Agenda

 

Full registration includes Friday evening keynote address and refreshments, and Saturday conference sessions and handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee and refreshments.

 

FRIDAY, October 6
7 to 9:30 pm

Keynote address by Rev. Archdeacon John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on the “The Missing Link:  A Fresh Look at the Diaconate”

Reception to follow

SATURDAY, October 7
8:00 am to 5 pm

Welcome: AnnMarie Mecera, President of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess
Prayer Service: Rev. Father Steven Tsichlis

Session One “The State of the Diaconate Today”
Introductions and moderator: Rev. Deacon Dan Cunningham

Panelists:

Rev. Father Michael Courey, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach, CA
Dr. James Skedros, Dean, Catonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Early Christianity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Director of the GOA Diaconate Program
Rev. Father Anthony Roeber, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University, Visiting Professor of Church History at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Spiritual Director of Deacons in AOCA Mid-Atlantic
Rev. Father Alexander Rentel, Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Session Two “Serving the Body of Christ: Men and Women Engaged in Diaconal Work Today”
Introductions and moderator: Teva Regule, Ph.D. (candidate), St. Phoebe Center Board Member

Panelists:

Dr. Demetra Velisarios Jaquet, Greek Orthodox pastoral counselor, spiritual director, and chaplain on Pastoral Counseling
Rev. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, Orthodox Church in America; Member, Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA; Trustee of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Administration and Governance
Rev. Deacon Paul Cherkas, Graduate of St. Stephen’s House of Studies, serving the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Hospice and Homebound
Clio Pavlantos, M.A., C.M.A., M.Div. and B.C.C., Staff Chaplain, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City on Chaplaincy

Session Three “Engaging the Clergy and Faithful About the Diaconate”
Introductions and Moderator: Rev. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick
Presentation on Orthodox Bishops and Synods: “Synods and Church Order: Testing the Spirits,” Rev. Deacon Nicholas Denysenko, incoming Jochum Professor and Chair at Valparaiso University (January 2018).

Presentation on Engaging with Clergy and Faithful: Gust Mecera and Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost,
St. Phoebe Center Board Members

Session Four “Current Challenges and Future Possibilities of the Diaconate”
Introductions and moderator: Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos, St. Phoebe Center Board Member

Panel: Difficulties and Benefits of Ordaining Women Deacons
Difficulties: Rev. Protodeacon Brian Patrick Mitchell,  MTh, St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, DC
Benefits: Dr. Valerie A. Karras, Professor of Church History and Patristics

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Full registration includes Friday evening keynote address and refreshments, and Saturday conference sessions and handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee and refreshments.