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theology studies educator

John Anthony McGuckin, British theology studies educator. Certified in education University Newcastle Tyne, 1980. Recipient Cross Moldavia & Bukovina award, Patriarch Romania, 2007; fellow, Royal History Society, London, 1992. Theologian Orthodox Church Romania, New York City.


McGuckin, John Anthony was born on June 21, 1952 in Wallsend, Northumberland, England. Son of Francis McGuckin and Theresa McMahon.


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 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979, his Ph.D. from Durham University in 1980, and an M.A. in al Studies from the University of Southampton in 1986.


He has written books on Church Fathers such as Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus and Origen, among others. His work includes New Testament interpretation, patristics, the history of the Byzantine Empire, and Orthodox theology. He is a scholar of Eastern Christian history who has taught both in the English-speaking world and in Eastern Europe.

In al Studies from the University of Southampton in 1986. 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.


  • Certified in education University Newcastle Tyne, 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography. Co. Prodr.

      (films) Living With God: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Monasticism.


In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church through the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and later ordained a priest in the Romanian Orthodox Church, serving at the St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Chaplaincy in Manhattan, New York.


McGuckin was raised Roman Catholic and at age 19 became a member of the Passionist religious order.


Married Eileen Groark. 1 child Anna McGuckin-Kelly.

Francis McGuckin

Theresa McMahon

Eileen Groark

Anna McGuckin-Kelly McGuckin