Neamt 2017

St. Gregory Palamas Seminar
International Research into the Philosophical and Theological Work of St Gregory Palamas
Third Meeting: The Jesus Prayer and its role in deification in St Gregory Palamas. Aspects of the Holy and the Sacred in Theology and Philosophy
Neamț, Romania: 3-6 July 2017

Organized by
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași
University of Bucharest
Institute for the Study of Values and Spirituality


Monday, July 3, 2017
Session I 16.00-19.00
Opening remarks
Manuel Sumares (Catholic University of Portugal at Braga) - Hypostatic Name: Archimandrite Sophrony on the Jesus Prayer
Constantinos Athanasopoulos (FHEA, United Kingdom) - The Mystical Experience of the Hysechastic Use of Jesus Prayer, Lessons from St Gregory Palamas.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Session II 09.00-13.00
John Farina (George Mason University, USA) - The Hesychast Prayer as Social Witness
Nikolaos Loudovikos (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Greece) – Spirituality and Misticism in St. Gregory Palamas
Krzysztof Korźyk (Jesuit University Ignatianum in Kraków, Poland) - On Uses and Misuses of the Jesus Prayer
Tony Svetelj (Boston College & Hellenic College, USA) - The Jesus prayer: mind - heart coherence in the light of modern neuroscience

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Session III 09.00-13.00
Marian Vild (University of Bucharest, Romania)- The Scriptures and the Jesus Prayer in the works of St. Gregory Palamas
Alexandru Tofan (Al. I. Cuza University of Iași, Romania) – Hesychasm as Spiritual Experience in Andre Scrima
Dan Chițoiu (Al. I. Cuza University of Iași, Romania) – Jesus Prayer and the Levels of Spiritual Experience. St Gregory Palamas and his Legacy
Nichifor Tănase (Eftimie Murgu University of Reșița, Romania) - The Blue Sapphire of the Mind and the Father’s Face (ἔξωθεν ἐϕώτιζε - ἔνδοθεν περιαυγάζει). Desert Fathers legacy, Evagrius and Palamas synthesis.

Concluding Remarks

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Visiting of the Monasteries in Neamț area

Highlights from the Conference: Praying with the Jesus Prayer during Great Compline; Travel to see and discuss with a Romanian Hesychast Nun.