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Wherefore, having so many great and glorious examples set before us, let us turn again to the practice of that peace which from the beginning was the mark set before us... St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to Corinthians, 19

NGO St. Clement’s Center: Communion and Dialogue of Cultures

• Founded in 2007 in Kyiv with the blessing of His Beatitude Volodymyr, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine.

• Inaugurated on the feast of St. Clement of Rome on December 8, 2007.

Inauguration photo with the Archbishop of Poltava and Myrhorod Philipp, Cardinal Walter Kasper, Rev. Milan Zust SJ and Constantin Sigov, the founder of the Center.

Mosaic of St. Clement of Rome in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv Apse Mosaic in the Basilica of St. Clement in Rome

During the visit to Vatican, November 2009 On the right: archimandrite Philaret (Iegorov), the spiritual father of St. Clement’s Center, and Constantin Sigov greeting Pope Benedict XVI

During the meeting with Father Stefan Dartmann SJ, Head of Renovabis

Father Stefan Dartmann and Constantin Sigov with Bishop Hilary of Makariv and Fr. Ambrose (Makar)

Our Goals and Tasks Main goal: • to contemporize and disseminate the spiritual heritage of St. Clement of Rome and Stt. Cyril and Methodius Principal tasks: • dialogue between Christians and diverse cultural traditions towards peaceful resolution of controversial questions • dialogue of Christians with contemporary culture from a missionary perspective • active participation in spiritual and theological education, promotion of dialogue between academic education and the Church

Our Projects • Tomos Agapis Kyiv Summer Theological University

• Theological publications of Bibliotheca Clementina

• Development of the Electronic Theological Library

• Development of the website of St.Clement’s Centre

Kyiv Summer Theological University (annually from 2003) Runs in cooperation with the “Ark” Orthodox spiritual and educational centre of St. Parasceva parish of the village of Lyshnya (Kyiv region). Parish priest – Archimandrite Philaret (Iegorov). Gathers participants (Orthodox, Catholic, Greek-Catholic, Protestant) from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the USA, among other countries. Consists of the Lecture Program and Children’s Academy, which run simultaneously. Provides: 1. Profound theological ecumenical education in a non-formal setting both for laymen and clergy. 2. Profound spiritual component in theological education (regular common prayer and participation in the services of the Orthodox Church). 3. Integration of advanced theological studies with the life of the parish and, thus, with specific local realities of the Church.

Kyiv Summer Theological University

At the “Ark” Centre of St. Parasceva parish Village of Lishnya, Kyiv region

At the beginning‌

And today‌

Constantin Sigov and Fr. Philaret in front of the Ark, 2004

With Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Rev. Milan Zust and Dr. Joachim Sauer 2007

Lecture program

In the classroom‌

Round table on Theology in the Church and in the University

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bremer, MĂźnster, Germany

Rev. Didier Berthet, Paris, France

Round table in memory of Cardinal Thomas Spidlik

Lecture by Archbishop Alexander Golitsyn

Reading Dante in Italian with Dr. Stefania Sini

With Prof. Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan, Atlanta, Georgia


A baptism…


“Points Coeur” volunteers from the USA, Poland, France, Columbia

After lectures…

At the village lake…

At the fire…

“Juice of the Land” village folk ensemble

Sunday Liturgy in St. Parasceva of Serbia church

Small symbols of unity‌



Icon painting workshop with Heart’s Home (2012)

Children’s Icons

Animation workshop (2012)

Life in the Lishnya’s Ark

Children’s Liturgy (2012)

Assumption Readings International Theological Conference (yearly, 12 years) •

Organized by European Humanities Research Centre of National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ in close cooperation with St. Clement’s Centre

Ecumenical event: brings together distinguished theologians from different Christian traditions to discuss topics that unite them

promotes cooperation between Academia and Church by holding the events of the conference both in Church and academic institutions

promotes Christian tradition in Ukraine through raising interest to the conference in wider audiences of Ukrainian society.

The 10th Assumption Readings Conference (2010): “Christian Feast: Thanksgiving. Liberation. Unity.� Group picture in front of St. Sophia of Kyiv with His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir

Metropolitan Philaret and Archbishop Ivan



Assumption Readings Collection of Articles (in cooperation with “Dukh i Litera” (Spirit and Letter) Research and Publishing Association

2011: Childhood in Christian tradition and contemporary culture.

2010: Christian Feast: Thanksgiving, Liberation, Unity,

2009: Memory and Hope: Horizons and Paths of Finding Meaning,

2008: Memory and History: at the Crossways of Cultures,

2007: Friendship and its forms, ordeals and gifts,

Assumption Readings Collection of Articles •

2006: The Unity of the Human Person and the Meeting of Cultures,

2005: Human Being. History. Gospel,

2004: Human Person and the Problem of Tradition: Meeting of Generations and the Quest of Continuity,

2003: Ways of Education and Witnesses of Righteousness: Person. Family. Society,

2002: Education and Family in Post-Atheistic Societies,

2001: Family in PostAtheistic Societies,

Bibliotheca Clementina (in cooperation with “Dukh i Litera” (Spirit and Letter) Research and Publishing Association

Bibliotheca Clementina

Kyiv-Münster: International Student Seminar “Religion and the Church as a Challenge to Modernity: Germany and Ukraine •

Jointly organized by Münster University, St. Clement’s Center “Communion and Dialogue of Cultures,” the European Humanities Research Center at the National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ (NaUKMA) and St. Thomas Institute of Religious Studies

an opportunity for an in-depth dialogue between Ukrainian and German participants

Consisted of two parts: a week of sessions in Kyiv (late May) and a week of sessions in Muenster (late June)

12 Topics: • Ecclesial Identity as Roman Catholic/Orthodox Christian • Church and Modernity • Tradition and Innovation • Local Church and Universal ChurchThe Liturgical Consciousness of the Church… among others

In Kyiv: Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, St. Sophia Museum, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Institute of Philosophy, St. Thomas Institute

Trinity feast in Lishnya‌

Wilhelms-Universit채t M체nster and Borrom채um Seminary

Around Münster…

Taize Day of Trust in Kyiv in 2009

Taize prayer in St. Alexander Catholic Cathedral

St. Alexander Cathedral

With Bishop Hilary in Holy Assumption Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

Visit to Taize in 2011

With brother Alois‌

In Taize church‌

Brother Roger. Simple Faith. Selected Texts. To be published in “Dukh i LItera” in September 2012

Preparing to the visit of brother Alois to Kyiv in September 2012…

St. Clement's Center presentation  
St. Clement's Center presentation  

presentation of St. Clement's Center "Communion and Dialogue of Cultures"