Demetrios S. Katos, assistant professor of religious studies at Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, is one of seven scholars from throughout the United States to be named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2008-2009. The award is one of the premier fellowships for theological scholarship.
As a Luce Fellow, Katos will receive a sabbatical leave of absence for the next academic year to write his book, Palladius of Helenopolis: An Origenist and His Tradition in the Fifth Century. Katos is a specialist in the Christianity of late antiquity, and his book explores the writings of Palladius, arelatively unknown bishop of Asia Minor in the early fifth century. His book will demonstrate that Palladius’ accounts of St. John Chrysostom and early monasticism have influenced our understanding of the early church and its spiritual traditions for nearly 1600 years. He will also show that Palladius’ approach to Scripture, prayer and the problem of suffering can still inspire Christians today.
Established in 1993, the program of the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology supports the research of junior and senior scholars whose projects offer significant and innovative contributions to theological studies. The program fosters excellence in theological scholarship, and strengthens the links among theological research, churches, and the wider public. The program is highly competitive and lists among its alumni some of the most distinguished names in academic theology.
In addition to his responsibilities at Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Katos is a widely sought after speaker and author of popular essays. He serves as treasurer of the Orthodox Theological Society in America and as a board member of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristics Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. His recent scholarly publications include "Socratic Dialogue or Forensic Debate? Judicial Rhetoric and Stasis Theory in the Dialogue on the Life of St. John Chrysostom," (Vigiliae Christianae, 2007), "Humility as the Harbinger of Imageless Prayer in the Lausiac Histor," (St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 2007) and "Origenists in the Desert: Palladius of Helenopolis and the Alexandrian Theological Tradition," (AmericanBenedictine Review, 2005).