High-ranking Orthodox official to speak at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Detroit — Orthodox Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, a high-ranking official in the Orthodox faith, will visit Sacred Heart Major Seminary here on Feb. 19.

The metropolitan, who is in the region to visit Orthodox clergy, will give a 45 minute presentation about Catholic-Orthodox relations. The presentation is open to the public and will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the seminary. He will take questions afterward.

“This is significant because Metropolitan Kallistos has been one of the key participants in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue over the past number of years,” says Michael Hovey, ecumenical and interfaith relations organizer for the Archdiocese of Detroit. “He’s been an active participant at the highest level as we’ve discussed paths toward unity between our two traditions.”

Metropolitan Kallistos has an especially prominent role in the dialogue within the English-speaking world, as he hails from England and is the leading English-speaking official in the Orthodox Church in regards to ecumenical affairs.

He is well known not just as a travelled speaker, but also as the author of the popular book titled “The Orthodox Church,” and a more recent companion called “The Orthodox Way.”

Hovey says his visit comes at a time when Catholic and Orthodox relations are closer than they’ve been in 1,000 years. While central to the question of the relationship between the two Christian faiths is the definition of the primacy of the pope, both Catholic and Orthodox leaders have voiced optimism that such a question could soon be resolved.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is at 2701 W. Chicago Blvd. in Detroit.