Despina Prassas

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


St. Catherine of Siena Hall 214


Ph.D. - Catholic University

B.S. - Nursing Columbia University

M.Div. - Patristics Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Brief Biography:

Dr. Despina Prassas, daughter of Rev. George E. and Pres. Katherine Prassas,
is an Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College located in Providence, RI, and an adjunct faculty associate professor in Church History at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her research has focused on ascetical theology, specifically the writings of the early Christian monks, and St. Maximos the Confessor. Her book, St. Maximus the Confessor’s Questions and Doubts, was the first English language translation of the work. Other areas of interest include the intersection between monastic spirituality and psychology, and ecumenism.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Historical Theology

Selected Presentations:

Prassas, D. The Architecture of the Cosmos: An International Conference on St. Maximus the Confessor. , Helsinki, Finland - "Paper: St. Maximus the Confessor's Liber Asceticus: The Power of God and the Material Things" September, 2013

Prassas, D. International Conference on Patristic Studies. , Oxford, England - "Paper: The Reception of Rabbinic Literature in St. Maximus; Session: Christology, Anthropology, and Spirituality, Consecutive" August, 2011

Prassas, D. International Association of Orthodox Dogmatic Theologians. , Thessaloniki, Greece - "To the Limits of Reason and Beyond: St. Gregory the Theologian's Theological Orations" May, 2011

Prassas, D. Holy Trinity Cathedral Center. Feast of the Three Hierarch, New York City, NY - "Putting a Good Education to Good Use: St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great" January, 2011

Prassas, D. North American Patristics Society. , Chicago, IL - "The Audience of Ambrose of Milan's De virginibus" May, 2010

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