Rev. Dr. Augustine Babiak
Born in Charytanach near Przemysl (Poland) – 17 October 1959.
Priestly ordination – 21 June 1986 by Archbishop Ignatius Tokarchuk.
Pastoral work in the Latin diocese of Przemysl – 1986-1992.
Pastoral missionary work for the Ukrainian diaspora in France – 1992-2002.
Member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society – 2000.
Member of the Presbyteral Board in the Archdiocese Lyons – 1997-2002.
Pastoral work in the Province of Trent and Bolzano, Italy, since 2002.
Member of the editorial committee of the Modern Ukrainian Encyclopedia – 2003.
Member of the editorial committee of the Scientific Southeastern Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Przemysl (Poland) in 2003.
Promoter of justice for the beatification process of Father Mario Borzaga and catechist Paolo Thoj Xyooj – 2006-2008.
Deputy Postulator in the beatification process for the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky and the Ukrainian martyrs – 2009.
Rev. Dr. Stefan Batruch
Mitred Archpriest Dr. Stephen Batruch – born in 1963, in Miastko, Poland. Childhood and youth spent in the Biały Bór, where he completed the Taras Shevchenko primary school and the public lyceum. Graduated from the Lublin Spiritual Seminary in 1989. Spent one year was in Marino, near Rome, in the Monastery of St. Theodore Studite. Metropolitan Ivan Martyniak ordained him to the priesthood. From 1991 to 1993, he completed his licentiate studies at Lublin Catholic University in theology, spirituality and psychological-psychotherapeutic councelling. In December 2001, he defended his doctoral thesis on “The Model of Christian Life in the Light of Ascetical Works of Saint Basil the Great.”
Rev. Dr. Stephen Batruch frequently organizes international conferences, conducts retreats, has written numerous scientific articles, lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin and cooperates with the Theological Seminary of the Metropolia, serves as pastor in Lublin, does pastoral work among students, runs the foundation for spiritual-cultural borderlands, member of the Secretariat for Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation, belongs to the Commission of Ukrainian-Polish Cultural Affairs at the Polish Academy of Sciences, organised numerous events to commemorate Blessed Martyr Omelian Kovch—prisoner of Majdanek.
Rev. Dr. Enrico Cattaneo, SJ
Licentiate in Philosophy (three years), Aloisianum, Gallarate ,1967. Degree in Classics (four), University of Padua, 1971. Bachelor of Theology Degree (three years), Naples, 1974. Licentiate in Biblical and Systematic Theology, Institut Catholique, Paris, 1976. Doctorate in Theology and Religious Sciences, Institut Catholique, Paris (Sorbonne), 1979.
Rev. Dr. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB
Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, has been a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon since 1973. Ordained in 1981. He studied in Rome at both the Augustinianum and Sant’Anselmo, earning an S.T.D. at Sant’Anselmo in 1990. He has lectured, taught and published on a wide range of patristic and liturgical topics. He was a consultant for the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy from 1993-95 and worked in the same capacity for the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican. He lectures throughout the United States and abroad, and, since 1992, has taught for one semester each year at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and another at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. In 2004, he was named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology at the Vatican. In 2003, his book Theology at the Eucharistic Table was published. In February of 2005, a book on the Eucharist, directed to lay people and called What Happens at Mass, was published jointly by Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago and Gracewing in Great Britain. His lecture for the Carl J. Peter Chair is titled “Preaching in the Context of the Eucharist.” In 2011, he received from the Catholic University of America the prestigious “Quasten Award for Excellence in Theological Scholarship and Leadership.” He is in a second five-year term as a Consultor to the Congregation of Divine Worship in the Vatican.
Mother Valentina Hadarau, OSBM
Mother Valentina Hadarau, OSBM, was born 23 March 1962 at Maieru, Romania. She completed elementary school, high school and technical school in the field of textiles. She entered the clandestine Basilian community in 1980. She lived 9 years as a nun in the underground Church until 1989. In 1990, she went to Rome to study theology. After just one year, she had to return to Romania. Immediately after being freed from their clandestinity, the Basilian nuns did not possess a monastery in Romania; thus, their novitiate was transferred to Albano (Italy), where she was appointed mistress of novices. She was in Albano from 1991-1993 with a group of 17 novices. From 1993 to 1995, she returned to Romania, where she worked in various missions within her province. In 1995, she participated in the General Chapter and was elected as a general councillor until 2001. In 1998, she completed her theological studies at the Pontifical “Regina Mundi,” an associate institute of the Gregorian University in Rome. She returned to Romania, where she worked in formation and administration within her province: 2001 as vicar provincial and from 2007 until present as Provincial Superior.
Rev. Fr. Matey Havryliv, OSBM
Born on 22 February 1949 in the village of Rudnyky, Lviv region, Ukraine. After elementary school, he obtained a deree at the Technical College in Lviv (electronic processing equipment) and laboured in this field in Hust (Transcarpathian region). Subsequently, he served in the army two years, in Siberia (Sverdlovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk) and Kazakhstan. In 1971, he entered the St. Petersburg Seminary and then the Academy, where he received a Ph.D. degree in theological studies. In 1975, he was ordained to the priesthood (as a monk) by Metropolitan Nicodemus. After returning to Ukraine in 1977, for two years he served in parishes within the Lviv region. On 21 December 1979, he openly joined the Catholic Church and worked at various jobs (electrician, janitor, medical assistant, fireman), while simultaneously caring out clandestinely pastoral work, for which he was persecuted by the KGB. On 23 July 1980, he entered the underground novitiate of the Basilian Fathers and on 14 January 1988, into the hands of the hieromonk Yeronima Tymchuk OSBM, he made his solemn profession of monastic vows. On 4 August 1987, along with other underground priests, religious, faithful and two bishops, they proclaimed their “coming out of” the underground by forming the Committee to Protect the Church, actively working for the Church’s legalization. Three times he was arrested and punished with inprisonment, as well as military obligations such as working in Chernobyl in the Autumn of 1987. In 1990, he became the superior of the newly-regained Basilian monastery in Hoshiv. In the spring of that same year, he went with a delegation to Katholikentag in Berlin and then onto Rome, where he studied at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, completing a licentiate in liturgy in 1994. After returning to Ukraine, he spent four years as a professor at the Institute of Basilian Philosophical and Theological Studies in Zolochiv, while teaching at other institutes: Ukrainian Catholic University, Seminaries in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, catechetical courses, etc. Since 1999 until present, he served as Secretary and Consultor at the OSBM Generalate, rector of the Pontifical Institute of Pokrov in Rome and as a theological adviser to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
Rev. Dr. Steven Hawkes-Teeples, SJ
Born in 1953, Steven Hawkes-Teeples grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He was baptized into the Catholic Church during his first year at San Antonio College. He completed a BA and an MA in French literature at the University of Texas-Austin. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1982 and was ordained a priest in the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church in 1993. Studying under Archimandrite Robert Taft, he completed a doctorate in Eastern Christian liturgy in 1998 with a dissertation on the liturgy in the commentaries of St. Symeon of Thessalonika. From 1997 to 2001, he was director of the Diaconal Formation Program of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and at Regis College in Toronto. Since 2001 he has been teaching liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.
Very Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak
Born in Szprotawa, Poland, on September 13, 1959. Son of Andrew and Teresa (Kofla) Kaszczak. His parents were from Lemkivschyna and were deported to Western Poland in 1947 by the Akcia Wisla program. Most Rev. Basil H. Losten ordained him a deacon in 1984 and a priest in May of 1985. His work has included many pastorates (Troy, NY; Spring Valley, NY; Syracuse, NY; Rochester, NY; Woonsocket, RI; Fall River, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Hempstead, NY and Mt. Kisco, NY), including diocesan responsibilities as Director of Religious Education (1986) and Vocations Director (1986). He also served as Vice Rector of the minor seminary for four years (1997-2001). At present he is the administrator of Holy Protection parish in Mt. Kisco, NY. He completed a PH.D. in religious education (with honours) in 2005 at Fordham University, New York.
Very Rev. Basil Koubetch, OSBM – Protoarchimandrite (2004-2012)
Very Rev. Basil Koubetch, OSBM, was born 30 August 1960 in Umuarama, Paraná, Brazil. He entered the Basilian Order on 17 February 1978 in Ivai. He studied philosophy from 1984-1986 in Curitiba and theology from 1986-1989 at the Gregorian University in Rome. On 10 June 1990, Blessed Pope John Paul II ordained him a priest in Rome. From 1990-1992, he was enrolled in the licentiate program on Eastern church teachings at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He worked as a secretary and translator of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine: 1992-1994. He was transferred to Rome and worked as Chief Secretary and Archivist OSBM: 1995-1999. Then, he returned to Brazil and worked as a secretary and archivist in the Brazilian Province OSBM 1999-2004 in Curitiba. During the years 2000-2004, he completed a full course of Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and various other intensive courses in the formation of the human person and the spiritual life. He has spent over 25 years giving retreats for priests and consecrated persons. On 2 November 2004, he was elected Provincial Superior of the OSBM Brazilian Province. During the General Chapter in Rome, on 7 July 2004, he was elected Protoarchimandrite of Basilian Order of St. Josaphat.
Rev. Dr. Milan Lach, SJ
Rev. Milan Lach, SJ, was born in 1973 in Kežmarok, Slovakia. He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Trnava in 1995. He attended the Faculty of Theology at the Greek-Catholic University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Prešov and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Trnava. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Milan Chautur, CSsR, in 2001. In Košice, from 2001-2004, he worked at the Michael Lacko East-West Centre for Spirituality. In 2004, he began his licenciate studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, obtaining his doctorate in 2009 with a thesis entitled: Il contributo di Giorgio Giovanniccio Bazilovič OSBM alla formazione monastica dei basiliani nell’eparchia di Mukačevo (1789-1821). From 2009 to 2011, he was director of the Michael Lacko East-West Centre for Spirituality. He taught a semester at the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University in Košice. In 2011, he was appointed vice-dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Trnava, Bratislava, in charge of external relations and development of the faculty. During the summer semester of the academic year 2011/2012, he taught Christian Spirituality (dealing with the spirituality of the Christian East), at the Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Trnava.
Rev. Dr. Renzo Lavatori
Rev. Renzo Lavatori is a member of the Pontifical Theological Academy. At the Pontifical University Urbaniana, he teaches diverse courses: Christology, Economic Trinity, Fundamental Theology and Escatology in the first cycle and Theological Christocentrism, Pneumatology and Angelology/Demonology in the second cycle. He also teaches at the ISSR Apollinare (Christology and Soteriology) and the ISSR “Ecclesia Mater” at the Pontifical LateranUniversity. He read lectures in Pneumatology, Fundamental Theology and Angelology at the Theological Faculty in Oradea (Romania). He has held conferences on the Holy Spirit and Angels at the Theological Faculty in Cluj-Napoca and Blaj (11-15 April 2010). He has published numerous works on fundamental themes of the faith, on biblical theology and numerous articles in various theological journals.
Very Rev. Archimandrite Manuel Nin, OSB
Born in El Vendrell, Archdiocese of Tarragona, Spain, 20 August 1956. After elementary and high school, he entered the Monastery of Montserrat on 20 September 1975. In Montserrat, during his years of formation, he attended courses on scripture, liturgy, monasticism and language courses (Latin, Greek and Syriac). From 1977-1979, he completed a two-year philosophy program and from 1979-1984, he studied theology.
In the years 1984-1987, while staying at St. Anselm’s College (Rome), he attended the Patristic Institute—the Augustinianum. He also attended courses at Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, which is part of the Monastic Institute, and some courses at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. On June 9, 1987, he obtained a Licentiate in Theology and Patristic studies at the Augustinianum. He worked on the critical edition of “Four Syriac letters attributed to John the Solitary,” under the moderation of Bishop Joseph-M. Sauget and Fr. José M. Guirau, OSA. From 1987 to 1989, he has taught theology, patristics, an introduction to Eastern liturgies and Greek language in the monastery of Montserrat and begun research in view of his thesis.
Returning to St. Anselm, from 1989-1993, he attended the Augustinian Patristic Institute. On 20 January 1992, he defended his thesis for a doctorate on: Juan el Solitario. Los cinco discursos sobre las Bienaventuranzas. An excerpt of his doctorate was published by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, 1997. The complete doctorate is being published by the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, scriptores Syri of Leuven.
During his years of study and research, he participated in the Patristic Conference at Oxford and the “Symposium Syriacum,” held every four years. He also collaborates with the publication of the monastery of Montserrat, especially with the magazine Monastic Studies, in which he published several articles and, since 1994, he is the director.
During the academic year 1992-1993, he began to teach at St. Anselm, the Pontifical Liturgical Institute and in the Monastic Institute. In March 1994, he was appointed a consultant for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and he teaches courses for Integrative Year of formation for Eastern students, designed by the same Congregation. From January 1996, he has resided at the Pontifical Greek College in Rome. From academic year 1995/1996, he has also taught at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Since November 1997, he been a member of the Editorial Board of the new magazine called St. Ephrem Theological Journal. From 1996 to 1999, he was the spiritual director of the Pontifical Greek College. From the academic year 1998-1999, he was a visiting professor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Since 1998, he has been the assistant dean of the Benedictine Congregation of Subiaco, which belongs to the monastery of Montserrat. Since the academic year 2000-2001, he has taught the Sacraments for Eastern students at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Every year he holds an intensive course in the monastery of Montserrat on patristics, Eastern liturgies and ecclesiology. He is also a founding member of Syriaca, a research group in Italy on the Syriac Churches and Literature. Since 2007, he has taken part in training sessions for the hierarchs of Eastern Europe.
On 29 June 1999, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical Greek College in Rome. On 14 November 1999, he was made Archimandrite of the Diocese of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and all Galilee by the Melkite archbishop of that diocese, Msgr. Boutros Mouallem. On June 2002, he was re-appointed Rector of the Pontifical Greek College and again in April 2007 for another five-year term.
Rev. Fr. Porfiryj Pidruchnyj, OSBM
Rev. Fr. Porfiryj Pidruchnyj, OSBM, was born in Ivai, Brazil, in 1941. He completed his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1976, at the Pontifical Oriental University in Rome, he defended his doctorate dissertation in church history: A Historical Essay on the Legislation within the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat. He authored many articles on the history of the Basilian Order and edited many of the books published by the Basilian Monastery in Rome. He is the foremost Brazilian scholar on the history of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat.
Dr. Michelina Tenace
Michelina Tenace was born in San Marco in Lamis (FG) on 8 May 1954. She studied philosophy in France. She graduated in modern foreign literature at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. She received her doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1991.She teaches theological anthropology and courses on Eastern Christianity at the Gregorian University. She is a permanent member of the “Centro Studi e Ricerche Ezio Aletti.”
Her books include: La beauté unité spirituelle dans les écrits esthétiques de Vladimir Soloviev, éd. Fates Troyes 1993 (ed. italiana La bellezza unità spirituale, ed. Lipa, Roma 1994); Dire l’uomo. Dall’immagine alla somiglianza. La salvezza come divinizzazione, ed. Lipa, Roma, 1997 (2005 seconda edizione aumentata di 3 capitoli) ; Il cristianesimo bizantino. Storia, teologia, tradizione monastica, ed. Carocci, Roma, 2000; L’homme transfiguré par l’Esprit. Lumière de l’Orient sur la vie consacrée, coll. La Part-Dieu, éd. Lessius, Bruxelles 2005. Introduzione in Gregorio Palamas, L’uomo mistero di luce increata, ed Paoline, coll. Autori Cristiani del secondo millennio, Antologia e introduzione, Milano 2005, p. 7-110; Custodi della sapienza. Il servizio dei superiori, ed. Lipa, Roma 2007; L’audace de la foi, ed. Lipa, Roma 2010.