“God calls us to collaboration, synergy: He wants us to share with Him in caring for the needy, the sick and the suffering.” (Hilarion Alfeyev)
Metropolitan Hilarion was one of the contributors to the book “Good and Faithful Servant: Stewardship in the Orthodox Christian Church” entitled, “Stewardship as a Way toward Deification: Some Moral and Social Issues for St. Gregory Nazianzen.”
Hilarion Alfeyev (born Grigoriy Valerievich Alfeyev; 24 July 1966) is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. At present he is the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow. He is also a noted theologian, church historian and composer and has published books on dogmatic theology,patristics and church history as well as numerous compositions for choir and orchestra.
Alfeyev is the author of more than 600 publications, including many monographs in English: St Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000; The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian. Cistercian Studies No 175. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 2000; The Mystery of Faith. Introduction to the Teaching and Spirituality of the Orthodox Church. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002; Orthodox Witness in a Modern Age. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2006; Christ the Conqueror of Hell. The Descent into Hell in Orthodox Tradition. New York: SVS Press, 2009; Orthodox Christianity Volume I: The History and Canonical Structure of the Orthodox Church. New York: SVS Press, 2011; Orthodox Christianity Volume II. Doctrine and Teaching of the Orthodox Church. New York: SVS Press, 2012.
Apart from his doctoral degree in philosophy from Oxford, Alfeyev also holds a doctorate in theology from St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, which was awarded to him in 1999. In February 2005 he was elected a privat-dozent of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He presently serves as a member of St. Vladimir’s Seminary Board of Trustees.