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Pappas Patristic Institute Announces Annual Summer Program in Patristic Studies

The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to offer its week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program from June 25–June 29, 2018, on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. Now in its twelfth year, the program offers a unique opportunity for study and extended discussion of the writings of the Church Fathers through small group sessions and faculty lectures. The Institute is open to all who share the common desire to learn more about the lives and writings of the Church Fathers, including laity, clergy, Christian educators, and undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral-level students are also encouraged to participate.

The Pappas Patristic Institute’s Summer Program offers a wide variety of courses. Each course meets for 2.5 hours, either in the morning or the afternoon, for five days. Past presenters include Dr. Brian Matz (Fontbonne University), Rev. Dr. Paul Kobet (Yale Divinity School), Dr. Sean Moberg (Catholic University of America), Dr. David Goodin (McGill University), Dr. Despina Prassas (Providence College), and also faculty from our own School of Theology, including Dr. Jim Skedros and Fr. Eugen Pentiuc. Additional lectures, chapel services, and unstructured time on HCHC’s campus combine with the courses to make for a well-rounded learning experience.

The most unique aspect of the Pappas summer program is the diverse community of participants it brings together each summer for one common purpose – to learn more from the rich writings of the Fathers of the Church. Participants come from all walks of life, both academic and professional, laity and clergy, young and previously young, as well as from all Christian jurisdictions, including Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Yet, the combination of reading the actual words of these Saints of the Church, and discussing them within this community of fellow learners, creates an indescribable experience, one which both nourishes the spirit and forms the mind. Within this kind of learning environment, supported by the daily chapel services, people of all levels of knowledge and experience are incorporated into a community of patristic students.

Past participant John Solheid, a PhD student in Theological Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, describes the program this way: “Through our annual reading and discussion of patristic texts, we have formed a community of individuals, many of whom dedicate this one week out of the year to return to Brookline for reading and discussion. Many of us, scholars and non-scholars who value the spiritual treasures of the Fathers, have developed friendships and connections that are enriched during our annual pilgrimage to Brookline and persist beyond the Institute.”

More information about the courses that will be offered during the twelfth annual session will be forthcoming. To learn more, please visit www.hchc.edu/patristics, or contact Dr. Bruce Beck, Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, at bbeck@hchc.edu.


Founded by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the goal of the Pappas Patristic Institute is the advancement and promotion of eastern patristic studies in the service of the academy and the Church.