Theological Winds from the North
"AN ENTREPRENURIAL APPROACH TO TRAIN GREEK ORTHODOX CLERGY"
-- by Christos Papoutsy
The Greek Orthodox Theological Academy of Toronto opened its doors in September 1998 in conjunction with the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, establishing a theological school equal in rank to other Greek Orthodox theological schools and seminaries. Students who complete ten classes (with 30 credits) will receive a diploma in Orthodox Theology. After the completion of 30 classes (with 90 credits), they will receive a Bachelor of Theology Degree. All classes, along with the curriculum taught, is under the direction and supervision of the Metropolis. In fact, His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios teaches some of the courses.
The chapel of the Metropolis is housed on the first floor of the Academy, resulting in efficient, effective, consolidated, affordable teaching facilities.
The mission of the Theological Academy of Toronto is to offer specialized study, to first train clergy who will serve the Metropolis as priests, and secondly, to train qualified men or women to serve the churches and communities as teachers, secretaries, youth directors and chanters - choir directors.
Enrollment for the 2000 academic year was 14 students who make up the first and second year classes.
The three year theological program of studies takes place in a family atmosphere of shared conviction, prayer, worship of God in trinary and values which are rooted in the reality of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Other objectives of the Academy are: to achieve an institutional environment of faith learning, which conveys a greater sense of the values and spirit of Orthodox Christianity; to provide the proper trainng and specialized education for those planning to assume leadership roles in society as orthodox christian clergy and laity; and to provide a center for students of orthodox christianity and Greek culture and civilization.
A unique hands-on, effective, low cost approach to training.
We congratulate and salute our fellow Greek Orthodox to the north of us for their bold initiative.
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, Canada
Prelate: His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios