John Anthony McGuckin

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John Anthony McGuckin (born 1952) is an Orthodox Christian scholar, priest and poet according to his curriculum vitae.[1]

McGuckin was raised Roman Catholic and at 19 became a member of the Passionist religious order. In 1989 he became Greek Orthodox and was ordained a priest for the Romanian Orthodox Church, serving at the St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Chaplaincy in Manhattan. He wrote books on Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Origen, among others. His work includes New Testament interpretation, Patristics, Byzantine history, and Orthodox theology. He is an Orthodox theologian, who has taught in the English-speaking world and in Eastern Europe. His wife, Eileen, is a professional icon painter.


McGuckin attended Heythrop College from 1970 to 1972, graduated from the University of London with a divinity degree in 1975, and received a Certificate in Education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979, his PhD from Durham University in 1980, and an MA in educational studies from the University of Southampton in 1986.

Professional life and affiliations[edit]

A former Reader in Patristic and Byzantine theology at the University of Leeds, McGuckin is the Nielsen Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University in New York City.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society. He is director of the Sophia Institute: International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture, which has its offices on the Union Seminary campus in Manhattan. In 1992 he was given the award of the Brotherhood of Peter Mohyla for his educational services at the Mohyla Academy in the newly independent Ukraine, and gave a course of lectures in Patristic Theology in the Academy buildings after they had been taken back from the possession of the Naval Academy. He was awarded the Jeweled Cross of Moldavia and Bukovina by Romanian Patriarch Daniel in 2007 for his services to the church and the academy. On January 31, 2014, McGuckin was awarded the Jeweled Cross by Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington for his services to Church and Academy. On the occasion of his delivering the 31st Annual Schmemann lecture at St. Vladimir’s in 2014 he was awarded the Doctorate of Divinity Honoris Causa.[2]


  • St Symeon the New Theologian: Chapters and Discourses, 1982, reprinted 1996
  • The Transfiguration of Christ in Scripture and Tradition, 1986 ISBN 0-88946-609-2
  • Selected Poems of St Gregory Nazianzen, 1986, reprinted 1989 and 1995
  • St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy, 1994, reprinted 2004 ISBN 0-88141-259-7
  • At the Lighting of the Lamps: Hymns from the Ancient Church, 1995, reprinted 1997 ISBN 0-8192-1717-4
  • St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography, 2000; nominated for the 2002 Pollock Biography Prize ISBN 0-88141-222-8
  • Standing in God's Holy Fire: The Spiritual Tradition of Byzantium, Orbis, 2001 ISBN 1-57075-382-2
  • Byzantium and Other Poems, Black Gate Press, 1994
  • The Book of Mystical Chapters, Shambhala, 2002 ISBN 1-59030-007-6
  • The Westminster Handbook To Patristic Theology, 2004 ISBN 0-664-22396-6
  • The Westminster Handbook To Origen, 2004 ISBN 0-664-22472-5
  • The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Theology, & Spiritual Culture, 2008


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae : Revd. Professor John Anthony McGuckin.
  2. ^ "Fr. John McGuckin Delivers Fr. Alexander Schmemann Lecture". St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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