Seminary Announces Schmemann Lecture and Symposium


Crestwood, NY - The annual Fr. Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at St Vladimir’s Seminary will be expanded this year to a full-day, mid-week event on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, to coincide with the feast of Three Hierarchs, the patron saints of the seminary’s chapel. His Grace BASIL, Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America (Antiochian Archdiocese), will speak on Fr. Schmemann as Teacher and Liturgist, focusing on the influence Fr. Alexander had on him personally.

The expanded event begins with Vigil served on the eve of the Feast on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Three Hierarchs Chapel. Wednesday, January 30 will be a full day beginning with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m., followed by brunch and an academic symposium. Three theologians will address various aspects of St. John Chrysostom’s life and teachings in commemoration of the conclusion of the 1600th anniversary of the repose of this beloved Orthodox Saint and one of the Three Hierarchs.

One of the distinguished speakers for the symposium is Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. She is the author of The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation and will be speaking on St. John Chrysostom as homilist.

The second speaker is Hieromonk Gregory Woolfenden, Ph.D., pastor of St Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT. Fr. Gregory serves as Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Sophia Seminary and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale Institute of Sacred Music/Yale Divinity School. Fr. Gregory is the author of Daily Liturgical Prayer: Origins and Theology. He will be speaking on St. John Chrysostom as liturgist.

The third speaker is the Very Reverend Josiah Trenham, Ph.D., pastor of St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church in Riverside, Cal., who studied at the University of Durham under the direction of Fr. Andrew Louth. His doctoral dissertation entitled Marriage and Virginity according to St. John Chrysostom is to be published in 2008. Fr. Josiah will speak on St. John Chrysostom and married life.

Following the symposium and Vespers in the chapel at 6:30 p.m., the Schmemann Memorial Lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Metropolitan PHILIP Auditorium of the Rangos Building. His Grace Bishop Basil (SVS 1973) has been serving as a bishop since 1992 at St George Cathedral in Wichita, KS. Bishop Basil is also the compiler and English translator of The Liturgikon: the book of Divine Services for the priest and deacon (1989).

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to help organizers get an approximate number for the day, or for more information, please contact info@svots.edu.