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North Central College religious studies professor quoted in Chicago Tribune

Nov 22, 2021

Perry Hamalis weighs in on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to the United States

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew—the spiritual leader of some 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide—spoke and received an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame, part of a historic 12-day visit to the United States.

The patriarch’s visit was seen as a moment of healing and a step on the long road toward potential reconciliation for the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, centuries after the two ancient faiths broke from one another during the Great Schism of 1054.

Rev. Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune regarding the patriarch’s visit to the United States.

“While this is a tumultuous time, Christ the ‘Prince of Peace’ is always offering healing and the Holy Spirit is always seeking to unite those who love God, love their neighbor and love creation,” said the Rev. Perry Hamalis, a professor of religious studies at North Central College in west suburban Naperville and an Orthodox deacon. “Orthodox Christians are people of hope — regardless of how much despair spreads in the world — and the visit of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spreads that hope in our great nation.”

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