I am delighted to greet you as the new director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute (HEI).
HEI focuses on issues impacting the daily lives of Catholic and Orthodox. In November 2010, I was privileged to share Orthodox views on Mary with Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., who represented the Catholic tradition. Events like these are of great importance to the HEI. In ecclesial and academic settings, we often analyze the historical and theological developments that have separated Catholics and Orthodox. One of our goals is to identify the many things Catholics and Orthodox share and to engage in faith, worship, and daily life, in honest and open conversation. HEI seeks to be a home on the West Coast where Catholics and Orthodox can gather, exchange dialogue, share fellowship, and pray together. We will continue to make clergy and laity, along with academics, feel welcome to join our conversation. It is our hope and prayer that open and honest dialogue might serve as viable help in progress towards reconciliation.
I am delighted to have the privilege to serve Loyola Marymount University in my recent appointment as director of HEI. One of my own goals for HEI is to encourage all Orthodox to participate in this robust ecumenical dialogue. My hope is that our Orthodox-Catholic exchanges will benefit all of us, so that in hearing the other’s story and perspective, we might learn more about ourselves and our context.
We are particularly excited to preview our next event. On November 16, we will host an event remembering the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-33. The Holodomor resulted from Joseph Stalin’s policies of collectivization and dekulakization, and approximately 7,000,000 Ukrainians perished from forced starvation. Orthodox and Catholic Ukrainian immigrants annually assemble to honor the memory of the victims of the Holodomor. Two distinguished speakers will honor us by reflecting on how this historical tragedy has united Orthodox and Catholics in America. We are pleased to host His grace, Bishop Daniel Zelinsky, bishop of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (Ecumenical Patriarchate), and the Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Andriy Chirovsky, S.Th.D., Peter and Doris Kule Professor of Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, and pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ.
Please visit our web site frequently for updates.
Nicholas Denysenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Director, Huffington Ecumenical Institute
Loyola Marymount University
Farewell message from Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, former Acting Director of the Institute.