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The next event is the Lenten Retreat:
On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, St. Augustine's Seminary hosted Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the Russian Orthodox Bishop of Vienna, Austria. Joining us was The Very Rev. Constantine Sariapis, Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Greek Orthodox Theological Academy of Toronto, along with a number of students from the Academy. Bishop Hilarion spoke about the Orthodox tradition's approach to prayer and spirituality. He also took much time in responding to questions concerning the relations between the Eastern Church and Western Church. His visit was part of a week-long ecumenical initiative that was organized by Rev. Damian MacPherson, SA, the Director for the Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto and Dr. Mary Morrocco. The week culminated in St. Michael's Choir School's choral presentation of the Passion According to St. Matthew which was composed by Archbishop Hilarion.
In Memory and Thanksgiving
of Ted Bannon
54 years of faithful service to
St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto
BANNON, Ted (Uriel) — Passed away at Scarborough General Hospital on Sunday, June 24, 2007, in his 86th year. Beloved brother of Timothy Bannon and wife Mary Elizabeth of Windsor and Grand Bend, Ontario. Ted was born in Logan Township, Perth County, son of the late Lorne Bannon (1981) and the late Mary Regan Bannon (1927). Predeceased by brothers Michael, 1958 and Rev. Murray, 1993. Survived by Tim and Mary Elizabeth, their children - Murray, Vince, Deirdre, Pearce, Brad and 6 great-nephews. Will be missed at family reunions by several first cousins. Ted was an integral part of the staff (maintenance) of St. Augustine’s Seminary for over 50 years. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and St. Augustine’s Seminary.
We were fortunate to have His Grace, the Right Reverend Bishop Kallistos Ware of Diokleia, auxiliary bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain here in Toronto last week. Bishop Kallistos was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University (1966-2001), and the author of numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith. He gave a lecture on “The Transfiguration of Christ and the Suffering of the World” at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on March 18, 2007. He also gave a lecture at St. Augustine’s Seminary on the topic of the priesthood in Greek Orthodox tradition on March 21, 2007.
On January 17, 2007, in anticipation of the “Week for Christian Unity”, Wycliffe College joined us at St. Augustine’s Seminary for a conference given by Professor Rabbi David Novak, followed by vespers preached by Wycliffe’s own Professor Joseph Mangina. The event concluded with a fellowship supper. We welcomed approximately thirty-five students and Faculty, including Professor Alan Hayes, the newly appointed Director of the Toronto School of Theology. The event encouraged all present to work toward building a society that respects the values that all three communities share, based upon their common faith heritage. Please view Dr. Joseph Mangina's sermon through this link: “You Have Saved the Best Wine Till Now”: John 2:1-11