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John Meyendorff (February 17, 1926 - July 22, 1992) was a modern Orthodox scholar, writer, and teacher. He was born into the Russian nobility as Ivan Feofilovich Baron von Meyendorff (Иван Феофилович барон фон Мейендорф), but was known as Jean Meyendorff during his life in France.

Fr John Meyendorff retired as Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary on June 30, 1992. On July 22, 1992, he died from pancreatic cancer.

His son, Paul Meyendorff (b. 1950), is currently Fr. Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary.

Education

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Francemarker, Meyendorff completed his secondary education in France and his theological education at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Parismarker in 1949. In 1948 he also received a licence-ès-lettres at the Sorbonnemarker, and later earned a Diplôme d'études supérieures (1949), a Diplôme de l'école pratique des Hautes Etudes (1954), and a Doctorate in literature (1958).

Professional / Academic life

In France he was an Assistant Professor of Church History at the Orthodox Theological Institute, and a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Having been ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church, he became Professor of Church History and Patristics at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminarymarker (1959), holding also successive joint appointments as lecturer in Byzantine theology at Harvard Universitymarker, Dumbarton Oaks (to which he returned for a semester as Acting Director of Studies in 1977), and as Professor of Byzantine History at Fordham Universitymarker (from 1967). He also was Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and lectured widely on university campuses and at church events. He held the position of Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary from March 1984 until June 1992.

Publications and Courses

Fr Meyendorff's publications include the critical text and translation of Byzantine theologian Gregory Palamas (1959), as well as a number of books in the fields of theology and history, such as A Study of Gregory Palamas (French ed., 1959; Engl. 1964); The Orthodox Church (1963); Orthodoxy and Catholicity (1966); Christ in Eastern Christian Thought (1969); Byzantine Theology (1973); Marriage, an Orthodox Perspective (1975); Living Tradition (1978); Byzantium and the Rise of Russia (1980); The Byzantine Legacy in the Orthodox Church (1981); Catholicity and the Church (1983); and Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions. The Church 450-680 AD (1989). His books have been published in a number of languages, including French, German, Italian, Russian, Greek, English, Finnish, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Serbian, and Polish.

Affiliations

A member of several professional associations, Fr Meyendorff served during different periods as President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, President of the American Patristic Association, and a member of the Executive Committee, U.S. Committee for Byzantine Studies. He was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1976-77), and a Guggenheim Fellow (1981).

During his service at the seminary, he held the positions of librarian, director of studies, and was long-time editor of St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly. His service to the church included positions as chairman of the Department of External Affairs of the Orthodox Church in America, as advisor to the Holy Synod, and as editor of the monthly newspaper The Orthodox Church.

As a representative of the Orthodox Church, he participated in the activities of the World Council of Churchesmarker, having been Chairman of the Commission on Faith and Order (1967-1976) and a member of the Central Committee. Committed particularly to inter-Orthodox unity and cooperation, he was one of the founders and the first general secretary of Syndesmos (World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth Organizations), and served later as its president.

Awards

Fr Meyendorff held honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Damemarker and General Theological Seminary, and was a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

He was a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. The Diploma of Honorary Member of the Leningrad Theological Academy was bestowed upon Fr John in May 1990. In June 1991 Fr John was awarded the Order of St Vladimir, 2nd Class, by His Holiness Aleksy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

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