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Greetings on the 30th Anniversary of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities from Monsignor Francesco Braschi

Since 2012, STOUH and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana have been working on a major edition project: the Collected Writings of St. Ambrose of Milan in Russian translation. The idea for this project arose in the summer of 2011 during a meeting between the Dean of the Faculty of Ecclesiastical Arts of STOUH and Dr. Braschi. Both sides agreed that the absence of a complete and up-to-date translation of St Ambrose’s writings into Russian was a lamentable omission from both a scientific and educational point of view, since the St. Ambrose’s work is of great importance for the liturgical tradition and the history of the dogma, and theology and social doctrine of the Church. To this should be added the veneration of this saint of the Undivided Church in Orthodoxy, and in the Russian Orthodox Church in particular.

The first part of Volume 10 of the Collected Works of St. Ambrose of Milan was already published in 2022. The second part will be published in the near future.

In cooperation with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, STOUH has also hosted the Epoch in Miniature Festival three times. The last one, in 2021, was held on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death.

In addition, this collaboration has made it possible to hold student internships in Italy. Prior to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, STOUH students had a unique opportunity to view the ancient manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, attend lectures on the history of Italian culture, speak at student conferences, and visit the sites of Milan and the surrounding cities of northern Italy.

We thank Mons. Francesco Braschi for his greeting and wish STOUH and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana a continued fruitful collaboration.