History, Culture, and Spirituality in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. The Roman Academy and Theology at Arad

In 1822, in the ancient fortress of Arad, the foundations were laid for one of the most prestigious Romanian educational institutions, a secondary school of Orthodox theology.

This is associated with a large number of enlightened teachers, such as Patrici Popescu, Gennady Popescu, Augustin Hamsi, Yusuf Goldic, Vasili Mangra, Roman Ciorogario, Gregory Komta, Justin Socio, Theodor Bottic, Georgi Ciuhando and Nikolai Popovici. , Lazer Jacob, Ilarion F. Filia, Pietro Diliano, etc.

They are highly educated teachers, researching, writing, preaching, founding and leading cultural-church, charitable social, pastoral-missionary associations and societies or facing the vicissitudes of all times of their era, they defended themselves against any attempts at alienation (chauvinism, unionism, neo-Protestantism, atheism or Religious syncretism) – the ancestral faith, the Roman language and the nation formed in its midst.

In addition, the prestige that Arad’s theology enjoys has been bestowed with its direct connection to the most famous cultural forum, the Roman Academy, and some alumni, such as Vinceniu Babeș, Iosif Goldi, Vasile Mangra, Roman Ciorogariu, and Gheorghe Ciuhandu, by count. Among its full members, Honorary Correspondents or Members, and others, such as Archbishop Gregory Comoa, Dean Theodor Bottic, Ilarion F. Filia, at her ceremonial meetings, for the research work presented.

At the moment, under the protective prayer of one of her most learned teachers of the past, the martyr-priest Ilarion F. Phelia, Academic Theology of Arad, in 2022, the bicentennial of its existence.

With the blessing of His Eminence Bishop Timothy, Archbishop of Arad, a national symposium entitled “History, Culture and Spirituality in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” was held on Friday, June 3rd. The Roman Academy and Theology at Arad, a cultural, historical and theological embodiment marked by the beautiful meeting and cooperation that existed, over time, between the two mentioned institutions.

The ceremonial opening of the symposium was held in the hall of the Orthodox Theological College “Ilarion F. Philia” of Arad, in the presence of His Eminence Father Dr. Timothy Sevicho, Archbishop of Arad, for Mr. A. Akkad Iwan Buluvan, Dlowy. Chairman of the Arad Provincial Council d. Prof. Dr. Kudroza Stoica, Vice-Chancellor of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, and Mr. A. Doro Senacci, representative of the Arad County Governor’s Institute, represents the administration of the Arad Theological Seminary and all faculty, as well as students.

In his opening speech, Fr. the professor. Dr. Kristinil Euga, Dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology “Ilarion F. Philea” in Arad, gave a welcome address to both the speakers at the seminar, the official guests and the audience present at the event. Then he emphasized that the event, which is part of a series of intensive academic activities under the auspices of the bicentenary of Arad Theology, aims to deepen the historical, cultural and ecclesiastical realities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, against which – in fact – theological education took place in parts of Arad.

I cad university professor. Dr. Ioan Buluvan read a letter from the President of the Romanian Academy of Acad. University. Dr. Ewan Oriel Pope, through whom the beautiful and long-standing collaboration between the two institutions has been noted.

In his speech, he thanked His Eminence Father Dr. Timote Cevicio, Archbishop of Arad, the Forum of the Roman Academy on their willingness to be partners in the bicentenary of Arad Theology, as well as local administrative institutions to support these academic events.

Along with this letter, His Holiness referred to the fact that “Although the Arad Theological Seminary officially closed its doors in 1948, it continued to exist through other forms of education, with the support of the Diocesan Centre, which facilitated the resumption of this academic tradition. Arad, after Events of 1989. On the other hand, the imprint made by the esteemed pioneers, among whom are a number of personalities who had direct links with the Romanian Academy, honors us and makes us responsible.Therefore, we congratulate the College for the beautiful events designed for this year, especially for this prestigious event. high scientific.

After that, the delegate of His Eminence Bishop Lucian, Archimandrite Father Cassian Ruish, sent the letter to the high priest, in which he highlighted the good cooperation between the Karanzebe Diocese and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Arad.

During the same ceremonial opening, the floor was given one by one to the master. Justin Syunka, Chairman of the Arad Provincial Council, Prof. Prof. Dr. Kudroza Stoica, Vice-Chancellor of “Aurel Vlaicu” University in Arad, and Mr. A. Doro Senacci, representative of the Arad County Governor Foundation. In his speeches, the importance of the presence of this lofty institution of Roman theological culture in the life of the province and the city of Arad in the past and present was highlighted.

Gheorghe Ciuhandu’s research contribution to the study of the Transylvanian population was supported in plenary session by Acad University Professor. Dr. Ewan Bolovan.

The seminar continued throughout the day, with the participation of university professors of history and theology (from centers such as Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara, Sibiu, Oradea and Arad), Romanian historians and researchers from the country and from Vojvodina, as well as local teachers and historians.

In the reports they prepared and presented, the fruitful and diversified activity of some of the chiefs and teachers of Arad, such as Vasili Mangra, Roman Ciorugario, Gregory Kumoa, Theodor Bottic, George Siewhando, Ilarion F. Phila and Tudor Demian. The bibliographies of some of the contributors to the newspapers of Arad from Serbian girls, as well as some of the chief priests of Lugoi, Karansbic and Chisinau-Chris, the cultural activity of Arad from the interwar period, etc. It should also be noted that, in each section, there were interesting discussions about what was presented.

At the end of the symposium, Father Dean Kristinil Ioga thanked the guests present for their hard work and contribution to the success of this event, which, along with other events under the auspices of the bicentenary of Arad Academy, this national symposium also aimed to achieve success – at least in part – the size and importance of the Arad Academy Higher Theological Education in Arad from the past and today.

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