Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Conference in Jenkintown, PA

First conference on “Christ Our Pascha”

The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great are sponsoring the first in a series of workshops on the new Catechism of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic entitled “Christ Our Pascha”. The first conference “Theology and Catechetical Teaching in St. Basil’s Anaphora” will be held on March 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM in the Basilian Spirituality Center in Jenkintown, PA. The conference will be given by Rev. Dr. Oleh Kindiy, a Fulbright Scholar. Rev. Dr. Kindiy received his Ph.D. in Theology from The Catholic University of America (CUA), Washington, DC and his Master of Theology (equivalent) from the L’viv Theological Academy (LTA), L’viv, Ukraine. He co-translated the “Didache” from Greek into Ukrainian which included the historical and theological commentary with translation.

The central idea of our Catechism, Christ Our Pascha, is that the source of our Christian life of Faith in the Risen Christ. In the liturgical language of our Church we participate in the Passover of Christ hence in the new life in Christ. This new life grows to maturity in spiritual development and moral effort. Therefore there are two fundamental resources for understanding this catechism. They are the Nicene Creed and the liturgical anaphora of St Basil the Great.

There are three parts to this catechism: the faith of the Church, the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church (the Prayer of the Church) and the spiritual and moral dimensions of the Church (the Life of the Church). Saint Basil’s Anaphora gives a rather full account of the history of salvation culminating in the resurrection and in this way the main truths of the Christian faith are elaborated. These truths along with the Creed constitute the first part of the Catechism.

This first workshop will focus on St. Basil’s Anaphora which is the foundation for the entire Catechism. The workshop is free to participants but donations will be accepted.  In keeping with the simplicity of the Great Fast we ask participants to bring their own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.  For more information call or email Sr. Ann Laszok, OSBM at 412-260-1607 or

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