Daughter of famous theologian Dumitru Stăniloae reposes in the Lord

Moscow, February 20, 2017

Photo: Cuvantul-ortodox.ro Photo: Cuvantul-ortodox.ro

Lidia Stăniloae, daughter of the world-renowned Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Stăniloae, reposed in the Lord at 7:40 in the morning on Friday, February 17, at the age of 83, reports Libertatea. Her funeral will take place Wednesday at noon at Cernica Monastery, just outside of Bucharets, according to the site of the Romanian Patriarchate.

Lidia Ionescu Stăniloae was born on October 8, 1933 in Sibiu in central Romania to Fr. Dumitru and his wife Preoteasă (Matushka) Maria.

She studied atomic physics at the University of Bucharest from 1951 to 1955, her thesis being the first work in Romania on the theory of nuclear fission. She worked in the physics department until she was kicked out when her father was arrested in 1958. She married the same year and had a son, Dumitru Horia Ionescu. From 1961 she worked as a professor of food chemistry.

In 1970 she embarked upon a literary career, publishing two volumes of poetry, in addition to other volumes she translated into the Romanian language.

In 1984 she emigrated with her son to Germany and began working in the University of Freiburg. In 1991 she published her novel The Paradise of the innocents and in 2000 the volume The Light of Deed from the Light of the Word was published. In 2003 she released a book of poetry, Meeting with God, and in 2009 her Memoirs of a Fugitive.

The daughter of the famous theologian has twice been awarded by the Romanian Patriarchate. She received the Dumitru Stăniloae Diploma and Medal in 2013, a year the holy synod solemnly dedicated to the memory of Fr. Dumitru, and in 2014 Patriarch Daniel bestowed upon her the Cross of Maria Brâncoveanu Order of the Romanian Patriarchate.

May her memory be eternal!


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