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Pastoral Program for Ordination to the Priesthood

Level: Undergraduate level

Type of education: College & University

Location: Bromma & Södertälje

Language of instruction: English

Length: 4 years

Study pace: Full-time (125%)

Teaching hours: Daytime, Certain weekends & evenings

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2019

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

Application period: January 15th - February 15th.

This four-year program prepares candidates for ordination to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church.

The program is informed by the two dimensions of the pastoral ministry. The first dimension, that of spiritual leadership, entails bringing together the community of faith to prayer. The primary role of the Priest is to manifest the presence of God in the midst of our fragile existence. As Christians, we are all witnesses to the love of God. By gathering together around the Priest for worship in the Liturgy, the community is able to give corporate expression to that love. In the context of pastoral dialogue and confession, the Priest guides the faithful toward self discovery in the light of God’s love.

The second dimension is to empower people and equip them to critically engage with and participate in society at large, and in the life of the Church; to encourage the formation and education of the laity in the teaching and the life of the Church, and to provide care and relief to the vulnerable by supporting the diaconate in organizing and developing caritative work. To this end, a priest needs to develop a role of communicative leadership, gathering together and encouraging the competence and experience of the community in the service of the mission of the Church.

These two dimensions - the spiritual and the communicative - are the tributaries that flow through this program, converging in the discernment of a personal vision, as each candidate contemplates the kind of role they are to play in the mission of the Church.

The education focuses on the sources of the faith, practical theology and liturgical languages. Along with a bachelor's degree in theology, candidates are provided the means to form a secure identity from which to engage with both the discourse of modern society, as well as of the respective ecclesiastical tradition of the Church they will be serving.

Content

The first two years are studied at the College, where university studies (50%) are combined with folk high school studies (75%). In this way academic studies are combined with the possibility for personal formation. This period is characterised by study, prayer, and fellowship, giving students the opportunity to grow as humans and as Christians, and to deepen their spiritual identities, while establishing a broad foundation of knowledge in Orthodox theology and tradition. The first year takes place at our seminary in Tysslinge. The second year takes place at our seminary in Viksberg.

The third and fourth years consist of university studies at full-time (100%), combined with folk high school studies (25%). The third and fourth year takes place at Stockholm School of Theology's campus in Bromma, as well as at our seminary in Viksberg.

Degree

The program leads to a bachelor's degree in theology with a focus on Eastern Christian studies as well as a vocational qualification in pastoral ministry.

Ordination

The program does not automatically lead to ordination in the Orthodox Church. While the seminary faculty may recommend a seminary graduate for ordination, the final decision rests exclusively with the hierarchy of the respective Church.

Application Information

Next program start: Fall term 2019

Applicants within Sweden or other EU-country:

Application period: March 15th - April 15th.

Applicants outside the EU:

Application period: January 15th - February 15th.