Preview: Excursion to Romania

Outer facade of the Moldovița monastery church

Outer facade of the Moldovița monastery church (16th century)

Fr., 23.05. –  Sa., 31.05.2025

(about Ascencion) 9 days


97% of the Romanian population belong to a Christian denomination, the highest figure in Europe after the Vatican State (98.6%). 

We would like to explore this phenomenon on an excursion (SS 2025) and in the compulsory preparatory seminar:




LV 010094 (WS 2024)  

Discover Romania: denominational diversity, communist heritage and religious life today.

Preparatory Seminar LV 010094 (WS 2024) Dates
Thurs10.10.2418.30 - 20.00Presence
Sat 19.10.2409.45 - 16.30Presence
Thurs21.11.2418.00 - 21.00online
Thurs28.11.2418.00 - 21.00online
Thurs12.12.2418.00 - 21.00online
Thurs23.01.2518.00 - 21.00online


We will look at the history, culture and current diversity of denominations and practised religiosity in this country, which is so close and yet often very far away for many.

Binding pre-registration for the excursion is required by the end of October 2024 (stating the relevant faculty affiliation!) 

Students of the Faculty of Catholic Theology will be given preferential consideration when registering, but we are also happy to receive applications from students of other faculties.

Total costs: approx. 1,400 euros incl. full board (with faculty grant probably only approx. 700 euros)

This page will be continuously updated and will contain all the necessary information. We will also inform you about updates on the excursion via social media.

Contact:  Mag. Daniela Wiedl  +43 1 4277 - 30211

Program for download.

(see also the two maps below, press the [ ] symbol in the frame at the top right)


Programm Points


A warm welcome!

Team f.l.t.r.: Wiedl, Uhryn,Németh, Moga, Heith-Stade


 The Department of Theology and History of the Eastern Churches deals in research and teaching with:

  • Orthodox Churches
  • Eastern Catholic Churches
  • Oriental Orthodox Churches
  • Patrology

It inscribes itself in a continuous research tradition at the University of Vienna (Eastern Church Law at the Faculty of Law since 1867, Eastern Church Studies and Patristics at the Faculty of Catholic Theology since 1975).

Against the background of the strong presence of Eastern Churches in Austria (Orthodoxy in second place among churches and religious communities) and the importance of the location for ecumenism, the department forms an important European interface of teaching and research in the field of Eastern Church Studies.

With regard to European transformation and identity processes, the historical dimension of the subject is of particular importance.

News from Eastern Church Studies and Orthodox Religious Education


In einem Kathpress Artikel vom 23.07.2024 analysiert Thomas Németh...


Eine Möglichkeit, die Geschichte und Kunst der Ostkirchen...


Am 27.06.2024 hielt Ioan Moga einen Vortrag und nahm an der...


Warum die Orthodoxen den Vatikan-Vorstoß zum Papstamt ernstnehmen...


"Gold und Weihrauch". Eine Reise durch Kunst und Gottesdienst der...


In der Sendung Orientierung vom 16.06.2024 sprach Ioan Moga zum neuen...


"Am orthodoxen Himmelfahrtstag hat der Vatikan für eine erhebliche,...


Beitrag im Rahmen des interdisziplinären Fachworkshops "Verantwortung...

Publications of our department

Thomas Németh is an author in the anthology "The 'Lviv Sobor' of 1946 and Its Aftermath. Towards Truth and Reconciliation", which has just been published in the series Eastern Christian Studies, vol. 34 (edited by Adam A.J. DeVille and Daniel Galadza) by Brill, Leiden/Boston, with the essay "Canoncial Considerations on the Legitimacy of the 'Lviv Sobor' of 1946" (co-author: Teodor Martynyuk).

Ioan Moga,  "Care iarăși va să vină". Jurnal hristologic în 31 de zile [He, who will come again. Christological diary in 31 days]. Doxologia: Iași 2023, ISBN (Print): 978-630-301-096-0.




Ioan Moga, Orthodoxe Selbst- und Fremdbilder. Identitätsdiskurse der rumänischen orthodoxen Theologie des 20. Jh. im Verhältnis zur Römisch-Katholischen Kirche [Orthodox Images of Self and Other. Discourses of Identity in 20th Century Romanian Orthodox Theology in Relation to the Roman Catholic Church]. Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society. - Volume 18, Vienna University Press V&R unipress: Göttingen 2020.

Ioan Moga, "Sfânta Treime între Apus și Răsărit. Despre filioque și alte dileme teologice"[Die heilige Dreifaltigkeit zwischen West und Ost. Über das Filioque und andere theologische Dilemmata]. Colectia Universitas, Seria: Teologia dialogica 1, Ed. Eikon: Cluj-Napoca 2012, ISBN: 978-973-757-658-3  Full text on Academia too.



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Byzantine prayer book in Swedish with prayers from the Greek and Slavic traditions. Translation and selection by  David Heith-Stade.