Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary

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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
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Holy Trinity Monastery Cathedral
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is located in New York
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
Shown within New York
Basic information
Location 1407 Robinson Road, Jordanville, New York
Geographic coordinates 42°55′39″N 74°56′02″W / 42.92750°N 74.93389°W / 42.92750; -74.93389Coordinates: 42°55′39″N 74°56′02″W / 42.92750°N 74.93389°W / 42.92750; -74.93389
Affiliation Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Architect(s) 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 and located near Jordanville, New York. Associated with Holy Trinity Monastery, the Seminary offers a five-year program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) It is accredited by the Commissioner for Education and the Board of Regents at the University of the State of New York.

Background[edit]

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 of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the Seminary welcomes applicants not only from the United States but also from abroad. It serves parishes in all corners of the world. With the migration of Russians to the United States, United Kingdom and other western nations since the Revolution, many members of ROCOR are now primarily English-speaking. In addition, the English language has gained prominence as an international language. Therefore, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary offers 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 to gain 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 in Herkimer County, 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.

History[edit]

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary was founded in 1948 by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) under the auspices of Holy Trinity Monastery, located near Jordanville, New York in Herkimer County in the Mohawk Valley. The life of the Seminary 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. Thanks to the 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.

Pastoral courses were developed to serve the needs of non-Russian speakers. The seminary has expanded its mission in a different direction by adding a 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.

This is the only Seminary of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The Seminary admits applicants not only from the US, but also from abroad. It emphasizes the importance of spiritual life in theological education. Active participation in the life of the monastery allows the students to experience firsthand the spiritual depth of the Orthodox Church. Future clergy have a rare opportunity to gain a thorough foundation and experience of the Orthodox liturgical life.

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.

Publishing[edit]

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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