FREE PUBLIC PRESENTATION: “Swansong of an Old Academician”

June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m, celebrated scholar and Eastern Catholic Churchman Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ will be hosted by the 2014 Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy (SOL) during their annual meeting, and will present the keynote address. Father Taft's lecture, titled "Goodbye to All That: Swansong of an Old Academician," will be free and open to the public and will be held in the Seminary's The Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of The John G. Rangos Family Building.

Fr. Robert Taft, offering the Schmemann Lecture in 2009Fr. Robert Taft, offering the Schmemann Lecture in 2009

The lecture will review Fr. Taft's life, in liturgy and in academics. Father Taft, who is Professor Emeritus of Byzantine Liturgical History at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, founded SOL in 2005, and is its Honorary President. Dedicated to the scholarly study of Eastern Christian liturgy and related fields, SOL is respectful of all churches and religious traditions and has no confessional affiliation. Members of SOL are university professors and scholars from all around the world (mainly North America, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and India).

"Over the past 50 years, Fr. Taft has been the leading scholar of the Eastern liturgical traditions," noted The Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel, assistant professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St. Vladimir's. "His lecture no doubt will be an incredible opportunity to hear his reflections on his remarkable career."