We Welcome 25 New Students

During Fall Orientation 2017, we welcomed 25 new students to our campus. From Friday, August 25 through Tuesday, August 29, these incoming seminarians attended sessions structured to acclimate them to the rhythm and culture of seminary life. New students not only absorbed informational sessions but also participated in a series of activities designed to help them explore the nature of Christian vocation and build Christian community. Moreover, the incoming seminarians will continue to attend mini-Orientation sessions throughout September (View full Orientation Schedule.)

The incoming students represent a panoply of programs of study, ecclesial jurisdictions, and nationalities:

  • 19 students in the Master of Divinity program;
  • 3 students in Master of Arts program;
  • 3 students in the Master of Theology program;
  • 5 Eastern Orthodox and 5 Oriental Orthodox churches represented;
  • Breakdown of students in Master of Divinity program, by jurisdiction:
    • Orthodox Church in America = 32%
    • Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America = 24%
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Patriarchate of Serbia, Patriarchate of Bulgaria, Armenian Apostolic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Malankara Churches, the Patriarchate of Alexandria, and the Anglican Church together = 44%
  • Breakdown of students in all degree programs, by country of residence:
    • USA = 84%
    • Bosnia, Canada, Lebanon, and Nigeria together = 16%

With these incoming seminarians included, our student body of full-time seminarians equals 80. Additionally, 3 part-time, 5 continuing, and 7 non-degree students are enrolled, bringing our entire student body total to 95.

View a video of incoming seminarian Zachariah Mandell explaining his reasons for coming to the Seminary: