• Very Rev. Dr. John Jillions

    Visiting Professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge, UK)

    The Very Rev. Dr. John A. Jillions is the former chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America and founding Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England. He was Associate Professor of Theology at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (Saint Paul University, Ottawa),  Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at St Vladimir’s Seminary, and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University. He holds degrees from McGill University (BA), St Vladimir’s Seminary (MDiv, DMin), and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (PhD, New Testament). He has served parishes in Australia, Greece, England, Canada, and the United States. He is Vice-president of the Orthodox Theological Society in America and is the author of Divine Guidance: Lessons for Today from the World of Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2020). He lives in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
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The Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University is pleased to present the 2024 season of our Lenten series “Orthodox Scholars Preach,” featuring sermons by leading Orthodox Christian scholars. The sermon for the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas is given by the Very Reverend Dr. John A. Jillions.

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