Mount Athos Foundation of America Celebratory Exhibition Opening

On behalf of the Mount Athos Foundation of America (MAFA), and in collaboration with the Mount Athos Center (Agioreitiki Estia) of Thessaloniki, I am pleased to personally invite members of BSANA to a Celebratory Inauguration at the Maliotis Center on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Tuesday September 13, 2022 from 2:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm

This event will kick off a 2-months-long exhibition – Mount Athos: The Ark of Orthodoxy.  This exhibition is intended to evoke the sense of a virtual pilgrimage to the Athonite monasteries (for more information, please click The theme of the celebratory opening events is Reflections of Days on Mount Athos. The agenda is outlined below.


Please let me know (by responding to the email address below my signature) if you will be able to join us for all or part of the event, including whether you will join us for dinner. Please respond promptly if you wish to attend the banquet since seating is limited.


Robert W. Allison, president

The Mount Athos Foundation of America (affirmative RSVPs only)


· Afternoon Program begins at 2:00 pm convened by Robert W. Allison, president of the Mount Athos Foundation of America

· 2:10.          Welcome by Archbishop Elpidophoros with opening prayer

· 2:30.          Greeting from Anastasios Ntouros – Director, Mount Athos Center (Thessaloniki)

· 2:45-3:10.   PRESENTATION by Fr. Loukas of Xenophontos Monastery, Mount Athos, representing the Holy Community

· 3:15-3:30.   PRESENTATION by Anna Merkel (mother of an Athonite Monk)

· 3:30-5:00.   Viewing of the Exhibition and Socializing

· 5:00-7:00.   Vespers in the Holy Cross Chapel followed by pre-banquet socializing and viewing of the Exhibition

· Evening Program begins at 7:00 pm

· 7:00-7:45.   Banquet – Accompanied by showing of a recently discovered 1929 Athos Documentary Film (20+ minutes, played during the meal). Alice Sullivan (Tufts University) will introduce the film

· 7:30-8:30.   PRESENTATION by Julia Gearhart and Maria Alessia Rossi (both of Princeton University) & Alice Sullivan (Tufts University) about the Film, panel discussion and Q & A facilitated by Alice Sullivan

Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library: A Celebration

A New Exhibit: Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan Library: A Celebration
Splendors of the religious and artistic endeavors of Byzantine manuscript makers are on display from the Greek manuscript collection at the University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center). We warmly invite you to explore these extraordinary treasures at the Audubon Room, North Hatcher Library, March 26-June 28, 2022.

The University of Michigan Library holds an extensive collection of Greek manuscripts consisting of 110 codices (bound manuscripts) and fragments that range from the fourth to the nineteenth centuries CE. It is the largest such collection in the Western Hemisphere. As explained in the exhibit, most of these manuscripts were purchased through the efforts of Professor Francis Willey Kelsey in the second decade of the previous century.

Our exhibit displays highlights from these holdings, offering insights into the religious and artistic endeavors involved in the making, use, and dissemination of Byzantine codices. In brief, these unique manuscripts are eloquent witnesses of a period of achievements in the areas of textual transmission, calligraphy, illumination, and bookbinding. Most of the Greek manuscripts in our collection were used for various religious services in churches and monasteries. Others were probably destined for private devotion, such as the pocket-size, richly illuminated manuscripts carrying the Gospels. While many of our manuscripts indeed contain the text of the New Testament in various forms, others include religious works from the fourth century onward, written by venerated scholars who gradually shaped the theological foundations of the Christian faith throughout the centuries.

Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Vol. 1., by Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021)

Tradition and Individuality: Bindings from the University of Michigan Greek Manuscript Collection by Julia Miller (Ann Arbor: The Legacy Press, 2021)

When: March 26-June 28, 2022.

Where: Audubon Room, Hatcher Library North

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