SVOTS announces Patriarch Kirill Endowment for Biblical Studies

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The Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus’ Endowment for Biblical Studies has been established at St. Vladimir's Seminary thanks to the generous contribution of an anonymous donor.

The donor gifted $250,000 toward the endowment in recognition of Patriarch Kirill for his role in the remarkable revival of the Orthodox Church in Russia, universal church leadership, profound biblically oriented pastoral guidance, and support for the vision of the autocephalous Orthodox Church in America.

Seminary President The Very Rev. Dr Chad Hatfield announced news of the endowment's launch November 11, 2021.

“Biblical studies occupies a pivotal position in the Seminary’s curriculum with core and elective courses on the Scripture and New Testament, Greek and Hebrew languages,” said Fr. Chad. “This immensely generous donation to establish the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus’ Endowment will go a long way as St. Vladimir’s looks to attract more world-class Orthodox scholars and make important contributions to the Church in the field of Orthodox biblical scholarship.”

The endowment will be used to fund faculty, support efforts to promote scholarship in the field through student exchanges with Russia, and make possible more conferences and seminars that promote the Orthodox approach to the study of Holy Scripture. The investment of $250,000 by the donor will be the first installment in building the endowment to the level that will fund a chair in biblical studies.

It is hoped this first significant gift will help attract additional support from other individuals, family trusts, and bequests for growth of the endowment. For further information about ways to contribute to the endowment please contact:

Ted Bazil, CFRM
Senior Planned Gift Advisor
914-961-8313 ext. 329

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