Chrysostomos Seminar

1-4 July 2013 – On July 1-4 2013 the ITI Centre of Eastern Christian Studies (ECS) hosted the seminarians of the Greek Catholic Metropolia of Presov (Slovakia) for the “Chrysostomos Seminar: Priesthood, Marriage and Celibacy in the Byzantine Tradition.” The seminar languages were English and Slovak. The speakers delivered talks on monasticism, marriage, and priesthood in light of the works of one of the greatest Hierarchs of the Byzantine Church, Doctor and Father of the Universal Church, St. John Chrysostom. The future priests then held lively discussions on the topics presented. One of the seminarians said at the conclusion of the event that buying the tickets for his travel to come to the seminar was the best investment he had made the whole year. The seminar was a blessing for all of us. It was a time of academic research and discussion, prayer and personal encounter with new people, a time of making interesting visits to the monastery of Heiligenkreuz and to the historical Greek Catholic parish of St. Barbara in Vienna. The seminarians expressed their great interest in coming back to the ITI for another seminar.