Timothy Patitsas, PhD

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,” which has been translated into both Modern Greek and Russian. Subsequent articles focus on the epistemological implications of complexity theory; Jane Jacobs’ revisions to the science of economics; and the theological implications of arguments set forth in 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 nine years, he has directed the St. Helen’s Pilgrimage, the study abroad program of Holy Cross in Constantinople, Greece, and on Mount Athos.

Prof. Patitsas serves on the boards of The Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund and The Center for Byzantine Material Arts.

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