Fr. John Behr to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Father John Behr, teaching a course at St. Athanasius College-University of Divinity, in 2016Father John Behr, teaching a course at St. Athanasius College-University of Divinity, in 201622 August 2017 • Melbourne, Australia

The Very Reverend Dr. John Behr, The Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professorship of Patristics here at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, will be receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from St. Athanasius College-University of Divinity, in Melbourne, Australia, in August 2017. The Chancellor of the University of Divinity, His Grace Dr. Suriel, bishop of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions, and an alumnus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, will confer the honorary degree.

“Father John will receive the honorary doctorate for his exceptional contribution to patristic theological scholarship and demonstrated commitment to building partnerships across the theological world, including with the University of Divinity through St. Athanasius College,” noted the University’s website. “The Doctor of Divinity (DD) is the highest academic honour the University bestows and is our oldest continuing award, founded in 1910.”

This is the first time the University will have awarded an honorary degree since it attained university status, and the first time the degree of Doctor of Divinity will have been awarded since 2008. The ceremony will be held at the SAC Eporo Tower Campus, 285 La Trobe St., Melbourne on Tuesday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.