We Welcome 38 New Students

An incoming class of 38 students brings our Seminary’s total student count for Academic Year 2016–2017 to 77. Our amazingly diverse student body represents 13 Eastern Orthodox and 5 Oriental Orthodox churches. Most seminarians are from the USA, but they also hail from Australia, Canada, Albania, Finland, Serbia, Sweden, Lebanon, Greece, Israel, Germany, Uganda, and New Zealand.

“From its inception,” said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, CEO of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, “our school has made incarnate its vision for Orthodox Christian unity in North America by accepting seminarians from all Eastern and Oriental Orthodox jurisdictions.

“It also has accepted Orthodox students from around the globe, and non-Orthodox students who want to take advantage of the unique coursework it offers,” he continued, “and this year, our student body especially illustrates the vision of the Seminary’s founders.”

Students will be studying in four degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry. Thirty-seven students are enrolled in the ordination track Master of Divinity program, and 20 are enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program, which focuses on applied pastoral practice. All new students attended Orientation during the weekend of August 26–28, and new and returning students attended an Opening Molieben service on Friday, August 26. Fall semester classes began Monday, August 29.

Read about some of our new students here!