On January 16, 2014, His Beatitude DANIEL, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Bucharest, and Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudgea, has consecrated the painting of the Romanian-American University’s Chapel and inaugurated the “Lux Mundi” reading room. On this occasion, Parish Priest Physician Drd. Vlad Toader was made iconom stavrofor.
At the end of the consecration, His Beatitude Daniel spoke wise words that also grabbed the participants’ attention.
Among the numerous participants we noted the presence of Professor Dumitru Miron, President of the Romanian-American Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture, Professor Ovidiu Folcuț, Rector of the Romanian-American University (RAU), Vice Rector Doinita Ciocirlan, Director Moni Smedescu and other representatives of the academic community.
His Beatitude Daniel emphasized in the speech delivered the importance of the role of the Chapel at the Romanian-American University in bringing together the academic community, in enriching themselves in the relationship of love with God and the humankind, thanking God for all the gifts received, for the existence of the world, for the help given in various difficult circumstances, for our biological parents and for our spiritual fathers. His Beatitude also remembered the very special moment with His Beatitude Teoctist, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Professor Ion Smedescu, RAU Founding Rector on the occasion of the Consecration of the Romanian-American University Chapel in 2007.
Allow us to remember that Professor Ion Smedescu, Founding Rector of the Romanian-American University, chose the same day as Rev. Prof. Dr. Dumitru Stăniloae, the 5th of October (1993, namely 2008), to step on the path of eternity. Former student of the „Christian love Theologian” – Father Staniloae, Professor Ion Smedescu often mentioned Father Staniloae, speaking of the misterious beauty of a wonderful landscape and the necessity of the conscious sense of the ordinance, of the beauty, in order to perform a task the right way, in joyful communion.
It is also worth to highlight that Rev. Prof. Dr. Dumitru Stăniloae was the mentor of the scholar Dan-Ilie Ciobotea who prepared, under his distinguished supervision within the context of “Doctor in Orthodox theology” process, the thesis “Christian Theology and Spirituality. The relation between them and the present state of things”. On the occasion of this thesis presentation, Rev. Prof. Dr. Dumitru Stăniloae said: “It is this kind of people that we need, people wishing to live according to the teaching of our Church”