Etna, California, U.S.A.
 
Faculty

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty


Professors

  • • The Very Reverend Hegumen Father Dr. Akakios (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ B.A. (Political Science), California State University, San Bernardino
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Pastoral Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ D.Min. (Pastoral Theology), San Francisco Theological Seminary
    • Prior Academics: Associate Director, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • Areas: pastoral theology and practice, Orthodox spirituality, history, literature
  • • The Most Reverend Bishop Dr. Auxentios of Etna and Portland
    • ◦ B.A. (Religion), Princeton University
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Patristic Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ Th.D. (Liturgical Theology), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
    • Prior Academics: Director, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • Areas: liturgiology, homiletics
  • • The Most Reverend Metropolitan Dr. Chrysostomos of Etna (†2019)
    • ◦ B.A. (History), University of California, Riverside
    • ◦ B.A. (Psychology), California State University, San Bernardino
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Patristic and Historical Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ M.A. (Byzantine History), University of California, Davis
    • ◦ M.A. (Psychology), Princeton University
    • ◦ Ph.D. (Psychology), Princeton University
    • Prior Academics: Preceptor, Princeton University; Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside; Visiting Lecturer, Ashland Theological Seminary; Assistant Professor, Ashland University; Associate Professor, Ashland University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University; Academic Director, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies; Visiting Professor, Uppsala University; Research Associate, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies; Fulbright Lecturer, University of Bucharest; Fulbright Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University; Fulbright Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism; Executive Director, Romanian–United States Fulbright Commission; Guest Lecturer, University of Bucharest; Adjunct Professor, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism; Senior Research Scholar, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies; Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle; Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
    • Awards: Chairman’s Research Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities; Marsden Foundation Research Fellow; Senior Fulbright Scholar; David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality (Kluge Center, United States Library of Congress)
    • Memberships: American Psychological Association; American Association of University Professors; Fulbright Association; Board of Directors, Center for the Study and Preservation of the Majority Text
    • Areas: psychology of religion, pastoral psychology, Patristics, dogmatics, Byzantine Church history, statistics
  • • The Reverend Presbyter Father Dr. Jiří Ján
    • ◦ M.A. (Theology), Charles University in Prague
    • ◦ Dr. Theol. (Patristic Theology), Charles University in Prague
    • Areas: Patristics, dogmatics, Orthodox ecclesiology, Church history
  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Dr. Patapios (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ B.A. (Classics and Philosophy), Queens’ College, Cambridge University
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Patristic Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ M.A. (Classics and Philosophy), Queens’ College, Cambridge University
    • ◦ M.A. (Philosophy), Pennsylvania State University
    • ◦ M.A. (Classics), University of Pittsburgh
    • ◦ M.L.S. (Library Science), University of Pittsburgh
    • ◦ Th.D. (Patristics), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
    • Prior Academics: Lecturer in Sacred Languages, Saint Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College; Newhall Teaching Fellow, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Academic Director, Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies; Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
    • Areas: Latin, Greek, Classical studies, ancient and medieval philosophy, Patristics
  • • The Most Reverend Bishop Sergios of Portland Emeritus
    • ◦ B.A. (Philosophy), University of Connecticut
    • ◦ M.Div. (Theology), Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • ◦ M.A. (Byzantine History), Fordham University
    • Prior Academics: Faculty of History, University of Alaska Southeast
    • Areas: theology, philosophy, Church history, Byzantine studies

Sometime Professors

  • • The Most Reverend Metropolitan Fotiy of Triaditsa
    • Chief Hierarch, Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Bulgaria
    • ◦ M.A. (Theology), Saint Clement of Ohrid Theological Academy
    • ◦ M.A. (Classical Philology), University of Sofia
    • Prior Academics: Lecturer, Saint John of Rila Theological Seminary (Bulgarian Patriarchate); Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, University of Sofia
    • Awards: Florovsky Theological Prize
    • Areas: dogmatics, practical theology

Sometime Visiting Professors

  • • Dr. hab. Józef Kuffel
    • ◦ M.A. (Russian Philology), Jagiellonian University
    • ◦ Ph.D. (Literary Studies), Jagiellonian University
    • Current Academics: Post-doctoral Associate Professor, Faculty of Philology, Institute of Eastern Slavic Studies, Department of Medieval and Modern Russian Literature
    • Academic Affiliations: Council of the Faculty of Philology, Jagiellonian University; Commission on Slavology, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • Areas: Orthodox Christianity in Russia
  • • Dr. Remus Rus
    • ◦ B.Th. (Theology), Theological Seminary of Caransebeș
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Theology), Institute of Theology, University of Sibiu
    • ◦ Th.D. (Theology, History of Religion), Patriarchal Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest
    • ◦ Postgraduate Study: Oxford University, University of Sorbonne, University of Heidelberg (Theology, History of Religion)
    • Current Academics: Professor Emeritus, Patriarchal School of Theology, University of Bucharest; Associate Professor, UNESCO Program, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest; Associate Professor, Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography
    • Prior Academics: Visiting Professor, University of Chicago; Visiting Professor, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary; Visiting Professor, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
    • Memberships: Romanian Academy (Honorary Member)
    • Areas: history of religion, philosophy of religion, Orthodox systematic theology

Adjunct Professors

  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Glykerios (Hagiokyprianitēs)
    • ◦ M.Math. (General Mathematics), École Normale Supérieure
    • ◦ Agrégation of Mathematics
    • Areas: science and religion
  • • Dr. Augustin Ioan
    • ◦ Ph.D. (History of Architecture), Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism
    • ◦ Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Bucharest
    • Current Academics: Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism
    • Prior Academics: Former Director of the Doctoral School, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism
    • Areas: history and theory of Church architecture
  • • Dr. Ernest Hargreaves Latham, Jr.
    • ◦ B.A. (History), Dartmouth College (with distinction), Rufus Choate Scholar
    • ◦ M.A. (History), Roosevelt University (with honors)
    • ◦ Ph.D. (History), University of Bucharest
    • Professional Experience: Commander, United States Coast Guard; Foreign Service Officer, United States Information Agency; Special Assistant to the Director, United States Information Agency; Assistant Public Affairs Officer, American Embassy, Jedda, Saudi Arabia; Assistant Press Attaché, American Embassy, Vienna, Austria; Supervisory Political Officer, American Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus; Washington Director, Foreign Press Center, United States Information Agency; Cultural Attaché, American Embassy, Bucharest, Romania; Cultural Attaché, American Embassy, Athens, Greece
    • Prior Academics: Instructor, Lowell Technological Institute; Fulbright Scholar, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Interim Executive Director, United States Fulbright Commission in Romania; Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State
    • Memberships: American Historical Association; Association for the Study of Nationalities; Association for Romanian Studies; Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies; American–Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences; Southeast European Studies Association
    • Areas: History, Orthodox populations and culture in the Balkans
  • • Dr. John C. B. Petropoulos
    • ◦ A.B. (Classics), Harvard University
    • ◦ D.Phil. (Classics), Lincoln College, University of Oxford
    • Current Academics: Director, Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, Nafplion, Greece; Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, Democritean University of Thrace
    • Areas: Classical Greek, New Testament Greek, writings of Saint Basil the Great, Classical philosophy and the Christian Fathers

Lecturers

  • • Schemamonk Father Chrysostomos (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ Dip. Theol. (General Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Historical Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ M.T.S. (Orthodox Theology), Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • ◦ Doctoral student, San Francisco Theological Seminary
    • Areas: New Testament Greek, liturgical chant, bookkeeping
  • • Mr. Mateusz J. Ferens
    • ◦ B.A. (Applied Design), San Diego State University
    • ◦ M.A. (History of Art), University of California, Riverside
    • ◦ Doctoral student, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Areas: art history, cultural history, bioethics
  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Gregory (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ A.A. (Social Sciences) (highest honors), Long Beach City College
    • ◦ Dip. Theol. (General Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Biblical Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ M.T.S. (Orthodox Theology), Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • ◦ Doctoral student, San Francisco Theological Seminary
    • Areas: Biblical studies, apologetics, missionary outreach, pastoral issues
  • • Mr. Daniel F. Lula, Esq.
    • ◦ B.A. (Pre-Law), Yale University
    • ◦ J.D. (Law), Harvard Law School
    • Areas: legal issues and the parish community
  • • The Right Reverend Bishop Maximus of Pelagonia
    • ◦ B.Th. (General Theology), Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
    • Areas: Patristics, philosophy, liturgical chant
  • • The Reverend Presbyter Father Dr. Hariton Mrázek
    • ◦ M.A. (Sociology), Charles University in Prague
    • ◦ M.A. (Theology), Charles University in Prague
    • ◦ Dr. Theol. (Theology), Charles University in Prague
    • Areas: Patristics, religion in society
  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Patrick (Hagiosinaïtēs)
    • ◦ B.A. (Painting), Rhode Island School of Design
    • Prior Academics: Lecturer, Roehampton Art Institute; Lecturer, Valamo Academy; Lecturer, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
    • Areas: Orthodox iconography
  • • Dr. Leonidas Pittos
    • ◦ B.A. (History) (with honors), University of Illinois at Chicago
    • ◦ M.A. (Social Sciences), University of Chicago
    • ◦ Ph.D. (History), University of Chicago
    • Current Academics: Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Wayne State University
    • Prior Academics: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago
    • Areas: early and Eastern Christian history, Byzantine and modern Greek history, Modern Greek
  • • Protopsaltes Nikolaos Polychros
    • ◦ Dip. (Byzantine Music), School of Byzantine Music, Metropolis of Thessalonica
    • ◦ Dip. (Byzantine Music), Aristoxeneio Conservatory
    • Areas: Byzantine music
  • • The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Father Dr. James Thornton
    • ◦ A.A. (Humanities), Golden West College
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Historical Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ D.Min. (Pastoral Theology), San Francisco Theological Seminary
    • Areas: Church history, dogmatics

Instructors

  • • The Very Reverend Abbess Mother Dr. Elizabeth (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ B.A. (Family and Consumer Sciences), Ashland University
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Pastoral Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • ◦ D.Min. (Pastoral Theology), San Francisco Theological Seminary
    • Areas: pastoral counselling
  • • Schemanun Mother Justina (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ B.A. (Cinematography Arts), University of Stockholm
    • Areas: iconography
  • • Schemanun Mother Kassiane (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ B.S. (Psychology) (with honors), Florida State University
    • ◦ M.Arch. (Architecture), University of Colorado Boulder
    • Areas: Church design, vestment-making, English composition
  • • Schemanun Mother Kypriane (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ Dip. Theol. (Biblical Theology), Johannelunds Theological Institute
    • ◦ Lic. Theol. (Pastoral Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • Areas: catechetics, missions and parish activities
  • • The Reverend Presbyter Father George Mavromatis
    • ◦ A.B. (Theology), Saint Louis University
    • ◦ M.Div. (Theology), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
    • Areas: practical liturgics
  • • The Reverend Hierodeacon Father Photii (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ B.Th. (Orthodox Theology), Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • Areas: Russian, Church history
  • • The Right Reverend Bishop Serafim of Sozopolis
    • ◦ M.A. (Structural Engineering), University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
    • ◦ Cert. of Theological Studies, Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Seminary (Odessa, Ukraine)
    • Areas: theological studies
  • • Schemanun Mother Seraphima (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ B.A. (Ancient Studies), Barnard College, Columbia University
    • ◦ M.T.S. (Orthodox Theology), Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • Areas: Latin, literature, Russian spiritual culture
  • • Schemamonk Father Vlasie (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • ◦ Dip. Theol. (General Theology), Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies
    • Areas: iconography, computer programs for Church use

Teaching Assistants

  • • Schemanun Mother Eupraxia (Hagielisavetissa)
    • ◦ B.Th. (Orthodox Theology), Saint Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary
    • Areas: New Testament, dogmatics

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Staff


Library Director

  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Dr. Patapios (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • (vide supra, “Professors”)

Librarian

  • • The Very Reverend Archimandrite Father Gregory (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • (vide supra, “Lecturers”)

Assistant Librarian

  • • Schemanun Mother Helen (Hagielisavetissa)

Housemaster

  • • The Reverend Presbyter Father George Mavromatis
    • (vide supra, “Instructors”)

Housemistress

  • • Schemanun Mother Kypriane (Hagielisavetissa)
    • (vide supra, “Instructors”)

Communications and Development Director

  • • Mr. Alexei Bushunow
    • ◦ B.S. (Civil Engineering), Texas A&M University

Information Technology Director

  • • Schemamonk Father Vlasie (Hagiogrēgoritēs)
    • (vide supra, “Instructors”)

Art and Iconography Advisor

  • • Schemanun Mother Barbara (Hagielisavetissa)

Faculty Translator

(Bulgarian, Russian, and English)

  • • The Right Reverend Bishop Serafim of Sozopolis
    • (vide supra, “Instructors”)

Legal Advisor

  • • Mr. Daniel F. Lula, Esq.
    • (vide supra, “Lecturers”)
    • Partner, BakerHostetler, Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Costa Mesa, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C.

Medical Consultant

  • • Dr. Donald E. Solus
    • ◦ M.D., Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
    • Yreka Immediate Care Clinic
    • 534 North Main Street
    • Yreka, California 96097‒2541
    • (530) 842‒0606

Medical Advisor

  • • Presbytera Agnieszka Ferens, R.N.
    • ◦ B.S. (Nursing), California State University, San Marcos

Educational Administration Consultant

  • • Subdeacon Paul H. Daniels
    • ◦ B.A. (Philosophy), Hope College
    • ◦ M.A. (Curriculum and Instruction), Kean University
    • ◦ M.Ed. (Educational Administration and Supervision), Rutgers University

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