2022 R&T Online Conference Announcement

Michael Lofton is pleased to announce the first R&T online conference. See below for more details:

Theme: Catholicism and Orthodoxy: What Still Divides Us?

Air Date on R&T: June 11th at 12 PM Central

Live Q&A Session: June 11th at 6 PM Central, after everyone’s prerecorded video sessions have aired. Participation is optional.

Access: Free


Fr. Daniel Dozier – “Guardians of the Tradition: The Ecumenical Dimensions of Eucharistic Celebration.” In his presentation, he will address the ecumenical importance of developing a common “liturgical language” that appeals to universal traditions of Christian worship. Much has been said about the linguistic and cultural differences that contributed to the separation between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in the first two millennia. While there has been great progress in the area of the official theological dialogues since the Second Vatican Council, is there more that can be done to help build bridges towards Orthodox-Catholic unity by drawing on the vocabulary of a common tradition of eucharistic celebration? Additionally, what is the role of each local bishop as archiereus (“high priest”) and “guardian of the tradition” to help strengthen the bonds of ecumenical unity?”

Fr. Anthony Dragani – “A reconsideration of Mark of Ephesus and his objections to union. Are his objections still relevant today, and if so, how can they be resolved?”

Dr. Matthew Minerd – Theological and Cultural Issues.

Fr. Joseph Matlak – Liturgical considerations

Participant Biographies:

Dr. Petros Vassiliadis (Eastern Orthodox): – Petros Vassiliadis (born 1945) is a Greek biblical scholar and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), honorary president of the Center of Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metropolitan Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES) and the World Conference of Associations and Theological Institutions and Educators (WOCATI).

Dr. Matthew Minerd (Eastern Catholic): A Ruthenian Catholic, husband, and father, Dr. Minerd is a professor of philosophy and moral theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. His academic work has appeared in the journals Nova et Vetera, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Saint Anselm Journal, Lex Naturalis, Downside Review, The Review of Metaphysics, and Maritain Studies, as well in volumes published by the American Maritain Association through the Catholic University of America Press. He has served as author, translator, and/or editor for volumes published by The Catholic University of America Press, Emmaus Academic, Cluny Media, and Ascension Press.

Fr. Laurent Cleenewerk (Eastern Orthodox) – Fr. Laurent is an academic and theologian, serving as professor of international administration and theology for EUCLID (Euclid University), and on the faculty of the Ukrainian Catholic University (and previously at Humboldt State University). He is the rector of Eureka Orthodox Church. He and his family currently reside in Northern California.

Fr. Daniel Dozier (Eastern Catholic) – Fr. Daniel G. Dozier is a Byzantine Catholic priest in the Eparchy of Phoenix where he serves as the assistant director of Eastern Christian formation for the eparchy, and as a member of the Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors of Religious Education, under the authority of the Eastern Catholic Associates of the USCCB. He is also the Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture for Ss Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fr. Dcn. Anthony Dragani (Eastern Catholic) – Fr. Deacon Anthony Dragani is a professor of Religious Studies at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA. He has a doctorate in theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and specializes in Eastern Christian theology.

Fr. Joseph Matlak (Eastern Catholic) – Fr. Joseph Matlak serves as Administrator of St. Basil the Great Eastern Catholic Parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as Chaplain of Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. He was born in Dunstable, England. His undergraduate studies in Ancient History at King’s College London led him to focus on the history and theology of Byzantium. He completed priestly formation for the Eparchy of St. Josaphat at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2015 at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. Fr. Matlak has a unique priesthood in that he has faculties to celebrate Holy Mass according to the Roman Rite, as well as the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite. This has imbued him with a deep appreciation for the catholicity of the Church. Among other things, he enjoys traveling, film, theater, music, and history.

Fr. Alexis Baldwin (Eastern Orthodox) – Fr. Alexis Baldwin grew up in Mississippi, spending his formative years in Greenville. His family moved to and lived in Laurel, MS during his later childhood and teen years, then moving to Mesa, AZ his senior year of High School, where he met his wife, Matushka Veronika. He graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology. He and Matushka were married in the summer of 2008 and converted to Orthodoxy shortly after that. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon Theological Seminary in May of 2013, formed under the spiritual guidance of Archpriest Alexander Atty. He was ordained priest in July 2013. He served for one year under the guidance of Archpriest Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

Dr. Nicholas DiDonato (Eastern Orthodox) – Dr. DiDonato teaches history and theology at Delaware Valley Classical School. He completed a Ph.D. in religion and science at Boston University and holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.” I left WCU years ago (long story short, I figured it was only a matter of time before I got fired for teaching Plato’s Gorgias or Aristotle’s Ethics).

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