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The '''St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College''' is an Orthodox Christian [[seminary]] college located in Redfern, Sydney, Australia. It is a full-member school institution of the [http://www.scd.edu.au Sydney College of Divinity], a conglomerate confederation of theological schools run each operated by different Christian denominations. St Andrew's is an institution of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]], and the current dean Dean is His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia]].
==Priestly Vocationsvocations==The four-year program of study (encompassing the three-year Bachelor of Theology degree as well as a fourth year of Honours or studies in Pastoral Theology and Practice) is the principle principal means of training bilingual clergy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. As such, and admission is limited to those who aspire to the [[clergy ]] or males male students who are seeking 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 MinistryArchdiocese.
==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[[Image:sagotclogo. Honours programs for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology and doctoral programs can be done through the Sydney jpg|left|thumb|College of Divinity.Logo]]
==TimelineDegree programs==*1930sSt Andrew's currently offers the following accredited programs: Bachelor of Theology (with an honours program available), Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and a 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 undertaken through the Sydney College of Divinity. ==Preparations==In the 1930s, [[Metropolitan ]] [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes|Timotheos of Australia and New Zealand]] contemplates first contemplated the possibility of establishing a theological institution.*1950s: Ordinations of clergy take place in Australasia. ; Metropolitan [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of Australia and New Zealand|Theophylactos of Australia and New Zealand]] , amidst the local [[ordination]]s of clergy in the 1950s, considers possibility of establishing an ecclesiastical seminary.* Further development came in 1959: , when [[Archbishop ]] [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel of Australia]] gives thought to establishing an ecclesiastical seminary. Appoints appointed a committee for the St Andrew's War Memorial Theological College Fund, which receives a donation from Sir Arthur George and Michael Papsalis. However, a local seminary is still out of reach of the Archdiocese, and the donation is used to cover ongoing operating costs.*The beginnings of the College occured in earnest in 1975: , on the arrival of Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos of Australia]], on arrival in Australia, focuses when he focused on establishing a tertiary theological college.* In January 1981 Jan: At , at the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress, in Sydney, Archbishop Stylianos requests he requested and gains gained support for the beginning beginnings of a theological college.*In 1982, Archbishop Stylianos attempted to gain the support of Constantine Karamanlis, then the Greek President, with financial contributions; however, this was blocked by Kaklamanis, then the Speaker of the House, under the belief that the Church should care for this, rather than the government. Later, around 1984 , Archbishop Stylianos renergised the St Andrew's Brotherhood, with all clergy making annual donations, setting an example for the laity. In May: of 1984, Archbishop Stylianos appoints appointed an interim committee to consider and suggest ways of beginning the college, College and to prepare the for curriculum.*1984 Dec: On receipt preparation; as a result, in December of the report same year, on recommendation of the interim that committee, three committees are were established (for building, administrative administration and academic)development.*1986 Feb: The next year, in 1985, Archbishop Stylianos sent letters to 1000 friends and acquiantances asking for a $1000 donation. $350,000 was raised as a result of this, allowing for the Archdiocese to make a deposit on a property in Caringbah for the benefit of the Theological College. In the same year, recognising that there were already enough academically qualified and already-lecturing Orthodox, Sir Arthur George signed an agreement at the Fifth Clergy-Laity conference, Brisbane, to provide the funds for the first stage of development for the College, donating $250,000, which was used to renovate and modify buildings at the Archdiocese, creating lecture rooms, dormitories for interstate students, an office, a library and a common room. ==Timeline Since Opening==With these preparations being completed, the College opensin February 1986, in the presence of Metropolitan Maximos of Stavropoulis, Dean of Halki, and the Hon. Neville Wran, State Premier of New South Wales. Tuition is conducted for free, and is open to residential male students only, with the lecturers doing so voluntarily. The At this time, the Bachelor of Theology degree is a four year degreeyears long, following the example set in line with equivalent degrees in Greece. The first edition of the College's annual theological review, ''Phronema'', is published the next year, under the editorship of Dr Guy Freeland.*1990s The Sub-Dean of the College in these early years was Rev. Dcn Dr [[John Chryssavgis]]. In 1995, he was replaced by Bishop Seraphim. In November 1996, the College was visited by His All-Holiness Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (lateArchontonis): of Constantinople|Bartholomew]] as part of his inaugural visit to Australia. In the late 1990s, The College changes later changed the structure of the Bachelor of Theology degree to a three-year degree (, in line with equivalent degrees in Australia) , with a compulsory fourth year of (either in honours or an alternative postgraduate workdegree in pastoral theology and practice).*In June 2001 Jun: , the St Andrew's Orthodox Press was established to produce ''The Greek-Australian Vema'', the Archdiocesan newspaper . The goal of the Archdiocese, with long-term view of publishing this press was to evenutally publish works of the facultymembers, something began to be done after the May 2005 employment of a publishing director.*~2003: In 2004, St Andrew's begins began to offer two intensive courses every semester course units for all members of the publicfor postgraduate awards. In 2005, to the achievement [[School of a Graduate Certificate of Theology Byzantine Music (after four subjects, the equivalent of one semester full-time studySAGOTC), a Graduate Diploma |School of Theology (after 8 subjects) Byzantine Music]] was established under the auspices of the Archdiocese and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies (after 12 subjects)the College.::Missiology offered as minor.*2004: St Andrew The College celebrated it's School 20th anniversary in February 2006 with an alumni reunion, an official dinner and the celebration of Byzantine Music establishedthe Divine Liturgy, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, along with his assistant bishops and ordained alumni.*2005 May: In 2008, Archbishop Stylianos' 1965 doctoral dissertation was published jointly by ATF Press and St Andrew's Orthodox Press employs Publishing Director.*2006: Missiology minor ceases, translated by [[Philip Kariatlis]].
==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 noteable number from other jurisdictions [[jurisdiction]]s in Australia, most numerously of particularly from the [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Diocese]]. ==''Phronema''==''Phronema'' is the academic journal of the College. It has been published annually since the inception of the College. Phronema presents articles and book reviews from Orthodox and non-Orthodox academics on a wide variety of theologically-related topics.*See the home page of ''[http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/resources/publications/phronima Phronema]'' on the SAGOTC homepage.
==Faculty==
*Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) List of Australia]], BD, DD, ThD HC.:::Dean Faculty of St . Andrew's:::Full-time lecturer in Systematic Theology.*Bishop [[Seraphim Greek Orthodox Theological College (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim (GinisSydney, Australia)]], BD (Hons).:::Sub-Dean Contains a complete list of those who have taught, past and present, at 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.:::Sessional lecturer in Patristic Studies.*Guy Freeland, BA (Hons), PhD, CertHist&PhilSci.:::Sessional lecturer in Liturgical Studies (Church Symbolism and Iconography) and Hermeneutics*Rev. Alan Galt, MA.:::Part-time lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practise*Rachael Goth, BA (Hons), MTh.:::Sessional lecturer in New Testament Greek*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
==External Linkslinks==
* [http://www.sagotc.edu.au St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College] (official site)
* [http://www.scd.edu.au Sydney College of Divinity]
* [http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/aboutus/organisations/australianbyzantineschool School of Byzantine Music] under the auspices of the College.
==Other sources==*The Vema**Bilingual booklet in March 2006 of the Vema, ''Η Θεολογικη Σχολη του Αποστολου Ανδρεου''.{{GOAUSinstitutions}}[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia|Andrew]][[Category:Seminaries|Andrew]]
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