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Berkeley, California

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute


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From its humble beginnings in 1981, The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute is housed in three buildings directly facing the campus of the University of California at Berkeley now. The Institute is a member of the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, associated with University of California at Berkeley. Through the Alexander G. Spanos Chair in Eastern Orthodox Studies, the Institute offers courses at the Graduate Theological Union; and with the Graduate Theological Union, the Institute provides a Master of Arts in Orthodox Christian Studies.

The Institute's library is considered to be one of the richest resources available in this country for research into Eastern Christianity, with more than 10,000 volumes of literature, patristic studies, liturgics, history, architecture, and music, as well as its collection of artifacts and precious icons.

Through lectureships, annual spring colloquia, outreach, publications, and ecumenical activities, the Institute embodies a strong and effective presence for the study and dissemination of Orthodox thought and culture.

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute is co-founder and co-sponsor of the series of symposia for the Preservation of Our History: Past, Present, and Future.


Paul G. Manolis is the founder of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute. He is, furthermore, the author of a comprehensive (three volume) History of the Greek Church in America: In Acts and Documents (Berkeley, CA: Ambelos Press, 2003).

Mr Manolis presented a key report in the workshops about Procedures for the Preservation of Parish Histories, convened in the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Conference of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The transcript of the report by Paul G. Manolis is available on-line. It includes guidelines for a systematic approach to compiling parish history.

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