​Dr. Despina D. Prassas

(Ph.D. Catholic University of America, 2003). She teaches and publishes in the area of Historical Theology. 

Dr. Despina D. PrassasResearch


Current Projects

  • St. Maximos the Confessor’s Liber Asceticus:  Introduction and Translation, Corpus Christianorum Series in Translation (Brepols, 2018) [in revisions]
  • A Translation of Basil of Ancyra’s De vera virginitatis integritate (PG 31.164-97) With Introduction for the Popular Patristics Series (St. Vladimir’s Seminar Press)[In process]
  • “Social, Economic, and Political Influences in Ecumenism” in The Ecumenical Legacy of Brother Dr. Jeffrey Gros, FSC (forthcoming, 2017)



  • St. Maximus the Confessor’s Questions and doubts: Introduction and Translation (Northern Illinois University Press, 2009)
  • “Jesus and the Woman with the Issue of Blood: An Unlikely Meeting” in The Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35): Studies in Orthodox Biblical Hermeneutics in Honor or Theodore Stylianopoulos (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2016)
  • “Deification in Maximos the Confessor” in Divinizations: Religious Transformations of the Body in Comparative Perspective (Springer, 2017)
  • “Jesus and St. Fotini (John 4): An Unlikely Conversation” Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives (Holy Cross Press, 2016)
  • “The Holy Spirit and Christian Unity” The Ministry of Reconciliation: Studies in Honor of Metropolitan Maximos Aghiorgoussis. Thomas FitzGerald, ed. (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2015)
  • “The Laity and Reception” Ecumenical Trends December 2014
  • “The Legacy of Vatican II: An Orthodox Perspective” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 2013
  • “To the Limits of Reason and Beyond: St. Gregory the Theologian’s Theological Orations”, The function and limits of reason in Dogmatic Theology, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology Symposium, 3rd International Edition, Center for Theological-Historical and Pastoral-Missionary Prognosis Studies, Center for Theological Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011
  • “Theoria and praxis in St. Maximos the Confessor’s Quaestiones et dubia” in Servant of the Gospel: Studies in honor of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Thomas FitzGerald, ed. (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2011)


  • “Basil of Caesarea and the Body” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, May 2017 [abstract submitted]
  • “The thoughts in the writings of St. Ephrem the Syrian” Saint Ephrem the Syrian and his Spiritual Heritage, Saint Ephrem the Syrian and His Spiritual Heritage, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Institute of Postgraduate Studies of the Moscow Patriarchate, Moscow, April 2017
  • “Difference and Division in St. Maximos the Confessor: A Response to Ferguson” Presentation, Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Association, March 2016
  • “The woman left her jar” (John 4:28): The Difficulty in Leaving Things Behind. Lenten Retreat, Greater Indianapolis Orthodox Churches, April 2016
  • “St. Symeon the New Theologian’s Catechetical Discourse VII: Delusion and the Passion of Attachment” St. Symeon the New Theologian and His Spiritual Heritage, Moscow, December 2014
  • “Divine Compassion and Saintly Prostitutes” Divine Compassion and Women Of the Church: Theological Perspectives, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School Of Theology, Brookline, MA, June 2014
  • Response to Orthodox Witness of Divine Compassion through Ecumenical Relationship by Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca, Ecumenical Institute, World Council of Churches, Brookline, MA, November 2013
  • Panelist, Abraham’s Table Forum Series: The Role of Religion in  Women’s Freedom, Peace Islands Institute (Interreligious Institute) New York, NY, March 2014
  • “Reception in the Orthodox Church” North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, Crestwood, NY, June 2013
  • “Who is the paterfamilias? Ambrose of Milan’s De virginibus. Center for Teaching Excellence, Providence College, April 2013
  • “The Legacy of Vatican II: An Orthodox Perspective” North American Academy of Ecumenists, Nova Scotia, September 2012
  • “Who are the virgins? The audience in Ambrose of Milan’s De virginibus North American Patristics Society, Chicago, May 2010
  • “The Internal Manifestation of the Spirit” National Workshop on Christian Unity, Tampa, April 2010
  • “The biochemistry of fasting in Basil of Ancyra” Providence Patristics Society, Providence, RI, March 2010