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Dr. '''Jean-Claude Larchet''' is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox [[Patristics]] scholars writing today.
Born in northeastern France in 1949 of a Roman Catholic family, Larchet earned a
doctorate in philosophy from the University of Nancy (1987) and a doctorate in theology from the University of Strasbourg (1994). It was during his studies in philosophy that his reading of the Greek Fathers and their Orthodox commentators (especially [[Vladimir Lossky]]) led him to the Orthodox Church, where he was received in 1971 by the hieromonk who would be his spiritual father, the elder [[Serge Chévitch]] (1904-1987), who was also the spiritual father of the theologian Vladimir Lossky, the philosopher [[Nikolai Berdyaev]], and the monk iconographer [[Gregory (Krug)]].
From 1973 to 1979 he met, seeking spiritual guidance and advise, some of the best-known spiritual leaders of that era: [[Archimandrite]] (now Saint) [[Justin Popovich]], Archimandrite [[Sophrony (Sakharov)]] and, in two long stays at Mount Athos, the followers of Elder [[Joseph the Hesychast]] - the Elder Ephrem of [[Katounakia Fathers (Athos)|Katounakia]], the Elder [[Ephraim (Moraitis) of Philotheou]] (now in Arizona), the Elder [[Charalampos (Dionysiates)]] - especially the Elder (now Saint) [[Paisios (Eznepidis)]] with whom he had long talks and whose support remains of great importance to Larchet.