Thursday, September 30, 2021

Discussing intercommunion of Syriac and Roman bodies

(Syriac Orthodox Church) - On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 28th and 29th, 2021, His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak (the Co Chair of this dialogue) along with Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, deacon George Kiraz and sub-deacon Imad Syryany, attended the Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Dialogue via ZOOM.On the first day, the discussion was on Eucharistic intercommunion, where Archbishop Kawak gave a short presentation about the common declaration signed by Rome and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. On the second day Sub-Deacon Imad gave a presentation on the qualities of the priesthood as expressed in the ordination rite of our Holy Church.


  1. Well, that's taking the wrong road....

    1. They've been on that road for a very long time. Their people in the diaspora without their own churches are usually told to go to Roman Catholic ones.

  2. Yep,,,we have been preempted,,,we had our chance to make nice and we blew it...too many reasons why it can't be done and not looking as to how it can be done.

  3. RJ, Are you aware of the Ba
    lamand Agreement and how The Rum Orthodox and Syriacs have been in cooperative mode for decades now?

  4. Of course, and it is us that is the wet blanket,,,,,we have no vision, no leadership, and no belief in Jesus who sought to go after the lost sheep, we are afraid of the lost sheep and keep them an arms length away. I learned a long time ago as chairman of my university's engineering alumni,,,that alumni never gave money because they were never asked or because they were never personally contacted. I have exhorted many a cleric regarding our lost sheep and making them feel that they were missed. To many are like fr prokopy marchenko who was pastor in Norwich CT. When I was president of the orthodox Christian fellowship at the univ of ct, I invited him to visit us and serve on campus,,,,he rejected the invitation and said if they want to go to church, let them come here.....stores was some 25 miles away and most of the students had no transportation,,,,,,btw the church in willomantic had parishioners come and pick us up, and supported our services on campus,and they were a smaller church,,,,,,,,too many of us follow the Norwich model,,,,it is just tragic that too many of us are just so myopic