Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Delivers a Lecture at Seton Hall University
At an invitation extended through Monsignor John A. Radano of Seton Hall University’s School of Theology, in cooperation with The Commission on Christian Unity of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, our Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim visited the campus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The purpose of the invitation was intended to cultivate a continuing dialogue between the Archdiocese of Newark and our own and other members of the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Following a visit and luncheon at the School of Theology where he met with the heads of various departments and a brief tour of the campus, His Eminence presented a lecture at the University’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception entitled, “The History and Mission of the Syrian Orthodox Church.” He touched on several important points in the course of his presentation, including our Church’s dedication to ecumenism, our long and difficult history of persecution and oppression over the centuries, as well as the various challenges facing our faithful in the United States. After a brief question and answer period, His Eminence and Monsignor Radano expressed their earnest desire to continue and expand their ecumenical dialogue through continuing mutual visits and forums for cooperation.