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Submitted by Web Communications on December 20, 2010

On December 8, a lecture was held at Fairfield University in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Primate as he begins his second decade of ministry as Archbishop of America and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church.

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The lecture, “The Care of the Soul: Ancient and Contemporary Orthodox Perspectives on Confession and Spiritual Direction,” was presented by the co-directors of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program at Fordham University, Dr. George E. Demacopoulus and Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou. After their presentation, His Eminence offered his own remarks and reflections on the subject. A lively discussion on these topics followed.

In 2007, when Archbishop Demetrios received an honorary degree from Fairfield University and was last on campus, he spoke of the importance of interfaith dialogue, suggesting that we should prepare for such discourse by “honestly trying to understand the religion of the other. Our interfaith dialogue must always be focused on the truth.”

After the December 8th lecture, the audience was serenaded by Greek Orthodox seminarians, including a Fairfield University graduate, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos. Archbishop Demetrios then presented Fairfield students who are members of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship with an icon of St. Paul.

In addition to the tour of the Greek exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum, members of the Greek community enjoyed a meal and fellowship with Archbishop Demetrios.

Photo Credits: Jean Santopatre

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