Senior Advisor and Theologian, Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

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The Rev. Dr. John CHRYSSAVGIS, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne, was born in Australia and studied theology (University of Athens) and Byzantine Music (Greek Conservatory of Music). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford.

After spending time on Mt Athos, he served as Personal Assistant to Archbishop Stylianos in Australia, where he co-founded St Andrew’s Theological College and taught at the University of Sydney. Subsequently, he was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College. He currently serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch and senior advisor to our Department.

The author of many books and articles in several languages on theology, spirituality, and ecology, Fr. John’s publications include three volumes of collected works by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, whose biography by Fr. John was published by Harper Collins.

He lives in Harpswell, Maine.

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