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Fr. John Chryssavgis

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Deacon and Theological Advisor On...

Orthodox Church

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  • Religion
    School of Studies
  • Religion
    Divinity School
  • doctoral degree , Patristics
    University of Oxford
  • degree , Theology
    University of Athens
  • diploma , Byzantine Music
    Greek Conservatory of Music
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SLG Press | Authors List, 16 May 2014 [cached]
John Chryssavgis
John Chryssavgis, born in Australia in 1958, is an Orthodox deacon and theological advisor on environmental issues to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He graduated in theology from the University of Athens in 1980 and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1983. He has held academic appointments in Australia, the Lebanon and in the USA, where he now lives. He has published a number of books and specialises in the ascetic thought and practice of the early Church, from the desert tradition of Egypt in the fourth century to Palestine and Sinai in later centuries.
Blog by-the-Sea: History, 19 Aug 2006 [cached]
John Chryssavgis: Lessons of the Desert
ZENIT yesterday posted an interview with John Chryssavgis, the Orthodox Church historian and theologian whose books have been cited and quoted here for his knowledge of the Desert Fathers and St. John Climacus.He answered questions about what the fourth and fifth century saints have to teach us now, their realism, and how to apply their work to the modern day equivalent to the desert.One of his thoughts:
International Church Leaders Unite to Insist Poverty Reduction Targets Be Met, 19 Sept 2005 [cached]
· Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Theological Advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on Environmental Issues, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of ()
Byzantine Catholic Seminary -, 30 May 2010 [cached]
Rev. Deacon John Chryssavgis to speak at SS. Cyril & Methodius Lecture Byzantine Catholic Seminary -
Byzantine Catholic Seminary
Early in his career, Fr. Deacon Chryssavgis spent several months in silent retreat on Mt. Athos. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, including Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John,Light Through Darkness: the Orthodox Tradition, and Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Christian Ecological Worldview.
Fr. Deacon Chryssavgis served as Personal Assistant to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia from 1984-1994. He co-founded St. Andrew's Theological College in Sydney in 1985, where he was Sub-Dean and taught Patristics and Church History (1986-1995), while serving as a Lecturer in the Divinity School (1986-1990), and the School of Studies in Religion (1990-1995) at the University of Sydney. In 1995, he moved to Boston and was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College until 2002. In 2001 he established the Environment Office at Hellenic College. He currently serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.
Fr. Deacon Chryssavgis received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens, a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music, was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary, and a doctoral degree in Patristics from the University of Oxford.
Abba Isaiah of Scetis: Ascetic Discourses, 17 Jan 2014 [cached]
John Chryssavgis
John Chryssavgis is a Professor of Theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston. He completed his udergraduate studies in Athens and earned his doctoral degree at Oxford. Recent publications include The Way of the Fathers: Exploring the Minds of the Church Fathers (1988), Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Ecological Worldview (1999), and Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (2000).
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