AUTHORS/ Evdokimov, Paul
Paul Evdokimov (1902-1970) was part of the Russian emigration in France, members of the Exarchate of Metropolitan Evlogy. Evdokimov was in the first graduating class of the St. Sergius Institute, a student of Fr. Sergius Bulgakov. He was among the founding members of the Russian Christian Students' Movement, serving as its first secretary.
During the Nazi occupation of France, Evdokimov worked with the resistance to hide people pursued by the Gestapo. For almost a decade after the war he directed hostels for the care of the poor, refugees, distressed people.
As a theologian with experience in pastoral and service work, he eventually taught at St. Sergius, L'Institut Catholique and the Ecumenical Center in Bossey. He was an observer at Vatican II and became an important voice for the Eastern Church in the West. He was one of the founders of the international Orthodox youth movement, Syndesmos.
His research was wide ranging, including study of the historical contributions of Russian theologians, the Eastern Church's understanding of the Mother of God and of the Holy Spirit, the theology of the icons, of prayer and the liturgical services, the significance of the fathers and monasticism for modern society, and most especially, the vocation of all the baptized and the ways in which holiness finds distinctive patterns and shape in modern life.