Workshop 1:

To Become What We Are: The Challenge of Reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox

Speaker: Chorbishop John D. Faris, St. Louis Gonzaga Maronite Church
Date and Time: Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Speaker's Bio:
Chorbishop John D. Farris is a long-time member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which was founded in 1965 and is sponsored by the Committee for Ecumenical Relations of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

The members of national bilateral dialogue commissions are sanctioned by the hierarchies of the two churches to examine divisive issues, and to make recommendations regarding ways to overcome them. As such, the agreed statements are issued on the authority of the dialogue commission itself, and do not bind the authorities of either church.

Workshop Summary:
Chorbishop Farris will discuss the historical divisions in the one Church of Christ, the current state of ecumenical dialogue, the challenges we face, and a vision of a re-united Church.