John Chryssavgis

Press Officer at Ecumenical Patriarchate

Ecumenical Patriarchate
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Last Updated 6/14/2017

General Information


Religion , Divinity School

Religion , School of Studies

degree  - Theology , University of Athens

diploma  - Byzantine Music , Greek Conservatory of Music

doctoral degree  - Oxford


Theological Advisor  - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Advisor  - Theological Provincial Seminary

Member  - Science Initiative

Member  - United Planet Faith

Founder  - St. Andrew's Theological College

Founder  - Environment Office

Director of the Environment Office  - Hellenic College

Web References  

Holy and Great Council - Orthodox Christian Network

On Wednesday, June 15, Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, director, Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office for the Holy and Great Council arranged for a Webinar...
Watch as Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, author, theologian serving as Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and theological advisor to the Ecumenical... Fr. John Chryssavgis addresses the issue of some of the Churches not attending the Holy and Great Synod a meeting that all agreed to attend and then at...

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Looking Back at the Holy and Great Council - OCL

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Heracles Filios of «Light from the Phanar» speaks with Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Note: This interview originally appeared in Greek on August 30, 2016 at It is an immense privilege and blessing to welcome Fr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to «Fos Fanariou» (Light from the Phanar) for an extremely interesting and important interview. This conversation sheds light on a historical event in the life of the Orthodox Church, namely the Holy and Great Council that took place in June 2016 on the Greek island of Crete. However, the interview bears special weight inasmuch as Fr. John Chryssavgis served as Press Officer of the Ecumenical Patriarchate during the Holy and Great Council. This is his first interview since the conclusion of the council.

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Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis: Life and Work

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis Detailed Information on Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis 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. Vladimir’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 Andrew’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. John’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. Vladimir’s Press, 2003), Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer: The Ecological Vision of the Green Patriarch (Eerdmans, 2nd ed. Books/DVDs containing the work of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis' work appearing in World Wisdom books: Quotes on Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis The following quotes refer to Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis' 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 himself." 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. John Chryssavgis eludicates the principles and practices of desert metanoia with exemplary sensitivity and depth.

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