Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
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Biography of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was born in Australia (1958), where he matriculated from The Scots College (1975).
He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens (1980), a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music (1979), and was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimirâ€™s Theological Seminary (1982).
He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford (1983).
After several months in silent retreat on Mt Athos, he served as Personal Assistant to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia (1984-94) and was co-founder of St Andrewâ€™s Theological College in Sydney (1985), where he was Sub-Dean and taught Patristics and Church History (1986-95).
He was also Lecturer in the Divinity School (1986-90) and the School of Studies in Religion (1990-95) at the University of Sydney.
In 1995, he moved to Boston, where he was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College until 2002.
He established the Environment Office at the same School in 2001.
He has also taught as professor of Patristics at Balamand University in Lebanon.
A member of the Office of Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, he coordinates the Social and Moral Issues Commission of the Orthodox Churches in America.
Currently, he serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.
The author of over twenty books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, Fr. Johnâ€™s most recent publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Holy Cross Press, 2000), In the Footsteps of Christ: Abba Isaiah of Scetis (SLG Press Oxford, 2001), The Body of Christ: A Place of Welcome for People with Disabilities (Light and Life, 2002), Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John (St. Vladimirâ€™s Press, 2003), Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer: The Ecological Vision of the Green Patriarch (Eerdmans, 2nd ed.
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work in In the Heart of the Desert:
"In this accessible volume Father Chryssavgis
allows us to hear the voices of the Desert Fathers and Mothers in such a way that we too may drink from this eternal spring.
Not the least attractive feature of the book is the illuminating commentary and sage counsel provided by Father Chryssavgis
treatment of these strange, compelling figures is marked by an uncommon depth of understanding; under his
discerning gaze, the world of the desert monastics comes alive for the reader.
"The desert can be a fearful and imposing place without a guide, and Fr. Chryssavgis
takes the reader through the rugged yet beautiful terrain of desert spirituality with clarity and empathy.
eludicates the principles and practices of desert metanoia with exemplary sensitivity and depth.