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Archbishop Ieronymos II and Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, April 8, 2009.

Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet is a French Orthodox researcher who is one of the foremost Orthodox Patristics scholars writing today. Born in 1949, Dr. Larchet holds doctorates in philosophy (1987) and theology (1994) from the University of Strasbourg. He is one of the very few contemporary authors who is able seamlessly to combine rigorous scholarship with a vibrant sense of the inner life of the Church. His prolific writings on the spirituality of the Fathers of the Church have been translated into no less than 12 languages.[1] Dr. Larchet converted to the Orthodox Church from the Roman Catholic Church at the age of 21.[2]


The author of fifteen books, his three volumes on St Maximos the Confessor are widely acknowledged as among the best studies of this great saint and theologian published in any language:

  • (French)
La Divinisation de l'homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (1996)
  • (French)
Maxime le Confesseur, médiateur entre l'Orient et l'Occident (1998)
  • (French)
Saint Maxime le Confesseur (2003)

Series on Illness and Healing

Equally remarkable is his three-part series on illness and healing in the Patristic tradition:

  • (French)
Théologie de la maladie (1991)
  • (French)
Thérapeutique des maladies mentales (1992)
  • (French)
Thérapeutique des maladies spirituelles (1997). 

The first two volumes have appeared in English translation under the titles:

Unfortunately, the third volume – the masterpiece of the trilogy, and the heftiest (864 pages in French) – has not yet appeared in English, however according to Dr. Larchet an English translation of "The Therapy of Spiritual Illness" is forthcoming from Alexander Press.[note 1]


See also


  1. The third volume of Dr. Larchet's trilogy – The Therapy of Spiritual Illness - has been released in Greek translation by Apostoliki Diakonia (the official imprint of the Church of Greece) under the title:
    • (Greek)
    Η θεραπευτική των πνευματικών νοσημάτων - Εισαγωγή στην ασκητική παράδοση της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας The Greek edition (in two volumes) was officially released at a major function held in Athens on Wednesday, April 7, 2009, attended by over 200 people, including several hierarchs, many clergy, and representatives of the Theology Faculty of the University of Athens. The event was opened by Metropolitan Damaskinos, a member of the Holy Synod, who read a letter of greeting from the Primate of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece. Further remarks were offered by Bishop Agathangelos, general editor of Apostoliki Diakonia; Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, who is well known for his own works written in a similar vein; Hieromonk Damianos of Mt Athos, who is trained both as a doctor and a theologian; Stylianos Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of patrology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens; and, finally, the author himself, who expressed his gratitude to the translators and publishers of his work. On the following day Dr. Larchet was interviewed for the Church of Greece's radio station and received by His Beatitude, Archbishop Ieronymos.


  1. Apostoliki Diakonia. New Publications: The Healing of Spiritual Disorders: An Introduction in the Ascetic Tradition of the Orthodox Church, Vol. A'. By Jean Claude Larchet. Transl. into Greek by Christos Koulas. 2009.
  2. Fr. Felix Culpa. Jean-Claude Larchet. ORA ET LABORA. May 10, 2009.