Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos Lecture

Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos to speak at the 12th Annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture

The 12th Annual SS. Cyril and Methodius Lecture will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012, at the Kearns Spirituality Center, situated on the campus of La Roche College in Allison Park, PA, at 7:00pm. The featured speaker is Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Professor Emeritus of Canon Law at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Dr. Patsavos’ address is entitled: “Challenges Facing the Orthodox Church in America.” 

Having received his Licentiate in Theology (1961) and Doctorate in Theology (1974) at the University of Athens, Greece, Dr. Patsavos also completed certified theological studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, the University of Munich, the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Serving as Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Seminary since 1974, Dr. Patsavos continues to teach in a limited capacity. This dual responsibility enabled him to experience the pastoral nature of the canonical tradition of the Church contextually through theological field education, leading to an integration of theory and praxis towards a holistic approach to the study of theology and canon law.

A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Professor Patsavos is fluent in several languages, including Greek and German, and serves as a consultant on canonical affairs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of America, and the Mother Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.  His numerous awards and ecclesiastical distinctions include Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He has also served as a former member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, as well as a member of various Archdiocesan ad hoc committees and an ­ex officio member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

A world-renowned scholar and authority in the field of Canon Law, Dr. Patsavos has lectured at universities around the world. He has authored several articles and four books, his last study entitled: A Noble Task: Entry into the Clergy in the First Five Centuries (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Press, 2007). He is currently completing a textbook on Orthodox Canon Law based on his over 35 years of academic research and teaching.   

There is no charge for the Lecture, but registration is required.  You may register either by calling (412) 321-8383 or sending an e-mail with your name, address, eparchy and e-mail to: cprzyborski@bcs.eduRegistration deadline is April 27.


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