Florovsky Society — Princeton University

Florovsky Society

Who Are We ?

The Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society is a graduate student organization of Princeton University. The core members of the Florovsky Society are Orthodox Christian graduate students from departments such as Art and Archeology, Classics, Slavic Literature, History, Physics, and Psychology. We welcome participation by undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as interested people from Princeton Theological Seminary and, in general, outside the University.


President: Denis Zhernokleyev, Ph.D. Student, Princeton University Department of Slavic Literature
Vice President: Natalia Ermolaev, Ph.D., Project Manager, Blue Mountain Project, Princeton University Library
Treasurer: Adedoyin Teriba, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University Department of Art & Archeology
Secretary: Arkadi Choufrine, Ph.D., Senior Bibliographic Specialist, Princeton University Library

Advisors and Committee Members

Matthew Baker, Ph.D. Candidate, Fordham University Department of Theology
Seraphim Danckaert, Ph.D. Candidate, ACEOT, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Theology
Nicholas Marinides, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University Department of History
George Parsenios, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
Alexis Torrance, D.Phil. (Oxon.), Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Thessaloniki

Our Purpose

Our main purpose is to honor the memory of Fr. Florovsky by promoting the study of his thought, as well as the study of the patristic sources upon which Fr. Florovsky relied.

Firestone Library holds most of Fr. Florovsky's personal papers, many of which remain unexamined and uncatalogued. We hope to increase awareness of this collection and inspire scholarly publication or re-publication of work by or about Fr. Florovsky.

We also intend to provide venues for the scholarly and devotional study of Orthodox Christian theology in general, always remaining faithful to Fr. Florovsky's emphasis on Orthodoxy's patristic heritage.

Plans for Future

The Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society aims to promote study of Orthodox theology among Orthodox Christians themselves but also in dialogue with the intellectual life of Princeton University and of the world at large. Some plans for specific activities include:

  • An annual lecture, delivered by an eminent Orthodox thinker and geared toward the entire campus community. A memorial service for Fr. Florovsky would be offered in conjunction with this lecture.

  • Occasional conferences or symposia, which would bring together scholars of patristic theology and Fr. Florovsky's work.

  • Publicizing of the Florovsky papers in the broader scholarly and theological community, to encourage full cataloguing and subsequent study of his thought.

  • Occasional guest speakers or panels, co-sponsored with other campus organizations or academic departments and programs, engaging with contemporary theological and intellectual issues (e.g. religious philosophy in Russia today, religion and the theory of evolution, Genesis and the Big Bang, etc.).

Again, the path of life is the path of renunciation, of mortification, of sacrifice and self-oblation. One has to die to oneself in order to live in Christ. Each one must personally and freely associate himself with Christ, the Lord, the Saviour, and the Redeemer, in the confession of faith, in the choice of love, in the mystical oath of allegiance. Each one has to renounce himself, to "lose his soul" for Christ's sake, to take up his cross, and to follow after Him. The Christian struggle is the "following" after Christ, following the path of His Passion and Cross, even unto death—but first of all, following in love.

Fr. Georges Florovsky, in his essay "On the Tree of the Cross"