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John S. Romanides

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Fr. Romanides was ordained in 1951 while studying at Yale University Divinity School, and served at Holy Trinity Church in Waterbury, Connecticut, from 1951 till 1954. After finishing his studies at Yale he was transferred for the summer of 1954 to Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City until he left for studies at [[St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris, France)|St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute]] in Paris (1954-55). He did his doctoral work at the University of Athens from 1956 to 1957. His dissertation, ''The Ancestral Sin'', was accepted and published in 1957, but over the objections of faculty members [[Panagiotes Trembelas]] and P. I. Bratsiotis. Although the dissertation focused on original sin, [[Christos Yannaras]] writes, "Romanides succeeded in summarizing the whole of Orthodox dogma, emphasizing the deep gulf separating it from the intellectualist and juridical expressions of Western dogma".<ref>Christos Yannaras, ''Orthodoxy and the West'', p. 276 (ISBN 978-1885652812)</ref>
He was appointed professor at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross]], Brookline, Massachusetts, where he taught between 1957 and 1965 while continuing his studies and research at the Harvard Divinity School and then at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All this time, between 1957 to 1968, he was also a parish priest. He was appointed to the parish of Newport, New Hampshire, in 1958. Then in 1959 he was appointed the first priest of St. Athanasius the Great Orthodox Church in Arlington, Massachusetts, which he helped found and organize. He resigned from Holy Cross in 1965 in protest over the removal of Father [[Georges Florovsky ]] from the faculty by [[Archbishop]] [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]]. Between 1965 and 1968 Father Romanides served as the pastor of Holy Apostles' Parish in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was professor of [[dogmatics]] at the University of Thessalonike from 1970 until his resignation in 1982. From 1970 on, he also taught at the University of Balamand in Lebanon. He continued to teach even after his retirement. He reposed in Athens on [[November 1]], 2001.
He also represented the [[Church of Greece]] as member of the Central Committee of the [[World Council of Churches]] and in the dialogues with the Lutherans and the Oriental Orthodox.

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