He was the last of five children of Rebeca mother and Irimie father. In the fall of he earned his Ph. The Metropolitan Center in Sibiu offered him a fellowship in Byzantology? He went to Munich to attend the courses of Prof. He married on 4 October , and his wife gave birth to twins in , named Dumitru and Maria.
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In addition to commentary on the works of the Church Fathers and a Romanian translation of the Philokalia , his masterpiece The Dogmatic Orthodox Theology established him as one of the foremost Christian theologians of the later half of the twentieth century.
His mother, Rebecca, was the niece of a priest. He was the youngest of their five children. The following year he received a fellowship from the Gojdu Foundation. From he attended classes at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest. In the fall of , Dumitru received his doctoral degree after completing his dissertation Life and Work of Dosoftei of Jerusalem and His Connections with Romanian Principalities.
Over the next several years he studied Byzantology and Dogmatics under a fellowship from the Metropolitan Center in Sibiu as well as attending courses taught by Professor August Heisenberg in Munich. In and , he researched documents concerning Gregory Palamas in Berlin, Paris, and Constantinople. On October 4 , , he married Maria Mihu, who presented him the following year with twins, Maria and Dumitru.
His son Dumitru died shortly after birth. His daughter Maria survived until April On October 8 , , Dumitru was ordained deacon , followed by his ordination to the priesthood on September 25 , On October 8, , another daughter, Lydia, was born to the couple. On January 1 , , Fr. Dumitru became the director of the newspaper Romanian Telegraph, a position he held until In June he was named rector of the Theological Academy in Sibiu. Under political pressure, Fr.
Dumitru was forced in to step down from the rectorship of the academy , although he continued teaching as a professor until the next year, In , however, this chair was abolished. Still, Fr. Dumitru continued to teach graduate students as a professor of dogmatics. In Fr. Dumitru began to attend meetings of the Rugul Aprins Burning Altar group. The group met at the Cernica and Antim Monasteries and was a center for rejuvenation of Orthodox Christian life in Bucharest.
In , coinciding with the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from Romania, a wave of political arrests were made, including members of the Rugul Aprins group. Dumitru was among those arrested. On September 5 , , he was confined to prison to await his trial, which began on November 4 , Over next several years, Fr. Dumitru was moved among a number of prisons.
He was held in isolation for months at a time until he was released in In he was asked by the Romanian State Department of Cults to write articles and take part in studies as the government attempted to project an image of religious freedom in Romania. Dumitru was permitted to travel and attend worldwide conferences. In he was permitted to attend conferences in Freiberg and Heidelberg. The same year he lectured at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Then, in , he retired but continued as a consultant professor for doctoral studies. During the succeeding years he was honored often, including receiving honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Thessaloniki in ; St-Sergius Orthodox Institute in Paris, France, in ; from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Belgrade in ; from the University of Theology of Athens in ; and from the University of Bucharest in On October 5 , , Fr.
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