[09/12/13] St Andrew's Adult Faith Education Open Learning on the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, 'A Creed to Live By,' will take place in Perth at the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Saints Constantine and Helene on Saturday 14th December, 2013. For more details, see the flyer.
[02/12/13] Dr Guy Freeland's book Windows to Orthodoxy is now available as an eBook for only $5.00. To order, please download the form from the following link on the St Andrew's Orthodox Press website.
[26/11/13] The Very Revd Dr Doru Costache offered a three-part lecture for the Fellowship of the Resurrection of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Parish, Kogarah, under the following headings: 'Science and Theology: Patristic Insights' (11 Nov); 'The Worldview of the Fathers and the Cosmological Paradigms' (18 Nov); 'Two Anthropological Standpoints - Is there a Midpoint?' (25 Nov). Slides from these presentations can be viewed on his profile page under 'Occasional Lectures.'
[21/11/13] St Andrew's is now on YouTube: The St Andrew's YouTube Channel, maintained by current postgraduate student Chris Baghos, contains snippet videos of various events hosted by the Theological College, including: the 'Windows to Orthodoxy' Book Launch, the Round Table on St Maximus the Confessior featuring Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane), Professor Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Tennessee, USA), Dr Adam Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne), and the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache (St Andrew's); and keynote presentations at the 2013 Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria by Professor Pauline Allen, FAHA (Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies, ACU Brisbane, QLD) Professor David Bradshaw (Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, USA). Please, click on the St Andrew's Youtube Channel, or any of the linked videos, to subscribe. More videos to come.
[21/11/13] Dr Philip Kariatlis represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia at the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches of Australia on 18-19 November, 2013 (Melbourne). He presented a response paper to the Aleppo Document, published by the World Council of Churches on the possibility of Christian Churches celebrating Easter on a common date. His response can be downloaded here.
[20/11/13] Mr Dimitri Kepreotes, Director of St Andrew’s Orthodox Press and Sessional Lecturer in Modern Greek and Christian Education, gave a presentation last night entitled 'Five (Forgotten) Steps of the Spiritual Life' at the 24th annual 'A Short Course in Orthodox Studies' held at the St Spyridon Parish of South-East Sydney.
[19/11/13] The latest edition of Phronema, volume 28:2 (2013), containing articles based on papers delivered at St Andrew's 2012 Patristic Symposium on St Athanasius the Great, is now available. It includes contributions by the keynote speaker Dr Adam G. Cooper, as well as the conveners of the Symposium (and editors of this volume) the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis, presenters Revd Dr Glen O'Brien, Sr Dr Margaret Beirne and Mr Mario Baghos; as well as a contribution by Revd Dr Joseph Lam Cong Quy, and two book reviews by Mr Chris Baghos. The contents can be viewed here. It can be purchased at the following link.
[19/11/13] Subscription to the College's bi-annual peer reviewed journal, Phronema, as well as the purchase of individual back issues, can now be made online at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Bookcentre. Previous issues can also be purchased through the index page in the Phronema section of this website. Alternative subscription methods are listed on the main Phronema page.
[13/11/13] Mr Mario Baghos, Associate Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History, gave a presentation last night entitled 'A World of Symbols: Reflections on Ecclesial Art and Architecture' at the 24th annual 'A Short Course in Orthodox Studies' held at the St Spyridon Parish of South-East Sydney.
[30/10/13] The Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, gave a presentation last night entitled 'Approaching St Maximus the Confessor's Anthropology of Holiness' at the 24th annual 'A Short Course in Orthodox Studies' held at the St Spyridon Parish of South-East Sydney.
[21/10/2013] The 24th annual 'A Short Course in Orthodox Studies' held at St Spyridon Parish of South-East Sydney in collaboration with St Andrew's begins this week on Tuesday 22nd October, and will continue every Tuesday night until November 26. It is organised by the Very Revd Steven Scoutas, Associate Lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practice, and includes contributions by St Andrew's faculty members, Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, Mr Dimitri Kepreotes, Lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practice, and Mr Mario Baghos, Associate Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History. See the flyer for more details.
[16/10/2013] On 15/10/2013 Mr Mario Baghos, Associate Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History, delivered a paper entitled 'The Christocentricity of Ecclesial Art in Byzantium: Diachronic Highlights,' for the Department of Studies in Religion Research Seminars at the University of Sydney.
[15/10/2013] SYMPOSIUM 2014 UPDATE: the Registration Form for the next Patristic Symposium 'From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again,' convened by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Adam G. Cooper, can be downloaded as both a PDF and Word document on the Patristic Symposia page of this site.
[07/10/2013] From 3-5 October the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, and Mr Mario Baghos, Associate Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History, represented St Andrew’s at the Early Christian Centuries I conference, organised by the Centre for Early Christian Studies in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society, at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. The conference was on the theme of ‘Men and Women in Early Christianity,’ yet it covered additional topics including Patristics, Hagiography, The Byzantine Church, Byzantine Architecture, Asceticism, etc. With no less than three keynote addresses by Professors Elaine Wainwright (University of Auckland), Mathijs Lamberigts (KU, Leuven), and Claudia Rapp (ÖAW, Vienna), and a plenary address by Professor Andrew McGowan (Trinity College, University of Melbourne), the event was well attended by exceptional scholars in the fields of late antiquity, Byzantine studies, patristic studies, and other disciplines. Especially significant for the two St Andrew’s representatives was the welcoming presence of several friends and supporters of the College. It was a great joy for them to be able to converse again with Professor Pauline Allen, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane), keynote speaker at this year’s Patristic Symposium. Professor Allen’s paper at the Early Christian Centuries I conference was entitled: ‘How, if at all, to write to a woman in Christian Late Antiquity?’ Equally enjoyable was to meet Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane), programme director for the Early Christian Centuries conferences. Dr Neil was keynote speaker at our 2011 Symposium and will offer again a keynote at our upcoming 2014 Symposium. Her paper at this conference was entitled: ‘Dreaming of men and women in Gregory the Great’s Dialogues and a Byzantine dream key manual.’ Another friend of St Andrew’s who welcomed its representatives is Dr Adam G. Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne), who gave a keynote paper at our 2012 Symposium and will be co-convening the 2014 Symposium together with Fr Doru. His paper at this conference was entitled: ‘Nuptial mystery or sacrament of sin? Maximus the Confessor on marriage and sexual intimacy.’ Last but not least, it was a great pleasure to meet again Dr Anna M. Silvas, FAHA (UNE, Armidale), who gave keynote presentations for the 2010 and 2011 St Andrew’s Symposia. Her paper at this conference was entitled: ‘Basil of Caesarea, his silence about Macrina and his attitude to women.’
After the plenary address on day one of the conference, Fr Doru chaired the short paper session on ‘Patristic Exegesis on the Creation of Male and Female.’ During the lunch-break, Dr Cooper and Dr Silvas generously invited the two St Andrew’s representatives to the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family for a coffee, where enlightening conversation ranging from patristics to scriptural exegesis ensued. In the afternoon, Mr Baghos presented his paper on ‘The Christocentricity of ecclesial art in Early Byzantium’ in a session on ‘The Byzantine Church,’ and it was well received. A highlight for Fr Doru was a conversation with Professor Hubertus R. Drobner (Theologische Fakultät Paderborn), whose critical edition of St Gregory of Nyssa’s Apology for the Hexaemeron he used in the publication of two recent Phronema articles. Likewise, Mr Baghos was thrilled to meet Professor Claudia Rapp, who made some important suggestions for his current PhD research on the city of Constantinople.
Continuing this note, on day two of the conference both representatives from St Andrew’s were overwhelmed to meet the erudite and humble Revd Professor Angelo Di Berardino, Director of the Institutum Augustinianum in Rome. Fr Doru recounted with joy the fact that he uses Professor Di Berardino’s monumental Patrology: The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon to John of Damascus in his patristic studies units at St Andrew’s. The Professor also shed light on some questions asked by Mr Baghos pertinent to his thesis topic, spending the one hour lunch-break with both of the representatives from St Andrew’s and Dr Adam Cooper, much to the enrichment and gratitude of all. After lunch, Fr Doru delivered his paper entitled ‘Saintly perceptions of gendered humankind: Ambigua 10 and 41’ in a session on ‘Byzantine Perspectives on Gender and the Will’ chaired by Dr Cooper. At the end of the session, Fr Doru was invited by Professor Mathijs Lamberigts and other attendees to further expand on aspects pertaining to the wisdom of St Maximus the Confessor; this resulted in a very lively ex tempore conversation.
The conference was tremendously successful, and congratulations must be extended to all involved; organisers, presenters, and delegates. As a final note, for the Very Revd Costache and Mr Baghos, this conference reinforced the significance of such events for academics who, in the presence of their esteemed peers and in a spirit of mutual learning, are made to feel part of a community that is truly making a difference to our intellectual, and why not spiritual, culture.
[23/09/2013] SYMPOSIUM 2014 UPDATE: St Andrew's is proud to unveil the flyer of next year's Patristic Symposium on the theme 'From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again' (26-27 September 2014), which is to be convened by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Adam G. Cooper. The two keynote speakers will be Professor Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Tennessee, USA), and Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane). Please, click here for the flyer. More details to come.
[23/09/2013] Convened by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis, St Andrew's Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria, which was held on the 20-21 September at the Theological College, was a huge success. Opened by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis with prayer and introductory remarks, keynote speaker Professor Pauline Allen, FAHA (Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies, ACU Brisbane, QLD) then ushered us into the world of the saint with her presentation on 'St Cyril of Alexandria: Exegete, Politician, or Pastor?' This was followed by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache's presentation on 'Adam as a Hesychast in Saints Athanasius the Great, Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory Palamas, and Silouan the Athonite,' which gave us insights into the hesychastic disposition of these figures. Next, keynote speaker Professor David Bradshaw (Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, USA ) offered a tremendous account of 'The Philosophical Theology of St Cyril's Against Julian,' which was followed by Dr Adam G. Cooper's (JP II Institute, Melbourne) insightful talk on 'Christology in the Concrete: Cyril of Alexandria's Answer to the Problem of Theological Abstraction.' The sessions were then split in two, with Mrs Rebecca Burgess (Bishopdale Theological College, NZ) deftly presenting on 'Trinitarian Hermeneutics in Hilary of Potier's Commentary on the Psalms' in the College Hall, and Mr Anthony Papantoniou expounding 'The Theandric Mystery of Christ in St Cyril of Alexandria' in the hall of the Cathedral of the Annunciation. The two final talks for day one were held in the College hall, firstly by Dr Anita Strezova (Independent Researcher affiliated with ANU) who spoke on 'The Doctrine of Apophaticism and Deification in the Alexandrian and Antiochian Traditions,' and secondly, by Dr Philip Kariatlis, who expanded on his previous work in Athanasian soteriology with his paper 'Towards a Comprehensive Soteriology for Today: Implications of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ in St Athanasius' De Incarnatione.'
The second day was initiated by Dr Bernard (Patrikios) Doherty's (Independent researcher affiliated with Macquarie) presentation on 'Cyril and Hypatia: The Social Construction and Maintenance of an Anti-Christian Myth' which was well received. Next, more parallel sessions in both the College hall and the Cathedral hall: in the hall of the College, Revd Jonathan Hicks (PhD Candidate, Otago) spoke on 'St Cyril on the Role of Christ's Humanity in the Age to Come'; Revd Hugh Bowron (Vicar, St Peter's Caversham, NZ) on 'Robert Jensen's Radical Cyrillian Christology: How Radical, How Cyrillian, How Orthodox?'; and the Very Revd Archimandrite Kyrillos Zisis (MTh Student, St Andrew's) on 'Nature and Grace in St Maximus the Confessor's To Thalassius 59.' In the Cathedral hall, Revd Jeremy Krieg spoke on 'Appropriating St Gregory the Dialogist: An Orthodox Perspective'; Mr Kevin Wagner (PhD Candidate, JP II Institute) on 'Theophilus of Alexandria and the Episcopal Ordination of Synesius of Cyrene'; and Mr Mario Baghos (Associate Lecturer, St Andrew's) on 'Ecclesial Memory and Secular History in the Conflicting Representations of Cyril of Alexandria - An Apology for the Saint.' Finally, everyone was ushered into the College hall for the last paper by Mr Andrew Mellas (PhD Candidate, Sydney) on '"The Passion of his Flesh": St Cyril of Alexandria and the Emotions of the Logos.' After a short lunch break, co-convener Dr Philip Kariatlis thanked everyone for attending, and co-convener the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache announced the topic for next year's symposium, which is 'From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again' (26-27 September 2014 - more details to come). Since Dr Kariatlis will, with His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos' blessing, be convening the inaugural St Andrew's 'Theology' Symposium in 2015, Fr Doru announced that for next year's Patristic Symposium he will be joined by Dr Adam G. Cooper, long time friend and supporter of the College, as co-convener. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
[19/09/2013] St Andrew's hosted a Round Table discussion on 'Expanding Reason: the Christian Transformation of Philosophy in the World of the Fathers' featuring Professor David Bradshaw (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY USA), who was also one of the keynote speakers for this year's Patristic Symposium on St Cyril, Dr Adam G. Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne), and the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache (St Andrew's). The session began with the Very Revd Dr Costache inviting Professor Bradshaw to share his insights into the manner in which the Eastern Fathers including St Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, St Neilos the Ascetic and St John Damascene approached philosophy; after which Dr Cooper was invited to expand upon the approaches/insights to the 'love of wisdom' by Western Fathers such as St Augustine. The session ended with Fr Doru highlighting the fact that the Fathers' positive appropriation of philosophical concepts and ideas equated to a transformation of these ideas in light of the Gospel of Christ, making them the true philosophers par excellence. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
[19/09/2013] During their visit to St Andrew's on the double occasion of the round table on the Fathers and classical philosophy (19 Sept 2013), as well as the fifth St Andrew's Patristic Symposium (20 and 21 Sept 2013), Professor David Bradshaw (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY USA) and Dr Adam G. Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne VIC) kindly accepted an invitation by the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache to contribute to his course unit Early Christian Patristic Theology (TH182A/TH482A), by offering their thoughts on various works and ideas of St Athanasius the Great. Photos from this special occasion can be viewed here.
[09/10/2013] On Monday 9 September the faculty and students of St Andrew's were blessed with a visit from His Eminence Archbishop Theodosios of Sevastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Welcomed and introduced by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, His Eminence gave insights into the Church of Jerusalem's liturgical ordo, and generously disseminated gifts to the students, including prayer beads and crosses.
[31/08/2013] Dr Guy Freeland's book Windows to Orthodoxy, a volume of collected essays published between December 2001 and October 2009 in the English supplement of The Greek Australian VEMA newspaper, was launched to much acclaim last night in the main hall of St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College by Professor Raymond Nobbs, former Dean of the Sydney College of Divinity and long-time friend of St Andrew's. Accompanied by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, College Dean, opened the event with prayer before congratulating Dr Freeland and welcoming everyone present, including distinguished representatives from the Sydney College of Divinity, Professor Diane Speed (Dean and CEO), Professor Jim Harrison (Director of Research), together with Professor Alanna Nobbs (Deputy Director Ancient Culture's Research Center, Macquarie University) and St Andrew's faculty. Before turning over to Mr Dimitri Kepreotes, publishing director of St Andrew's Orthodox Press and host of the proceedings, His Eminence poetically reflected that Dr Freeland, through his commitment to Orthodoxy, has not merely glanced through its (i.e. the Church's) "windows" but has entered through its "royal doors." Mr Kepreotes then gave brief reflections on the publication process before turning over to Mr Ikaros Kyriacou, editor-in-chief of The Greek Australian VEMA, who shared his experience of publishing the articles that comprise the collected essays in Windows to Orthodoxy over the past several years. Professor Raymond Nobbs then officially launched the book, signalling various aspects of its content and praising Dr Freeland for his style and the book's relevance for contemporary audiences. Finally, Dr Freeland took the stage, likening the concept of a 'book launch' to a boat which, having set sail, no longer belongs to the ship's craftsmen, but to the world around it. In the same way, Dr Freeland affirmed that his book no longer belongs to himself, but to its readers, and he warmly thanked His Eminence, the speakers, those involved in the publication of the book, and everyone present. Photos from the launch can be viewed here.
[13/08/2013] Dr Guy Freeland's new book Windows to Orthodoxy, published by St Andrew's Orthodox Press, will be launched by Professor Raymond Nobbs, former Dean of the Sydney College of Divinity, at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College on Friday 20 August 2013 at 6pm. See the flyer for more details, including RSVP.
[11/08/2013] On the 10/08/2013 St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College offered a series of catechetical lectures on the topic 'A Creed to Live By' at the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, as part of its Adult Faith Education Open Learning. The presenters included Dr Philip Kariatlis, who spoke on 'The Basic Teachings Found in the Creed'; Mr Anastasios Kalogerakis, who addressed 'The Creed in the Scriptures and the Scriptures in the Creed'; and Mr Mario Baghos, who presented on 'The Historical Context of the Creed' and who delivered the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache's paper 'Making Sense of the Creed with the Church Fathers' on his behalf. A special thank you to Fr Dimitri Tsakas, Fr Anastasios Bozikis, and Fr Laurentios Pescar, together with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George and St John's Community Care, Cairns for their sponsorship; and to everyone who organised and participated in the event. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
[03/08/2013] The Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, delivered a paper entitled 'Musical Analogies in the Alexandrine Tradition: Clement and St Athanasius' for the conference Addressing the Sacred through Literature and the Arts (Australian Catholic University, Strathfield NSW).
[30/07/2013] BREAKING NEWS: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, College Dean, gave his blessing for the preparation of St Andrew's Patristic Symposium 2014 which will address the Alexandrian and Cappadocian traditions. Due to the developments related to the transformation of the patristic symposia into biennial conferences, alternating with bienniel theology symposia, the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache will convene the 2014 symposium together with Dr Adam Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne). The two keynote speakers will be Professor Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Tennessee, USA), and Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane).
[28/07/2013] On the 27/07/2013, St Andrew's held a Round Table discussion on St Maximus the Confessor. Moderated by Dr Philip Kariatlis, the discussion featured eminent Maximian scholars Dr Bronwen Neil, FAHA (ACU, Brisbane), Professor Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Tennessee, USA), Dr Adam Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne), and the Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, all of whom are contributing chapters to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Maximus the Confessor, edited by Dr Neil and Professor Pauline Allen, FAHA (ACU, QLD). The event began with Dr Neil giving a brief introduction to the Handbook, followed by fifteen minute presentations by each of the participants which focused on the nature of their contributions to the Handbook and other related Maximian themes. After a short coffee break, a dialogue was commenced between Professor Blowers and Dr Cooper, both of whom commented on each other's respective presentations. Finally, the panel addressed questions from the audience.
[26/07/2013] The Very Revd Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, was elevated to protopresbyter by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, College Dean, at last night's Vespers service at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Paraskevi, Blacktown.
[22/07/2013] Mr Mario Baghos, Assoc. Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History, gave the third presentation for the 'Christianity and the Arts' series entitled 'Reflections on Dostoyevsky's The Grand Inquisitor' at the Resurrection of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Parish in Kogarah. For more information on Christianity and the Arts, see the pdf versions of the flyer and program.
[19/07/2013] On 16/07/2013 St Andrew's faculty, including Fr Dr Doru Costache, Dr Philip Kariatlis, and Mr Mario Baghos, accompanied Professor Paul M. Blowers and his wife Mrs Sandy Blowers to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa at Mangrove Mountain. Greeted with exceptional warmth by the Monastery's Abbot, the Very Reverend Eusebios Pantanassiotis, the guests were given a tour of the Monastery grounds, beginning with the chapel dedicated to the Syrian saints Isaac and Ephrem. This was followed by a tour of the guest room/icon museum and a wonderful lunch, where Professor Blowers was invited by the Abbot to speak to the fathers, who included in their company the Very Reverend Archimandrite Silouan Fotineas visiting from Adelaide. The group was then shown the large cross at the bottom of the valley, before being taken up to the katholikon to view Australia's very own 'Byzantium in the Bush.'
[15/07/2013] BREAKING NEWS: Professor Paul M. Blowers and his wife Mrs Sandy Blowers have landed in Australia! Professor Blowers will be offering lectures for two units in the intensive mode, beginning this Wednesday with TH695A Spiritual Pedagogy in St Maximus the Confessor (17-19 July 2013), and followed by TH595A Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology (22-24 July 2013).
[13/07/2013] St Andrew's Adult Faith Education Open Learning on the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, newly titled 'A Creed to Live By,' will take place in Brisbane at the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St George on the 10 August, 2013. For more details, see the flyer.
[12/07/2013] St Andrew's would like to warmly welcome Emeritus Prof. Garry W. Trompf, FAHA to its faculty. Chair of the History of Ideas at the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, Professor Trompf will be taking over the history units taught at the College, principally The Early Church (HS110/410) and Early Byzantine History (HS230/430). His lengthy career includes teaching appointments at several universities both nationally and internationally, and his publication interests range principally from Melanesian religion, to the idea of historical recurrence, comparative religion, retributive logic in the early ecclesiastical histories, millenarianism, and biblical studies, to name a few. He is the recipient of many fellowships, scholarships, honours, and grants, which in most recent years include his appointment as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2002-), and the publication of two Festschriften in his honour.
[10/07/2013] The program for the Round Table on St Maximus the Confessor to be held 27 July 2013 is now available and can be downloaded, together with the flyer, here.
[09/07/2013] Sr Dr Margaret Beirne, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, gave a paper entitled 'St Athanasius and the Scriptures, Exemplified in his Letter to Marcellinus' for the Australian Catholic Biblical Association (ACBA) Conference on the 5 July 2013.
[07/07/2013] St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College offered a series of catechetical lectures on the topic 'Introducing the Creed,' at the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of St George, Thebarton SA, as part of its Adult Faith Education Open Learning. The presenters included Revd Dr Doru Costache, Dr Philip Kariatlis, Mr Anastasios Kalogerakis and Mr Mario Baghos. A special thank you to Fr Konstantinos Skoumbourdis, Fr Silouan Fotineas, Fr Peter Photakis, Fr Michael Psaromatis, Mr John Saredakis and everyone who organised and participated in the event.
[01/07/2013] Whilst on pilgrimage in Constantinople, the Very Revd Archimandrite Sophronios Konidaris, College Chaplain, was received by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and then invited to address a gathering in the latter’s presence on topics such as the state of Orthodoxy in the Antipodes, Greek migrants, and his experiences in Constantinople.
[28/06/2013] The latest edition of Phronema, volume 28:1, the first to be published by its new editor Assoc. Prof. Angelo Karantonis, has just been released. It includes contributions by college faculty members Fr Dr Doru Costache and Mr Mario Baghos, as well as articles by Prof. Dimitry Makarov, Mr Andrew Mellas, and Rev. Jonathan Douglas Hicks, along with book reviews by Mr Mario Baghos and Mr Chris Baghos. Its contents can be viewed here. To purchase this volume or subscribe to the journal, see the Phronema page of our website.
[27/06/2013] Auditors wishing to enrol in Professor Paul M. Blowers' face to face lectures in the intensive mode for TH695A Spiritual Pedagogy in St Maximus the Confessor (17-19 July 2013) and TH595A Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology (22-24 July 2013) are invited to complete the following form in accordance with the guidelines for Auditors.
[26/06/2013] New flyers for Professor Paul M. Blowers' face to face lectures in the intensive mode, which include the Professor's biography and the course unit details, are available here for TH695A Spiritual Pedagogy in St Maximus the Confessor (17-19 July 2013), and here for TH595A Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology (22-24 July 2013). Both flyers include information on the Round Table on St Maximus the Confessor (27 July) that he will be participating in, along with Dr Bronwen Neil FAHA, Dr Adam Cooper, and Fr Dr Doru Costache.
[26/06/2013] Dr Guy Freeland, Honorary Lecturer in Liturgical Studies, has just published a new book entitled Windows to Orthodoxy with St Andrew's Orthodox Press. Check the Publications page for the description of the book and details for purchase.
[26/06/2013] Updates to the main page of the website: A Publications tab has been added where faculty book publications are available for purchase. Also, the new Symposia tab contains links to both the Patristic Symposia and the Theology Symposia, the latter beginning in 2015 (see announcement below).
[26/06/2013] An index for all the previous issues of Phronema, St Andrew's biannual peer reviewed journal, is now available on the Phronema page of the College's website. This index includes the content of all past issues, and, from Volume 25 (2010) onwards, the abstracts and bios of the authors. Click here for the index.
[25/06/2013] Fr Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, gave the inaugural talk of the series 'Christianity and the Arts' entitled 'From Kazantzakis' Cretan Glance back to St Maximus the Confessor' at the Resurrection of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Parish in Kogarah on the 24 June, 2013. For more information on Christianity and the Arts, see the pdf versions of the flyer and program.
[25/06/2013] Dr Philip Kariatlis, Senior Lecturer in Theology, delivered a presentation entitled 'Mary Theotokos in the Orthodox Tradition: Her Relevance for us Today' at the Adult Fellowship of the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Stylianos on the 19 June, 2013. Click here for the pdf.
[20/06/2013] BREAKING NEWS: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, College Dean, gave His blessing so that the St Andrew's Patristic Symposia, which will become biennial events, will alternate with the new Theology Symposia, also biennial. Whilst Fr Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, will continue to convene the Patristic Symposia from 2014 onwards, Dr Philip Kariatlis, Senior Lecturer in Theology, will convene the Theology Symposia, beginning from 2015. The rationale behind this choice is the need to give a fuller account of Orthodoxy's treasures, which encompass both past and present witnesses.
[20/06/2013] St Andrew's Adult Faith Education Open Learning on 'Introducing the Creed' will take place in Adelaide on the 6 July 2013 at the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of St George in Thebarton. For more details, see the flyer.
[15/06/2013] Fr Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, published an article entitled 'Living above Gender: Insights from St Maximus the Confessor' in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 21:2 (2013): 261-290.
[15/06/2013] St Andrew's is excited to announce the Christianity and the Arts program hosted by Fr Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, at the Resurrection of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Parish in Kogarah. With the support of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Sophronios Konidaris, College Chaplain, and presentations by College faculty including Fr Doru already mentioned, along with Mr Mario Baghos, Assoc. Lecturer in Patristic Studies and Church History, as well as Mr Andrew Mellas and Mr Chris Baghos - both of whom are friends of the college (the latter being a current student) - the program begins at the end of June. For more information on Christianity and the Arts, see the pdf versions of the flyer and program.
[12/06/2013] St Andrew's Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria, convened by Fr Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, and Dr Philip Kariatlis , Senior Lecturer in Theology, is being advertised on the International Association of Patristic Studies website (IAPS) under September. This demonstrates that the College's annual symposia are being taken more and more seriously on an international level. St Andrew's expresses its gratitude to the IAPS.
[06/06/2013] Dr Philip Kariatlis was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer by the Classification and Promotions Committee of the Sydney College of Divinity. St Andrew’s now has three Senior Lecturers on its faculty. The other two members of faculty are: Fr Dr Doru Costache and Sr Dr Margaret Beirne.
[31/05/2013] SYMPOSIUM NEWS: The Timetable for St Andrew's 2013 Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria can be viewed here and on the symposium main page under 'News.' Also, more abstracts have been added.
[29/05/13] Dr Philip Kariatlis gave a brief presentation at the University of NSW and was part of a Questions and Answer Panel organised conjointly by the Orthodox Student Fellowships of the Universities of Sydney and NSW. The topic of discussion was Science and Faith: An Orthodox Perspective. The other two panellists were: Associate Professor Socrates Dokos and the Revd Dr Dimitrios Kokkinos.
[24/05/2013] Mr Mario Baghos presented a paper entitled 'The Christocentricity of Ecclesial Art within the Byzantine Imperial Context' at the North American Patristics Society (NAPS) 2013 Annual Meeting held in Chicago on May 23-25.
[20/05/2013] Photos from the 2013 Doxology service and reception for graduating students on 17 May, and the Sydney College of Divinity Graduation ceremony on 18 May, can be viewed here or on the 'archive' section of this website.
[20/05/2013] The Thanksgiving Service for College graduates was celebrated on 17 May. The evening's proceedings began with a Doxological Service chanted by students, past and present. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, as Dean, conferred the graduates with the College's Ecclesiastical Degree and read a benediction over them. In his address to the congregation of reverend clergy, faculty, distinguished guests and members of the general public, His Eminence acknowledged the ongoing efforts of staff and colleagues in accomplishing the difficult task of providing theological education, citing especially the long-standing collaboration and affiliation with the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD). He concluded by wishing that the graduates show themselves worthy of the trust of the Church and society as a whole.
Honouring this important occasion with their presence were His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, Sub-Dean; Mr Peter King, President of the SCD Council; Prof. Diane Speed, Dean of the SCD; Rev. Associate Professor Gerard Kelly, Principal of the Catholic Institute of Sydney; Dr Leonard Smith, Principal of Emmaus Bible College; Prof. Jim Harrison, SCD Director of Research, and other colleagues from within the SCD and its member institutions; reverend clergy and Archdiocesan Council Members. There were also College alumni and representatives from the various committees of the College and the Archdiocese.
Both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were bestowed as noted below:
Bachelor of Theology with Graduate Diploma of Arts: Efstratios Makris (VIC). Bachelor of Theology with Graduate Certificate in Arts: Vasilios Le Couilliard (VIC). Bachelor of Theology: Theodoros Dimitriou (VIC) in absentia, Dimitrios Marcou (VIC) and Mark Woloszyn (VIC). Master of Arts: Emmanuel Kassiotis (NSW) in absentia, Nicholas Koutras (NSW) and John Su (VIC) in absentia. Graduate Diploma of Arts: Leon Bagas (WA) in absentia.
The latest group of graduates brought to 119 the total number of graduates – receiving 146 Sydney College of Divinity degrees and awards at various levels, but primarily the Bachelor of Theology – since St Andrew’s opened in 1986.
Most of the aforementioned graduates were also present at the Sydney College of Divinity Graduation Ceremony the following morning, 18 May, along with approximately 80 graduates and 400 attendees from other member institutions of the SCD. Here they were conferred their respective degrees and awards in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney by the President of the SCD Council, Mr Peter King. A particular honour for St Andrew’s was the presentation of the Rev. Dr Brian Murray Memorial Prize to one of its own, Mark Woloszyn. This prize is awarded annually to the student with the highest level of academic achievement in the discipline of Theology across all SCD member institutions who is graduating with the Bachelor of Theology. Mark is the third recipient from St Andrew’s in the prize’s 15-year history. The Occasional Address was delivered by Prof. Warwick Wilson, Chairman of the SCD Academic Board, Honorary Fellow of the SCD, and Emeritus Professor of the University of Western Sydney.
[13/05/2013] Three St Andrew’s faculty members presented at the Sydney College of Divinity’s (SCD) Professional Development Day held at Booth College today. Sr Dr Margaret Beirne gave her insights into distance education at St Andrew’s in the morning session on ‘The Beast that is Moodle: Helpful Tools on Using Moodle Effectively.’ Fr Dr Doru Costache participated in the two afternoon sessions at the invitation of Professor Jim Harrison (Director of Research, SCD). The first was entitled ‘From Conference to Book: Publication Opportunities for MI’s and SCD,’ where he discussed some of the College’s achievements in terms of its academic journal, Phronema, the annual Patristic Symposia convened by both himself and Dr Philip Kariatlis, and upcoming collective volume based on the first three Symposia – Cappadocian Legacy – which is edited by the symposium conveners. In the second session on ‘Training the Next Generation of Presenters and Researchers,’ Fr Doru and Mario Baghos outlined the ways in which St Andrew’s trains its newest faculty members, as well as highlighting aspects of its teaching and research culture including, respectively, the guest lectures (TH695A and TH595A) to be delivered by Professor Paul M. Blowers (in July), as well as the two Round Tables with visiting scholars to be held this year in July and September.
[09/04/2013] The college was today visited by a Serbian delegation headed by His Grace Irinej (Dobrijevic), Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, and His Grace David (Perovic), Bishop of the Diocese of Kruševac (Serbia), Professor of Ethics within the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade. Led by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Seraphim, the Serbian hierarchs and their deacons visited the college, where Bishop David addressed a word to staff and students.
[06/04/2013] Within its newly launched adult faith education program, St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College offered a series of catechetical lectures on the topic 'Introducing the Creed,' at St John's Greek Orthodox College, Preston VIC. The presenters included Mario Baghos, Dr Philip Kariatlis, Anastasios Kalogerakis and Revd Dr Doru Costache. A special thank you to Their Graces Bishops Ezekiel of Dervis and Iakovos of Miletoupolis, as well as the organisers of the event, including Fr Leonidas Ioannou, Ms Kerrie Neophytou and Mr Daniel Bellis, as well as to the principal of St John's, Dr Charalampos Ladopoulos.
[19/03/2013] Dr Philip Kariatlis presented a lecture entitled 'An Orthodox Approach to the Nature and Study of Theology' to a group of students undertaking a course unit in Systematic Theology at the Presbyterian Theological College, Burwood, (Sydney).
[01/03/2012] A Round Table on the theme of 'Expanding Reason: the Christian Transformation of Philosophy in the World of the Fathers' will take place on the 19 September, 2013. It will be moderated by Fr Doru Costache and will feature guest speakers including Professor David Bradshaw (University of Kentucky), who is also one of the keynote speakers for this year's Patristic Symposium, and Dr Adam Cooper (JP II Institute, Melbourne). The flyer for this event can be seen here.
[28/02/2013] Today marked the official opening of the academic year at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney. For the twenty-eighth consecutive year, the traditional Doxology Service was celebrated in the College Chapel of St John the Evangelist and Theologian by the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, College Sub-Dean, as well as His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, among faculty members, staff, alumni, students and guests, including Mr Stan Palassis and Dr Theo Penklis.
After welcoming everyone, His Eminence stressed that St Andrew’s is not a denominational College, but is charged with the sacred task to preserve and disseminate the common Christian inheritance of the undivided Church of the first millennium. In this welcoming spirit, he thanked not only the Orthodox faculty of St Andrew’s, but also the contributions made by faculty members from Roman Catholic and Protestant backgrounds; all of who continue to raise the College’s standards in terms of tertiary education and scholarship/research. His Eminence affirmed that at St Andrew’s, theology is not taught purely as a speculative discipline, but is driven by prayer, and he expressed wonder at advances in technology which made it possible for students to study through online distance education. He also highlighted the importance of the College in these troubled times, noting that God, as the Master of the past, present, and future, is always with us, irrespective of the adverse historical circumstances.
His Eminence also warmly welcomed the new seminarians, including Michael Coursaris (Sydney), Nick Georgiou (Melbourne), Esaias Michael (Melbourne), George Papoutsakis (Sydney), and Milan Stanimirovic (Brisbane). He also welcomed students undertaking diploma and masters courses whether through evening classes or distance education. The customary group photograph in the courtyard of the College was followed by a luncheon generously prepared by the tireless ladies’ auxiliary of the Archdiocese. At the end of the luncheon, His Eminence formally announced the first meeting of a Sub-Committee of the Council of St Andrew’s Theological College. This sub-committee, chaired by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, was formed to prepare a draft Strategic Plan for the Council that will guide the College's objectives to attract more enrolments, provide employment opportunities for graduates, ensure the integrity of a financial model for the College, and determine further structural developments.
[25/02/2013] St Andrew's held a Professional Development Day attended by much of the faculty. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Dean of the College, gave an introductory welcome, which was followed by a session by His Grace Bishop Seraphim, College Sub-Dean, on 'Student Affairs.' Dr Philip Kariatlis presented two sessions, one on 'Strategic Planning' and another on 'Risk Management.' Fr Doru Costache then gave a presentation on 'Strategic Priorities in Research.'
[06/02/2013] The flyer for the Round Table on St Maximus the Confessor moderated by Fr Doru Costache with guest speakers Professor Paul M. Blowers, Dr Bronwen Neil, and Dr Adam Cooper, can be downloaded here. It is also available on the main page of the website and the 'Forthcoming Events' section.
[05/02/2013] The registration form for St Andrew's 2013 Patristic Symposium on St Cyril of Alexandria is now available for download in PDF form on both the main page of the website and the symposium page.
[05/02/2013] The Timetable for Semsters 1 and 2, 2013, is available and can be viewed and downloaded in PDF form here.
[05/02/2013] UPDATE: Recent additions to the St Andrew's website include a 'Forthcoming Events' section accessible on the main page of the website. Flyers for some of these events have been added beneath the 'Forthcoming' link, and more will be added as they become available. Also, photographs have been added for the Chapel, Retreats, and Special Events, as well as Patristic Symposia 2011 and 2012.
[31/01/2013] A flyer for the Adult Faith Education Seminar on 'Introducing the Creed' to be held 6 April, 2013 in Melbourne can be viewed here and on the main page of the site.
[31/01/2013] A new brochure launched at the 11th Clergy-Laity Congress outlining study at St Andrew's together with employment opportunities and College life can be viewed here and on the main page of the site.
[31/01/2013] Dr Philip Kariatlis presented the College report at the 11th Clergy-Laity Congress, the highest decision-making body of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, which took place in Sydney, 20-23 January, 2013. The report can be viewed here and on the main page of the site.
[31/01/2013] Dr Philip Kariatlis' latest podcast entitled 'Maker of Heaven and Earth...' for his series 'Theology: The Deeper Breath of the Entire Body of the Church,' is now available on Ancient Faith Radio.
[19/12/2012] St Andrew’s welcomes Associate Professor Angelo Karantonis (BTh 2000), recently appointed by the Dean His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos as editor of the college’s bi-annual peer reviewed journal, Phronema. His Eminence also gave the blessing for the formation of an editorial board for the journal, whose members can be viewed here.
[14/12/2012] Professor Paul Blowers will be teaching two intensive course units in July 2013: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Spiritual Pedagogy in Saint Maximus the Confessor. Details will be available soon for both enrolments and auditors.
[27/11/2012] Fr Doru Costache gave a presentation at St Spyridon Parish's twenty-third annual 'Short Course in Orthodox Studies' entitled 'Patristic and Liturgical Approaches to the Book of Genesis (1:2-3).'
[12/11/2012] Fr Doru Costache gave a presentation entitled 'Transdisciplinary Elements in the Patristic Byzantine Thought' for the Anniversary Symposium Basarab Nicolescu - 70, at the Aula Magna of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest.
[06/11/2012] St Spyridon Parish and Community of South East Sydney is currently hosting its twenty-third annual 'Short Course in Orthodox Studies' in collaboration with St Andrew's.
[02/11/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis gave a guest lecture to a group of postgraduate students from Morling College (a Baptist Bible Theological College based in Sydney) entitled 'An Orthodox Approach to Ecclesiology'.
[25/10/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis welcomed a group of people form St Jame's Institute (Sydney) to the Cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and presented a lecture entitled, 'Exploring the Interior of an Orthodox Church'.
[22/10/2012] The profile page of the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, has been updated to included all of the articles published by His Eminence in Phronema since the journal's establishment in 1986.
[19/10/2012] Chris Baghos gave a presentation at St Andrew's Friday Seminars entitled 'Collective Greek-Australian Identity and its Discontents.' The presentation, which was previously delivered as a research seminar paper at the University of Sydney, was moderated by Fr Doru Costache.
[12/10/2012] The College welcomed Professor Miroljub Jevti? of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade. He presented a lecture titled 'The Eastern Orthodox Church and Modern Religious Processes in the World.'
[12/10/2012] The complete collection of poems of the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, have been uploaded onto his profile page under 'Creative Works.' A special thanks to Deacon Dimitrios Papaikonomou for converting the hard copies into PDF format.
[01/10/2012] SYMPOSIUM NEWS: St Andrew’s fourth annual Patristic Symposium, this year dedicated to St Athanasius the Great, took place on 28 & 29 September. The event was a great success and well attended. The keynote presentation and the parallel sessions offered a great variety of topics related to St Athanasius and his milieu, from theology, exegesis and spirituality, to history and contemporary reiterations. Stay tuned for news relating to next year's symposium, which will be dedicated to St Cyril of Alexandria.
[27/09/2012] The latest edition of Phronema 27:2 (2012), containing articles based on papers delivered at St Andrew's 2011 Patristic Symposium on St Gregory of Nyssa, is now available. It includes contributions by the two keynote speakers, Dr Anna M Silvas FAHA and Dr Bronwen Neil, as well as the conveners of the Symposium (and editors of this volume) Fr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis, and college faculty members Sr Margaret Beirne and Mario Baghos.
[27/09/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis delivered the 2012 Russell Fowler Memorial Oration entitled 'The Church as Community: Members Living in Fellowship with God and One Another' at the United Theological College. The annual lecture, in honour of the late Russell Fowler, celebrates his contribution to chaplaincy and clinical pastoral education. Those who attended were predominantly chaplains from the various hospitals in New South Wales together with educators in the different clinical pastoral education programs.
[14/09/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis' latest podcast entitled I Believe in One God Father Almighty Part 2 for his series 'Theology: The Deeper Breath of the Entire Body of the Church,' is now available on Ancient Faith Radio.
[10/09/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis has given a brief interview on Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) on St Andrew's upcoming Patristic Symposium dedicated to St Athanasius the Great. Click here to listen. There was also an opportunity given to discuss various aspects of the life and goals of St Andrew's Theological College.
[27/08/2012] Professor Paul Blowers, the foremost expert on Maximian studies and scholar of patristics, Church history, and early Christianity at the Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Tennessee, USA, was invited to give a presentation via skype on his own research into St Maximus and related topics by Fr Doru Costache for his unit St Maximus the Confessor (TH685A). Professor Blowers also answered questions from members of the college faculty. All participants found this experience both spiritually and academically enriching.
[24/08/2012] Updates have been made to the profile page of the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, under a new section entitled ‘Creative Works’ where the PDF’s of three of his poetical works in English, including Mother: A Moving Reflection of God, Australian Passport, and Fireworks and Sparrows, are available for download. The original Greek version of his monograph The Infallibility of the Church in Orthodox Theology, translated in 2008 by Dr Philip Kariatlis into English (see here), is also available under ‘Books.'
[24/08/2012] St Andrew’s Friday Seminars series on 'Orthodox Approaches to the Evolutionary Theory' continued this week. Fr Doru Costache gave a presentation entitled ‘Addressing Creation and Evolution: The Traditional Evidence’ which assessed several topics including creationism and evolutionism, patristic attitudes towards science, and addressing the evolutionary paradigm from the viewpoint of tradition. This was followed by a round table with both Fr Doru and Dr Guy Freeland, who addressed several topics pertaining to both this session and the previous.
[06/08/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis gave a presentation entitled 'Mary Theotokos in the Orthodox Tradition' for the University of New South Wales Orthodox Fellowship.
[21/07/2012] Dr Ken Parry gave a presentation entitled 'Egypt in the Byzantine Imagination: Cultural Memory and Historiography, Fourth-Ninth Centuries' for the XVII Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: 'Byzantium, its Neighbours and its Cultures: Diversity and Interaction.'
[25/05/2012] Dr Guy Freeland presented at St Andrew's Friday Seminars on 'The Orthodox Diaconate: Male and Female.'
[22/05/2012] Dr Philip Kariatlis' latest podcast entitled The Origin and Historical Context of the Creed for his series 'Theology: The Deeper Breath of the Entire Body of the Church,' is now available on Ancient Faith Radio.
[19/05/2012] SYMPOSIUM NEWS: A number of abstracts for this year's Patristic Symposium on St Athanasius the Great can be viewed here. The link can also be found on the Symposium page of the website, which is updated regularly with news and includes both the reigistration form for this year's Symposium as well as the recordings of the presentations delivered at the previous three.
[18/05/2012] Dimitri Kepreotes gave a photographic presentation at St Andrew's Friday Seminars entitled 'Orthodox Missionary Work in The Congo,' which was based on his recent missionary experiences there.
[16/05/2012] Fr Doru Costache gave a presentation entitled 'The Function of Community, Liturgy and Tradition in the interpretation of Genesis 1: The Byzantine Perspective,' for the research seminars of the department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney.
[14/05/2012] Sr Margaret Beirne gave a presentation entitled ‘A hybrid approach: using residential intensives to increase student connection’ for the Sydney College of Divinity’s Professional Development Workshop in a session entitled ‘Improving Interaction in Online Classes.’ Her presentation was based on her experience of St Andrew's residential schools, which are scheduled twice yearly for distance education students enrolled in online units. Sr Margaret is in fact actively involved in the residential program, especially in regards to the organisation and delivery of lectures relating to her units in Biblical Studies.
[12/05/2012] Jeremy Krieg (current postgraduate student) was ordained to the diaconate by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaion at the Holy Monastery of St Nectarios, Croydon Park (SA).
[12/05/2012] St Andrew’s took part in the twenty?eighth graduation ceremony of the Sydney College of Divinity on 12 May. Over 400 people attended the Great Hall of the University of Sydney to celebrate the academic achievements of 169 graduates from the nine member institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity. The various degrees and awards were presented by the President of the Sydney College of Divinity Council, Mr Peter King.
A distinct honour for St Andrew’s in particular was the presentation of the Diane Feeney Memorial Prize to one of its own, Efstratios Makris, for gaining the highest level of achievement in the Bachelor of Theology pass degree among all of this year’s graduates. He is the third recipient of this prize to have studied at St Andrew’s since the prize was established by the Sydney College of Divinity more than two decades ago. Graduates from St Andrew’s included Dimitrios Siriotis (Master of Arts), John Su (Master of Arts), Theodoros Dimitrios (Bachelor of Theology in absentia), William Le Couilliard (Bachelor of Theology) and Efstratios Makris (Bachelor of Theology).
The Occasional Address was delivered by Dr Les Ball, former Dean of the Brisbane College of Divinity. St Andrew’s was represented in the academic procession by His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, Dr Guy Freeland, Sr Margaret Beirne, Dr Gregory Fox and Anastasios Kalogerakis, with Fr Doru Costache, Fr Constantine Varipatis, Dimitri Kepreotes and Mario Baghos also in attendance.
The latest group of graduates brought to 114 the total number of graduates – receiving 139 Sydney College of Divinity degrees and awards at various levels, but primarily the Bachelor of Theology – since St Andrew's opened in 1986.
[11/03/2012] Dr Guy Freeland, one of the longest-standing lecturers at St Andrew's, gave the first in a series of Lenten Lectures at St Andrew's entitled 'The Origins of Great Lent, and Great Lent Today.'
[11/03/2012] Peter Anastasiadis (current BTh student) was ordained to the diaconate by His Grace Bishop Seraphim at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Euphemia, Bankstown (NSW). He was also bestowed with the new name 'Prochorus'.
[09/03/2012] Fr Doru Costache participated in the Sydney College of Divinity's research degree workshop. This addressed aspects pertaining to the relationship between supervisors and candidates, the semester-based progress reports for candidates, the progress markers for the five higher research degrees offered by the SCD, and the use of technology in research.