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Byzantine Monasticism: Past and Present

Spiritual Conference Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:00pm-6:00pm Conference The Catholic University of America Location: The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, DC 20064

Byzantine Monasticism: Past and Present and will take place on February 21-22, 2020 on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Center 321/323

Registration for the conference is open. You can register at: 
There is a registration fee of $50 (CUA faculty, students and staff excluded) and covers refreshments throughout the conference and lunch on Saturday.

FRIDAY February 21, 2020

12:00- 1:00 Registration

1:00 Opening of Conference – Greetings

Part 1: Byzantine Monasticism in History and Today

1:15: Archbishop Alexander Golitzin – To See Your Form: Why Monasticism? 

1:45 Discussion

2:00 Joel Kalvesmaki – The Modes of Early Monasticism

2:30 Michael Petrin – The Cappadocians and Christian Asceticism

3:00 Coffee Break

3:30 Casey Knott – Monks and Fools in the Queen of Cities: Exploring the Boundaries of Ascetic Performance in 10th Century Constantinople

4:00 Tom Papademetriou - Monasticism in the Ottoman Era

4:30 Discussion

5:00 Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America – Does Monasticism Appeal to the Modern American?

5:30 Discussion


SATURDAY February 22, 2020

Part 2: Elements of Monastic Spirituality

9:00 Despoina Prassas – Monastic Practice and the Cure of the Soul

9:30 Robin Darling Young – Ascetic Inspection of the Natural World from Origen to Maximos

10:00 Fr. Damaskinos of Xenophontos – The Monastic Theotokos: Liturgical Reflections from Byzantium

10:30 Discussion

Part 3: Monasticism and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

11:00 Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB - What a (Modern) Benedictine Monk Does: Digital Preservation of Endangered Manuscripts

11:30 Fr. Justin of Sinai - Preserving the Sinai Library, Witness to a Living Spiritual Heritage

12:00 Discussion

12:30-2:00 Lunch

Part 4: Modern Monastic Figures

2:00-2:30 Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou – The Two Modern Elders I Met: Paisios and Porphyrios

2:30-3:00 Fr. Chrysostom Koutloumousianos – Monadic and Triadic: Τhe Road to Unity in the Life and Teaching of Contemporary Saints of Mount Athos

3:00-3:30 Discussion

3:30-4:00 Break

Part 5: Monasticism in the Modern World

4:00-4:30 Fr. Patrick Viscuso – Pilgrimage and Monasticism

4:30-5:00 Sister Vassa Larin – Monastic 'Martyria' or Witness in the Internet Age

5:00-5:30 Discussion

5:30-6:00 Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh – Monasticism in America Today