PROGRAM OF STUDIES AND CATALOG OF THE CHRIST THE TEACHER TRAINING AND STUDY PROGRAM
Basically the Seminary program is setup as a three year program. The actual time necessary to complete the Training program depends on many variables within the student's life. Some students will take more than three years and others less. Students are moved through the Minor and Major Orders at the discretion of the Diocesan Bishop. Because of this, not ordaining to the Minor Orders will not affect the courses required to be completed for the graduation from the Training Program and the Ordination to the Priesthood. If a Diocese only ordains to the Major Orders, then before that can occur, the student will be required to complete all the courses listed within First Tonsure and all the Minor Orders.
THE BASIC OUTLINE OF STUDIES:
1. Complete before First Tonsure:
2. Complete before you receive Minor Order of Doorkeeper:
3. Complete before you receive Minor Order of Reader:
4. Complete before you can receive Minor Order of Exorcist:
5. Complete before you can receive Minor Order of Acolyte:
6. Complete before you can receive Major Order of Subdeacon:
7. Complete before you can receive Major Order of Deacon:
8. Complete before you can receive Major Order of Priest
The Minor Orders are a minimum of 3 months each. The Major Orders are a minimum of 6 months each within The Evangelical Orthodox Catholic Church in America.
The cost of the Seminary is only what it costs the students to purchase their books and send in their required paperwork. Each student is provided a bibliography list in order to be able to purchase their textbooks. They can purchase them through several different bookstores thus find the best costs possible. If a student has access to a computer and email, then all written assignments can be emailed to save some costs and even time.
For Jurisdictions other than The Evangelical Orthodox Catholic Church in America, the Bishop Primus/Presiding Bishop of the Jurisdiction will decide which of the above listed courses their students need to complete through the Seminary for their ordination and provide that information in writing to the Administrator of the Seminary. Our Seminary will gladly accept students from the different Jurisdictions of the Independent Catholic and Orthodox Churches. All Ritual training will be provided by the student's Jurisdiction. Also History II is a course that is jointly taught by the Seminary and the Jurisdiction of the student in order that the student learns the history of their Jurisdiction.
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This course is to help the student acquire a basic knowledge and general familiarity with the history, beliefs and worship of the Church. Such knowledge and familiarity is a necessary foundation for all other studies.
2. CHURCH HISTORY I
This course focuses on the history of the Church from conception to the end of the seventh century. It is an in-depth study of this time period concerning all the different philosophies and Christian thought that influenced the Church.
3. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY I
This course focuses on the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. Here the student learns to see a relationship between both of these Sacraments. The student is introduced to the Liturgy of the early Church.
4. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY II
This course focuses on the Eucharist, Unction, Liturgy of Time, styles of worship, and the Rites of the Church
This course helps the student appreciate the formulation of the doctrine of the Church as it progressed from the Post-New Testament period through the fifth century. To be able to appreciate theological formulation as a gradual process.
6. DOCTRINE I
This course helps the student develop a phenomenological approach to the doctrine of knowledge; show that the knowledge of God is the definite goal of human existence; point to the limitation of the human mind in regard to the knowledge of God; and show that God can be known by the human mind, not super naturally, but on the "natural" level.
7. DOCTRINE II
This course helps the student see that God cannot be God if not in Trinity; that creation is not a necessity on the part of God but a free act of the Triune God; and that the doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all Christian Anthropology.
8. PASTORAL THEOLOGY I
This course helps the student understand the basics of pastoral care, with an emphasis on "foundations," covering both theories and personalities.
9. PASTORAL THEOLOGY II
This course focuses more closely on "themes" relevant to pastoral care.
10. DOGMATIC THEOLOGY
This course helps the student understand the Dogmas of the early Church as developed by the Canons on the Church.
This course helps the student discern the most important elements of the spiritual life. One is also exposed to some of the Eastern Fathers in this course.
12. OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES
In this course the student explore the Scriptures in order to gain an understanding of God's eternal message to the world.
13. NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES
In this course the student explore the Scriptures in order to gain an understanding of God's eternal message to the world. The student will learn to relate the Old Testament and New Testament writings together, the one the fulfillment of the other.
14. WESTERN EUCHARISTIC THEOLOGY
In this course the student studies the Sacrament of the Eucharist as presented by the Western Church. The student will learn to compare the Sacrament as taught by the Eastern Church and the Western Church.
In this course the student will learn of the Ecumenical Councils' teachings on Christology along with the Church Fathers.
In this course the student will have gain an understanding of what eschatology is and thus be able to provide stronger pastoral care to those nearing their end in this world and those left behind.
In this course the student will learn what Apologetic Theology is and what it means to us today.
18. HISTORY II
In this course the student will spend time learning the history, Constitution, and Canons of their Jurisdiction.
19. MYSTICAL and ASCETIC THEOLOGY
In this course the student will learn what Mystical and Ascetic Theologies are and what it will mean to them in their life as a Christian and a Priest.
If you have any questions concerning training for Holy Orders or would like an application to be considered for the Training Program, please contact:
The Most Reverend Perry R. (Joseph Benedict) Sills, O.C., S.T.D.
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