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St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology

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His Grace Bishop of Canada Dr. Mitrophan (Kodic) was born in 1951 in the village of Ljusa, in Bosna. His elementary studies he completed in 1966 and the Seminary at Monastery Krka in 1971. He received the monastic tonsure on the eve of the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple in 1970 and on the following day was ordained as a hierodeacon by Bishop Stefan (Boca) of blessed memory. He completed the Theological Faculty in Bucharest, Romania in 1975. In 1977, after completing his studies, he was assigned as Suplent of the Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs in Monastery Krka. He passed his professorship exam in 1979 and was assigned as assistant Rector of the Seminary at Monastery Krka in 1980 and as Rector in 1987. In 1997 Bishop Mitrophan successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the
Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on the theme:
“The Mystery of Christ According to the Epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians of the Holy Apostle Paul.” Besides the above-mentioned dissertation, Bishop Mitrophan has published many theological works. He translated from the Romanian, Professor Dr. Dimitru Staniloae’s “Community and Spirituality in the Orthodox Liturgy”, three volumes of Orthodox Dogmatics, “The Immortal Image of God”, “Orthodox Moral Theology”. Also from the Romanian he translated “The Romanian Patericon I and II” and the “Dictionary of Orthodox Theology” by Hieromonk Joanikije Balan. His own book, “The Teaching of St. Apostle Paul on the Church” published in 1991 in Chicago, has been translated into English.We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs. If sitting in a room with a trainer and having the opportunity for discussion with other learners sounds good to you then we can offer this. If you prefer to study in your own time and at your own speed then one of our world class facilities.

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The St. Sava School of Theology has as its main mission and goal to provide religious education and to train candidates who are from the United States and Canada and from other countries for the Holy Priesthood in the Serbian Orthodox Church specifically, and for interested individuals of other ethnic jurisdictions of the Orthodox Christian Faith. The school functions as the educational center for individuals committed to serving the Serbian Orthodox Church and her people in a multi-lingual environment. Initially, the school provides quality baccalaureate level study in Theology leading to the Bachelor of Divinity Degree as approved and as uniquely required for the Serbian Orthodox Church both for resident full-time students and part-time students. The eventual goal is to develop a program of study on the graduate level for those who wish to pursue advanced studies both here and in other Orthodox graduate institutions. The philosophy that is represented by the School is to prepare candidates in the spirit of the ancient Orthodox Christian faith, Her theology, Her Traditions, customs, rites and rituals, ecclesiology, and commitment to the fulfillment of the commission entrusted to Her by Christ and handed down by the Holy Apostles and their successors – the salvation of souls and eternal life for all mankind.

The initial strategy in establishing this institution was to form relationships with existing Schools of Theology. St. Sava School of Theology applied for and received a Charter from the Holy Assembly of Bishops and of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and has completed the necessary requirements to meet the criteria for Operating Authority in Illinois. On that basis, the School has also received the authority to grant the Bachelor of Divinity Degree. The Institution by nature is to be a small one, with a specialized program for students interested in the priesthood, and/or for preparation for advanced studies in Orthodox Christian Theology. Facilities have been secured for housing and boarding of students, classroom space, and beginnings of the specialized library. Cooperative programs with other Theological schools, library usage, and exchanging of instructors have been planned. The School is structured to operate its program, in accordance with the American plan now being followed to comply with the State Board of Higher Educational requirements.

Funding is provided by an annual budget proposed by the School and adopted and implemented by the Central Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. As the needs of the School grow, the budget is adjusted accordingly. Financial support is sought from all the Dioceses and Church Congregations comprising the Church.

The Governing Board of the institution, known as the Board of Trustees, is to be comprised of the hierarchy (bishops) of the Church, two members of the clergy and ten laymen, the Dean, and Provost. The Board of Trustees will have an Executive Committee to function in intervals between Board of Trustees meetings, to conduct such business of the School as the Trustees authorize. The Board of Trustees shall have a Finance Committee to exercise general supervision over the School’s finances for the support and maintenance of the School. The Board of Trustees will exercise the responsibilities of overseeing that the School plant, Faculty, Student body, and school finances are properly functioning as provided for by the laws and ordinances of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada, of the School and, as may be required by relevant Church, academic, and civil authorities.

The design and conduct of the degree program are that which is prescribed by the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church and approved by the Holy Assembly of Bishops for general theological curriculum requirements. The Faculty Council is responsible for its implementation in accordance with the criteria of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and the degree-granting authorities for Higher Education of the State of Illinois. The school will seek membership in the Association of Theological Schools in order to assure that the quality of the program will be maintained. Student evaluations will be made in the Spring of the Sophomore and Junior years and in the Fall of the Senior year. The process is intended to help students determine their own vocational decision with the aid of a career assessment program. This decision will be supplemented by the faculty’s evaluation and decision on whether to support the student’s candidacy for ordination. There is also a process of internship diagnosis, carried out in the context of the Teaching Parish Teams, designed to help students recognize the ministerial areas in which they need to grow. A post-internship review involves the faculty’s evaluation of the student’s general fitness for the ministry.

Facilities, Equipment, and Library

The Dormitory, Classrooms, and Refectory of the School of Theology are housed in the St. Sava Monastery Camp Building during the School year. Other facilities are located in various locations on the Monastery ground. Facilities consist of the following:

  • Large red building with a large commons-dinner hall, kitchen, recreation room, classrooms, dorm rooms for student housing, student lounge, and office.
  • Church for worship
  • A frame Library building with three areas for bookshelves, catalog room with computer and one room office.

Dormitory & Church Life

All full-time students reside in the school dormitory and are expected to abide by the school rules regulating all aspects of student life. While at St. Sava, students are responsible for the proper maintenance of cleanliness in the dorm, the Church and the Sanctuary, dining room assistance and other duties as assigned. Responsibilities are assigned by the Dean of Students, who monitors student life and activities on the campus. He is responsible for the weekly schedule of cantors, as well as students regular attendance at all worship services. He coordinates dining room assistance schedules, inspects student rooms and all other facilities used by students. Professors and students are actively involved in the church life of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, especially in the Midwestern Diocese. Matins and Vespers are served daily at St. Sava Monastery, as well as Vigils and Divine Liturgies according to the Church Calendar. The students preach at services in the Midwestern Diocese and also give concerts of sacred music. During the summer, and when possible, the student chorus travels to other Dioceses on concert tours on behalf of the school. The student chorus has released its first CD of sacred music for distribution among the parishes for the benefit of the School.

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