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Saint Tikhon's Faculty Members Andrei Kostryukov and Tatiana Shevchenko Present at International Conference in Helsinki

On February 10-11, 2019, the 13th International Education Readings for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple took place in the Russian Cultural Center in Helsinki, on Russian and Greek Monasticism: Connections Across the Ages (25th Anniversary of the Repose of Saint Paisius of Mount Athos). Saint Tikhon´s University was represented by two of its faculty members, Head Researcher Professor Andrei Alexandrovitch Kostriukov, Dr. hist. habil., and Senior Researcher Tatiana Ivanovna Shevchenko, Ph.D.

The Readings were organized by the representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Finland. The attendees were welcomed by Archpriest Victor Liutik, Dean of the Moscow Patriarchate Parishes in Finland.

Talks were given by:

Bishop Seraphim of Peterhof, on The Blessing of ´New Rome´: ´Greek Monasticism´ and Non-Greek Orthodox Peoples;
Dr. Risto Kantell (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland), on Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland;
Vladimir Dervenev, Active Member of the Russian Geographical Society and of the World Saint Petersburg Club, on The City of the Holy Apostle Peter as a Global Capital of Religious Tolerance and Sacred Relics of the Undivided Church in the Monasteries of Saint Petersburg;
Archpriest Veikko Purmonen (Autonomous Orthodox Church of Finland), on Russian Monasteries as Centers of Theology and Spiritual Life;
Abbess Hilariona (Feoktistova) of the Monastery of Ss. Constantine and Helen of Leningrad Region on Reconstructing the 1938 Typicon of the Lintula Convent;
Hieromonk Siluan (Nikitin), Interim Rector of Sretensky Monastery, on The Pastoral Theology of Saint Paisius of Mount Athos;
Prof. Andrei Konstriukov on The Moscow Convention of 1948 in the Context of Relations Between the Russian Church and the Orthodox East;
Abbess Anatolia (Barshai) of the St. Nicholas Convent in Privolzhsk, on Saint Leontius the Wonderworker, Archimadrite of Mihailovskoe;
Professor M. G. Prozorova, Dr. habil. (Jyväskylä, Finland) on Peculiarities of the Process of Separation of Church and State in Modern Constitutional Reform in Greece;
Rev. Vladimir Alexandrov (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia), on The Contemporary Experience of Holiness (Saint Paisius of Mount Athos, Saint Gabriel of Samtavro, and Archimandrite John Krestiankin).

The conference was attended by members of the Orthodox Church of Finland and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and by scholars from Russia, the Baltic countries, and the CIS whose research focusses on Athonite monasticism, various monastic typica, and the life of Saint Paisius of Mount Athos.

During the conference, Bishop Seraphim also opened Svet (Light), an exhibition by the Saint Petersburg artist Denis Alexandrov, which featured the portraits of great strugglers of piety and public figures of the Orthodox Church.

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