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Ordination

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.

Ordination

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.

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.

Valedictions

Elevation to Oikonomos

On Tuesday 17 January, College graduate Fr Sotirios Papafilopoulos (BTh '03) was elevated to the office of Oikonomos by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia (College Dean) at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery Church of St Athanasios (Rookwood Cemetery, NSW) during the Service of Great Vespers. Fr Sotirios currently serves as the parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of St Paraskeve and St Barbara in Blacktown 

Elevation to Oikonomos

On Monday 26 December, College graduate Fr Stavros Ivanos (BTh '04) was elevated to the office of Oikonomos by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia (College Dean) at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Stephanos (Hurlstone Park, NSW) during the Service of Great Vespers. Fr Stavros has served as the parish priest of this church for six years.

Ordination

Recent graduate of the College, Nick Georgiou (BTh, 2016), was ordained to the holy diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia on Saturday 26 November at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Eustathios, South Melbourne (VIC).

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