An exhibition "May they all be one" (Jn. 17:21)" was inaugurated at the quadriporticus of the Pontifical Gregorian University on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Josaphat Kuntsevych. St. Josaphat (c. 1580 - 1623), a monk among the founders of the Order of St. Basil the Great, dedicated his life to the search for unity among Christians and is still remembered today as the "apostle of Christian unity." The life and works of the saint of the Eastern Rite Catholic Church span Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus, testifying to the historical ties of the Eastern Rite Catholic Church with Western Europe and, in particular, with Rome as its spiritual seat. In 1623, St. Josaphat was martyred in Vitebsk. In 1643 he was beatified and in 1867 he was canonized.
"The quadriporticus of our university is a kind of 'agora,' and in my vision it is a space dedicated not only to meeting, but to enriching our knowledge," said Rector Mark Lewis during the opening event. "That is why I so willingly gave a positive opinion to host this exhibition. Moreover, images often stay in the heart and imprint themselves in the memory. I hope that anyone walking through the atrium will be surprised by these works and feel moved to learn more, and to know more."
Curated by Dr. Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See and the H.M. Order of Malta as well as an alumna of the Gregorian Church's Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage, the exhibition will be open until Nov. 20, after a round table discussion around the figure of Saint Josafat.
A few days earlier, the international conference «Identity and cult: theological, cultural and historical dimensions of Josaphat Kuntsevych» will be held at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
Visit of the President of the Parliament of Lithuania
(Photo by Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas)
Opening of the exhibition
(Photo by Mykhaylo Konchak / Pontifical Ukrainian College of St. Josaphat)