Every historical era is marked by certain personalities who assure the immortality of the age through their legacy, whether as academics or statesmen or masters of the spirit. Andre Scrima certainly belongs to this latter category. Andre was one of the most interesting religious figures of the church from the second half of the 20th century. Educated, elegant, with an exceptional academic and spiritual training, Andre was enigmatic but open to cooperation, an unconventional Orthodox monk, charismatic, a born diplomat with a presence of mind that often oscillated between intuition and solid argument, attentive both to speech and to clothing and manners.
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He worked for over 45 years on a comprehensive Romanian translation of the Greek Philokalia , a collection of writings on prayer by the Church Fathers , together with the hieromonk , Arsenie Boca , who brought manuscripts from Mount Athos. His book, The Dogmatic Orthodox Theology , made him one of the best-known Christian theologians of the second half of the 20th century. He was the last of five children of Rebeca mother and Irimie father.
His mother was a priest's niece. In the fall of he earned his Ph. The Metropolitan Center in Sibiu offered him a fellowship in Byzantology? He went to Munich to attend the courses of Prof. He was ordained a deacon on 8 October and was ordained priest on 25 September In June he became rector of the Theological Academy in Sibiu.
The group gathered regularly at the Cernica and Antim monasteries, maintaining Christian life in Bucharest. He remained a professor until , when he was transferred to the University of Bucharest 's Faculty of Theology, as the Ascetics and Mystics chair. Because of political unrest in Romania in , following a split in the Romanian Communist Party , Fr Dumitru was arrested by the Securitate on 5 September. While he was in Aiud prison, his only surviving child, Lidia, gave birth to his grandchild, Dumitru Horia.
Lidia was asked to leave the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Physics because of the arrest of her father. He was freed from prison in , and then began work as a clerk at the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church , and began teaching again in October. He attended conferences in Freiburg and Heidelberg at the invitation of Prof. Paul Miron , with the permission of the State Department of Cults, who wanted to change the image of Romania.
He was awarded the Dr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article uses the Romanian form for the name of this city in northern Bukovina. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file.
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