Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
- Not to be confused with Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas, Texas or Holy Trinity College and Seminary in New Port Richey, Florida.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
Holy Trinity Monastery Cathedral
|Nearest city||1407 Robinson Road, Jordanville, New York|
|Area||750 acres (300 ha)|
|Architect||Verkovsky, R.N. (Main Church), Blachev, Dimitri (Chapel by the Lake)|
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is an institution of higher learning under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The Seminary offers a five-year program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), and is accredited by the Commissioner for Education and the Board of Regents at the University of the State of New York.
The mission of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is to serve the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia by preparing students for service to the Church. Training students in disciplines that are preparatory for active service to the Church as clergy, monastics, choir directors and cantors, iconographers, and lay leaders serves to realize this mission.
As the only seminary within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the Seminary opens its doors annually to applicants not only from the United States but also from abroad, thereby serving its mission to serve parishes in all corners of the world. Many members of ROCOR are now primarily English-speaking, and the English language has gained prominence as an international language. Therefore, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary has risen to meet this need of the Church by offering instruction in English to English-speaking Seminarians. The Russian language continues to be taught at HTS.
The Seminary emphasizes the importance of the spiritual life in theological education. Active participation in the life of the Holy Trinity Monastery, on whose premises the seminary is located, allows students to experience firsthand the spiritual depth of the Orthodox Church and gives future clergy the rare opportunity of gaining a thorough foundation in and experience of the Orthodox liturgical life. The Seminary strives to preserve the high scholarly standards, teaching, and traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Seminary is located near New York's historic Mohawk Valley, one mile north of the village of Jordanville, within a triangle formed by Cooperstown, Utica, and Albany. It was founded in 1948 under the auspices of Holy Trinity Monastery, and the Seminary's life continues to be intimately bound with that of the Monastery.
- Vitaly (Maksimenko) (1948-1952)
- Abercius (Taushev) (March 1, 1952-1976)
- Laurus (Škurla) (1976 - March 16, 2008)
- Luke (Murianka) (since September 6, 2008)
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary was founded in 1948 by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) under the auspices of Holy Trinity Monastery, and the Seminary's life continues to be intimately interwoven with that of the Monastery. The Seminary was first established as a school for the young members of the monastic brotherhood, but thanks to the untiring efforts of its founders, Archbishop Vitaly and Dean Nicholas Alexander, the Seminary has grown into a theological school for Orthodox Christian students from all over the world.
Later on, pastoral courses were developed to serve the needs of non-Russian speakers; a shift of the seminary's mission occurred again with the creation of its Summer School of Liturgical Music. These changes augment the main mission and goal of the seminary - to serve the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia through preparing students for service in the Church.
As the only Seminary within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the seminary opens its doors annually to applicants not only from the US, but also from abroad thereby serving its mission to serve parishes in all corners of the world.
The seminary emphasizes the importance of spiritual life in theological education. Active participation in the life of the monastery, on whose premises the seminary is located, allows the students to experience firsthand the spiritual depth of the Orthodox Church and gives future clergy a rare opportunity of gaining a thorough foundation and experience of the Orthodox liturgical life.
Finally, the seminary strives to preserve the high scholarly standards, teachings, and traditions of the Pre-revolutionary Russian Orthodox Church - its library, print shop, publications, museum and archives play an important role in achieving this goal.
By maintaining a religious printing press, the Monastery fills a considerable need among the faithful. Several periodicals are printed in Russian and English, containing articles on contemporary religious issues, lives of Saints, sermons, questions of theology, etc. Both students and faculty participate in the writing, editing and printing of these magazines. Many of the students are engaged in translating articles for publication.
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