At the end of January this year, a delegation from Sankt Ignatios visited Egypt. The visit was designed to strengthen the existing relationships between the Churches in Egypt and the College and also to discuss the possibility of Sankt Ignatios working more closely with the Churches there by providing teaching and supervision for some of their PhD students. After an initial period in Sweden students would return to Egypt to continue their studies, based at the Logos Papal Centre at the Saint Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun.
The delegation included Dr. Michael Hjälm, the dean, Gabriel Bar-Sawme, deputy dean, fr. Joseph Gobran, and Archimandrite Jean Mansour (the rectors of the Coptic and Byzantine seminaries respectively), and our three professors, Samuel Rubenson, Cyril Hovorun and Davor Džalto. Professor Rubenson in particular has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Egyptian Churches and is one of the leading western scholars of the theology and spirituality of the monastic movement.
Amongst other representatives of the Churches they met both His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, and His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. They also visited the Logos Papal Center and a number of the other monasteries which have been so important in the educational and spiritual life of the Egyptian Churches.