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College graduate, Fr Nektarios (MA, 2016), a monk of the Holy Monastery of the Mother of God ‘Pantanassa’ (NSW), was ordained to the holy presbytery by His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias on Saturday 16 December at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Redfern (NSW). The abbot of the Holy Monastery, the Very Rev. Archimandrite Fr Eusebios, himself a College graduate, served with His Grace, together with fellow alumni Fr Kyrillos Zisis, Fr Panagiotis Protopsaltis, Fr Agathangelos Masteas and Dn Nicholas Georgiou.


College graduate, Goran Jovcic (BTh, 1999), was ordained to the holy diaconate by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon on Sunday 15 October at the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Thebarton (SA). Deacon Goran is a married clergyman and the son of the Very Rev. Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Milorad Jovcic of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand. His younger twin brothers Vasilije and Jovan likewise completed their Bachelor of Theology degrees through St Andrew’s at the end of 2001.

2017 Theology Symposium

With the blessing of our College Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, the College held its Second Theology Symposium from 1-2 September. The theme of this year’s Symposium was ‘The Mystery of the Holy Trinity: Implications for Everyday Living,’ and was organised by Professor James Harrison (Director of Research, Sydney College of Divinity) and Dr Philip Kariatlis (Academic Director and Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, St Andrew’s). It was attended by more than sixty delegates.  

Intensive Lectures Series in Patristics and Christian Ethics

The College was honoured to host visiting scholars from overseas for three intensive lecture series. Fr John Behr delivered two distinct series of intensive lectures on the Early Church Fathers and on the subject of patristic anthropology from 10-20 August. Deacon Perry Hamalis, the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College (Illinois), delivered a series of intensive lectures on Orthodox Christian Ethics from 28-31 August.

Public Lecture by the Very Rev. Prof. John Behr

The College was honoured to host a public lecture by Father John Behr on 16 August entitled ‘The Church: Our Mother “bearing from Her Heart the Word” to the World Today’. Father John is the Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and teaches courses in patristics, dogmatics and scriptural exegesis at the seminary, and also at Fordham University (New York), where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics.

Septuagint Symposium

Dr John Lee recently attended a conference in Helsinki, Finland (1–4 June, 2017), entitled 'Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint.'

This was arranged to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen, the founding father of the 'Helsinki school' of Septuagint studies and highly esteemed by his successors and pupils in Finland, as well as by Septuagint scholars generally. The symposium brought together a group of leading scholars in the field, from both Finland and other places in Europe.

Public Lecture by Revd Dr George Parsenios

The College was honoured to host a public lecture by Father George L. Parsenios on 29 June entitled “St John Chrysostom and Jesus as the Adaptable Good Shepherd in the Fourth Gospel”. Father George is Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey), and Sessional Professor of New Testament at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (New York). His teaching and research explore the interaction of early Christianity with classical literature, as well as the interpretation of the New Testament in the early church.

7th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

From 6-11 June, more than 60 scholars, composers, chanters and musicologists from 17 countries around the world joined members of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) in Finland for the 7th Conference on Orthodox Music. Over 30 conference presentations explored a variety of topics related to the conference theme of “Liturgy and Music.”


Graduation Event

On 1 April, students of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College took part in the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Graduation Ceremony which brought together approximately 600 attendees and distinguished guests. In the Great Hall of the University of Sydney, along with approximately 100 other graduates from the fellow member institutions of the SCD, they were conferred their respective degrees and awards by the President of the SCD, Mr Peter King.

Theology Symposium 2017 - Call for Papers

It is with great pleasure that the St Andrew’s Planning Committee invites all those interested in presenting a paper at the 2017 St Andrew’s Second Theology Symposium, to submit the title of their proposed presentation, together with an abstract of 250 - 300 words by 15June, 2017. The Symposium will be centred around the Mystery of the Trinity: Implications for Everyday Living.