On 27 January, St Andrew’s received notice from Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache, Senior Lecturer in Patristic Studies, that he would be resigning from the Teaching Faculty of St Andrew’s before the commencement of Semester 1. Fr Doru has worked at the Theological College since 2005, initially on a part-time basis and thereafter as a permanent and full-time member of the Faculty. During his time at St Andrew’s he offered a rich and varied suite of Patristics units for undergraduates and postgraduates via weekly lectures and online distance education. Fr Doru also took part in many initiatives of the Theological College. Together with other Faculty members, he organised the annual St Andrew’s Patristic Symposia, he assisted in the development of Phronema as a biannual peer-reviewed journal for which he co-edited each year's second issue, and he took part in the Adult Faith Education Seminars introduced by the College to offer catechetical lectures on various topics of theology to the faithful more broadly and on a popular level throughout Australia.
Secondly, the College farewells Dr Mario Baghos, Lecturer in Church History and Byzantine Studies, who also tendered his resignation on the same day. In 2015, after receiving his PhD from the University of Sydney, Mario joined the Teaching Faculty of St Andrew’s as a permanent and full-time member of staff, having previously tutored and lectured on a part-time basis in various Church History subjects since 2010. Mario assisted in the editing of Phronema and also taught some components within the St Andrew’s formation program.
Lastly, Mr Chris Baghos, the Registry and IT Officer since 2014, departs his role too with a view to pursuing doctoral studies on a full-time basis. Both Mario and Chris are alumni of St Andrew’s.
We wish them well for their future endeavours.