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Orthodox Christian Studies Center

Saints John and Bartholomew

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University connects an archipelago of cultures, religious traditions, and academic disciplines to advance awareness and knowledge of Orthodox Christianity in public discourse. In its distinctive relationship to Roman Catholicism through the Jesuit tradition of Fordham University, as well as its location in New York City, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center is uniquely poised to engage ecumenical discussion and to foster Christian unity

The Center supports scholarship and builds intellectual community through wide-ranging initiatives including: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-supported research fellowships, the Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue, the annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture, and an undergraduate minor in Orthodox Christian Studies.

The Center also provides four distinctive avenues for academic publishing: Public Orthodoxy, the Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies, the Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought book series, and the Christian Arabic Texts in Translation book series.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University works closely with the Theology Department and the Center for Medieval Studies in order to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Orthodox Christianity. The Center collaborates nationally and internationally in institutional partnerships with the Black Sea Networks at Columbia University, the Sacred Arts Initiative of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies.

Our Orthodox Christian Visual and Performing Arts Series is supported, in part, by a grant from the Virginia H. Farah Foundation and the Cottonwood Foundation.


Lenten Lectures offered by
Co-Directors George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou

Retreat: “Why be Orthodox?”
Aristotle Papanikolaou
Saturday, March 9 (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Annunciation/ Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church
Elkins Park, PA

“Hymns on the Cross: The Importance of St. Romanos the Melodist”
George Demacopoulos
Sunday, March 10 (12:30 p.m.)
St. George Cathedral
Hartford, CT

Parish Lenten Retreat
George Demacopoulos
Lecture 1: “Exploring the Akathist Hymn for our Life Today”
Lecture 2: “A Different Look at the Life of St. Mary of Egypt”

Saturday, March 16 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, Stamford, CT

Retreat: “Why be Orthodox?”
Aristotle Papanikolaou
Saturday, March 16 (1 – 4:30 p.m.)
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Buffalo, NY

“Rethinking the Life of St. Mary of Egypt”
George Demacopoulos
Monday, March 18 (7 p.m.)
St. John’s Cathedral, Tenefly, NJ

“The Akathist Hymn as Biblical Fan-Fiction”
George Demacopoulos
Wednesday, March 27 (7 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Resurrection, Brookville, Long Island

“Reviving the Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church: Has the Time Come?”
George Demacopoulos
Saturday, March 30 (8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Archon Lenten Symposium
St. Sophia, Norrisville, PA

“Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs”
George Demacopoulos
Wednesday, April 3 (7 p.m.)
St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn, Long Island

"Forgiveness is not Forgetting"
Aristotle Papanikolaou
Wednesday, April 3rd, (7:30 p.m.)
St. Nicholas, Wyckoff, NJ

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken me?”
George Demacopoulos
Wednesday, April 10 (7 p.m.)
Church of Our Savior, Rye, NY

“Lord Convert me to You, but not Yet”
George Demacopoulos
Wednesday, April 17 (7 p.m.)
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Manhattan, NY


Upcoming Event: "Faith, Reason, Theosis"

The Patterson Triennial Conference
June 3-5, 2019 | Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus | Registration coming soon
Keynote lectures by Rowam Williams, Jean Porter, and David Bentley Hart