AUTHORS/ McGuckin, John A.
John Anthony McGuckin, an Orthodox theologian and a priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church. He is also pastor of St. Gregory's Chaplaincy, a community within the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada meeting at Union Theological Seminary.
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 Doctor of Philosophy from Durham University in 1980, and a Master's degree in Educational Studies from the University of Southampton in 1986.
He is Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University and is former Reader in Patristic and Byzantine Theology at the University of Leeds, England, and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society.
He was raised Roman Catholic and at 19 became a member of the Passionist religious order. In 1989 McGuckin embraced Orthodoxy and was ordained a priest for the Romanian Orthodox Church, serving in Manhattan. In addition to his current pastoral ministry, he has served at the St. Mary Magdalene Mission, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America.
Fr. John was awarded the prestigious Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology for 2006. His research project, completed at the end of 2006, is a large-scale book on the history and culture of Eastern Christianity, entitled The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture (published in 2008). Fr. John's scholarly activities have included serving as manuscript assessor (Early Christian Studies) for Routledge Publications, as advisor to the Australian Catholic University's Center for Early Christian Studies, Sydney and its series of scholarly monographs, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journals Pro Ecclesia and Maria, and as an active member/fellow of numerous professional societies, including the Royal History Society, American Society of Church History, and International Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.
He has written important scholarly books on Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Origen, among others. His work has ranged over the areas of New Testament interpretation, Patristics, Byzantine History, and Orthodox theology. He is a highly regarded Orthodox theologian, both in the English-speaking world and in Eastern Europe. In 1994, Fr. John entered into the poetic realm with a small book of poetry: Byzantium and Other Poems.
Fr. John is married to Eileen, a well-regarded iconographer.