About SAC Press
SAC Press is the publishing arm of St Athanasius College (SAC), a Coptic Orthodox theological college in Donvale Australia. The boutique publishing house was founded in 2016 under the leadership of the SAC Chancellor and Dean, His Grace Bishop Dr Suriel. The Melbourne-based bishop established the publishing venture because he recognised a need for quality Coptic Orthodox texts to be published and distributed to both existing and new audiences. SAC Press publications seek to preserve Coptic identity, facilitate Christian formation and encourage spiritual nourishment.
The Coptic Studies Series
The Coptic Studies Series, also launched in 2016, is the fruit of a successful publishing partnership forged between the long-established St Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press, New York and the fledgling St Athanasius College (SAC) Press, Melbourne.
The Coptic Studies Series was instigated with a two-fold purpose. Firstly, to increase the accessibility of the many treasures of Coptic Orthodox Christianity to engage a broader English-speaking audience; and secondly, to strengthen ties between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches and to serve as an avenue to further collaboration and a better understanding of our history and theology.
The first book published in the Coptic Studies Series was The Life of Repentance and Purity by Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory. This Christian spirituality text was translated from Arabic to English by co-editor of the series and SAC Dean, His Grace Bishop Dr Suriel. It went on to become the fastest selling title in the history of SVS Press with 5000 copies sold in a matter of weeks which led to an immediate reprint.
In 2017 SAC Press will release the second book in the Coptic Studies Series about the life and work of St Habib Girgis, a Coptic Archdeacon born in Cairo in 1876. He worked as a leading Coptic Orthodox educator, reformer, publisher and community leader. This forthcoming book draws from Bishop Suriel’s PhD dissertation thesis about St Habib Girgis.
A Call for Coptic Themed Manuscripts
SVS/SAC Press invite scholars and authors to submit manuscripts in the field of Coptic Studies including language, history, texts, monasticism, liturgy, theology, art, culture and other related areas. Please send manuscripts to the series editor His Grace Bishop Dr Suriel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org