Benedictine Nuns Host East-West Dialogue Day
The 40th anniversary of the promulgation of Vatican’s Two’s document on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, was celebrated at St Mildrid’s Priory, Minster Abbey, in Kent on 4 October, where a Dialogue Day was held under the title ‘Healing and Reconciliation: Dialogue for the Future.’
The meeting was part of a conference, the fifth of its kind, to be hosted by the Benedictine nuns in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1996 Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen. It brought together monks and nuns from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, as well as representatives of the Anglican Communion.
Fifty participants joined the nuns for the Dialogue Day. The main speakers were: Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Catholic Metropolitan of Southwark; Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim, Oriental Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Syria; Dr Sebastian Brock of the Oriental Institute in Oxford; and Dom Hugh Gilbert OSB, Abbot of Pluscarden in Scotland.
Dr Anthony O’Mahony from Heythrop College, London, chaired the day. Archimandrite Isaias Simonopetritis represented the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios of Thyratia, while Fr Stephen Platt represented the Russian Orthodox Church. The Eastern Catholic Churches were also well represented. Fr Andrew Faley, Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, was one of the members of the panel.
More waltzing than breakdancing here I suspect…