St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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The St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College is an Orthodox Christian seminary located in Sydney, Australia. It is a full-member school of the Sydney College of Divinity, a conglomerate of theological schools run by different Christian denominations. St Andrew's is an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the current dean is Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia.

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Priestly vocations

The Bachelor of Theology degree is the principle means of training bilingual clergy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and admission is limited to those who aspire to the clergy or males to actively serve within the archdiocese. Said aspirants are expected to complete a year of further study, either an honours year or a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.

Degree programs

St Andrew's currently offers the Bachelor of Theology (with an honours programs available), Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Theology, and Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Aged Care. Honours programs for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology and doctoral programs can be done through the Sydney College of Divinity.

Timeline

  • 1930s: Metropolitan Timotheos of Australia and New Zealand contemplates possibility of establishing theological institution.
  • 1950s: Ordinations of clergy take place in Australasia. Metropolitan Theophylactos of Australia and New Zealand considers possibility of establishing an ecclesiastical seminary.
  • 1959: Archbishop Ezekiel of Australia gives thought to establishing an ecclesiastical seminary. Appoints a committee for the St Andrew's War Memorial Theological College Fund.
  • 1975: Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, on arrival in Australia, focuses on establishing a tertiary theological college.
  • 1981 Jan: At the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress, Sydney, Archbishop Stylianos requests and gains support for the beginning of a theological college.
  • 1984 May: Archbishop Stylianos appoints an interim committee to consider and suggest ways of beginning the college, and to prepare the curriculum.
  • 1984 Dec: On receipt of the report of the interim committee, three committees are established (building, administrative and academic).
  • 1986 Feb: College opens. Tuition is conducted for residential male students only. The Bachelor of Theology is a four-year degree, in line with equivalent degrees in Greece.
  • 1990s (late): College changes structure of Bachelor of Theology degree to a three-year degree (in line with equivalent degrees in Australia) with a compulsory fourth year of honours or postgraduate work.
  • 2001 Jun: St Andrew's Orthodox Press established to produce The Greek-Australian Vema, the newspaper of the Archdiocese, with thelong-term view of publishing works of the faculty.
  • ~2003: St Andrew's begins to offer two intensive courses every semester for all members of the public, to the achievement of a Graduate Certificate of Theology (after four subjects, the equivalent of one semester full-time study), a Graduate Diploma of Theology (after 8 subjects) and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies (after 12 subjects).
Missiology offered as minor.
May: St Andrew's Orthodox Press employs Publishing Director.
  • 2006: Missiology minor no longer available.

Influence

As the sole Orthodox theological college of its kind in the southern hemisphere, St. Andrew's has taught not only the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, but also a sizeable number from other jurisdictions in Australia, most numerously of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese.

Faculty

  • Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia, BD, DD, ThD HC.
    • Dean of St Andrew's
    • Full-time lecturer in Systematic Theology.
  • Bishop Seraphim (Ginis), BD (Hons).
    • Sub-Dean of St Andrew's
    • Full-time lecturer in Liturgical Studies and Canon Law
  • Philip Kariatlis, BA, BTh, MTh.
    • Academic secretary
    • Full-time associate lecturer in Systematic Theology
  • Dcn Sophronios Konidaris, BTh.
    • Chaplain
  • Anastasios Kalogerakis, BBus, BTh.
    • Registrar
  • James Athanasou, LittB, MA, PhD, DipEd, MAPS.
    • Sessional lecturer in Christian Education
  • Rev. Doru Costache, BA, PhD.
  • Guy Freeland, BA (Hons), PhD, CertHist&PhilSci.
  • Rev. Alan Galt, MA.
    • Part-time lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practise
  • Rachael Goth, BA (Hons), MTh.
  • Dimitri Kepreotes, BA, BTh, MTh.
    • Part-time associate lecturer in Modern Greek and Christian Education
  • Gerasimos Koutsouras, BA, MA, MTh.
    • Lectures in Church History, Byzantine Music and Modern Greek
  • John Lee, BA (Hons), PhD.
    • Sessional lecturer in Advanced New Testament Greek
  • Rev. John McSweeney, STB, SSL.
    • Sessional lecturer in New Testament Studies
  • Ken Parry, BA (Hons), PhD.
    • Sessional lecturer in Church History (Early)
  • Very Rev. Steven Scoutas, BD (Hons).
    • Sessional lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practise (Priestly Formation)
  • Rev. Constantine Varipatis, BComm, BTh, MTh (Hons).
    • Lectures in Pastoral Theology and Practise
  • Chris Harvey, AssocDipLibPract.
    • Librarian

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