Professor Meyendorff Speaks to Antiochian Clergy at Symposium

16 July 2014 • Off-Campus

Dr. Meyendorff addresses SymposiumDr. Meyendorff addresses SymposiumThe Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, recently traveled to Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA, to address the 18th Biennial Clergy Symposium of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Archdiocese's newly elected leader, presided over the gathering, his first as head of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Before beginning his lecture, Dr. Meyendorff congratulated the metropolitan-elect. Metropolitan Joseph was the featured speaker at St. Vladimir's Seminary's community Lenten Retreat in 2008.Fr. David Barr (SVOTS '83), former Alumni Board chair, serves at Symposium liturgyFr. David Barr (SVOTS '83), former Alumni Board chair, serves at Symposium liturgy

Nearly 170 SVOTS alumni have served the Church as priests and hierarchs in the Antiochian Archdiocese. "I loved reconnecting with our many St. Vladimir's alumni attending the Symposium," noted Prof. Meyendorff, "and answering their questions about the Seminary's developments. I especially enjoyed seeing so many of my former students."

Held every other summer, the clergy assemblies are sponsored by the Antiochian House of Studies and feature preeminent scholars, monastics, and clergy speakers from the U.S. and around the world. This year's Symposium focused on the theme of healing; as such, Dr. Meyendorff's talk, "Liturgy and Healing," explored how healing permeates the liturgical life of the Church, beginning with the mysteries of Baptism and the Eucharist.