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Pappas Patristic Institute


Announcing the Pappas Patristic


Institute’s Third Annual


Summer Patristic Studies Program


July 19 – 24, 2009

At Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Brookline, Massachusetts





The Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to offer to our students, staff, and spouses the third annual week-long Summer Patristic Studies Program to be held on campus July 19-24, 2009. This is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts from our Patristic Tradition through small group-study and brief lectures across a broad range of important themes. This year we are pleased to be able to offer credit hours toward degree programs to our students from the seminary and the college providing they take two courses and write a paper following the week of class work. Our students will be joined by other Orthodox (as well as Roman Catholic and Protestant) students from all over the country and Canada who are in theology and religious studies programs at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people.

The registration cost for the program is $300 for HC/HC students or spouses (regular fee is $500). To register (or for more information), please send an email to the Dr. Bruce Beck, the Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, at pappaspatristic@comcast.net at your earliest convenience. Please register at your earliest convenience to facilitate planning. If you wish to receive credit for the week, please indicate this in your email.

Below is a listing of the courses that will be offered. Note that courses marked with a “*” after the title will not be offered for credit:


The Desert Fathers: Stories and Sayings for Contemporary Life, Dr. Bradley Nassif, North Park University


Portraits of the Invisible: Iconoclasm and Christology in late Byzantium*, Dr. Thomas Cattoi, Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley


Biblical Hermeneutics from a Patristic Perspective, Dr. Bruce Beck, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology


Family, Children, and Marriage: A Comparative Study of Sts. John Chrysostom and Gregory of Nazianzus, Mark Tarpley, Southern Methodist University


Patristic Social Ethics*, Dr. Brian Matz, Carroll College


Interpretation of Hosea in the Patristic Tradition, Rev. Dr. Eugen Pentiuc, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology


The Human Person as Image and Likeness of God, Sr. Nonna Verna Harrison, Saint Paul School of Theology 


Early Christianity and Greek Philosophy, Dr. Edward Moore, St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology


Following Christ in the Syriac Christian Tradition (1-5 cent.), Dr. Dmitrij Bumazhnov, Fellow of the Oriental Institute, University Tübingen


The Divine Liturgy Celebrated and Interpreted in the Patristic Period Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, George Washington University


The program goes from Sunday evening, July 19, through Friday afternoon, July 24. Each course will be offered daily in a 2 1/2 hour session. Each participant will have the opportunity to take two courses during the week (see below for more details on the schedule and methodology).



Program Details:


Goal: to provide the opportunity for in-depth, group study of significant theological topics of contemporary relevance based on selected writings of the ancient Church.



Primary Audience: The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers.


Pedagogical Method: each course will study in small groups led by Faculty primary patristic texts on topics. Following the group study of selected texts, the instructor will offer a 20 minute lecture followed by further discussion.



Structure of Program


Check in Sunday afternoon, July 19, at 5:00 p.m. Orientation will be Sunday evening after dinner.

Sessions will be held Monday through Friday, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Sessions will consist of group, text-study sessions led by faculty along with doctoral level teaching assistants.

Each session will be 2 1/2 hours, consisting of

15 minutes introduction of the texts by instructor

90 minutes group study led by instructor and teaching fellow

Break (30 Minutes)

45 minutes lecture and further discussion

Each participant will choose two courses of study for the week. Each course will meet 5 times (once each day).

Founded by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the goal of the Pappas Patristic Institute is the advancement and promotion of eastern patristic studies in the service of the academy and of the Church.


Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross.  For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.

Registration for Summer 2018/Fall 2018
Mar 26
Leadership and Listening Workshop
Library Reading Room
Mar 29 12 pm
Paschal Recess
Apr 2
Bright Monday (no classes/offices closed)
Apr 9
Bright Tuesday (no classes/offices open)
Apr 10
Classes resume
Apr 11