Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J. to speak at annual Seminary Lecture

Rev. Brian Daley, S.J. is scheduled to speak at the 19th annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. With the lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. May 9 at St. John Cathedral Center in Munhall, Pa., Father Daley has selected “Breathing Unity: Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Today and its Promise for the Eastern Catholic Churches” as his topic.

The public is welcome to attend the lecture and hear about the ecumenical progress and cherished hopes of the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation of North America. The annual lecture series is sponsored by the Byzantine
Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius, a community of mentors, teachers, and students forming leaders for the Church in an environment of Christian unity, integrity, and missionary spirit, with a commitment to ecumenism.

Such a commitment identifies closely to our speaker’s topic. Father Daley is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Ind. A 1961 graduate of Fordham University (New York), he studied ancient history and philosophy at Merton College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, from 1961 to 1964, then entered the Society of Jesus. After theological studies in Frankfurt, Germany, and ordination to the priesthood in 1970, he returned to Oxford to complete a D.Phil. in the Faculty of Theology from 1972 until 1978. He then taught historical theology for 18 years at the

Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Notre Dame in 1996. He is the author of “The Hope of the Early Church” (Cambridge, 1991; Hendrickson, 2002); “Gregory of Nazianzus” (Routledge, 2006); and “God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered” (Oxford, 2018), as well as many articles. He is also the translator of “Hans Urs von Balthasar, Cosmic Liturgy — The Universe according to Maximus the Confessor” (Ignatius, 2003), and of collections of Byzantine homilies on the Dormition of Mary and the Transfiguration of the Lord (St.
Vladimir’s, 1998, 2013). His critical edition of the works of the sixth-century theologian, Leontius of Byzantium, appeared in 2018.

Father Daley is the executive secretary of the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation for North America. In fall 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize in Theology by Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first Jesuit and the first American to receive this award. The Seminary expects this year’s lecture by Father Daley to be of great interest, and seating
is limited. There will be time for questions and answers and a reception is to follow. There is no charge but registration is required by April 27. Register online at, call 412-321-8383, or email

St. John’s Cathedral Center is located at 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa. Founded in 1950, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary is a free-standing, English speaking theological seminary, welcoming all those seeking the knowledge possessed by the Eastern ecclesial traditions. The Seminary is authorized to grant the Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Divinity degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools