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The Most Rev. Luke, Bishop of Syracuse

Rector (CEO), Associate Professor of Patristics


I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in in Russian studies at Hartwick College, then entered Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, where I earned a Bachelor of Theology and joined the monastic community of St. Job of Pochaev at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville. I began my obediences in the garden, bookbinding, the icon studio, publications, and Seminary. I lived under the spiritual direction of the fathers at the Monastery, including the late Metropolitan Laurus (Skurla) and Archimandrite Cyprian (Pyzhov). I studied and earned my Master of Arts in Russian studies at Syracuse University, and later became a doctoral candidate at SUNY - University of Albany. After the death of Metropolitan Laurus in 2008, I was elected abbot. As the father superior of the Monastery, I also serve as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, and I oversee St. Job of Pochaev publications.


Educational Background


B.A., Hartwick College, 1973

B.Th., Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, 1978

M.A., Syracuse University, 1981

D.A. (Cand.), SUNY - University at Albany


Teaching Interests




Current Projects and Research Interests


Recent Courses


PATR 435 Patristics


Selected Publications

New Age Philosophy, Orthodox Thought, and Marriage”:


Aleksei Khomiakov: A Study of the Interplay of Piety and Theology”: of_the_Interplay_of_Piety_and_Theology.pdf


Reflections on the 200th Anniversary of the French Revolution”: on-the-200th-Anniversary-of-the-French-Revolution.pdf


Concerning the Tradition of Long Hair and Beards”: -of-Long-Hair-and-Beards.pdf


A Patristic Reading of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary”: _OF_FLAUBER.pdf


Recent Presentations and Activities


Amongst my recent presentations, I spoke at the “Sacred Art, Sacred Music” exhibit at St. Jonah Orthodox Church in Spring, Texas, on March 1, 2014, on this topic: The Knowledge of Icons that Leads to God.I also presented at the St. Herman’s Conference hosted in Toronto, Canada, on December 25, 2014. on this topic: “The Reburial of the Incorrupt Relics of Bishop Constantine Essensky.”

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