It is with profound gratitude to our Lord for His manifold blessings that we welcome you to St Athanasius Major Seminary website. An Orthodox Catholic Seminary of the Syriac-Greek Antiochian Holy Metropolis of St Peter in the United States of America under the patronage of St Athanasius. St Athanasius Seminary is an open Seminary, an academic unit of The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Theological Institute that offers traditional and distance undergraduate and postgraduate certificates and degree programs across several disciplines certified to train candidates for ordination and other ministries within the Orthodox Catholic Church. The objectives of the Institute are to prepare men and women for leadership in the Orthodox Church, and moreover, to advance apostolic diakonia and outreach in Latin America, India and Africa by creating an environment that fosters growth in knowledge, faith, spiritual life and experience, orthopraxis, and service. The Institute’s work complements the apostolic ministry and response of the Syriac-Greek Antiochian Holy Metropolis of St Peter in the United States of America to our Lord’s command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Marriage is not a barrier to Holy Orders, Most of the Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Disciples were married, except John the beloved, the youngest that was not married. At the beginning of the Church, the earlier Bishops, Priests, Popes and Patriarchs were married till eleventh century when celibacy became compulsory in the Western Church known as Roman Catholic and the Eastern Church known as Orthodox has maintained the Holy Tradition of allowing married men to Holy Orders, a tradition that was observed by both lungs of the Church before the separation of East and West. Late Pope John Paul II rightly put “it is time to allow the both lungs of the church to breath together again”.
Our Bible programs are designed to prepare students to serve God in the faithful teaching and applying of Holy Scripture. Bible studies are directed by a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of interpretation.
Our theology programs are designed to prepare students for ordination in their respective churches. Theological studies maintain a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of doctrine. Our theology programs are designed to prepare students for ordination in their respective churches. Theological studies maintain a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of doctrine.
Our Certificate and Diploma programs in Bible, Practical Theology and Christian Leadership provide training for laity and clergy who are or will be providing leadership positions in local churches.
Our research-based doctoral programs were established to enable students to make valuable and original contributions to the greater Christian community. Doctoral programs are flexible and self-directed.
St Athanasius Orthodox Theological Seminary serves Christ, his Church, and the world through Orthodox Christian theological teaching, research, and scholarship, and the promotion of inter-Orthodox cooperation.
Consequently, the seminary prepares students for ministry as bishops, priests, deacons, lay leaders, and scholars so that they may build up Orthodox communities, promote church growth through mission and evangelism, teach the Orthodox faith, and care for those in need.
With God’s help and with the direction of the Holy Spirit, the seminary desire to be the premier center of Orthodox Christian scholarship and pastoral education and to operate as an exemplary Orthodox Christian institution.
In every aspect of its life and work, the seminary is guided by the following values:
- To believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to adhere to his commandments, as expressed in the life and teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church;
- To acknowledge our responsibility to communicate Orthodox Christianity to the world and to invite all to partake of the fullness of the faith;
- To take a holistic approach to theological education and spiritual formation—integrating study, work, worship, and personal discipline;
- To manifest Orthodox Christian love, service, worship, and learning in the life of the seminary community;
- To teach the critical appropriation of the Orthodox tradition in order to proclaim the unchanging gospel today;
- To be committed to Orthodox unity in North America and inter-Orthodox cooperation at all levels of church life;
- To be open, transparent, and responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us;
- To undertake our work together through a process of intentional consultation, shared governance, and consensus-building;
- To encourage every member of the seminary community to be a full and active participant in the seminary’s mission;
- To expect all members of the seminary community to hold the highest standards of professional ethics and personal integrity;
- To aspire to excellence through continuous and ongoing improvement;
- To be committed to fairness, respect, and hospitality for all members of the seminary community.
As sinful human beings, we acknowledge that we will inevitably fall short of these high ideals.
As Christians, we will constantly seek forgiveness for our mistakes and do our best to correct
“The Lord shows us that we ought not to answer those who ask a question with malicious intent (cf. Mt. 21:23-27). For He Himself did not reply to those Jews who questioned Him with cunning, although He was not at a loss for an answer.