.

The first annual lecture held in honor of Fr. John Meyendorff in 2013 featured The Very Rev. John H. Erickson, dean of St. Vladimir'sProtopresbyter John MeyendorffProtopresbyter John Meyendorff from 2002–2007. Prior to the talk, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, son of Protopresbyter John Meyendorff and secretary of the Faculty Council, awarded a Doctor of Canon Law degree, honoris causa, to Fr. John, on behalf of the faculty and Board of Trustees. 

Protopresbyter John Meyendorff joined the faculty at St. Vladimir's Seminary as professor of Church History and Patristics in 1959, holding successive joint appointments as lecturer in Byzantine Theology at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and as professor of Byzantine History at Fordham University. He also was an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and lectured widely on university campuses and at church events. He held the position of St. Vladimir's Seminary Dean from March 1984 until June 1992. A prolific author, Fr. John's publications included the critical text and translation of Byzantine theologian Gregory Palamas (1959), as well as a number of books in the fields of theology and history.