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John Chryssavgis was born in Australia. He received a degree in theology from the University of Athens, and was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimir's Seminary. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in Patristics. He served as Personal Secretary to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia and was co-founder of St. Andrew's Theological College in Sydney, where he was Sub-Dean and taught Patristics and Church History. Since 1995, he has been a Professor of Theology at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, MA. He is the author of many books and articles on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, including Fire and Light (1987), Repentance and Confession (1988, 1996), Ascent to Heaven (1989), The Desert is Alive (1991, 1994), Love, Sexuality, and Marriage (1996), and a children's book (with his wife, Sophie) entitled The World My Church (1990, 1991, 1993). Two books, one on the study of the Church Fathers and one on the environment, are currently in the process of publication.


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