On February 3 and 4, 2006 the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College will host the St. Photios the Great Faith and Learning Symposium at the Maliotis Center. This event will bring Orthodox scholars from around the country together to discuss the pivotal role their religious faith plays in their research and teaching. The Symposium will commence with the visiting scholars joining the Hellenic College faculty for a luncheon discussion. The events will continue with a retreat for Hellenic College students designed to help them ponder how to balance faith in their own learning and get the most out of the educational opportunities offered on campus. That evening Rev. Dr. John Behr, of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will offer a Keynote Address titled, Plundering the Egyptians: the Use of Classical Paideia in the Early Church. The keynote address will begin at 7:00 pm and is open to the public.
On Saturday, February 4, the Symposium will continue at 10:00 am with panel discussions led by: Rev. Dr. Eugen Pentiuc, Assistant Professor at Hellenic College; Rev. Dr. A. Gregory Roeber, Professor of Early Modern History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. Vera Shevzov, Associate Professor of Religion at Smith College. The Office of Vocation and Ministry has extended an invitation to all Boston-area college students to attend via the local Orthodox Christian Fellowship Chapters and welcomes all members of the community to attend the Keynote Address and Saturday panel discussions.
St. Photios the Great, whose feast day is February 6, was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during the middle of the ninth century. Together with other great Fathers of the Church, Saint Photios demonstrates through his writing and his teaching that scholarship can be a valuable instrument in proclaiming and expressing the Faith of the Church. The Orthodox Church honors Saint Photios as a theologian, a supporter of missionary activity, and a defender of the Faith.
The Saint Photios the Great Faith and Learning Symposium is one of the many unique programs sponsored by the Office of Vocation and Ministry and is part of a five-year program funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. For more information please contact the OVM at 617-850-1309 or visit our website at vocations.hchc.edu.