Professor Veniamin to be Guest Speaker at the Spring Retreat of the Archdiocese of Western PA (OCA)

On the weekend of June 9 and 10, 2017, Professor Christopher Veniamin will be the guest speaker at the annual Spring Retreat of the Western Pennsylvania Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America.

The topics for the weekend is are from the teachings of St. Silouan the Athonite.

Friday will be a retreat hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Melchizedek for the clergy of the OCA of the Western PA Archdiocese.  Professor Veniamin will address the following: “Concerning Shepherds of Souls and Spiritual Warfare.”

On Saturday, June 10, Professor Veniamin will speak on the topic of “Humility and Obedience” at Saint John’s OCA Church in Monessen, PA.  The talks will begin at 10:30 and conclude at 2:30.  The retreat is open to clergy and laity alike.  A $20.00 fee is required which includes registration and lunch.


Born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents, Professor Christopher Veniamin is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009, 2014, and 2016), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013, 2014, and 2016). He is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and President of Mount Thabor Publishing (est. 2005). He is the Professor of Patristic Theology and Dogmatics in the PhD program of the Antiochian Archdiocese, of which he is also the Assistant Director. Dr. Veniamin holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece) and his doctorate from Oxford University (England), where he studied under Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. The subject of his doctoral thesis is The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas (1991), which he is reworking in preparation for publication in the near future.

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