Message to Clergy from the ROCOR Synod of Bishops on Theological Formation

In that 2023 was the 75th anniversary year of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR, in a meeting of the Synod during September, 2023, discussed encouraging ROCOR clergy who do not have and formal theological formation/training to look to pursue this.

The following is an excerpt from the ROCOR Synod meeting on September 6, 2023:

“During the meeting of the Synod of Bishops which occurred on August 24/September 6, 2023, the bishops heard the request of Protodeacon Andrei Psarev to remind the clergy (of ROCOR) who do not have formal theological formation how they may receive such training.

The decision was made to remind the clergy who do not have theological formation, and wish to receive it, to inform them how (and where) to apply to study online, including at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary or the Pastoral of School of Chicago and Mid-America.

Metropolitan Nicholas, First Hierarch of ROCOR

Archbishop Kyrill, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops”

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