Lewis Patsavos

Dr. Lewis Patsavos

Address50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 2445

Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Dr. Theo., University of Athens, Greece, 1974
Lic. Theo., University of Athens, Greece, 1961

Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos is Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross School of Theology, where he began his fulltime teaching career in 1974. The dual responsibility of teaching Orthodox Canon Law and directing the School’s Field Education Program has enabled him to experience the pastoral nature of the canons contextually through theological field education. As a result, he has focused his attention upon the need to integrate theory and praxis towards a holistic approach to the study of theology. His interest in the Canonical Tradition of Orthodoxy reflected in his writings, most recently the publication Spiritual Dimensions of the Holy Canons (2003), lies in the following: the interface of the canons and pastoral theology; the proper application of the canons as an authentic expression of Orthodox theology; and the engagement of clergy and laity in the practice of ministry appropriate to each. He serves as Consultant on Canonical Affairs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and to other Orthodox Jurisdictions in America. His commitment to ecumenical dialogue has allowed him to participate for over twenty-five years in the North American Orthodox – Roman Catholic Bilateral Consultation. His current focus is on completion of the book Qualifications of Entry into the Clergy, which embodies the theory of the canons about priesthood and the praxis of ministry experienced in contextual education.

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