Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bishop Atanasije

I am about to begin serialization of my translation of a complete talk by Bishop Atanasije on the theme of repentance, confession, and fasting. Before I begin I thought it not a bad idea to remind you of some previous posts featuring his writing and to offer a brief biography.

His Grace, Atanasije (Jevtic), Retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina, was born in 1938 in the town of Brdarica in western Serbia. He studied theology at Saint Sava's Seminary in Belgrade, the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, the Theological Seminary in Halki, and the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens, where he was awarded a doctoral degree in 1967 for a thesis entitled "The Ecclesiology of the Apostle Paul According to Saint John Chrysostom." He has taught at the Saint Serge Institute in Paris and the Theological Faculty in Belgrade, of which he has also served as Dean, and has lectured internationally. He was one of the founders of the Theological Faculty of Saint Basil of Ostrog in Foca (Bosnia and Herzegovina), of which he was elected Rector in 1994. He was a close and trusted spiritual son of Archimandrite Justin (Popovic), by whom he was tonsured in 1960. Consecrated a Bishop in 1991, he retired in 1996 due to his failing health. He has been an outspoken advocate of the rights of persecuted Serbs in Kosovo for many years. The author of a multitude of books and of over one hundred articles in a variety of languages, two collections of his writings have recently been published in English by Sebastian Press: Christ—The Alpha and Omega and Emmanuel: The Only Begotten and Firstborn Among Many Brethren.

Here are posts from this site featuring his writing:
Here are a few links from other sites:
Photograph (L to R): Bishop Atanasije, Metropolitan Laurus, and Bishop Maxim (a student and disciple of Bishop Atanasije), Jordanville, 2007.

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