The Maronite Enrichment Days is a venue that offers continuing education for the Maronite clergy of the Maronite Eparchies of Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Each year, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary invites a scholar to offer a series of talks on Syriac Theology.
In 2018, Seely Beggiani gave a lecture on Themes in Syriac Spirituality. The following year, Joseph Amar gave two talks on St. Ephrem. Robert Kitchen introduced the attendees to the Book of Steps in 2020.
Our brother priest, Rodrigue Constantin, graduated in May 2020 with a Ph.D. in moral theology and ethics from The Catholic University of America. He accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker at this year’s Online Maronite Enrichment Days. He is going to give three talks based on his dissertation entitled “Passions, Virtue, and Moral Growth in John of Apamea’s Dialogue on the Soul.”
Rev. Dr. Constantin will host us over ZOOM on three consecutive Thursdays, April 15, 22, and 29, from 11:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern Time. Registration is required (see below).
The organizers had hoped to host you for this event at the seminary in our nation’s capital this year, but, unfortunately, the circumstances dictate otherwise.
Passions, Virtue, and Moral Growth in John of Apamea’s Dialogues on the Soul
John of Apamea, also known as John the Solitary, is a fifth-century writer and monk, whose main ascetic work, The Dialogue on the Soul and Passions, has influenced later Syriac writers, such as Joseph Hazzaya, Philoxenus of Mabbug, and Isaac of Nineveh. Despite its considerable influence, the Dialogue has not been studied for its moral import, especially from the perspective of virtue ethics. This series of talks will undertake this task specifically. It will focus on three themes in the Dialogue:
Talk 1: The diseases of the soul
Talk 2: Psychopathology, therapy, and moral growth
Talk 3: The three levels of moral growth
His Excellency Bishop Gregory Mansour,
Maronite Eparchy of Brooklyn
His Excellency Bishop Elias Zaidan,
Maronite Eparchy of Los Angeles
Msgr. Peter Azar
Rector, Maronite Seminary
Fr. Armando Elkhoury
Vice-Rector, Maronite Seminary