I leave early tomorrow for a two day colloquium on the Syrian Fathers in Ghent organised by the Leerhuis van de Kerkvaders, a very hopeful ecumenical initiative to make the Fathers of the Church better known. The speakers include Dom André Louf (abbot emeritus of Mont des Cats and responsible for the French translation of the second series of St Isaac’s homilies), Brother Sabino Chialà (of Bose monastery in Italy) and Brother Benoît Standaert (of the abbey of Zevenkerken in Brugge, Belgium). They are providing presentations on  St Simon of Taiboutheh, St Isaac the Syrian and John of Dalyatha respectively.

It looks like a very promising line-up and I’ll try and write up as much as I can to share here when I get back.