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.”
On October 27, 2018 Anberin Pasha was inducted as SCV’s Young Scholar of the Year for her work as director and producer of the documentary film about Saint Maria of Paris “Love to the End”. Click HERE for pictures from the evening at Maliotis Cultural Center.
She was inspired to the tell the story of Mother Maria of Paris whose unconditional love for people in need and in trouble led her, her chaplain Fr. Dimitry Klepinine and her son Yuri Skobstov, and Ilya Fondaminsky to be arrested by the Gestapo in Paris in 1943 for helping Jewish families.
The documentary weaves Saint Maria’s story with the lives of three contemporary American women whose lives were transformed by their trials and by the grace of divine love that she embodied, leading them to a deeper understanding on their journeys as ex-wives, mothers and professionals.
This film helps each person experience and celebrate the power of love as a divine blessing which helps us navigate the rough seas of life.
If you would like a screening of this documentary film on Saint Maria of Paris at your parish email "Love to the End" at firstname.lastname@example.org to organize an event. If you are interested in helping fund this important documentary film, please click on this link to donate: www.gofundme.com/lovetotheend.
May God bless Anberin’s work always!
Presbytera Athanasia Mellos Kostakis, LMSW, DMin was our first Young Scholar in 2014. She conducted research for her Doctor of Ministry project thesis, which was a qualitative confidential study of Orthodox Lay Ministry experience and resilience in the United States, for Boston University.
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. She successfully defended her thesis and received her doctorate on May 1, 2018 from BU. We congratulate her and pray for God's blessings in her continued ministry.
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