Friday, March 01, 2013

St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute

"Louis Bouyer told me that Pavel Florensky was the most important Russian Orthodox thinker of the 20th century." - Dr. Damian Bacich, San Jose State University

"Schmemann’s For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy is filled with DeLubacian insight." - Dr. John Wright, Point Loma Nazarene University

"Jacques and Raissa Maritain were close friends with Nikolai Berdyaev." - Dr. Mario Ramos-Reyes, Kansas City Kansas Community College

The dialog between Eastern Orthodox thinkers with Roman Catholic thinkers in France, especially among the Ressourcment (later Communio) thinkers, is something of great interest to me.  We know that Nicholas Afanasiev's Eucharistic eccesiology has had a significant impact on both Eastern Orthodox as well as Roman Catholic thinking.  Frankly it's hard to read Nicholas Afanasiev or Paul Evodokimov and know they were Eastern Orthodox and not Roman Catholic.  The same be said in reverse for Henri de Lubac, Jean Daniélou, or other Ressourcement thinkers who are often quoted by Orthodox writers.  They represent the best, the most nuanced, thought of their age.

Who are the Nicholas Afanasiev or Paul Evodokimov of Eastern Orthodox thinkers today?

Who are the Henri de Lubac and Jean Daniélou of Roman Catholic thinkers today?

The teachers and alumni of St. Sergius is a "Who's Who" list of some of the best thinkers in Eastern Orthodoxy in the 20-21st century.

Wikipedia - St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute

Orthodox Wiki - St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris, France)

Official Website

Videos (in French)

Sergei Bulgakov

Georges Florovsky

Nicolas Afanasiev or Afanassieff (Observer to Second Vatican Council)

Archimandrite Cyprian Kern (with Fr. Afanasiev began the Liturgical Conference(s) Saint-Serge) - "From Master to Disciple: The Notion of 'Liturgical Theology' in Fr. Kiprian Kern and Fr. Alexander Schmemann" by the Rt. Rev. Archimadrite Job (Getcha) is former Dean of St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris.

Paul Evdokimov (Observer to Second Vatican Council)

Olivier Clément (Friend of Pope John Paul II)

Archimandrite Placide Deseille

John Breck


They following thinkers did not teach at St. Sergius but were involved in the dialog there.

Vladimir Lossky

Nikolai Berdyaev


Alumni of St. Sergius
  • Sophrony (Sakharov)
  • Alexander Schmemann
  • John Meyendorff
  • George Khodr - Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon
  • Ignatius IV (Hazim) - Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
  • Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev)
  • John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco
  • Stephanos (Charalambides) of Tallinn
  • Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal
  • Constantine (Essensky) of Richmond
  • Georges (Wagner) of Evdokia
  • Nikon (de Greve) of Brooklyn
  • John S. Romanides
  • Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck

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