Robert Taft to Deliver Manolis Lectures
Berkeley, CA. - Fr. Robert Taft, the world's leading expert on Byzantine liturgy and former Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome will deliver the Paul G. Manolis Distinuished Lecture Series Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 18 - 20, 2005. The three lectures will be delivered at the Chapel of the Pacific School of Religion on the campus of the Graduate Theological Union beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fr. Taft's lectures are entitled, Through their own eyes: Liturgy as the Byzantines saw it."
Fr. Taft is internationally known for his study of Eastern Christian Liturgy. He was professor of Oriental Liturgy at the Pontifical Insitute from 1970 to 2000. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Orientalia Christiania Periodica , as Assoctiate Editor of Orientalia Christiania Analecta and Studia Liturgica, and as a member of the Editorial Committee for liturgy of Concilium. He is presently Director of Publications at the Pontifical Oriental Insitute, Rome. He serves on the editorial boards of many international journals specializing in liturgical studies.
In addition to serving as board member and/or consultant of several academic and ecclisiastical bodies, Fr. Taft is a founding emmber of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the Association of Jesuit Liturgists, and a member of the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies, of the Society for Armenian Studies (retired 1999), and of the International Societas Liturgica. He was a member of the Governing Council of the latter society for ten years (1979 - 89), and its President from 1985 - 87.
Fr. Taft is a native of Providence, Rhode Island. He was ordained a priest in the Byzantine Slavonic (Russian) Rite in 1963. After receiving his M.A. in philosophy from Boston College, he spent three years as a missionary, teaching at Baghdad College, Baghdad, Iraq. He also holds degrees from Fordham University and Weston College (Mass.), the doctorate in Eastern Christian Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome and postdoctoral studies at the University of Louvain, Belgium.
Among the many honors and awards he has received, in 2001, Fr. Taft was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the highest honor the Academy confers on non-British academics in recognition of scholarly distinction. Five other Jesuits have held this distiction; Fr. Taft is the only U.S. Jesuit in history to have been so honored.
The bibliography of his publications and writings comprises 680 works, written in English, French, and Italian, including 21 books, two of them co-authored, plus seven others edited in collaboration with other authors.
The Paul G. Manolis Lectures
This is the second distinguished lecture series delivered under the new name, honoring churchman, community leader, and Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox INstitute, Paul G. Manolis. The Distinguished Lecture series was inaugurated in 1988 as a way of bringing to the Bay Area the best scholars fromthroughout the world to speak on topics of concern to the Orthodox Church. many of the lectures have been published by the InterOrthodox Press, the Institute's publishing arm. The previous Distingished Lecturers have been: His Grace Bishop Kalistos Ware (1988), Rev. John Meyendorff (1989), Jaroslav Pelikan (1990), His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios Fouyas (1992), Sir Dimitri Obolensky (1994), Lydia Black (1996), Christos Yannaras (1998), Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald (2000), and His Beatitutde Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos (2003).