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Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos

Dr. Patsavos recently retired after thirty-eight years as Professor of Canon Law and Director of Field Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
    His Curriculum Vitae at Holy Cross states, “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. . . .  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.”  He has edited several volumes of the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, published numerous articles and four books, of which the latest (A Noble Task: Entry into the Clergy in the First Five Centuries, Holy Cross Orthodox Press), embodies the theory of the canons and patristic texts about priesthood and the praxis of ministry. 
    Dr. Patsavos earned his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Athens, Greece in 1974.