St. Cyprian of Carthage Fund


A fund in honor of St. Cyprian of Carthage—the African bishop, church father, and hieromartyr—has been established for African seminarians who would not be able to attend St. Vladimir’s Seminary without financial support.

Listen to Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield speak to the need in Africa and the beginnings of the St. Cyprian of Carthage fund on Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio (Program 133, Dec. 10, 2017).

African Seminarian painting

Education at our seminary is enhanced by the experience and viewpoints of students from outside North America. In recent years, seminarians from Australia, Bosnia, Egypt, Estonia, Great Britain, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, and Uganda have come together on our campus, and become a living witness to the reality of the diverse members in the body of Christ.

Currently,two seminarians from Africa—both from Nigeria—are enrolled as full-time students at St. Vladimir’s and another from Uganda graduated in 2018. And the number of those applying for entry is growing, due to the closure of many seminaries in Africa because of financial crises.

You can be instrumental in preparing these men and women for ministry in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Recipients of this aid will return to their home countries to bolster the growth of Orthodox Christianity within the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa.

For more information, please contact:

Virginia Nieuwsma
Director of Philanthropy, Donor Care