Greek Education Ministry Grants St. Tikhon’s Seminary Equal Standing with Greek, EU Theological Schools

March 12, 2010  []

SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA/STOTS] — The administration and faculty of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here were pleased to learn recently that the Ministry of Education of the Hellenic Republic has decided to recognize the seminary as an accredited higher education institution, equal in standing to the schools of theology at Greek universities.

According to Bishop-elect Michael [Dahulich] of New York and New Jersey, seminary Dean, the Ministry of Education affirmed that the Master of Divinity degree conferred by Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is equivalent to the first degree in Theology conferred by the Theological Schools at the Universities of Athens and Thessalonica. As such, it makes it possible for degree holders to pursue the universities’ graduate studies and doctoral [Th.D.] programs.

By virtue of Greece’s membership in the European Union, this distinction extends to all schools and religious faculties at EU member state universities.

“This is truly a great event in the history of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary and the culmination of tremendous work and effort by everyone associated with it, especially our dearly beloved and deeply respected Dean, Bishop-Elect Michael,” said Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics. “The Saint Tikhon community is grateful to God for bestowing this great and unsolicited blessing upon our humble efforts to spiritually form and academically prepare pastors and leaders for His Holy Orthodox Church.”

For more information about this announcement visit the seminary web site at

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