Timothy Patitsas

Assistant Professor of Ethics  


BSFS  Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
MDiv  Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
PhD  The Catholic University of America


Timothy G. Patitsas is the Assistant Professor of Ethics at Holy Cross.  He taught at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Seminary in Seoul, Korea, and at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, before joining the faculty in 2005.  His dissertation, The King Returns to His City:  An Interpretation of the Great Week and Bright Week Cycle of the Orthodox Church, combined interests in organic order, liturgy, and the economic and political writings of Jane Jacobs. 

He has published an article on patternlanguage.com, a website directed by the mystical architect Christopher Alexander.  For the Spring 2007 edition of the St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly he wrote, "The Marriage of Priests:  Towards an Orthodox Christian Theology of Gender."  Subsequent articles focus on the epistemological implications of complexity theory; Jane Jacobs' revisions to the science of economics; and the theological implications of The Death and LIfe of Great American Cities.

While his main current interest is the composition of an introduction to the mystical ethics of the Greek Orthodox tradition, he also continues research in epistemology, urban economics, and anthropology.  For the past seven years he has directed the Study Abroad Pilgrimage of Holy Cross in Greece, Mount Athos, and Constantinople.

His thoughts about economic science and spirituality can be followed on Twitter.


Curriculum Vitae PDF pdf



  • Orthodox Christian Ethics
  • Orthodox Christian Social Ethics
  • The Ethics of Beauty
  • Bioethics Seminar
  • The City as Liturgy

Email Timothy Patitsas
Telephone 617.850.1276