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Inaugural Commencement Exercise Held at Seminary

The Saint Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary held its first-ev­er com­mence­ment ex­er­cise on the evening of Fri­day, May 17, 2019, in the Sem­i­nary au­di­to­ri­um. The cer­e­mo­ny opened with the recita­tion of prayers and the singing of sev­er­al hymns by the choir of the Con­vent of Saint El­iz­a­beth the Grand Duchess of Rus­sia, fol­lowed by read­ings from the Apos­to­los and the Gospel. Ad­dress­es were then de­liv­ered by His Emi­nence, the Most Rev­erend Bish­op Dr. Aux­en­tios, Rec­tor of the Sem­i­nary; the Very Rev­erend Archi­man­drite Dr. Pat­a­pios, Dean of the Sem­i­nary; the Very Rev­erend Archi­man­drite Gre­go­ry, one of the Master’s grad­u­ates; and Sche­ma­nun Euprax­ia, one of the Bach­e­lor’s grad­u­ates. His Emi­nence then con­ferred the Master of The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies de­gree on three of the grad­u­ates and the Bach­e­lor of The­ol­o­gy de­gree on an­oth­er three grad­u­ates. The Very Rev­erend Hegu­men Dr. Akakios, a Pro­fes­sor at the Sem­i­nary, of­fered clos­ing re­marks, and His Emi­nence con­clud­ed with a prayer and the dis­missal. The ex­er­cise it­self was im­me­di­ate­ly fol­lowed by a ban­quet, served by the nuns of the Con­vent and the stu­dents of the Sem­i­nary, in the Sem­i­nary dining hall.

The six grad­u­ates of the Class of 2019 in­clud­ed three mem­bers of the Brother­hood of the Saint Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery and three mem­bers of the Sis­ter­hood of the Con­vent of Saint El­iz­a­beth the Grand Duchess of Rus­sia. The Very Rev­erend Archi­man­drite Gre­go­ry, Schema­monk Chrysos­to­mos, and Sche­ma­nun Seraphi­ma re­ceived the Master of The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies de­gree, while the Rev­erend Hierodea­con Photii, Sche­ma­nun Syn­kletike, and Sche­ma­nun Euprax­ia re­ceived the Bach­e­lor of The­ol­o­gy de­gree. Father Gre­go­ry and Father Chrysos­to­mos have gone on to en­roll in the Doc­tor of Min­istry Pro­gram at the San Fran­cis­co The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, the al­ma mater of the Very Rev­erend Hegu­men Dr. Akakios and the Rev­erend Abbess Dr. El­iz­a­beth, the Su­pe­ri­ors of the Monastery and of the Con­vent, re­spec­tive­ly. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Class of 2019! (See, in the photograph above, from left to right, Father Photii, Father Gre­go­ry, Father Chrysos­to­mos, Father Pat­a­pios, Bish­op Aux­en­tios, Mother Seraphi­ma, Mother Syn­kletike, and Mother Euprax­ia.)

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Bishop Ambrose of Methone Lectures at St. Photios Seminary

Dur­ing the course of a stay in Et­na, Cal­i­for­nia, the Right Rev­erend Bish­op Am­brose of Methone, a mem­ber of the Holy Syn­od of the Church of the Gen­uine Ortho­dox Chris­tians of Greece (GOC), de­liv­ered a pub­lic lec­ture at the Saint Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. His Grace was vis­it­ing Et­na to cel­e­brate the Feast Day of the Saint Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery on March 24 and to at­tend the For­ti­eth-Day Me­mo­ri­al of Metropoli­tan Chrysos­to­mos on March 27. At the in­vi­ta­tion of the Most Rev­erend Bish­op Aux­en­tios, Rul­ing Hier­ar­ch of the Dio­cese of Et­na and Port­land and Rec­tor of the Sem­i­nary, Bish­op Am­brose gra­cious­ly ad­dressed an ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous talk to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty on the evening of March 27 about his ex­ten­sive mis­sion­ary ac­tiv­i­ties.

His Grace’s pas­toral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, which be­gan with his Con­se­cra­tion to the Epis­co­pa­cy in 1993, are of an as­ton­ish­ing breadth. As a mem­ber of the Syn­odal Μis­sion­ary Com­mis­sion of the GOC, His Grace acts as the Locum Te­nens of five Dio­ce­ses: the Metropo­lis of Syd­ney (Aus­tralia), the Metropo­lis of Kanan­ga (Demo­crat­ic Repub­lic of Con­go), the Dio­cese of Ala­nia (South Os­se­tia), the Dio­cese of Rich­mond (Great Bri­tain), and the Dio­cese of Em­bu (Kenya). In ad­di­tion, he over­sees com­mu­ni­ties, both monas­tic and lay, in the Repub­lic of the Con­go, France, Bel­gium, New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore, In­done­sia, and Malaysia, as well as work­ing with the Dio­cese of Lu­ni (Italy) and fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­la­tions be­tween the GOC and its Sis­ter Church, the Old Cal­en­dar Ortho­dox Church of Ro­ma­nia. Un­til re­cent­ly, His Grace al­so man­aged a mis­sion in Ugan­da, which is now un­der the care of the Most Rev­erend Metropoli­tan Demetrius of Amer­i­ca.

A poly­glot and a glo­be­trot­ter, Bish­op Am­brose has, by the very na­ture of his min­istry, be­come “a cit­i­zen of the world,” to use the ex­pres­sion of the philoso­pher Dio­genes. “As you see, I have to be­come all things to all peo­ple,” His Grace ex­plained. “I of­ten get told, you know, you’re half Ge­or­gian, or you’re half Os­se­tian, or you’re half Kenyan, or what­ev­er—so many halves. The most dif­fi­cult thing about this is the change in men­tal­i­ty be­tween each par­tic­u­lar place. You have to get in­to the place, in­to their heads, in or­der to un­der­stand what they’re think­ing, how they’re re­act­ing.” As was clear from His Grace’s en­gross­ing lec­ture, bear­ing the Apos­tolic cross of mis­sion­ary work re­quires “a lot of pa­tience, a lot of good­will; you’re go­ing to be ac­cused, you’re go­ing to be abused, you’re go­ing to be mis­in­ter­pret­ed many times. That’s the case ev­ery­where, so noth­ing spe­cial about the mis­sion­ary field. But al­so a lot of zeal and love for the Ortho­dox Faith; with­out that, you’re not go­ing to get any­where. And to un­der­stand and to be able to adapt your­self to the lo­cal cir­cum­stances. To be a vis­i­tor is easy enough, but it’s not enough; you have to be one of them.”

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Seminary Achieves Preaccreditation

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) advanced the Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary from Applicant for Accreditation to Candidate for Accreditation, the equivalent, in the terminology of the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (USDE), of preaccreditation. This occurred in the context of the ABHE’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The COA appointed a five-member evaluation team, accompanied by a staff representative of the COA and an independent observer from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), to visit the Seminary for three days in September of last year, and it was based on the findings of this evaluation team that the COA made its decision. Both Bishop Auxentios, the Rector of the Seminary, and Archimandrite Patapios, the Dean of the Seminary, were originally scheduled to be present at the Annual Meeting, but the sudden repose of Metropolitan Chrysostomos on February 16 prevented Bishop Auxentios from attending as planned; Father Patapios therefore acted as the Seminary’s sole representative.

Dr. Kevin Hester, Secretary of the COA, announced the decision of the Commission to “grant candidate status to Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary (CA) until 2024 in light of the Commission on Accreditation’s judgment that the institution adequately complies with ABHE’s Institutional Accreditation Standards, including documentation of the appropriateness, rigor, and achievement of its stated student learning outcomes and all other Title IV eligibility requirements, and demonstrates sufficient progress to achieve initial accreditation within a maximum of five years.” We note, with reverent awe at the unfathomable Providence of God, that the very day the Seminary achieved preaccreditation was, according to the Church Calendar, the Feast Day of Saint Photios the Great, the Patron of the Seminary, and that the decision itself was communicated to Father Patapios at the very hour during which Bishop Auxentios was conducting the funeral of Metropolitan Chrysostomos, the spiritual Father of the Seminary, at the Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery in Etna, California. (See, in the pho­to­graph be­low, from left to right, Dr. Ronald Kroll, Director of the COA; Archimandrite Patapios; and Dr. M. Shane Wood, Associate Director of the COA.)

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Repose of St. Photios Seminary Professor

Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Etna, who taught statis­tics, pas­toral psy­chol­o­gy, and Pa­tris­tics at the sem­i­nary, which he helped co-found, died Saturday, February 16, 2019, from complications of a long bout with heart disease. He was co-founder of the Saint Gregory Palamas Greek Orthodox Monastery in Etna, which he served as Abbot for more than a decade, and a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, its correspondence program having been the predecessor of the Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Private funeral services and burial were at the Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery.

The Metropolitan’s grandmother was a minor aristocrat of Spanish and English extraction, and throughout his life, out of respect and admiration for her, he used her Spanish names, as well as his Greek family name. Most of his Greek family fled to Italy and Spain in the fifteenth century, when Greece and the Byzantine Empire were captured by the Turks. In exile, they distinguished themselves in academic life and in business life. Continuing in his family’s academic tradition, His Eminence received his undergraduate education in history at the University of California, where he began his studies in pre-medical zoology.

He then completed a second B.A. degree in psychology at California State University and the Licentiate in Theology at the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, shortly before he became its Academic Director. He also earned an M.A. degree in Byzantine history from the University of California. He completed an M.A. and doctorate in psychology at Princeton University, where he taught for three years as a Preceptor (assistant instructor) in the psychology department. He went on from Princeton to accept a professorship at the University of California, Riverside.

After becoming a monk, Metropolitan Chrysostomos taught as a professor for a short time at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and at the Ashland Theological Seminary. Later, he accepted a one-term appointment as visiting professor of Patristics and the psychology of religion at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University in Sweden.

Among his academic honors were a Chairman’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and, in 1982, an appointment as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School. During the academic year 2000–2001, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania. He lectured as a visiting professor under the auspices of his Fulbright appointment, in historical theology at the University of Bucharest, in Byzantine history and business ethics at the Alexandru A. Cuza University in Iasi, and in the theology of Orthodox ecclesiastical art and architecture at the Ion Mincu University in Bucharest.

From 2002–2003, he was executive director of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania. In the winter of 2006, after two successive appointments as a visiting scholar at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, he held a prestigious appointment as the David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center of the U.S. Library of Congress. He was at various times during his career a member of the American Association of University Professors and the American Psychological Association.

His Eminence was the author of some three dozen books and Patristic translations, and more than sixty of his scholarly articles appeared in various theological, historical, and psychology journals. He also wrote scores of book reviews for a number of scholarly journals and periodicals.

A widower of many years, Metropolitan Chrysostomos is survived by cousins in Greece, Spain, Italy, and Germany and by five nephews in Canada.

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Seminary Professor at Awards Ceremony in the
Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece

On Satur­day, Jan­uary 18, 2019, Pro­fes­sor Proko­pios Pavlopou­los, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Greece, pre­sent­ed Pro­fes­sor Gre­go­ry Nagy of Har­vard Univer­si­ty, Fran­cis Jones Pro­fes­sor of Clas­si­cal Greek Lit­er­a­ture and Pro­fes­sor of Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture, the Greek Repub­lic’s “Medal of Honour” at cer­e­monies held at Athens in the Pres­i­den­tial Man­sion. Pic­tured be­low, left to right, are Pro­fes­sor Nagy, Pres­i­dent Pavlopou­los, and Pro­fes­sor John Petropou­los, Pro­fes­sor of An­cient Greek Lit­er­a­ture at the Dem­ocritean Univer­si­ty of Thrace and Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor of An­cient and Modern Greek, Clas­si­cal Phi­los­o­phy, and Pa­tris­tic Lit­er­a­ture at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Et­na, Cal­i­for­nia. Dr. Petropou­los was an out­stand­ing stu­dent of Dr. Nagy at Har­vard, be­fore go­ing on to study with Sir Ken­neth Dover at Ox­ford, and he was thus in­vit­ed as a spe­cial guest to hon­or his for­mer men­tor.

In pre­sent­ing the pres­ti­gious award to Pro­fes­sor Nagy, Pres­i­dent Pavlopou­los praised the schol­ar’s ac­claimed con­tri­bu­tions to the study of An­cient Greek Lit­er­a­ture, and es­pe­cial­ly the works of Homer, which, as the Pres­i­dent not­ed, “places you among the top Homer­ic schol­ars world­wide.” Dr. Nagy thanked the Pres­i­dent for the hon­or and promised to con­tin­ue in his work to pro­mote and safe­guard the glob­al her­itage of clas­si­cal Greek civ­i­liza­tion.

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The Reverend Dr. Jiří Ján to lecture
at the St. Photios Seminary

This com­ing Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary will spon­sor a lec­ture by the Rev­erend Dr. Jiří Ján, a mar­ried Pri­est who serves var­i­ous parish­es in Athens, Greece, where he lives with his wife and three chil­dren. A na­tive of the Czech Repub­lic, Father Jiří re­ceived his doc­tor­al de­gree in the­ol­o­gy at the Charles Univer­si­ty in Prague, stud­ied as a post-grad­u­ate stu­dent in the Fac­ul­ty of The­ol­o­gy of the Univer­si­ty of Athens, and was a Visit­ing Schol­ar at the Grad­u­ate The­o­log­i­cal Union in Berke­ley. Each Fall term, he teach­es at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary, where he was re­cent­ly grant­ed the rank of pro­fes­sor.

His lec­ture on Fri­day, “The Na­ture of Pa­tris­tic The­ol­o­gy in Ortho­dox Chris­tian­i­ty,” is on a subject which grew out of the the­o­log­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al life of the first cen­turies of the Chris­tian Church. He will dis­cuss, as well, the role of Chris­tian Scrip­ture in the Eastern Ortho­dox the­o­log­i­cal tra­di­tion. The lec­ture will be fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments in the sem­i­nary cafe­te­ria, on the sec­ond floor of the fa­cil­i­ty.

The sem­i­nary’s pub­lic lec­ture se­ries, while spon­sor­ing speak­ers re­spect­ful of the sem­i­nary’s ed­u­ca­tion­al and con­fes­sion­al aims, is not an out­reach pro­gram aimed at pros­e­ly­ti­za­tion. It strives to in­clude lec­tur­ers in re­li­gion, the­ol­o­gy, and var­i­ous oth­er aca­dem­ic fields, in an ef­fort to pro­vide facul­ty, stu­dents, and the Et­na com­mu­ni­ty with ex­po­sure to schol­ars who can help to broad­en their in­tellec­tu­al and spir­i­tu­al hori­zons. All Lec­tures are open, with­out charge or so­lic­i­ta­tion of do­na­tions, to any­one in­ter­est­ed. They are held in the sem­i­nary au­di­to­ri­um at 510 Col­lier Way, in Et­na.

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Professor at the St. Photios Seminary
to Lecture on the Idea of Human Union with
God and Eastern Christian Notions of Salvation

As a fol­low-up to a lec­ture last week at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary by a Byzan­tine schol­ar on two four­teenth-cen­tu­ry fig­ures of piv­otal im­por­tance to the in­tel­lec­tu­al and the­o­log­i­cal tra­di­tions of the Eastern Ortho­dox Chris­tian world, Metropoli­tan Chrysos­to­mos, a re­tired Ortho­dox Bish­op who lives at the St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery in Et­na and teach­es statis­tics, pas­toral psy­chol­o­gy, and Pa­tris­tics at the sem­i­nary, will lec­ture on the Eastern Ortho­dox Chris­tian un­der­stand­ing of hu­man sal­va­tion as en­light­en­ment and union with God. The lec­ture is de­signed to con­tin­ue sev­er­al themes in last week’s pre­sen­ta­tion.

Metropoli­tan Chrysos­to­mos’ lec­ture, part of the sem­i­nary’s pub­lic lec­ture se­ries, is open, with­out charge, to any­one in­ter­est­ed. It will be held in the sem­i­nary au­di­to­ri­um at 510 Col­lier Way, in Et­na, at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1, 2018. The lec­ture will be fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments in the sem­i­nary cafe­te­ria, on the sec­ond floor of the fa­cil­i­ty.

Metropoli­tan Chrysos­to­mos re­ceived his doc­tor­al de­gree in psy­chol­o­gy at Prince­ton Univer­si­ty and has held pro­fes­sor­ships and con­duct­ed re­search at a num­ber of Amer­i­can and Euro­pean col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. He is a Ful­bright Schol­ar, was a Lar­son Fel­low in Health and Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty at the U.S. Li­brary of Congress, a Visit­ing Schol­ar at the Har­vard Divin­i­ty School, Ox­ford Univer­si­ty, the Univer­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, and the Grad­u­ate The­o­log­i­cal Union at Berke­ley, and Visit­ing Pro­fes­sor at the The­o­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Univer­si­ty of Upp­sala in Swe­den. He has au­thored nu­mer­ous books, schol­ar­ly ar­ti­cles, and mono­graphs and is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­si­ty Pro­fes­sors, and the Ful­bright As­so­ci­a­tion.

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Scholar in Byzantine Studies to
Lecture at St. Photios Seminary

Dr. Leonidas Pittos, Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, will be lec­tur­ing this Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the au­di­to­ri­um of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary at 510 Col­lier Way in Et­na. He is the second speaker during the Fall term to speak in the seminary’s public lecture series, which sponsors outside scholars and intellectuals to speak on their scholarship and research. Thursday’s lecture is free of charge and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception, during which those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet the speaker personally.

Dr. Pittos will speak on the person, theology, and teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, a major fourteenth-century Archbishop from Thessalonica and a prominent figure in the intellectual and theological traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Christian world. The Saint’s mystical theology is focused on Hesychasm or a method of silent meditation and concentration by which a spiritual aspirant seeks to enter into communion and union with the Energies of God.

Dr. Pittos received his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His major areas of expertise and study are Early and Eastern Christian history, Byzantine and Modern Greek history, and the Modern Greek language.

He will be teaching a seminar at the seminary on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, for the twelve undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the seminary. Those non-en­rolled au­di­tors who have been at­tend­ing var­i­ous sem­i­nary class­es are al­so wel­come to at­tend the seminar if they wish. Details regarding the seminar hours will be announced at the public lecture on Thursday.

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Theologian Catherine Brown Tkacz
to Lecture at St. Photios Seminary

Cather­ine Brown Tkacz, an in­ter­na­tion­al­ly known the­o­log­i­cal schol­ar will be lec­tur­ing this Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the au­di­to­ri­um of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary at 510 Col­lier Way in Et­na. She will speak on the role of wom­en in the Chris­tian Church, a sub­ject on which she has writ­ten wide­ly. The lec­ture is free of charge and will be fol­lowed by a wine and cheese re­cep­tion.

Dr. Tkacz is a Re­search As­so­ci­ate at the Bish­op White Sem­i­nary at Gon­za­ga Univer­si­ty in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton, and a Visit­ing Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­o­gy at the Ukraini­an Catholic Univer­si­ty in Lviv, Ukraine. She has stud­ied at the Univer­si­ty of Iowa, Har­vard Univer­si­ty, and Notre Dame Univer­si­ty, where she com­plet­ed her doc­tor­al de­gree. She has lec­tured at the Catholic Univer­si­ty of Amer­i­ca, the Univer­si­ty of Mannheim, Gon­za­ga Univer­si­ty, and oth­er in­sti­tu­tions. She was al­so project man­ag­er and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, at Har­vard Univer­si­ty’s Dum­bar­ton Oaks Re­search Li­brary and Col­lec­tion, for the Ox­ford Dic­tionary of Byzan­tium project.

Pro­fes­sor Tkacz has held re­search posts at Ox­ford Univer­si­ty, the Do­mini­can House of Stud­ies, and Western Michi­gan Univer­si­ty. She is the au­thor of nu­mer­ous schol­ar­ly ar­ti­cles, book re­views, en­cy­clo­pe­dic en­tries, and books, in­clud­ing a short vol­ume on the au­thor­i­ty of the Greek Old Tes­ta­ment that was pub­lished by the Cen­ter for Tra­di­tion­al­ist Ortho­dox Stud­ies, the pub­lish­ing and re­search arm of the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary.

Dr. Tkacz will be giv­ing a one-day sem­i­nar on the sub­ject of the fe­male di­a­conate in the Chris­tian Church (“Women as Types of Christ”) at the Sem­i­nary on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and in the af­ter­noon from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Those non-en­rolled au­di­tors who have been at­tend­ing var­i­ous sem­i­nary class­es are al­so wel­come to at­tend ei­ther or both of these ses­sions, if they wish.

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First Master’s Degrees and New Faculty
Appointments at the Seminary

His Emi­nence, the Most Rev­erend Dr. Aux­en­tios, Rec­tor of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, at the re­quest and with the ap­proval of the sem­i­nary’s Stand­ing Fac­ul­ty Com­mit­tee, has an­nounced that Archi­man­drite Gre­go­ry, Schema­monk Chrysos­to­mos, and Sche­ma­nun Seraphi­ma will of­fi­cial­ly re­ceive the de­gree of Master of The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies in Jan­uary 2019, at the com­mence­ment of the school’s Paschal term. Father Gre­go­ry is a grad­u­ate (with high­est hon­ors) of Long Beach Ci­ty Col­lege and re­ceived his Li­cen­ti­ate in Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies from the Cen­ter for Tra­di­tion­al­ist Ortho­dox Stud­ies. Father Chrysos­to­mos re­ceived both the Di­plo­ma and Li­cen­ti­ate in Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies from the CTOS. Brothers of the St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery in Et­na, CA, both Fathers were re­cent­ly ac­cept­ed for doc­tor­al stud­ies at the San Fran­cis­co The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, a mem­ber school of the Grad­u­ate The­o­log­i­cal Union in Berke­ley. Mother Seraphi­ma is a grad­u­ate of Barnard Col­lege, Columbia Univer­si­ty, and a nun at the Con­vent of St. El­iz­a­beth in Et­na.

His Emi­nence al­so con­firmed the ad­vance­ment of the Rev­erend Dr. Jiří Ján from the rank of Lec­tur­er to that of Pro­fes­sor at the sem­i­nary. Father Jiří (Ge­orge) is a mar­ried cler­gy­man liv­ing in Greece, where he serves the Metropo­lis of Oro­pos and Phyle. He re­ceived his Doc­tor­ate in The­ol­o­gy from the renowned Charles Univer­si­ty in Prague. He teach­es at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary each Na­tiv­i­ty (Fall) term. Ad­vanced from the rank of Teach­ing As­sis­tants to that of Lec­tur­ers were Archi­man­drite Gre­go­ry, who al­so serves as the Sem­i­nary Regis­trar, and Schema­monk Chrysos­to­mos. Father Gre­go­ry teach­es Bi­b­li­cal stud­ies, apolo­get­ics, and sub­jects re­lat­ed to min­istry, while Father Chrysos­to­mos teach­es Clas­si­cal and an­cient Greek, as well as Byzan­tine chant. Like­wise ad­vanced from the rank of Teach­ing As­sis­tant to In­struc­tor was Schema­monk Vlasie, who com­plet­ed his Di­plo­ma in Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies at the CTOS and will grad­u­ate with a Bach­e­lor of The­ol­o­gy de­gree from the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary in May 2019. He teach­es elec­tive cours­es at the sem­i­nary in Iconog­ra­phy and com­put­er us­age and is the sem­i­nary’s In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Direc­tor.

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Official Statement of ABHE
on Evaluation Team Visit

The St. Pho­tios Orth­o­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­inary will be host­ing a com­pre­hen­sive accred­i­ta­tion visit by a team of eval­u­at­ors from the Asso­ci­a­tion for Bib­li­cal Higher Edu­ca­tion (ABHE) from Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 26, to Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 28, 2018, to deter­mine its com­pli­ance with the stan­dards for accred­i­ta­tion. Dur­ing the visit, repre­sen­ta­tives of the ABHE team will enter­tain com­ments from the pub­lic. Any mem­bers of the pub­lic inter­ested in mak­ing a pres­en­ta­tion regard­ing the Col­lege to the team should con­tact the Col­lege by tele­phone at (530) 467-3544 or via email at spotsO@"spotsz.`school to deter­mine a meet­ing time. Per­sons wish­ing to sub­mit third-party com­ments related to the insti­tu­tion may send them to Director, Com­mis­sion on Accred­i­ta­tion, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, FL, 32822. Per­sons inter­ested in review­ing the stan­dards for accred­i­ta­tion will find them on the ABHE web­site at They appear under “about accreditation.” The insti­tu­tion is sub­ject to the Insti­tu­tional Accred­i­ta­tion Stan­dards.

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Evaluation Team Visit

From Wednesday, September 26, to Friday, September 28, 2018, an evaluation team from the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education will be visiting the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary. The evaluation team’s report will serve as the basis for the Commission’s decision regarding the Seminary’s advancement to candidate status. Candidate status is the next step, after applicant status, which the seminary was granted in 2016, in the process leading to the Seminary's eventual full accreditation. Along with the As­so­ci­a­tion of The­o­log­i­cal Schools (ATS), the Transna­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion of Chris­tian Col­leges and Schools (TRACS); and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ad­vanced Rab­bini­cal and Tal­mu­dic Schools (AARTS), the ABHE is one of the four na­tion­al faith-re­lat­ed ac­cred­it­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions for re­li­gious colleges, universities, and sem­i­nar­ies rec­og­nized by the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (USDE) and the Coun­cil for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (CHEA). The Seminary is also provisionally licensed by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degrees.

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Dr. John Petropoulos, Adjunct Professor at the Seminary
Meets with Prince Charles and Greek President

Dur­ing the three-day vis­it of Prince Charles and his wife to Greece be­gin­ning on Wed­nes­day, May 9, 2018, Dr. John Petropoulos, who is Direc­tor of Har­vard Univer­si­ty’s Cen­ter for Hel­lenic Stud­ies in Naf­plion, Greece, met with Prince Charles of Wales, heir to the Bri­tish throne, and, as well, with the Pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic Repub­lic, Mr. Proko­pios Pavlopou­los. Pro­fes­sor Petropou­los, him­self a Har­vard alum­nus, has brought sig­nif­i­cant world­wide at­ten­tion to Har­vard’s aca­dem­ic de­pen­den­cy in Greece, at­tract­ing Clas­sics and oth­er schol­ars, in ad­di­tion to those in­ter­est­ed in Greek his­to­ry. Prince Charles’ fa­ther, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, hus­band and con­sort of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, was born in Greece and is the for­mer Prince of Greece and Den­mark. Mr. Pavlopou­los is a for­mer aca­dem­ic.

Pro­fes­sor Petropou­los has been an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at the Semi­nary since 2016, teach­ing both un­der­grad­u­ate (B.Th.) and grad­u­ate (M.T.S.) class­es. He is sched­uled to teach a grad­u­ate sem­i­nar in the Na­tiv­i­ty Term, 2018. His class­es and his as­so­ci­a­tion with the sem­i­nary have tremen­dous­ly en­hanced its cur­ricu­lum and fac­ul­ty pro­file, pro­vid­ing re­mark­able learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to the stu­dents. (See on the left, Dr. Petropou­los, at far left, with the Prince, at far right; in the pho­to­graph be­low, he is pic­tured with Pres­i­dent Pavlopou­los.)

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American Scholar and Diplomat to Speak at the
St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary

As part of its pub­lic lec­ture se­ries for this Spring aca­dem­ic term, the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary will of­fer an­oth­er pub­lic lec­ture (free of charge) on Wed­nes­day, May 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the sem­i­nary au­di­to­ri­um, lo­cat­ed on the first floor of the school. The lec­ture will be fol­lowed with com­pli­men­ta­ry re­fresh­ments in the up­stairs cafe­te­ria.

The speak­er will be Dr. Ernest Har­g­reaves Latham, an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at the Sem­i­nary, where he is present­ly teach­ing a sem­i­nar, “The Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry’s Search for Sal­va­tion,” an his­tor­i­cal overview of the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, and re­li­gious fac­tors that shaped the last cen­tu­ry. His lec­ture on Wed­nes­day will cen­ter on his rem­i­nis­cences as an Amer­i­can diplo­mat and ed­u­ca­tor in the Mideast, the Balka­ns, and Eastern Europe dur­ing the Cold War era and af­ter the fall of com­mu­nism. His vast diplo­mat­ic ex­pe­ri­ences and his unique schol­ar­ly back­ground make him an en­gag­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing lec­tur­er.

Dr. Latham has served the U.S. gov­ern­ment as a Com­man­der in the U.S. Coast Guard; as Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Direc­tor and as Wash­ing­ton Direc­tor of the For­eign Press Cen­ter of the Unit­ed States In­for­ma­tion Agen­cy (USIA); and, in the ca­pac­i­ty of a for­eign ser­vice of­fi­cer for the U.S. Depart­ment of State, as As­sis­tant Public Af­fairs Of­fi­cer at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Jed­da, Sau­di Ara­bia, As­sis­tant Press At­taché at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Vi­en­na, Aus­tria, Su­per­vi­so­ry Po­lit­i­cal Of­fi­cer at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Ni­cosia, Cyprus, Cul­tur­al At­taché at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Bucharest, Ro­ma­nia, and Cul­tur­al At­taché at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Athens, Greece.

He re­ceived his B.A. de­gree at Dart­mouth Col­lege (with dis­tinc­tion), where he was a Ru­fus Choate Schol­ar, an M.A. in his­to­ry (with hon­ors) at Roo­sevelt Univer­si­ty, and his doc­tor­al de­gree in his­to­ry at the Univer­si­ty of Bucharest.

With re­gard to his aca­dem­ic ca­reer, Dr. Latham re­cent­ly re­tired from the fac­ul­ty of the For­eign Ser­vice In­sti­tute of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, was an in­struc­tor at the Low­ell Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute (now part of the Univer­si­ty of Mas­sachusetts), and was a Ful­bright Schol­ar and Pro­fes­sor at the Babeş-Bolyai Univer­si­ty in Cluj-Napoca, Ro­ma­nia. He al­so served as In­ter­im Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the U.S. Ful­bright Com­mis­sion in Ro­ma­nia. He is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Study of Na­tion­al­i­ties, the As­so­ci­a­tion for Ro­ma­ni­an Stud­ies, the As­so­ci­a­tion for Slav­ic, Eastern Euro­pean, and Eurasian Stud­ies, the Amer­i­can-Ro­ma­ni­an Acade­my of Arts and Sciences, and the South­east Euro­pean Stud­ies As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dr. Latham lives in Wash­ing­ton, DC, with his wife, the Ro­ma­ni­an diplo­mat, po­et, and play­wright, Ioan­na Ieron­im-Latham, who al­so gave a pub­lic lec­ture last week at the Sem­i­nary.

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Romanian Author, Poet, Translator, and
Diplomat to Speak this Week at the St. Photios
Orthodox Theological Seminary

On Thurs­day, May 3, Ioana Ieron­im-Latham, the well-known Ro­ma­ni­an au­thor, po­et, trans­la­tor, and diplo­mat, now an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen re­sid­ing with her hus­band in Wash­ing­ton, DC, will de­liv­er a lec­ture on her ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up, be­ing ed­u­cat­ed, and sur­viv­ing spir­i­tu­al­ly in the to­tal­i­tar­i­an and athe­is­tic state of com­mu­nist Ro­ma­nia. She is a fas­ci­nat­ing and en­gag­ing lec­tur­er with vast ex­pe­ri­ence of life in Eastern Europe dur­ing the ter­ri­ble years of com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor­ships and re­pres­sion.

The lec­ture will be held at the Sem­i­nary au­di­to­ri­um, on the first floor, at 7 p.m. Com­pli­men­ta­ry re­fresh­ments will be of­fered, af­ter the lec­ture, in the cafe­te­ria lo­cat­ed up­stairs on the sec­ond floor.

Mrs. Ieron­im-Latham is for­mer cul­tur­al at­taché at the Ro­ma­ni­an Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, DC, for­mer pro­gram di­rec­tor of the U.S.-Ro­ma­ni­an Ful­bright Com­mis­sion in Ro­ma­nia, and a dis­tin­guished mem­ber of the Ro­ma­ni­an Writ­er’s Union. Hold­ing a de­gree in philol­o­gy from the Depart­ment of English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­si­ty of Bucharest, she has par­tic­i­pat­ed through­out the world in var­i­ous aca­dem­ic and lit­er­ary con­fer­ences and sym­posia. In Ro­ma­nia, she is a well-known and pop­u­lar writ­er, en­joy­ing, as well, an in­ter­na­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion for her many writ­ings, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous books of po­et­ry and sev­er­al plays, that have ap­peared in trans­la­tion in many Euro­pean coun­tries, in Turkey and Is­rael, and in the Unit­ed States. Her own Ro­ma­ni­an trans­la­tions of English lit­er­ary works, in­clud­ing Shake­speare, Ten­nessee Wil­liams, Arthur Miller, Tony Kush­n­er, and oth­ers have won her many prizes and awards. In fact, her trans­la­tion skills won her a nom­i­na­tion for the pres­ti­gious Lord Wei­den­feld Trans­la­tion Prize at Ox­ford Univer­si­ty in Eng­land.

Mrs. Ieron­im-Latham, an Ortho­dox Chris­tian, is in Et­na with her hus­band, Dr. Ernest Latham, an Amer­i­can schol­ar, his­to­ri­an, diplo­mat, and Epis­co­palian Chris­tian. A re­tired In­struc­tor at the U.S. State Depart­ment’s For­eign Ser­vice In­sti­tute, he is an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary, teach­ing at present a two-week sem­i­nar at the Sem­i­nary: “The Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry’s Search for Sal­va­tion,” an his­tor­i­cal eval­u­a­tion of the last cen­tu­ry’s spir­i­tu­al tri­umphs and fail­ures.

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Internationally Renowned Church Architect Delivers Public Lecture
at the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary

Pro­fes­sor Au­gustin Ioan, who teach­es at the Ion Min­cu Univer­si­ty of Ar­chi­tec­ture in Bu­cha­rest, Ro­ma­nia, that coun­try’s fore­most high­er in­sti­tu­tion of ar­chi­tec­tural sci­ence, re­cent­ly pre­sent­ed a pub­lic lec­ture, “The Light Within: Sa­cred Space and Reli­gious Ar­chi­tec­ture,” to an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. His lec­ture, de­liv­ered on the evening of Tues­day, April 24, 2018, fo­cused on the func­tion of light in the spir­i­tu­al de­sign of ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal struc­tures and was fol­lowed by a com­pli­men­ta­ry wine and cheese re­cep­tion, where those at­tend­ing the lec­ture were able to meet in­di­vid­u­al­ly with the lec­tur­er.

Pro­fes­sor Ioan is a grad­u­ate of the uni­ver­si­ty where he now teach­es and where he re­ceived his doc­tor­ate in ar­chi­tec­ture. He al­so earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture from the Univer­si­ty of Cincin­nati and a sec­ond doc­tor­al de­gree in phi­los­o­phy from the Univer­si­ty of Bucharest. He has held fel­low­ships and re­search po­si­tions at Ox­ford and Cam­bridge Univer­si­ties in Eng­land, the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, the Pal­la­dio In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­tural Stud­ies in Vi­cen­za, Italy, and the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study at New Europe Col­lege in Bucharest. He is a three-time Ful­bright Schol­ar and, in 2018, was named a “Ful­bright Am­bas­sador” by the U.S. Ro­ma­ni­an Ful­bright Com­mis­sion in Bucharest.

Dr. Ioan has served in ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in the Ro­ma­ni­an Union of Ar­chi­tects, is the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous na­tion­al medals, hon­ors, and prizes for his ar­chi­tec­tural work in Ro­ma­nia, and en­joys in­ter­na­tion­al recog­ni­tion for his con­tri­bu­tions to the world of ar­chi­tec­ture. The au­thor of more than a score of books and many pro­fes­sion­al ar­ti­cles in ar­chi­tec­tural the­o­ry, phi­los­o­phy, his­to­ry, and po­et­ry, he serves on the ed­i­to­ri­al boards of nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sion­al and aca­dem­ic jour­nals. He re­sides in Bucharest, Ro­ma­nia, with his wife, Dr. Si­mona Cor­lan-Ioan, a for­mer mem­ber of the Ro­ma­ni­an diplo­mat­ic corps and a pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at the Univer­si­ty of Bucharest.

Pro­fes­sor Ioan is an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary, where he is con­duct­ing class­es, this Spring term, on sacred space and Ortho­dox church ar­chi­tec­ture for stu­dents at both the un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate lev­els.

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Public Lecture
at the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
in Etna, California

On Mon­day evening, March 26, 2018, Ma­teusz J. Ferens, a Lec­tur­er on the fac­ul­ty of the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary and a doc­tor­al stu­dent at the Univer­si­ty of Wis­con­sin at Madi­son, where he is a Pro­ject As­sis­tant at the Visu­al Re­sources Lab­o­ra­to­ry in the Depart­ment of Art His­to­ry and Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Fo­rum, de­liv­ered a lec­ture on “The Self-Aware Image in Byzan­tine Art.” Icons are the most an­cient form of Chris­tian art and are, in the Eastern Ortho­dox Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties of the Near East, where Chris­tian­i­ty first flour­ished, close­ly as­so­ci­at­ed with Chris­tian the­ol­o­gy and an­thro­pol­o­gy, or the Chris­tian un­der­stand­ing of God and man. This point was bril­liant­ly un­der­scored in his lec­ture.

Mr. Ferens re­ceived his B.A. de­gree with hon­ors and with de­part­men­tal dis­tinc­tion in Ap­plied De­sign at the Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­si­ty, San Diego, and his M.A. de­gree in Art His­to­ry at the Univer­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, River­side, where he was a teach­ing as­sis­tant. He is study­ing in the 2017-2018 aca­dem­ic year at the Univer­si­ty of Wis­con­sin on a fel­low­ship award­ed by the uni­ver­si­ty’s Cen­ter for Rus­sia, East Europe, and Cen­tral Asia, which is part­ly fund­ed through the U.S. Depart­ment of State.

His wife is a doc­tor­al stu­dent in Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­si­ty of Ore­gon at Eu­gene. His broth­er, Dea­con Father Photii, is a monk at the St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery in Et­na and a sec­ond-year stu­dent at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary.

Mr. Ferens’ first book, Diony­sius of Four­na: Artis­tic Iden­ti­ty Through Visu­al Rhetoric, was pub­lished in 2015 by the Cen­ter for Tra­di­tion­al­ist Ortho­dox Stud­ies at the St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery.

The Mon­day evening lec­ture was free of charge to the com­mu­ni­ty.

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The Repose of One of the Founding Members
of the Seminary’s Board of Directors and
One Its Primary Supporters

We are sor­ry to re­port that on the morn­ing of Jan­uary 30, 2018, on the Ortho­dox Church Cal­en­dar (Fe­bru­ary 12 on the Civ­il Cal­en­dar), Michael N. Gom­bos, Sr., a found­ing mem­ber (and lat­er, in re­tire­ment, an hon­orary mem­ber) of the Board of Direc­tors of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, re­posed qui­et­ly at his home in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, af­ter a short ill­ness. Mr. Gom­bos was a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist and a ded­i­cat­ed Ortho­dox Chris­tian. He and his wife and fam­i­ly, work­ing through the Gom­bos Fam­i­ly Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, com­prised one of two fam­i­lies in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of the sem­i­nary and the pur­chase and sub­se­quent ren­o­va­tion of its phys­i­cal fa­cil­i­ty. His loss is a tremen­dous one for our Dio­cese, for our Church, and for the sem­i­nary com­mu­ni­ty. The sem­i­nary will for­ev­er stand as a trib­ute to his Chris­tian phi­lan­thropy and his in­ter­est in Chris­tian ed­u­ca­tion. We ex­tend sin­cere con­do­lences to his fam­i­ly.

Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη!
May his memory be eternal!

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Kluge Center at the United States Library of
Congress Cites Seminary Faculty Member

We were re­cent­ly di­rect­ed to the on­line blog of the John W. Kluge Cen­ter at the U.S. Li­brary of Congress, “In­sights: Schol­ar­ly Work at the John W. Kluge Cen­ter,” which “shares the knowl­edge and in­sights gleaned from the re­search of top schol­ars in the hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ences in res­i­dence at the Li­brary of Congress.” In a post­ing in Jan­uary 2016, it made ref­er­ence to one of the fac­ul­ty mem­bers of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox Sem­i­nary, the Most Rev­erend Metropoli­tan (then Arch­bish­op) Dr. Chrysos­to­mos.

Ja­son Stein­hauer, Pro­gram Spe­cial­ist, who works in con­junc­tion with the Li­brary’s Public Af­fairs Of­fice on me­dia and Con­gres­sion­al re­la­tions, wrote the fol­low­ing about the Metropoli­tan:

“Per­haps one of the more in­trigu­ing schol­ars to ev­er re­side at the Kluge Cen­ter, the Most Rev. Arch­bish­op Chrysos­to­mos of Et­na, held the Lar­son Fel­low­ship for a pe­ri­od in 2006. While at the Cen­ter, the Rev. Arch­bish­op re­searched the in­cor­po­ra­tion of Eastern Ortho­dox Hesy­chas­tic spir­i­tu­al ex­er­cis­es in­to tra­di­tion­al psy­cho­an­a­lyt­i­cal method­olo­gies. His 2007 book, A Guide to Ortho­dox Psy­chother­a­py [pub­lished by the Univer­si­ty Press of Amer­i­ca] was based on his re­search con­duct­ed at the Li­brary. The Arch­bish­op has just pub­lished his 28th new book, The Sculp­tor and His Stone: Select­ed Read­ings on Hel­lenis­tic and Chris­tian Learn­ing and Thought in the Ear­ly Greek Fathers [pub­lished by Pick­wick Books], and was re­cent­ly ap­point­ed Pro­fes­sor of pas­toral psy­chol­o­gy and Pa­tris­tics at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary.”

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Seminary Faculty Member Ernest Hargreaves Latham
Awarded Prestigious Book Prize and Honored

Last month, in De­cem­ber of 2017, Dr. Ernest Har­g­reaves Latham, the Amer­i­can his­to­ri­an and diplo­mat and an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, was award­ed the Ge­orge Iones­cu-Gion Prize for Modern His­to­ry for one of his lat­est books, What Strange Fate: J. Breck­in­ridge Bayne, An Amer­i­can on the Ro­ma­ni­an Front (1916-1919), which was pub­lished by Edi­tu­ra Vre­mea, the Bucharest pub­lish­ing house, in a bilin­gual English-Ro­ma­ni­an edi­tion in 2016. The Ro­ma­ni­an text of the book was trans­lat­ed by his wife, the po­et and writ­er Ioana Ieron­im-Latham. The book re­counts the ef­forts of Dr. Bayne, a dec­o­rat­ed naval of­fi­cer, to aid their war ef­fort, as a sur­geon, when the Ro­ma­ni­ans en­tered in­to World War I in 1916. Pro­fes­sor Latham, who lec­tures at the For­eign Ser­vice In­sti­tute (U.S. Depart­ment of State), is a grad­u­ate of Dart­mouth Col­lege, re­ceived his M.A. de­gree at Roo­sevelt Univer­si­ty, and holds a doc­tor­ate in his­to­ry from the Univer­si­ty of Bucharest. He has held nu­mer­ous diplo­mat­ic posts through­out the Mideast, the Balka­ns, and Eastern and Western Europe and has taught in the U.S. and at a num­ber of Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties.

Dr. Latham is al­so the sub­ject of a book pub­lished in Oc­to­ber of last year by the Ro­ma­ni­an pub­lish­ing house Edi­tu­ra Mil­i­tara, con­tain­ing a redac­tion of the mam­moth five-vol­ume, 3,000-page col­lec­tion of files on him, dur­ing his diplo­mat­ic as­sign­ment at the U.S. Em­bassy, by the Ro­ma­ni­an Com­mu­nist Se­cu­ri­tate, the dread­ed se­cret po­lice or­ga­ni­za­tion un­der the dic­ta­tor­ship of Ni­co­lae Ceaușes­cu. The book, edit­ed by the Ro­ma­ni­an mil­i­tary his­to­ri­an Vadim Guzun, con­tains an in­tro­duc­tion by Pro­fes­sor Latham, de­scrib­ing his four years of diplo­mat­ic ser­vice in Com­mu­nist Ro­ma­nia.

We con­grat­u­late Ernest on these two sig­nif­i­cant hon­ors, which are a trib­ute to his schol­ar­ly and diplo­mat­ic ca­reer and which bring great pride to our sem­i­nary and to his fel­low fac­ul­ty.

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Harvard and Oxford-Trained Classics Scholar to Speak at St. Photios
Orthodox Theological Seminary on Friday Evening

Pro­fes­sor John V. Petropou­los, Direc­tor of Har­vard Univer­si­ty's Cen­ter for Hel­lenic Stud­ies in Naf­plion, Greece, will de­liv­er a short lec­ture at 7:30 on Fri­day evening, Oc­to­ber 6, 2017, at the au­di­to­ri­um of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Et­na. The lec­ture is free of charge and open to the com­mu­ni­ty. He will speak on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween an­cient Greek cul­ture and ear­ly Chris­tian­i­ty and how these two fac­tors in the de­vel­op­ment of west­ern civ­i­liza­tion con­front­ed one an­oth­er.

Dr. Petropou­los, an Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor at the sem­i­nary, has been in Et­na for sev­er­al weeks, teach­ing a sem­i­nar for Master's stu­dents. He has kind­ly con­sent­ed to of­fer a pub­lic lec­ture on the eve of his de­par­ture for Greece, where he al­so holds a Pro­fes­sor­ship in An­cient Greek Lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­si­ty of Thrace.

A grad­u­ate of Har­vard Univer­si­ty, Pro­fes­sor Petropou­los earned his doc­tor­al de­gree in Clas­sics at Ox­ford Univer­si­ty. His lat­est book, pub­lished by the Har­vard Univer­si­ty Press, is Kleos in A Mi­nor Key: The Homer­ic Ed­u­ca­tion of a Lit­tle Prince. He al­so re­cent­ly co-au­thored a book on the Clas­sics and Chris­tian­i­ty, The Sculp­tor and His Stone, pub­lished by Pick­wick Books, with the Most Rev­erend Dr. Chrysos­to­mos, for­mer Metropoli­tan of Et­na, and two oth­er pro­fes­sors at the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary.

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Member of the St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
Board of Directors Advanced to Full Professor and
Department Chairperson at Macalester College

Dr. Nadya Nedel­sky, a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Et­na, CA, was ad­vanced in the Spring of 2017 to the Rank of Full Pro­fes­sor and a sec­ond ap­point­ment as Chair­per­son of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at Ma­calester Col­lege, a high­ly-ranked four-year un­der­grad­u­ate col­lege in St. Paul, Min­neso­ta, where she has taught since 2002. Pro­fes­sor Nedel­sky, a for­mer Ful­bright Schol­ar, re­ceived her doc­tor­al de­gree at the Univer­si­ty of Toron­to.

Her most re­cent book is Defin­ing the Sovereign Com­mu­ni­ty: Na­tion­al Iden­ti­ty, In­di­vid­u­al Rights and Mem­ber­ship in the Czech and Slo­vak Republics (Univer­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia Press, 2009). She has al­so co-edit­ed and con­tribut­ed chap­ters to sev­er­al vol­umes for the Cam­bridge Univer­si­ty Press, sev­er­al en­tries for The En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Tran­si­tion­al Jus­tice (Cam­bridge Univer­si­ty Press), and nu­mer­ous ref­er­eed ar­ti­cles in pro­fes­sion­al and aca­dem­ic jour­nals.

The Sem­i­nary is hon­ored to have Pro­fes­sor Nedel­sky as an ac­tive and much-val­ued mem­ber of its Board of Direc­tors.

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St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
Participation in the First Northern
California Koha Summit

Two Teach­ing As­sis­tants at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Et­na, CA, Archi­man­drite Father Gre­go­ry and Schema­monk Father Vlasie, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the First An­nu­al North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Ko­ha Sum­mit at the Martha Ri­ley Com­mu­ni­ty Li­brary in Ro­seville (a sub­urb of the State cap­i­tal, Sacra­men­to), on April 5, 2017. The day-long sem­i­nar and work­shops cen­tered on Ko­ha, an in­te­grat­ed li­brary sys­tem (ILS) used by pub­lic, aca­dem­ic, and spe­cial col­lec­tions li­braries to manage their re­sources and serve their stu­dents and users. The Sem­i­nary is present­ly cat­a­logu­ing its holdin­gs, which con­sist of over 15,000 vol­umes and pe­ri­od­i­cals, in the Ko­ha ILS. The two at­ten­dees repre­sent­ed the sem­i­nary li­brar­i­an, Archi­man­drite Father Pat­a­pios, at the sum­mit.

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Seminary Lecture by the American
Poet Christopher Merrill

On April 1, 2017, the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, which will short­ly com­plete its first aca­dem­ic year of op­er­a­tion, host­ed, as part of its Distin­guished Speak­er Series, an evening with the cel­e­brat­ed Amer­i­can po­et Christo­pher Mer­rill. Mer­rill has been de­scribed by one of this coun­try’s se­nior po­ets, W.S. Mer­win, two-time win­ner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as “gift­ed, au­da­cious, and ac­com­plished.” His won­der­ful read­ings, com­men­taries, and ex­changes with the small, in­ti­mate gath­er­ing at the sem­i­nary clear­ly averred Mer­win’s as­sess­ment, and then some. The au­di­ence was en­thralled by the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Mer­rill, Direc­tor of the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tion­al Writ­ing Pro­gram and Pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­si­ty of Iowa, is in­ter­na­tion­al­ly renowned, not on­ly for his six col­lec­tions of po­et­ry, one of which, Watch Fire, was award­ed the Peter I. B. La­van Younger Poets Award from the Acade­my of Amer­i­can Poets, but for his five books of non-fic­tion, in­clud­ing his mas­ter­ful and en­gross­ing work on Mt. Athos, Things of the Hid­den God: Jour­ney to the Holy Moun­tain, a place to which he has made fre­quent vis­its.

Pro­fes­sor Mer­rill is al­so a vet­er­an of cul­tur­al diplo­ma­cy, hav­ing vis­it­ed, lec­tured, and taught, pri­mar­i­ly un­der the spon­sor­ship of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, in more than fifty coun­tries. He is a mem­ber of the U.S. Na­tion­al Com­mis­sion for UNESCO and re­ceived a pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ment un­der the Oba­ma ad­min­is­tra­tion to the Na­tion­al Coun­cil on the Hu­man­i­ties. In ad­di­tion to such recog­ni­tion for his work and many prizes for his po­et­ry and books, which have been trans­lat­ed in­to some four­teen lan­guages, Mer­rill was knight­ed by the French gov­ern­ment in­to the Order of Arts and Let­ters.

Fol­low­ing his lec­ture, Pro­fes­sor Mer­rill spent sev­er­al days at the near­by St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas Monastery, at­tend­ing ser­vices and vis­it­ing with Metropoli­tan Chrysos­to­mos, whom he met through the State Depart­ment’s Ful­bright pro­gram al­most two decades ago, where­upon the two es­tab­lished a per­son­al friend­ship and long­time cor­re­spon­dence.

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Photographs from Lecture on November 20, 2016 (see news entry below)

The seminary auditorium, which seats fifty, was filled to capacity for the Professor Satter’s lecture. Pictured are Metropolitan Chrysostomos, a professor at the seminary, introducing the speaker and the speaker taking questions from the audience.

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Journalist and Scholar to Speak at St. Photios Seminary

David Sat­ter, for­mer Moscow cor­re­spon­dent for the “Fi­nan­cial Times of Lon­don” and for­mer spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent on Sovi­et af­fairs for “The Wall Street Jour­nal” will de­liv­er a lec­ture on con­tem­po­rary (post-Sovi­et) Rus­sia in the au­di­to­ri­um at the St. Pho­tios Ortho­dox The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, in Et­na, on Sun­day evening, Novem­ber 20, at 6:30 p.m. Space may be lim­it­ed, so we ask that those in­ter­est­ed in at­tend­ing con­tact the sem­i­nary at (530) 467-3544 (be­tween 12 noon and 1 p.m. or be­tween 6 and 8 p.m.) and leave a name and the num­ber of at­ten­dees in their par­ty. There is no charge for the lec­ture.

Pro­fes­sor Sat­ter, a grad­u­ate of the Univer­si­ty of Chica­go and Ox­ford Univer­si­ty, where he was a Rhodes Schol­ar, is cur­rent­ly a se­nior fel­low at the Hud­son In­sti­tute in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and a fel­low of the School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­si­ty in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land. He has al­so been a Guggen­heim Fel­low, a re­search fel­low at the Hoover In­sti­tu­tion at Stan­ford Univer­si­ty, and a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the Univer­si­ty of Illi­nois at Ur­bana-Cham­paign.

Sat­ter is the au­thor of a pletho­ra of ar­ti­cles in the pop­u­lar press about Rus­sia and—of spe­cial in­ter­est to the St. Pho­tios Sem­i­nary stu­dents and fac­ul­ty—the per­se­cu­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Ortho­dox Church in the Sovi­et Union and un­der Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. He has au­thored four ma­jor books on Rus­sia, all pub­lished by Yale Univer­si­ty Press, the lat­est en­ti­tled The Less You Know, The Bet­ter You Sleep: Rus­sia's Road to Ter­ror and Dic­ta­tor­ship un­der Yeltsin and Putin.

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