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Conference "The Eastern Catholic Churches: Can They Speak with One Voice?"

On December 7-8, 2022

On December 7-8, 2022 at 4 p.m. Kyiv time (UTC/GMT +2 hours), the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University invites you to the International Academic Conference on the topic: "The Eastern Catholic Churches: Can They Speak with One Voice?"

Venue: Conference Hall of the UCU Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, str. Khutorivka 35a, with the possibility of online joining via ZOOM.

Working languages: Ukrainian and English with simultaneous translation.

The work will focus on exploring what the various Eastern Catholic Churches have in common that allows them to speak with one voice, and what are the main obstacles that make this task difficult? Our goal was to gather speakers with a solid academic background, representatives of various Eastern Catholic Churches and Liturgical Traditions.

On the first day, December 7, we will consider this question from a historical perspective.

Moderator: Acting Director of IES Rev. Dr Roman Fihas


  • Welcome Word from Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk)
  • Welcome Word from the Head of General Director of the Charitable Fund l’Oeuvre d’Orient Rev. Pascal Gollnisch
  • Welcome Word from Dr. Adriana Bara, National Canadian Director, CNEWA
  • Welcome Word from IES President Rev. Prof. Iwan Dacko


  • Rev. Prof. Yury P. Avvakumov, professor of the History of Theology at the Catholic University of Notre Dame, USA.
  • Prof. Edward J. Alam, Associate Professor at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.
  • Prof. Ines Angeli Murzaku, Professor of Religion at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Director of Catholic Studies Program and the Founding Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University.
  • Prof. Oleh Turiy, Director of the Institute of Church History and Vice Rector for External Affairs at the Ukrainian Catholic University.
  • Prof. Basilius J. Groen, President of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, coordinator of the Austrian section of the Working Group of Catholic Liturgy Docents, board member of the Pro Oriente Foundation, board member of the Bredius Foundation for Byzantine Studies, member of the Coordinating Committee of the international Catholic-Orthodox theological working group St. Irenaeus and member of the Board of Trustees of the Afro-Asian Institute in Graz.

The next day, December 8, the work will take place sequentially in two sections:

13.00-15.00 Liturgical section,

  • Rev. Prof. Vasyl Rudeyko "Latinization and Delatinization in Eastern Catholic Churches"
  • Dea. Prof. Daniel Galadza "Liturgical Expression of Union and Communion: The Commemoration of the Hierarchy in Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic Churches"
  • Rev. Raphael Strontsitsky "Armenian voice in Polyphony of the Eastern Catholic Churches"

15.30-18.00 Ecclesiological-Canonical section.

Presentation by Prof. Peter de Mey and Prof. Jaroslav Z. Skira of two books "Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, Vatican II and the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church" and "The Catholic Church and its Orthodox Sister Churches Twenty-Five Years after Balamand"

  • Rev. Prof. Gabriel Hachem "Eastern Catholic Churches: The stakes of an ingenious identity and ecumenical role"
  • Rev. Prof. Edward Faruggia "Eastern Catholic Churches – a common mission? One voice? One code? One heart!"
  • Rev. Prof. Iwan DackoThe Role of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the contemporary theological dialogue”
  • Rev. Prof. Sunny Thomas Kokkaravalayil, “Unity and Catholicity of the Church Require Speaking in Unison and in “Plurison” in the Catholic Church”
  • Rev. Dr Alexandr Lashchuk "Canonical Structures for Inter-Church Collaboration"

This conference is the first in a series of three international academic conferences dedicated to the general theme "Eastern Catholic Churches: the Mission of Unity and Catholicity".

To join the conference online, please register using the following link

The conference is organized by the UCU Institute of Ecumenical Studies with the support of CNEWA Catholic Near East Welfare Association and French charity supporting Eastern Churches L’Œuvre d’Orient.

ANALYTICAL NOTE "UGCC and OCU: The Ecumenical Aspect of Training Seminarians and Prospects for Academic Cooperation"

on November 10, Thursday, 16:00

Institute of Ecumenical Studies

invites you for the Presentation of the


"UGCC and OCU: The Ecumenical Aspect of Training Seminarians and Prospects for Academic Cooperation Based on the example of Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy and Lviv Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit"

As part of the study of the state of inter-confessional relations and the ecumenical situation in Ukraine, in 2021-22, the Institute for Ecumenical Studies of Ukrainian Catholic University conducted a comparative study of the inter-confessional component in the curricula of theological education and pastoral formation at two institutions: Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) and Lviv Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit (Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church), at which the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology at Ukrainian Catholic University is the provider of a significant portion of the theological programme.


  • Prof. Dr. Heleen Zorgdrager, Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam)
  • Natallia Vasilevich, doctoral student at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (Bonn)

Venue: Zoom event November 10, Thursday, 16.00, Kyiv time (UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Working language: English


Annual International Forum The 15th Ecumenical Social Week “Wandering Identity: Considering Meanings and Values”

October, 3 – 7, 2022

Annual International Forum The 15th Ecumenical Social Week “Wondering Identity: Considering Meanings and Values” will take place on October, 3 – 7, 2022 in Lviv (with online attendance option). The program includes: discussions, seminars, panels with speakers from 15 countries.

The events are divided into three units:

I. Edges of Identity: Religious, National, Ethnical, Cultural and Political

ІІ. Identity, War and Migration

ІІІ. The Role and Impact of Various Social Institutions on the Identity Formation

Free attendance, thus anyone can join, you just need to register:

The events will be held in the Ukrainian language with simultaneous interpreting into English, German and French (some events).

The speakers include: Myroslav Marynovych, a Vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Yaroslav Hrytsak, historian, Jörg Lüer, Head of the “Justice and Peace” Commission, Seyla Benhabib, a Professor of Political Studies and Philosophy at Yale University, Gerard Delanty, a sociologist and a Professor of Sociology and Social Political Thought at Sussex University and others.

Organizers: Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung in Ukraine.

Experts and partners: Evangelical Church of Germany and the Ecumenical Institute of the Catholic University in Paris, Vienna University, International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of the National University “Lviv Polytechnics”, Institute of Church History of UCU, Analytical Center of UCU, Lviv City Council.

Contacts: regarding organizational issues – Iryna Kitura, project coordinator,; for mass media – Marta Bilska, project press-center manager,


Webinar "War in Ukraine: Consequences for Ecumenism"

September 14, 2022

Institute of Ecumenical Studies togerther with Institut Catholique de Paris and Institute Chrétiens D'orient organize webinar ""War in Ukraine: Consequences for Ecumenism"

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Time: 18:30 - 20:00 Paris time



Unwounded World: A Marian Peace for our Shared Future

5 – 6 October 2022, ACU Rome Campus


"Unwounded World: A Marian Peace for our Shared Future"

A conference open to scholars and the public co-organized by

Australian Catholic University – Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Science and Research Centre Koper – Institute for Philosophical Studies

University of Notre Dame – Nanovic Institute for European Studies

In cooperation with Class VII of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg)

5 – 6 October 2022

ACU Rome Campus Largo Giovanni Berchet, 4, 00152 Rome

Dedicated to the suffering of children, women and men in Mariupol, this symposium aspires to address the possibility of a future peaceful politics as a sign of the coming caring and unwounded democracy and is organized around the following themes:

The Wounded World: Sacralization of Violence and the Roots of War

Marian Approaches to Justice and Peace Building

Interreligious Reflections on Suffering and Peace

Marian Approaches to Mourning and Suffering

Russian Church on War

Narratives of Peace

The Aftermath of War



Public Webinars “Understanding the Laws and Morality of the War in Ukraine”

The Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ukraine, invites you to attend the Public Webinars “Understanding the Laws and Morality of the War in Ukraine”, that will take place on June 21, July 27 and August 9 online. The speaker - Prof. Afonso Seixas Nunes, Society of Jesus, Saint Louis University.

 The event will be held with simultaneous interpreting: in Ukrainian and English.

Webinar themes:

June 21 at 6 pm in Kyiv:

I.              Understanding the rules of use of force. The prohibition of use of force and the morality
behind the international system. The UNC (United Nations Charter)

July 27 at 5 pm in Kyiv:

II.            Analysis of the Laws of War relevant in the Russian Federation - Ukraine Conflict. 

August 9 at 5 pm in Kyiv:

                     III. Reactions of the International Community.

Representatives of non-government organizations, lawyers, volunteers, military lawyers, chaplains, representatives of state institutions, sociologists, journalists are invited to attend.

Registration to all events

More Iryna Kitura

International virtual conference "Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World"

June 20-23, 2022

The Catholic Peacebuilding Network and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies invite to the international virtual conference "Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World".

That the event is an international virtual conference.

Dates: June 20-23, 2022

Plenary sessions will be in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish and French. Breakout sessions will be in English, French, or Spanish, with simultaneous translation for select sessions.

Program and Registration

The world is emerging from an historic health crisis that has exacerbated existing conflicts, poverty, inequalities, polarization, and threats to the environment. While the pandemic led to unprecedented cooperation and heroic responses by many, it also exposed deficits in leadership and emboldened authoritarians, demagogues, and chauvinistic nationalists. Just as the world hopes to move beyond the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens global peace in ways thought unimaginable when the pandemic began. The challenge to Catholic peacebuilders is clear: we must ensure that the post-pandemic return to “normal” does not look like the pre-pandemic status quo, or worse. That will require an integral and integrated approach to peace, development and ecology because the cry of war’s victims, the cry of the poor, and the cry of the earth rise as one (Laudato Si’, no. 49).

This conference will convene a wide range of Catholic peacebuilders – Church leaders, scholars, peacebuilding specialists and other practitioners – from around the world. It will allow participants to learn from their rich and diverse experiences in confronting challenges to peace around the world and help them discern new and creative ways to respond to the historic challenges to peace that we now face.

Religion and Politics in the Context of the War Against Ukraine

24-25 June 2022

Centre for Biblical Studies - Babeș-Bolyai University and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies invite to the online conference "Religion and Politics in the Context of the War Against Ukraine" 24-25 June 2022.

The conference explores the relationship between religion and politics in the context of the war against Ukraine. Theologians, historians and sociologists of religion from Ukraine as well as Greece, Hungary and Romania address the complex religious landscape of Ukraine, the way religious discourse is used to legitimise military invasion, as well as the importance of religion in coping with the war.

The conference will take place on Zoom (registration required).

The language of the conference is English.

𝟏𝟎.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎 𝐂𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝐇𝐎𝐕𝐎𝐑𝐔𝐍: 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝑩𝒆𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Fr. Cyril Hovorun is professor of Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism at the University College Stockholm (Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm)
𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟐.𝟎𝟎 𝐓𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐊𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐘𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐍𝐊𝐎: 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒕 𝑾𝒂𝒓: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝑷𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒆
Tetiana Kalenychenko is sociologist of religion and coordinator of Dialogue in Action initiative, European Center for Strategic Analytics, Kyiv / Bucha.
𝟏𝟑.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟒.𝟎𝟎 𝐏𝐚𝐯𝐥𝐨 𝐒𝐌𝐘𝐓𝐒𝐍𝐘𝐔𝐊: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑷𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Pavlo Smytsnyuk is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology and Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
𝟏𝟒.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟓.𝟎𝟎 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐢 𝐁𝐀𝐁𝐘𝐍𝐒𝐊𝐘𝐈: 𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒌 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Anatolii Babynskyi is research fellow at the Institute of Church History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
𝟏𝟓.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟔.𝟎𝟎 𝑴𝒊𝒌𝒍ó𝒔 𝑴𝑰𝑻𝑹𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑻𝑺: 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑯𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒚
Miklós Mitrovits is associate research fellow at the Research Centre for the Humanities (Institute of History) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
𝟏𝟎.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟎.𝟒𝟓 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐊𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐊𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐒: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒌-𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝑹𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆: 𝑨 𝑪𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑩𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒔 13:1-7 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏’𝒔 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏
Christos Karakolis is professor of New Testament at the Department of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
𝟏𝟎.𝟓𝟎-𝟏𝟏.𝟒𝟓 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐬 𝐊𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐈𝐓𝐙𝐈𝐃𝐈𝐒: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 “𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅” (𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒊 𝒎𝒊𝒓), 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝒊𝒏 𝑬𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏 𝑶𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅𝒐𝒙𝒚
Pantelis Kalaitzidis is Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Research Fellow at KU Leuven and Münster University, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Religion. He is one of the authors of the Declaration on the “Russian World” (Russkii mir)
𝟏𝟏.𝟓𝟎-𝟏𝟐.𝟑𝟓 𝐈𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐭 𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐔ȚĂ: 𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑹𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒂. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝑨𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒓 𝑨𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝑼𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒆
Ionuț Biliuță is researcher at the Gheorghe Șincai Institute for Socio-Human Research in Târgu Mureș. His research interests include the relationship between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Legionary Movement in the interwar period.
𝟏𝟐.4𝟎-𝟏𝟑.4𝟎: Panel and conclusions


IES will hold online Ecumenical School for Dialogue on 4 July – 15 July 2022

Truth-telling and reconciliation in the context of religious, national and geopolitical conflicts

IES will run the second Ecumenical School for Dialogue 2022 "Truth-telling and reconciliation in the context of religious, national and geopolitical conflicts" online on 4 July – 15 July 2022.

The school is designed for those interested in theology, philosophy, humanities, politics, history and reconciliation.

ESD will last for 12 days and will consist of online lectures, discussions, seminars, and video-presentations.

Working language – English!

ESD offers 4 ECTS credits for participation at the school’s online events.

Goal of the School:

To gather a team of international students and young researchers interested in theology, ecumenism, philosophy, humanities, politics, history and reconciliation around the topic of truth-telling and peace-searching, in order to provide them with the instruments which would be useful in analyzing and acting in the contexts of prolonged religious, national and geopolitical conflicts.

Find out more information about ESD here