EVENTS / 17/05/2021

FoMA Summer Conference

Our Summer Conference will be held on 12th June, and will include our AGM.  We had hoped to hold this at St Anne’s College in Oxford, as we had in the years up to 2019, but as restrictions will not be fully lifted in the UK until at least 21st June, we have decided to hold it via Zoom.

If you would like to attend all or part of this conference, please register with Maria Harff, our administrator (  A link will be sent to you before the meeting.

The programme is a follows (all times are UK summer time):

There will be two talks. The first, at 11.30am, will be given by Fr Maximos Constas:

‘I Waited Patiently for the Lord’ (Psalm 40:1): Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra on Faith, Sickness, and Suffering

About the talk

A leading figure in the modern revival of monastic life on Mount Athos, Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra (1934-2019) was an outstanding monastic teacher and theologian. Among the many themes that he addressed was the problem of sickness and suffering along with the proper human response to these unavoidable aspects of life. This talk presents the teachings of the Elder on this subject, which are biblically based, deeply rooted in the spirit of the Fathers of the Church, and profound in their exploration of the human condition.

About the speaker

The Very Revd Archimandrite Maximos Constas is Professor of Patristics and Orthodox Spirituality at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, and a former monk at the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra. In addition to his scholarly publications, Fr Maximos has translated four volumes of the writings of Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra.

1:45pm – AGM: reports, election of committee members, approval of accounts, and any other business.

The second talk, at 2.30pm, will be given by Dr Olivier Delouis.

‘Hidden Treasures of Mount Athos: The Monasteries and their Archives’

About the talk

Athonite archives from Byzantine times have aroused a great curiosity and interest from scholars of all nationalities since the eighteenth century. This talk will present both their contents and the history of their study until recent years.

About the speaker

Dr Olivier Delouis is a senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris.  He is a member of the editorial team of the series ‘Archives de l’Athos’ and with M. Zivojinovic is author of Actes de Chilandar II (forthcoming in 2021).

As mentioned previously, please register with Maria Harff ( A link will be sent to you before the meeting.