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A Word of Salvation: Ancient Christian Spiritual Practices for Today's Church

A Saturdays@Princeton Event

June 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission



The sayings of the "Desert Fathers" have inspired millions of Christians to live more faithful and spiritually rich lives. This seminar will introduce participants to the Desert Fathers, who lived in the Egyptian desert in the third and fourth century, and discuss how we might apply their insights to life and ministry today.


John McGuckin photo EDITRev Dr John McGuckin is an internationally recognized scholar of the Church Fathers and an Orthodox Christian priest. He is the Nielsen Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He is also the pastor of St. Gregory's Chaplaincy, a community within the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada meeting at Union Theological Seminary.

Fr John is the author of 23 books, most of which focus on historical theology or the spirituality of the early Church. He has written extensively on the thought of Origen of Alexandria, the fourth and fifth century Greek Christian theologians, and forms of Christian prayer from the earliest centuries to the present.

Fr John is a gifted speaker and particularly adept at explaining how the insights of the great Christian spiritual writers of the past have much to offer Christians today. He combines scholarly knowledge with practical application.


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
First Plenary Session

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Second Plenary Session


The fee for this program is $15, which includes program and refreshments. Members of the Princeton Seminary and Princeton University communities may register for free.

Please read the School of Christian Vocation and Mission's Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering. To register, please click here. 

Contact Info

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at [email protected].