Public Welcome to Meet with Elder Ascetic from Mt. Sinai, Thursday, May 12th

May 10, 2011 • Upcoming Campus Event

Students, faculty, and friends of our seminary will be given a rare and wonderful opportunity this Thursday. Father Pavlos, an elder of St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, will visit St. Vladimir's this week, and he has agreed to spend an informal evening, beginning at 7 p.m. on May 12thIcon depicting Moses and the Burning Bush, from the collection of St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai.Icon depicting Moses and the Burning Bush, from the collection of St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai., conversing with those interested in the ascetic and hesychast tradition of the Orthodox Church.

"Father Pavlos is a graduate of the School of Theology of the University of Athens, with four decades now, of immersion in the ascetic and hesychast tradition of Sinai, to which every branch of modern-day Christianity owes its enlightenment,” noted our Dean, Fr. John Behr.

“Father Pavlos conveys the revelations of the spiritual athletes of the Sinai from the early Byzantine period of the 4th through 8th centuries, not simply on the basis of their recorded experiences but also through the illumination of his personal experience of this unbroken tradition,” added Fr. John. “As the oldest continuously functioning monastery in the world, St. Catherine's lays claim to the interpretation of this body of wisdom, not as theoretical but as living tradition.”

The informal conversation, open to all of our seminary friends and our campus community, will be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building. Father Nathanael Symeonides will join us to facilitate communication and interaction with Fr. Pavlos.

Please contact our Events Coordinator, Tanya Penkrat, with any questions: tpenkrat@svots.edu or 914-961-8313, ext. 351.