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, 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: Alexander Petkas, Ph.D. Student, Princeton University Department of Classics
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
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 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.
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:
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"