The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, has announced that Dr. Demetrios S. Katos has been appointed Dean of Hellenic College by a vote of the Board of Trustees. He had been serving as Interim Dean for the past year. Fr. Nicholas' announcement at Commencement of Dr. Katos' appointment was met by a standing ovation of sustained applause, especially by students, as well as all others present.
Dr. Katos is a native of New York City and received his B.A. from New York University, his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and an M.A. in Early Christian Studies and a PhD in Greek and Latin Patristic Theology from the Catholic University of America. He has worked and taught at Hellenic College since 1999, being appointed a full time faculty member in 2002 in the Religious Studies Program which he chaired and in which he taught courses in Orthodox Christianity and the early Church. He was also a lecturer in Orthodox theology in the Department of Theology at Boston College. A former treasurer and vice-president of the Orthodox Theological Society in America, he presently serves as a member of the Administrative Board of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute at Holy Cross.
Professor Katos' interests professionally and personally revolve around ancient Christianity, and to this end he devotes his research to the theology, history and philosophy of Christian late antiquity. He is an avid reader of early Christian spiritual and mystical works. He was one of seven scholars from throughout the U.S. to be named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2008-09. The award is one of the premier fellowships for theological scholarship and it provided funding for research leading to the publication of his book, Palladius of Helenopolis: The Origenist Advocate. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011). This book reconstructs the life and thought of Palladius of Helenopolis (ca. 363-420), and demonstrates that the historical accounts of this little-known author have decisively shaped our knowledge of early Christian history, biography and spirituality. Among his recent publications are: "The Foundations of Noetic Prayer," in Thinking Through Faith, ed. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Elizabeth Prodromou (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008); "Socratic Dialogue or Forensic Debate? Judicial Rhetoric and Stasis Theory in the Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom," (Vigiliae Christianae, 2007); and "Humility as the Harbinger of Imageless Prayer in the Lausiac History" (St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 2007).
Dr. Katos is a chanter at St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he attends with his wife Christina, and their children Mia, Stephen and Anthony.
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