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The '''St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College''' is an Orthodox Christian [[seminary]] college located in Redfern, Sydney, Australia. It is a full-member school institution of the Sydney College of Divinity, a conglomerate confederation of theological schools run each operated by different Christian denominations. St Andrew's is an institution of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]], and the current dean Dean is His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia]].
==Priestly vocations==
The four-year program of study (encompassing the three-year Bachelor of Theology degree as well as a fourth year of Honours or studies in Pastoral Theology and Practice) is the principle principal means of training bilingual clergy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. As such, and admission is limited to those who aspire to the [[clergy]] or males male students who are seeking to actively serve within the archdioceseArchdiocese. Said aspirants are expected to complete a year of further study, either an honours year or a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry [[Image:sagotclogo.jpg|left|thumb|College Logo]]
==Degree programs==
St Andrew's currently offers the following accredited programs: Bachelor of Theology (with an honours programs program available), Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Theology, and a Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Aged Care. Honours programs for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology , and doctoral programs can be done undertaken through the Sydney College of Divinity. ==Preparations==In the 1930s, [[Metropolitan]] [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes|Timotheos of Australia and New Zealand]] first contemplated the possibility of establishing a theological institution; Metropolitan [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of Australia and New Zealand|Theophylactos of Australia and New Zealand]], amidst the local [[ordination]]s of clergy in the 1950s, considers possibility of establishing an ecclesiastical seminary. Further development came in 1959, when [[Archbishop]] [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel of Australia]] appointed a committee for the St Andrew's War Memorial Theological College Fund, which receives a donation from Sir Arthur George and Michael Papsalis. However, a local seminary is still out of reach of the Archdiocese, and the donation is used to cover ongoing operating costs. The beginnings of the College occured in earnest in 1975, on the arrival of Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos of Australia]], when he focused on establishing a tertiary theological college. In January 1981, at the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress in Sydney, he requested and gained support for the beginnings of a theological college. In 1982, Archbishop Stylianos attempted to gain the support of Constantine Karamanlis, then the Greek President, with financial contributions; however, this was blocked by Kaklamanis, then the Speaker of the House, under the belief that the Church should care for this, rather than the government. Later, around 1984, Archbishop Stylianos renergised the St Andrew's Brotherhood, with all clergy making annual donations, setting an example for the laity. In May of 1984, Archbishop Stylianos appointed an interim committee to consider and suggest ways of beginning the College and for curriculum preparation; as a result, in December of the same year, on recommendation of that committee, three committees were established for building, administration and academic development. The next year, in 1985, Archbishop Stylianos sent letters to 1000 friends and acquiantances asking for a $1000 donation. $350,000 was raised as a result of this, allowing for the Archdiocese to make a deposit on a property in Caringbah for the benefit of the Theological College. In the same year, recognising that there were already enough academically qualified and already-lecturing Orthodox, Sir Arthur George signed an agreement at the Fifth Clergy-Laity conference, Brisbane, to provide the funds for the first stage of development for the College, donating $250,000, which was used to renovate and modify buildings at the Archdiocese, creating lecture rooms, dormitories for interstate students, an office, a library and a common room. ==Timeline Since Opening==With these preparations being completed, the College opens in February 1986, in the presence of Metropolitan Maximos of Stavropoulis, Dean of Halki, and the Hon. Neville Wran, State Premier of New South Wales. Tuition is free, and is open to residential male students only, with the lecturers doing so voluntarily. At this time, the Bachelor of Theology degree is four years long, following the example set in equivalent degrees in Greece. The first edition of the College's annual theological review, ''Phronema'', is published the next year, under the editorship of Dr Guy Freeland.
==Timeline==*1930s: [[Metropolitan]] [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) The Sub-Dean of Rhodes|Timotheos of Australia and New Zealand]] contemplates possibility of establishing theological institutionthe College in these early years was Rev.*1950s: Dcn Dr [[OrdinationJohn Chryssavgis]]s of clergy take place in Australasia. Metropolitan [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of Australia and New Zealand|Theophylactos of Australia and New Zealand]] considers possibility of establishing an ecclesiastical seminary.*1959: Archbishop [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel of Australia]] gives thought to establishing an ecclesiastical seminaryIn 1995, he was replaced by Bishop Seraphim. Appoints a committee for In November 1996, the St Andrew's War Memorial Theological College Fund, which receives a donation from Sir Arthur George and Michael Papsalis; however, nothing becomes of this, as it is out of the reach of the Greek Orthodox in Australia at that time, and the donation is used to cover ongoing operating costs.*1975: Archbishop was visited by His All-Holiness Patriarch [[Stylianos Bartholomew I (HarkianakisArchontonis) of AustraliaConstantinople|Stylianos of AustraliaBartholomew]], on arrival in Australia, focuses on establishing a tertiary theological college.*1981 Jan: At the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress, Sydney, Archbishop Stylianos requests and gains support for the beginning as part of a theological college.*1982: During the official his inaugural visit to Australia of Constantine Karamanlis, president of Greece, Archbishop Stylianos asked help to establish a church seminary. Karamanlis asks for a feasibility study to be done by the end of his visit. However, the Speaker of the House, A Kaklamanis, ignored, then rejected the letter on the grounds that the Church should care for ecclesiastical education, not the government. In response<!-- probably around 1984 -->, Archbishop Stylianos decided to reenergise the St Andrew's Brotherhood, so that all clergy, making annual donations, would set an example for the laity.*1984 May: Archbishop Stylianos appoints an interim committee to consider and suggest ways of beginning the college, and to prepare the curriculum.*1984 Dec: On receipt of In the report of the interim committee, three committees are established (buildinglate 1990s, administrative and academic).*1985: Archbishop Stylianos sends letter to 1000 friends and acquaintences asking for $1000 donation. $350000 was collected and allowed the Archdiocese to make a deposit on a property in Caringbah.:With enough academically qualified and already-lecturing Orthodox, Sir Arthur George signed an agreement at the 5th Clergy-Laity conference (Brisbane) to provide the funds for the first stage of development. The donation of $250000 was used to renovating and modifying buildings at the Archdiocese by creating lecture rooms, domitories for interstate students, an office, a library and a common room.*1986 Feb: College opens. Metropolitan Maximos of Stavropoulos (Dean of Halki) and Premier Neville Wran (NSW) are present. Tuition is conducted for residential male students only. No fee is charged, and (by agreement) no wage is paid to later changed the lecturers. The Bachelor of Theology is a four-year degree, in line with equivalent degrees in Greece.*1995: Bp Seraphim becomes new Sub-Dean of St Andrew's.*1990s (late): College changes structure of the Bachelor of Theology degree to a three-year degree (, in line with equivalent degrees in Australia) , with a compulsory fourth year of (either in honours or an alternative postgraduate workdegree in pastoral theology and practice).*In June 2001 Jun: , the St Andrew's Orthodox Press was established to produce ''The Greek-Australian Vema'', the Archdiocesan newspaper . The goal of this press was to evenutally publish works of faculty members, something began to be done after the Archdiocese, with thelong-term view May 2005 employment of a publishing works of the facultydirector.*~2003: In 2004, St Andrew's begins began to offer two intensive courses every semester course units for all members of the public, to the achievement of a Graduate Certificate of Theology (after four subjectsfor postgraduate awards. In 2005, the equivalent of one semester full-time study), a Graduate Diploma of Theology (after 8 subjects) and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies (after 12 subjects).::Missiology offered as minor.*2005 Feb: [[School of Byzantine Music (SAGOTC)|School of Byzantine Music]] was established under the auspices of Stthe Archdiocese and of the College. Andrew The College celebrated it's Greek Orthodox Theological College20th anniversary in February 2006 with an alumni reunion, an official dinner and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, along with his assistant bishops and ordained alumni.::May: In 2008, Archbishop Stylianos' 1965 doctoral dissertation was published jointly by ATF Press and St Andrew's Orthodox Press employs Publishing Director.*2006: Missiology minor no longer available, translated by [[Philip Kariatlis]].
As the sole Orthodox theological college of its kind in the southern hemisphere, St. Andrew's has taught not only the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, but also a sizeable noteable number from other jurisdictions [[jurisdiction]]s in Australia, most numerously of particularly from the [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Diocese]].
==Recent News''Phronema''==The ''Phronema'' is the academic journal of the College recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It has been published annually since the inception of the College. Phronema presents articles and book reviews from Orthodox and non-Orthodox academics on a wide variety of theologically-related topics.*See the home page of ''[ Phronema]'' on the SAGOTC homepage.
*Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) List of Australia]], BD, DD, ThD HC. 1986-present.**Dean Faculty of St Andrew's, 1986-Present, Full-time lecturer in Systematic Theology.*Bishop [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim (Ginis)]], BD (Hons). 1991-present.**Sub-Dean of St Andrew's (1995-present), Full-time lecturer in Liturgical Studies and [[Canon Law]].*Philip Kariatlis, BA, BTh, MTh.**Former Registrar, 1995-1999.**Academic secretary**Full-time associate lecturer in Systematic Theology, 2000-present.*Dcn Sophronios Konidaris, BTh. 2005-present.**Chaplain*Anastasios Kalogerakis, BBus, BTh. 2000-present.**Registrar*James Athanasou, LittB, MA, PhD, DipEd, MAPS.**Editor of Phronema, 1995-present.**Sessional lecturer in Christian Education, 1999-present.*Rev. Dr. Doru Costache, BA, PhD. 2005-present.**Sessional lecturer in [[Church Fathers|Patristic]] Studies.*Guy Freeland, BA (Hons), PhD, CertHist&PhilSci.**Sessional lecturer in Liturgical Studies (Church Symbolism and [[Iconography]]) and [[Hermeneutics]], 1986-present*Rev. Alan Galt, MA. 1990-2001; 2003-present.**Part-time lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practise*Rachael Goth, BA (Hons), MTh. 2001-2003; 2005-present.**Sessional lecturer in [[New Testament]] Greek*Dimitri Kepreotes, BA, BTh, MTh.**Former Registrar, 1992-1994.**Part-time associate lecturer in Modern Greek and Christian Education Orthodox Theological College (2001-present).*Gerasimos KoutsourasSydney, BA, MA, MTh.**Lectures in Church History, Byzantine Music (2003, 2005-present) and Modern Greek (2005-present).*John Lee, BA (Hons), PhD. 1986-present.**Sessional lecturer in Advanced New Testament Greek.*Rev. John McSweeney, STB, SSL. 1999-present.**Sessional lecturer in New Testament Studies.*Ken Parry, BA (Hons), PhD. 2002-present.**Sessional lecturer in Church History (Early)*Very Rev. Steven Scoutas, BD (Hons). 1995-present.**Sessional lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Practise (Priestly Formation)*Rev. Constantine Varipatis, BComm, BTh, MTh (Hons). 2004-present.**Lectures in Pastoral Theology and Practise*Rev. Dr. Raymond Williamson. 1992-2002; 2005-present.*Chris Harvey, AssocDipLibPract. 1997-present.**Librarian ===Former Faculty===*Fr. [[Themistocles (Adamopoulo)]] ([[Monk]]). Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Early Church History and Biblical Hebrew, 1986-1999.*Mr Vasilios Adrahtas. Lecturer in Patristics and Missiology, 2002-2004.*Mr Stavros Agoroudis. Librarian, 1995-1996.*Mrs Julie Anthony. Lecturer in Modern Greek, 1986-1992.*The late Mr Antonios Aristodemou. Instructor in Byzantine Music, 1986-2000.*Mr Francis Charleton. Librarian, 1987-1989.*Rev. Fr. Anastasios Bozikis. Lecturer in Patristics, 1997-2001.*Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis. Sub-Dean, Lecturer in Church History and Patristics, 1986-1995.*V. Rev. Miltiades Chryssavgis. Lecturer in Liturgics, Byzantine Music and Pastoral Theology, 1986-1995.*Miss Crystal Condous. Honorary Librarian, 1986.*Rev. Paul Connors. Registrar and Lecturer in Church History, 1988-1990.*Prof. Dimitri Conomos. Visiting Professor of Byzantine Music, 1986-1987.*Dr Chris Forbes. Lecturer in Early Church History, 1999.*Archimandrite [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph (HarkiolakisAustralia)]]. Lecturer in Modern Greek and Liturgics, 1987-1990.*Rev. Clement Hill. Lecturer in Homiletics, 1996-2000.*Miss Anne Hocking. Librarian, 1989-1995.*Prof Vasilios Istavridis. Visiting Professor Contains a complete list of Church History, 1992.*Dr Alexandros Kariotoglou. Lecturer in Patristicsthose who have taught, Missiology past and Hermeneuticspresent, 2002-2004at St.*Dr Vivenne Keely. Lecturer in Early Church History, 2000-2001.*Prof. Markos Orphanos. Visiting Professor of Patristics, 1995-2002.*Dr Vrasidas Karalis. Lecturer in Church History, 1995-2003.*The late Archimandrite Leonidas. Lecturer in Canon Law, 1986-1992.*Mr Francis Livesey. Registrar and Lecturer in Church History, 1987.*Miss Niki Papadopoulos. Lecturer in Modern Greek, 1993-1994.*Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Peterson. Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, 1987-1989.*V. Rev. Dr. Gabriel Popescu. Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, 1986-2001.*Mr Basilios Psilacos. Instructor in Byzantine Music, 2001-2002.*Dr Harry Simmons. Lecturer in Church History and Orthodox Spirituality, 1986-1987.*V. Rev. George Vassiliadis. Lecturer in Canon Law, Patristics and Modern Greek, 1993-2005.*Mr Jacob Yiacoumi. Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Patristics, 1996.*Mr Asterios Zouriakas. Instructor in Byzantine Music, 2004Andrew's.
==External links==
* [ St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College] (official site)
* [ Sydney College of Divinity]
* [ general/aboutus/organisations/australianbyzantineschool School of Byzantine Music] under the auspices of the College.
==Other sources==
*The Vema
**Bilingual booklet in March 2006 of the Vema, ''Η Θεολογικη Σχολη του Αποστολου ΑνδΑνδρεου''.{{GOAUSinstitutions}}[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia|Andrew]][[Category:Seminaries|Andrew]]

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