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BYZANTINE SEMINARY ORTHODOX INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY

 

We are partners of Byzantine Seminary Orthodox Institute of Theology. It is with profound gratitude to our Lord for His manifold blessings that we welcome you to the Byzantine Fathers Seminary website. An Orthodox Catholic Seminary of the Byzantine Orthodox Catholic Church, an academic unit of The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Theological Institute that offers traditional and distance undergraduate and postgraduate certificate and degree programs across several disciplines certified to train candidates for ordination and other ministries within the Orthodox Church. The objectives of the Institute are to prepare men and women for leadership in the Orthodox Church, and moreover, to advance apostolic diakonia and outreach in Latin America and Africa, by creating an environment that fosters growth in knowledge, faith, spiritual life and experience, orthopraxis, and service. The Institute's work complements the apostolic ministry and response of the Byzatine Orthodox Catholic Church to our Lord's command to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).Marriage is not a barrier to Holy Orders, Most of the Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Disciples were married, except John the beloved, the youngest that was not married. At the beginning of the Church, the earlier Bishops, Priests, Popes and Patriarchs were married till eleventh century when celibacy became compulsory in the Western Church known as Roman Catholic and the Eastern Church known as Orthodox has maintained the Holy Tradition of allowing married men to Holy Orders, a tradition that was observed by both lungs of the Church before the separation of East and West. Late Pope John Paul II rightly put "it is time to allow the both lungs of the church to breath together again".Why Orthodox Seminary?We live in an era that preaches “New is Better” around every corner. We need to realize that not everything “old” should be thrown out and replaced. Religion is the foremost example of such lack of prudence.You can always find a religious channel, if not several of them, when you turn on the TV or radio. People yearn for a deeper meaning and ways to simplify their stressful lives. They often turn to these mediums to find a solution to their problems. After listening to one of these channels for a short period of time you’ll most likely hear the phrase “ancient church”, “old church” or “original church”. Ever wondered exactly who they are referring to? Well, we want you to know that the church they are referring to is still very much alive and beating today. For Christ's Church will never die...it has always been, it is today, and it always will be.Pentecost was the day on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ They were gathered together and given the ability to each speak in a language other than his own, in order to go to different lands, spreading the message of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the teachings that Christ had imparted to them. Thus was the beginning of the evangelism of the Orthodox Church, which preceded the New Testament and the written Bible by three centuries. The New Testament, in fact, was compiled by the Orthodox Church in the fourth century, lead by the grace of the Holy Spirit.The Apostles baptized thousands and ordained the first Bishops of the Orthodox Church. This process of ordination and "laying on of hands" is one of seven sacraments in the Orthodox Church. It has provided an unbroken chain of bishops and priests from the time of Christ, through his Apostles, to this very day. It is important for one to understand that there was only ONE Christian churchthroughout the first 1,000 years after Pentecost. It was the Orthodox Church.The Orthodox Church compiled the New Testament in the fourth century. Some of the early writings were chosen to become the New Testament of the Bible. Others were preserved as part of church “Tradition”, a significant part of the Orthodox Church. Many others were deemed to be heretical and discarded. Many of these heretical writings, all known to the Church for centuries, are now being "discovered" and promoted as new information by those who care nothing of the truth but only about profits and ratings.Established in 2010 and incorporated as a separate non-profit, church-affiliated seminary, Byzantine Fathers Theological Seminary under the patronage of St John Chrysostom, is located in Oyo State, Nigeria.Our Bible programs are designed to prepare students to serve God in the faithful teaching and applying of Holy Scripture. Bible studies are directed by a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of interpretation.Our theology programs are designed to prepare students for ordination in their respective churches. Theological studies maintain a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of doctrine. Our theology programs are designed to prepare students for ordination in their respective churches. Theological studies maintain a traditional, Trinitarian, and historically orthodox Christian standard of doctrine.Our Certificate and Diploma programs in Bible, Practical Theology and Christian Leadership provide training for laity and clergy who are or will be providing leadership positions in local churches.Our research-based doctoral programs were established to enable students to make valuable and original contributions to the greater Christian community. Doctoral programs are flexible and self-directed.Mission Statement.From its establishment by the Nigerian Vicariate of the Byzantine Orthodox Church under the Archdiocese of Cameroon and Africa, as a free-standing seminary. Byzantine Fathers Theological Seminary has, its primary mission, the preparation of men for ministerial priesthood in the Orthodox Catholic Church. The seminary, through an integrated and balanced program of priestly formation, seeks to prepare pastors for the Church in the spirit of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.We therefore thank and all those who have voluntarily and gratuitously assisted, (and who continue to assist), in this noble undertaking for their self-sacrificing labors in the establishment, organization, and operation of the Institute. We wish to all of the professors and students an ever deeper appreciation of the mystery of salvation, leading to active service and ministry in the Orthodox Church and, ultimately, culminating in eternal life. We also pray that participation in the programs of the Institute may educate, spiritually enlighten, form, and strengthen a multitude of new workers in Christ's vineyard who will support the evangelical and pastoral mission of the Orthodox Church in Latin America and throughout the world. This holy endeavor is both necessary and timely, "for the harvest is great but the workers are few" (Matthew 9:37), and accordingly, with great joy, we bestow our fatherly best wishes and apostolic blessings. With paternal love in Christ,Auxiliary Archbishop of First Diocese of Nigeria and All Africa. http://www.byzantineseminary.org/

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