INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
Tuesday 7:00-9:00PM, Fall 2017

DATE

TOPIC

INSTRUCTOR

September 12 Introduction Fr. Richard Andrews
September 19

God- Holy Trinity

Fr. Thomas Begley

September 26

Mankind- Creation, The Fall, The Messiah

Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik

October 3

Christ I - Incarnation, Theotokos and Saints

Fr. Paul Hodge

October 10

Christ II - His Work and Teachings

Fr. Jason Houck
October 17

Church I - Birth, Mission, Structure

Dcn. Jason Ketz

October 24

Church II - Councils, Creeds, Bible, Tradition

Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik

October 31 Sacraments I - Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Unction

Fr. George Dokos

November 7 Sacraments II - Eucharist, Liturgy, Worship, Prayer

Fr. Jonathan Proctor

November 14 Sacraments III - Marriage and Monasticism Fr. Andrew Morbey
November 21 NO CLASS - THANKSGIVING WEEK HOLIDAY ---
November 28 The Goal - Second Coming & Living the Christian Life Fr. Richard Andrews
December 5 Conclusion - Orthodox in America, Jurisdiction, Q&A Fr. Andrew Morbey
     
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Fr. Richard Andrews is pastor/priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Christian Church in St. Paul, MN (since 1999) and a volunteer chaplain with the St. Paul Police Department (since 2006). He is a graduate of University of Minnesota (Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration & Marketing 1988) Minneapolis, MN and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Masters of Divinity 1994) Boston, MA. He is Doctoral candidate (Marriage & Family Therapy) at Argosy University. Fr. Rick previously served Holy Apostles GOC in Chicago, IL (1995-97) and Dormition GOC in Racine, WI (1997-99).

Fr. George Dokos is pastor/priest of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy fis pastor/priest of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota (1995), a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1999) and a PhD from the University of Thessaloniki (2010). He is married to Presvytera Christa and they have four children. Fr. George was ordained to Holy Diaconate (12-9-2001) and Holy Priesthood (4-28-2002) by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. He served Holy Trinity GOC in Dallas, TX (2001-04), Transfiguration GOC in Sioux Falls, SD (2007-08), and Sts. Peter & Paul GOC in Boulder, CO (2008-14).

Fr. Jason Houck serves as the Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (since Feb.2015). He graduated from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) with Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (1999). He is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Masters of Divinity with highest distinction 2005), He served a youth director at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC (2005-2007). He earned a Masters of Theology (Th.M) in Biblical Studies and New Testament at Boston College (2012). After ordination to the priesthood, he served Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, of Washington, D.C. (2012 – 2015). He and his wife, Alexandra (also a Holy Cross graduate, 2007) have three children: Paul, Lydia and Silas.

Fr. Thomas Begley is priest/pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, MN and Dean of the Midwest Deanery of the Diocese of Toledo, of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. He is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI, (BA 1974) and Oral Robets Seminary, (MDiv. 1984). He attended St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Crestwood, NY (1983-84).

Deacon Paul Gavrilyuk serves at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (OCA) in St Paul. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from Southern Methodist University (2001) and a B. S. in Theoretical Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1993). He is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the University of St Thomas specializing in Early Church History and Modern Russian Theology. His books include The Suffering of the Impassible God: The Dialectics of Patristic Thought (Oxford, 2004) and A History of the Catechumenate in the Early Church (Cerf, 2008; in French; Russian edn. 2001).

Deacon Jason Ketz serves at St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral (OCA) in Northeast Minneapolis. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Arizona State University (2003), and a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir's Seminary (2012). A long-time resident of Fridley, MN, Dcn Jason is currently employed in the quality department at a local medical device company, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota..

Fr. Paul Paris is priest/pastor of St. Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Hellenic College 1988, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div. 1991) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA Youth Ministry 1992) Boston, MA. Fr. Paul served as Youth Director of the Diocese of San Francisco (1992-95), associate priest of St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles CA (1995-2002) and priest/pastor of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Santa Barbara CA (2002-2006).

Fr. Christopher Maciolek graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN (BA Orthodox Christianity, 2006) and St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania (Masters of Divinity, 2010). He is currently attached to St. Herman’s Orthodox Church in Minneapolis and serves Three Holy Hierarchs Orthodox Mission in Northfield, MN.

Fr Andrew Morbey is Dean of St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in northeast Minneapolis. His degrees are in English (BA, MA, and PhD course work; Carleton University and University of Ottawa) and Theology (MDiv, ThM, and PhD course work; St Vladimir's Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and at the University of Birmingham, UK). He taught various subjects in Theology at the University of St Paul in Ottawa, Canada 1998 - 2003 prior to moving to Minneapolis.

Fr. Jonathan Proctor has been priest/pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church in Saint Paul since 1990. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was baptized as an adult, and spent three years living in Athens, Greece, where he taught English. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand (BA) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (MDiv 1990), New York, NY, and studied theology at the University of Athens, Greece. His wife Vera grew up in a Serbian priest family in Chicago, and they have two children.

Fr. Paul Hodge is an Archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of N. America.? He is attached to St. George Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, MN (since 2011). He holds degrees in Russian Language and Literature (B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, MN 1988), Soviet/Russian Studies (Master of International Affairs, Columbia Univ., New York, NY 1990), and Master of Divinity (St. Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, NY 1993). Ordained in 1995 Fr. Paul has served St. Thomas parish in Sioux City, IA (2006-2011), St. George parish in Kearney, NE (2000-2005), St. Nicholas parish in Bridgeport, CT (1996-1997), and St. Elias parish in La Crosse, WI (1995-1996 as interim). He is married to Presvytera Amy and they have two kids, Elias and Faith.

Fr. Paul Wesche is priest/pastor of St. Herman’s Orthodox Christian Church in South Minneapolis. He is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity), Kansas City, MO and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary (Masters of Theology), Crestwood, NY, and Fordham University (Ph.D in Patristics 1986), New York, NY.

Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik is a retired priest who is attached to Holy Trinity OCA Church in St. Paul. He also serves at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cornucopia, WI. He is Dean Emeritus of the Minneapolis Deanery in the Midwest Diocese of the Orthodox Church of America. Currently, an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN (since 2005). He is a graduate of University of Minnesota (BA, 1964) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (M.Div. 1968).

 

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