The Lourdes University Ecumenical Lecture Series was established in 1983 by former Lourdes Presidents Sr. Marie Andrée Chorzempa, OSF, and Sr. Ann Francis Klimkowski, OSF, as a way to foster and encourage Christian unity.

Hosted by Lourdes’ Department of Theological Studies, the 32nd Annual Ecumenical Lecture, “The Question of Baptism in Ecumenical Relations,” will be held in the Franciscan Center on Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. Bishop Alexander Golitzin, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America, will serve as speaker.

Baptism has long been and should be a source of unity among Christians, but difficulties have sometimes arisen. Bishop Alexander will draw upon sound historical theology and our shared tradition to help remove some of the roadblocks on the path to unity between the Orthodox, Catholics and other Christians.

About Bishop Alexander Golitzin:
Bishop Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford, he took a position in the theology department at Marquette, where he taught for over 20 years. He has also worked for the Orthodox Church in America in a variety of capacities. Ordained in 1982, he served at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Milwaukee while teaching at Marquette. He was elected and then consecrated Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America in 2012, in which office he currently serves.

 Bishop Alexander

Offered in cooperation with Toledo Area Ministries and the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commission. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ben Brown, Ph.D, Chair of Theological Studies, at 419-824-3946 or email