Despina Prassas, M. Div., Ph.D.

This biography was published in the St. Nina Quarterly, Volume 1, No. 1.
Despina Denise Prassas

Despina is the daughter of a Greek Orthodox priest and presbytera, both of whom felt that the education of their five daughters was one of their most important responsibilities. Her parents' emphasis on education, combined with her own formative spiritual experience in her parish and, especially at Ionian Village in Greece, led Despina to pursue a theological education. She has recently completed the courses for a doctorate in historical theology at the Catholic University of America, and received a Master's of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology. She has represented the Orthodox at several World Council of Churches conferences during the past four years, and, during this same time, has been active in working on the Apostolic Faith Study Guide and has presented papers at an international conference of Orthodox women. Her interest in ecumenism stems from her belief that we in the United States are blessed to have the opportunity to show others how different religions can coexist peacefully.

Despina joined the editorial board because she "realized that the time was long past due for a forum where members of our Church, maybe more specifically women, could address their interests and concerns. I remember one evening when I met a recent convert to Orthodoxy who asked why there was no collection of writings by Orthodox women for other women to read. She said she owned an anthology of writings by Roman Catholic women and felt we should have the same type of collection for and by Orthodox women. My response was my usual: 'You must do it!' But I realized as a recent convert she was searching and growing. This is why a publication like St. Nina is so important and so timely."

When she is not writing papers or translating, she is employed as a registered nurse, specializing in Gerontology.

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