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Reverend George Parsenios appointed Dean of Holy Cross School of Theology – Affiliates

Reverend George Parsenios appointed Dean of Holy Cross School of Theology

By a unanimous vote of the HCHC Board of Trustees on May 10, 2021, Rev. George Parsenios was appointed Dean of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Full Professor of the New Testament. Announcing the appointment, HCHC President George M. Cantonis said: “We are extremely fortunate that such a renowned scholar, himself a former student of Sainte-Croix, has accepted the deanship, which has always been of paramount importance for the academic and spiritual vitality of the institution. , but never more than at this time, as we step up our efforts to make HCHC the best it can be.

Bro. Parsenios is an award-winning teacher and internationally recognized New Testament specialist with expertise in the gospels. He has been a full professor at Princeton Theological Seminary since 2002. He has been an assistant professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and at St. Athanasius Theological College at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He also holds the post of Extraordinary Research Professor at North West University in South Africa. He is the author of three major books and numerous articles on New Testament themes, and was recently a member of the team that revised the New Testament translation for The New American Bible, under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His publications focus on the interaction of early Christianity with the classical world and on the interpretation of the Scriptures in the early Church.

Bro. Parsenios received his Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross in 1996 after obtaining degrees in Classics from the University of Cincinnati (BA) and Duke University (MA). After graduating from Holy Cross, he obtained an MA, MA and PhD from Yale University. He served the Greek Orthodox metropolis of New Jersey part-time as a priest at St. Demetrios Parish in Perth Amboy. He and Presvytera Maureen have three children.

Last fall, Fr. Parsenios taught the “Introduction to the New Testament” course at Holy Cross as a visiting professor, graciously offering his time and expertise to his beloved alma mater.

Bro. Parsenios thinks that few academic institutions offer the possibility of teaching and studying the Bible in the life of the Church like the Holy Cross does. It was while a student at Holy Cross that he first combined his call to the priesthood with a devotion to New Testament study.