Young Scholar Initiative

Saint Catherine’s Vision's Young Scholar Initiative showcases the work of one or two dedicated Orthodox Christians each year who are striving toward the “building up of the body of Christ.”

Presbytera Athanasia Mellos Kostakis, M.Div., MSW, a student at Boston University’s School of Theology is our first Young Scholar.  She is currently conducting research for her Doctor of Ministry project thesis, which is a confidential study on Orthodox Lay Ministry.

She was first highlighted at our Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives conference in June 2014 and was enthusiastically received by conference participants. Presbytera Athanasia is seeking to interview Orthodox Christians in Lay Ministry. These interviews will be conducted through March 2016.  Please click here to view the flyer for more information and eligibility. Contact Presbytera Athanasia directly at if you are interested in participating and/or have questions about participating including eligibility.



Professor Evangelos Theodorou’s original research in Greek on deaconesses is now available!

Click on the links below: 

 Volume I Heroines of Love: Deaconesses through the Age

Volume II Ordination or Appointment of Deaconesses



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