"Christian Orient - undiscovered heritage of humanity"

Faculty of Theology of the University of Opole, 9-13 October 2023

About Conference

The international academic conference aims to exchange thoughts and experiences related to the presence of Christians and Christian culture in the space of the wider Orient (Middle East, Far East, South Asia, Egypt, Ethiopia). The conference provides an opportunity for theologians and scholars from other disciplines to reflect on the heritage of the Christian East and its contribution to the global shape of modern civilization. Conference participants are invited to approach the main topic from their research perspective.

During the Conference participants will be also invited to attend an exhibition of eastern icons (see: exhibition catalogue), presentations of books and a concert of Syriac chants. On Thursday, October 12th, the Oriental Library of Prof. Andrzej Zaborski will be opened.

The confenerence program is available for download HERE.

Media about the Conference

Honorary Patronage

H. Em. Kurt Card. Koch

Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity

H.E. Andrzej Czaja

Bishop of Opole and the Grand Chancellor of the Faculty of Theology, University of Opole

H.E. Rami Flaviano Al-Kabalan

Apostolic visitor for Syro-Catholic faithful resident in Western Europe

Minister of Education and Science

Prof. Przemysław Czarnek

Plenary session speakers

  • H.E. Dr Rami Flaviano Al-Kabalan, Rome (Italy)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Tamcke, University of Göttingen (Germany)
  • S. Prof. Maria Ha Fong Ko, Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium, Rome (Italy), Holy Spirit Seminary Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr hab. Janusz Maria Czerski (Opole, Polska)
  • Rev. Dr hab. Waldemar Cisło prof. UKSW, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr Rafał Zarzeczny, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (Italy)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr René Roux, Theological Faculty Lugano (Svitzerland)
  • Dr hab. Michael Abdalla, UAM Poznań (Poland)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr Baby Varghese, SEERI, Kottayam (Kerala – Indie)
  • Rev. Patrick Massang CSsR, Ipoh (Malaysia)
  • Dr Nikos Kouremenos, Volvos Academy, Athens (Greece)
  • Rev. Dr Garry Pang, Hong Kong (China)
  • Rev. Dr Jacob Thekeparambill, SEERI Kottayam (Kerala – Indie)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr Elias Chakhtoura OAM, Université Antonine (Lebanon)
  • Prof. Dr Bishara Ebeid, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Italy)
  • Rev. Dr Ioniţă Apostolache, University of Craiova  (Romania)
  • Rev. Dr Jurij Szczurko, Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
  • Dr Emil Anton, Helsinki (Finland)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr hab. Zygfryd Glaeser, UO, Opole (Poland)
  • Rev. Dr hab. Jan Witold Żelazny prof. UPJP2, Kraków (Poland)
  • Rev. Dr hab. Mateusz Rafał Potoczny prof. UO, Opole (Poland)
  • Rev. Dr hab. Krystian Kałuża prof. UO, Opole (Poland)
  • Rev. Prof. Dr hab. Norbert Widok, UO, Opole (Poland

Media patronage

Strategic partners

Santiago Tours Travel Agency

Sebastianeum Silesiacum

Sanctuary of St. Jacek - Center of Culture and Science of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Opole