Fr. Maximos Constas, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Fr. Maximos Constas is Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, in Brookline, Mass. He holds a Ph.D. in Patristics and Historical Theology from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. For many years he was a professor at Harvard Divinity School, after which he became a monk at Simonopetra (Mt. Athos). He is the author of The Art of Seeing: Paradox and Perception in Orthodox Iconography (Brookline: Holy Cross Press, forthcoming 2014); an edition and translation of Maximos the Confessor, The Ambigua to Thomas and the Ambigua to John, 2 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014); and Proclus of Constantinople and the Cult of the Virgin in Late Antiquity (Leiden: Brill, 2003); as well as numerous articles and translations. His work focuses on the patristic and Byzantine theological tradition, Orthodox spirituality, the history of the reception of biblical and patristic sources in the late Byzantine era, and the theological study of Byzantine art, icons and iconography.
His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios Zographos of Korea, Ph.D.
His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Korea Ambrose (Aristotle Zographos) was born on March 15th 1960 on the island of Aegina in Greece where he graduated from High School in 1978. In 1983 he received his degree from the School of Theology of the University of Athens. In 1985 he was ordained Deacon and in 1991 Presbyter.As a Deacon and Priest he served at the Holy Metropolis of Nicea – Piraeus as Personal Secretary at the late Metropolitan’s Office of Nicea Georgios Pavlides and as Youth Director. He also served at the Holy Metropolis of Monemvasia and Sparta. From 1988 to 1989 he worked at the renowned Library and Icon Gallery of St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Egypt. From 1991 to 1993, through a Scholarship by the Holy Archdiocese of America, he studied at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, USA where he received his Th.M in Patrology. From 1993 to 1996, under a scholarship from Princeton University, he did postgraduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) as well as at Princeton University where he received his second Master’s Degree in Church History and Art History. During this time he also began work on his dissertation for his Doctorate Degree. During the years of his studies in the USA (1991-1996), he served in various Greek Orthodox parishes in New England and New Jersey as visiting Pastor at the Greek Orthodox Communities of St. Barbara, in Tom’s River, New Jersey and Holy Trinity Church in Bargaintown, New Jersey. On December 21st 1998 he was awarded a Doctorate Degree with distinction by the School of Theology of the University of Athens and on December 23rd of the same year he departed to Korea to begin serving the Orthodox Church in Korea as Dean of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seoul and as Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Korea. On December 21st 2006 he was elevated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Zela by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In addition to many articles in various magazines, he has also published the following major studies and books: a) “The Social Teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, Based on His 63 Homilies,” b) “The Contribution of St. Basil the Great to the Formation of the Monastic Ideal,” c) “Iconography in the Liturgical life of the Medieval Greek Church,” and d) Gabriel Archbishop of Thessalonica and the Homiliarion attributed to him. Bishop Ambrose of Zela has participated in the Conference of the World Council of Churches on World Mission and Evangelism in Sao Paolo, Brazil (1997) as a member of the Patriarchal Delegation and in Athens (2005). In 1998 he participated in the Convention of Orthodox Theological Schools organized by “Syndesmos” in Belgrade, Serbia. Apart from his diakonia at the Holy Metropolis of Korea, he is also full Professor at the newly established Department of Greek Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He’ s been elected as Metropolitan of Korea on May 28th, 2008.
Andrew Bennett, Ph.D., Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Dr. Bennett is a public servant and academic with an extensive educational background in history, political science, and religious studies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History (1st Class Honours) from Dalhousie University in 1995, a Master of Arts in History from McGill University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. In addition, he is in the process of completing a part-time degree in theology in Eastern Christian Studies at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.
Dr. Bennett has worked for the Privy Council Office, Export Development Canada and Natural Resources Canada in a wide variety of analytical, research and corporate roles. He has also held roles as a Scholar Expert on the Americas Desk with Oxford Analytica and as a Researcher with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute on Governance where he focused on the process of devolution in Scotland.
Dr. Bennett is a leader in his community, actively involved with Augustine College in Ottawa as volunteer Dean and as Professor of the History of Christianity. He is also a religious leader in his capacity as Subdeacon and Cantor with both the Holy Cross Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian-Catholic Shrine, both in Ottawa. He previously served as Vice-President and Chairman of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.
Anthony Limberakis, MD, National Commander, Order of St. Andrew
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 1987 and a member of the Archon National Council since 1988 and National Commander since 1998, is a practicing radiologist in Philadelphia, PA. A 1978 graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, he is president and owner of Bustleton Radiology Associates, Ltd., a leading full service outpatient radiology practice in Philadelphia.
Active in the Greek Orthodox Church, Doctor Limberakis serves as the National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew, an organization comprised of the leading Orthodox churchmen in the United States whose mission is to defend and support the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the spiritual center of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians located in Istanbul, Turkey. To be invested as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is the highest honor a layman may achieve in the Orthodox Church.
With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Exarch (or representative) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the United States, Doctor Limberakis has led the Order of St. Andrew in a major domestic and international religious freedom initiative for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is under heavy religious oppression by the government of Turkey. The Ecumenical Patriarchate traces its origin to the first called Apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Andrew, who was the brother of St. Peter. Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW is the 269th successor of St. Andrew and the First Among Equals (Primus Inter Pares) of all Orthodox Patriarchs and Pope BENEDICT XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is the 265th successor of St. Peter. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Spiritual Center of worldwide Orthodoxy, is not able to exercise fundamental human rights and religious freedom due to the restrictive policies of the government of the Republic of Turkey. It is in this milieu of state sponsored religious repression that the continued existence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is threatened. Under the leadership of Doctor Limberakis, the Archons in the United States have initiated an assertive, multifaceted religious freedom project enlisting the assistance of the federal government of the United States, the state legislative bodies of each of the 50 states of the United States, the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to convey the urgent message to the Turkish government to cease and desist the policies that constrict religious freedom, not only for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but for all religious minorities including the Jewish , Roman Catholic and Protestant communities of Turkey. The Order strongly supports Turkey’s candidacy to the European Union so long as it embraces the religious freedom standards of the EU and the Copenhagen Criteria.
In November 2009 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Demetrios of America presented the Athenagoras Human Rights Award, the highest distinction of the Orthodox Church in America, to Doctor Limberakis in New York City for his leadership in fighting for religious freedom for the Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In June 2009 His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem named the Commander Cross-bearer (Stavrophoros) of the Order of the All-Holy Sepulcher Cross-bearers.
Doctor Limberakis is a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and has served on the governing board of several Greek Orthodox churches in the Philadelphia area. In May 2002 Doctor Limberakis received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from Hellenic College, Brookline Massachusetts, for his professional and community leadership. In May 2000 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his contributions to the Greek American community.
Active at the Duke University Medical Center, Doctor Limberakis has served on its Board of Visitors and was past president of the Duke Medical Alumni Association and its major gift organization, the Davison Club. In addition, he has served as member of the Medical Alumni Council and as chairman of its Strategic Planning Committee, which provided the blueprint for the reorganization and revitalization of the Medical Alumni Association. He has been awarded the Charles A. Dukes Award, Duke’s highest recognition for volunteer service to the University and is a member of the Founder’s Society and the Century Cub. In November 1999 Doctor Limberakis was the recipient of the Duke Medical Center Distinguished Service Award that is given periodically to an alumnus who has demonstrated exemplary service to the Medical Center and School of Medicine.
Doctor Limberakis, born in 1952 in Fresno, California the son of the late Rev. John A. Limberakis and Elizabeth Constantine Limberakis, served as a Page in the United States Senate while in high school, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. After graduating medical school from Duke in 1978, he completed his medical internship at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1983. He is married to Dr. Maria A. (Borden) Limberakis, a family practitioner and together have three adult children, John, Anthony and Elizabeth and two grandchildren, Dakota and Anthony.