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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 archdiocese. Said aspirants are expected to complete a year of further study, either an honours year or a Master of Arts in Pastoral MinistryArchdiocese.
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==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.
==TimelinePreparations=====Pre-College===*In the 1930s: , [[Metropolitan]] [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes|Timotheos of Australia and New Zealand]] contemplates first contemplated the possibility of establishing a theological institution.*1950s: [[Ordination]]s of clergy take place in Australasia. ; 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]] gives thought to establishing an ecclesiastical seminary. Appoints 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. However, nothing becomes of this, as it a local seminary is still out of the reach of the Greek Orthodox in Australia at that timeArchdiocese, 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]], on arrival in Australia, focuses when he focused on establishing a tertiary theological college.* In January 1981 Jan: At , at the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress, in Sydney, Archbishop Stylianos requests he requested and gains gained support for the beginning beginnings of a theological college.*In 1982: During , Archbishop Stylianos attempted to gain the official visit to Australia support of Constantine Karamanlis, president of Greecethen the Greek President, with financial contributions; however, Archbishop Stylianos asked help to establish a church seminary. Karamanlis asks for a feasibility study to be done this was blocked by the end of his visit. HoweverKaklamanis, then the Speaker of the House, A Kaklamanis, ignored, then rejected under the letter on the grounds belief that the Church should care for ecclesiastical educationthis, not rather than the government. In response<!-- probably Later, around 1984 -->, Archbishop Stylianos decided to reenergise renergised the St Andrew's Brotherhood, so that with all clergy, making annual donations, would set setting an example for the laity.* In May of 1984 May: , Archbishop Stylianos appoints appointed an interim committee to consider and suggest ways of beginning the college, College and to prepare the for curriculum.*1984 Dec: On receipt preparation; as a result, in December of the report same year, on recommendation of the interim that committee, three committees are were established (for building, administrative administration and academic)development.*The next year, in 1985: , Archbishop Stylianos sends letter sent letters to 1000 friends and acquaintences acquiantances asking for a $1000 donation. $350000 350,000 was collected and allowed raised as a result of this, allowing for the Archdiocese to make a deposit on a property in Caringbahfor the benefit of the Theological College.:With In the same year, recognising that there were already enough academically qualified and already-lecturing Orthodox, Sir Arthur George signed an agreement at the 5th Fifth Clergy-Laity conference (, Brisbane) , to provide the funds for the first stage of development. The donation of for the College, donating $250000 250,000, which was used to renovating renovate and modifying modify buildings at the Archdiocese by , creating lecture rooms, domitories dormitories for interstate students, an office, a library and a common room. ==Beginning of CollegeTimeline Since Opening==*1986 Feb: With these preparations being completed, the College opens. in February 1986, in the presence of Metropolitan Maximos of Stavropoulos (Stavropoulis, Dean of Halki) , and Premier the Hon. Neville Wran (NSW) are present, State Premier of New South Wales. Tuition is conducted for free, and is open to residential male students only. No fee is charged, and (by agreement) no wage is paid to with the lecturersdoing so voluntarily. The At this time, the Bachelor of Theology degree is a four-year degreeyears long, following the example set in line with 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. *The Sub-Dean of the College in these early years was Rev. Dcn Dr [[John Chryssavgis]]. In 1995: Bp , he was replaced by Bishop Seraphim becomes new Sub. In November 1996, the College was visited by His All-Dean Holiness Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew]] as part of St Andrew'shis inaugural visit to Australia.*In the late 1990s (late): , The College changes later changed the 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 publicfor postgraduate awards. In 2005, to the achievement of a Graduate Certificate of Theology (after four subjects, 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, translated by [[Philip Kariatlis]].*2005: Missiology minor no longer available.*2006: College celebrates 20th anniversary
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==The College recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
==''Phronema''==''Phronema'' is the academic journal of the College. 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 ''[ general/resources/publications/phronima Phronema] '' on the SAGOTC homepage.
* [ 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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