50 years of pastoral activity – Pr. Prof. Dr. Theodor Damian, President of AOSR New York Branch

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Pr. Prof. Dr. Theodor Damian, full member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists, President of the New York branch of AOSR was celebrated for 50 years of pastoral activity, 35 of which in New York. We invite you to watch the video made on this occasion by Romanian TV of NY (RTVNY).

On May 28, 2023, the Romanian Orthodox Parish “Saints Peter and Paul Apostles of Astoria” NY celebrated the anniversary of the retirement from pastoral work of Father Professor Doctor Theodor Damian. His 50 years of service to the church, the last 35 of which have been in the USA and 30 at the parish he founded in 1993, were celebrated with a Mass celebrated by a choir of priests led by His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of the Americas. His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae conferred the “Stephen the Great and Holy” medal to the priest professor and the highest distinction for lay people, the “Patriarchal Cross” to the priestess Claudia Damian, RTVNY headlines.


Prof. Dr. Theodor Damian is a poet, theologian and professor of philosophy and ethics at the Metropolitan College in New York. In 1993 he founded and registered with the American authorities the “Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality”, the Church of “Saints Peter and Paul”, and also the “Mihai Eminescu” cenacle. At the same time, Th. Damian edited the Romanian culture and spirituality magazine Lumină Lină. He made his debut as a poet in the magazine Săptămâna Română and then published in many other magazines in Romania and abroad. His first book was the bilingual Liturgy of the Word/Liturghia Liturghia du mot (1989), followed by The Wheel of Books, The Morning of the Resurrection, Prayers in Hell, The Temptation of the Wound, The Icons, The Spiritual Implications of the Theology of the Icon, The Passion of the Text, Nemitarnice, Poesias, The Sign of the Isar, Stanzas of the Rock, etc.

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