We have already received generous contributions to this scholarship fund which we would like to be able to offer every year. This fund would allow scholars to enrol on doctoral projects on the work, theology and vision of Saint Sophrony, on monasticism, patristics and other related theological themes. Please contact the Institute if you feel able to sponsor this initiative. This is a blessed opportunity and an educational project worthy to be supported!

IOCS has established the “Saint Sophrony Scholarship” as a research / PhD scholarship at our Institute, with the blessing of St John the Baptist Monastery in Essex.

“All of us in the monastic Community of St John the Baptist were very happy to hear about the initiative of the Institute of Orthodox Studies in Cambridge. We believe that the theological legacy of St Sophrony the Athonite will contribute to maintain the good standard of theology of the Institute, adding a more experiential character, which is really what the people need and seek for in our times.”

The Abbot of the Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist, Archimandrite Peter

We appeal to all our friends and donors to support this extremely important avenue of research and to spread the idea about this unique opportunity!

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The practical and theological aspects of this project:

The practical impetus is connected to the fact that in recent years there have been several students at the Institute researching the legacy and theology of Father Sophrony – some of whom visited and spent some time at the Monastery in Essex. The Saint’s work and teachings, although well known by some, warrant more research and to be known in depth – so that they can be disseminated even further. The Institute intends to provide the academic, study context for this kind of research. However, this is not seen just as an academic exercise. Such a project will end up as an aid to people’s coming closer to God and making known the work of the Holy Spirit in our times, through people and saints like Saint Sophrony.

The theological impetus rests in the hope that the existence and work of the Institute in the UK as a place of Orthodox life, learning, and witness is aligned with that of the Monastery which – through Saint Sophrony – has opened up Orthodoxy to the West, and the West to Orthodoxy, in a way that is both faithful to the Patristic legacy and the faith of our Fathers and contextually adapted to the Western context where we live.

Many of the Institute’s students and followers have long benefited (and continue to do so) from lectures and visits from the community of the Essex Monastery, like Father Nikolai, Father Zacharias, Father Kyrill, or Sister Magdalen (to name but a few) or by visits to the Monastery during our summer schools, over the course of many years.

The Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex, UK.