The '''St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology''' is a three year, distance education-based, non-degree program sponsored by the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. The course is aimed at introducing practicing and future church workers to the richness of Orthodox theology through extensive directed reading courses and practical d ministry projects.
== Targeted Students ==
* Anyone interested in studying Orthodox theology but unable to attend an Orthodox [[Seminaries and Theological Schools|seminary]].
* Clergy converting to Orthodoxy within the Antiochian Archdiocese and intending to petition for ordination, who have received
an Masters of Divinity degree from a non-Orthodox seminary.
* Those seeking advanced training in Christian Education or Youth Ministry.
* Those who are permitted by their [[bishops]] to prepare for the ministry of the [[diaconate]] through means of this course.
Each unit of the residency program consists of one week of intense instruction at the Heritage and Learning Center at [[Antiochian Village]] in Ligonier, PA. Each day of the program is packed with instructional lectures by leading Orthodox figures. Morning and evening services are celebrated each day. The schedule is quite rigorous, generally beginning at around 8:00 a.m. and ending around 10:00 p.m.
Accomodations at Antiochian Village are spartan but comfortable. Each room has a writing table, beds, icons, alarm clock, and bathroom. There are no televisions. There are telephones, but
arrangments must be made if one wants to have dial-out privileges. Cell phones have a difficult time getting reception.
Meals are quite good and Antiochian Village boasts a tremendous library.