The Rev. Dr. John C H R Y S S A V G I S, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne, was born in Australia, where he matriculated from The Scots College. He received a degree in Theology from the University of Athens, a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music, and a research scholarship to St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford. After a year on Mt Athos, he served as Personal Assistant to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia, where he co-founded St Andrew’s Theological College and lectured at the University of Sydney. In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College. He also taught as visiting professor at Balamand University in Lebanon. Currently, he serves as theological advisor to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Ecumenical Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The author of many books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, Fr. John’s publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Holy Cross Press), In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (World Wisdom Books), and Light Through Darkness: the Orthodox tradition (Orbis Books). Catholic University Press published his two volumes on Barsanuphius and John in its Fathers of the Church series (2006-2007); Fordham University Press published his three volumes of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s collected works (2010-2012), as well as a book entitled Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries on the historical meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem (2014). Fr. John lives in Harpswell, Maine.