St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary

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St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania) is one of three institutions of professional theological education in the Orthodox Church in America. The other two schools are St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York) and St. Herman's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Kodiak, Alaska).


Founded in 1938 as a pastoral school by resolution of the 6th All-American Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in North America (North American Metropolia), St. Tikhon's has historically grown on the fertile soil of the Orthodox faith, supported by the deep faith and love of several generations of Orthodox people, nourished by its Russian Orthodox roots, and reaching into the deep-flowing waters of a 2000-year spiritual and cultural tradition. Officially transformed from a pastoral school into a seminary by the Holy Synod of the Metropolia in 1942, St. Tikhon's has visibly progressed along the educational path determined by its founders.

In 1967, the seminary was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A formal transfer agreement with Marywood College (now Marywood University) in nearby Scranton was articulated and signed in 1975. In 1988, the seminary was authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree to its graduates. The first M.Div. degrees were conferred on the graduating class of 1989.

In June 2004, the seminary was granted accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Academic programs

There are currently two priestly formation programs at St. Tikhon's. For students without a college degree, there is a four-year diploma program which is non-degree granting but is regarded by most bishops as sufficient for ordination educational requirements. For students with a bachelor's degree, the accredited Master of Divinity program lasts for three years. The four year program covers much the same material as the M.Div. but at the undergraduate level and with a few additional classes in academic writing and so forth.

Some students pursue a baccalaureate equivalency program in cooperation with Marywood University, which makes them eligible to enter the M.Div. course of studies.

Student life

In former years, most students entering St. Tikhon's were under the age of twenty and unmarried, but the current student population now has a slight majority of married students, who are often older and have children. In total, there are roughly sixty seminarians studying at St. Tikhon's, along with a few of the seminary wives who take classes. While most seminarians are affiliated with the OCA, a growing number of about one third come from other jurisdictions, the largest group of which are from the Antiochian Archdiocese and make up a little over 10% of the student body.

Unmarried students live in the Metropolitan Leonty Dormitory. As there is not yet married student housing, seminarians who are married live with their families in nearby towns, especially Carbondale and Simpson, and commute to classes and church services.

St. Tikhon's also has an elected student government and is active in the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement.


St. Tikhon's Seminary Press is a leading publisher of Orthodox service books and other spiritual material.

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