Original cover of book by Fr. Alexander Schmemann (Dean, 1962-1983)
A special college conference in honor of former seminary Dean Father Alexander Schmemann will take place on our campus. The conference will feature both The Rev. Christopher Foley (alumnus, ’06), currently rector of Exaltation of Holy Cross Church, High Point, NC, and The Rev. Joel Weir, a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and currently rector of St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church, Crawfordsville, IN.
Both priests will speak about their transformative spiritual encounters with Fr. Alexander’s writings, among them his book, ”For the Life of the World”, which they claim set them upon the path to Orthodox Christianity and deepened their faith in Jesus Christ. The book, translated into at least 12 languages, celebrates its 50th year of publication. The first edition was printed in 1963 by the National Student Christian Federation.
The college conference is being arranged by Pdn. Joseph Matusiak, director of Admissions and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir’s, who is issuing special invitations to several Orthodox Christian Fellowships on college and university campuses across the United States. “In this unique year,” said Pdn. Joseph, “our Events Committee decided to dedicate what normally is Orthodox Education Day to the spiritual growth of college and university students. Although because of the growing interest in the college conference we find that we will not be able to accommodate the general public to our campus for this special event, we will be podcasting the two talks by Father Christopher Foley and Father Joel Weir, and we hope our usual ‘Ed Day’ patrons will listen in to these moving presentations and keep us in thought and prayer on that day.”
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