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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 [http://www.scd.edu.au 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 institution was opened in Redfern on 23 Feb 1986, open only to male students to pursue a four-year program of study (encompassing the three-year Bachelor of Theology. In the late 1990s, the school changed the degree to being as well as a three fourth year bachelor degree (of Honours or studies in line with all comparable degrees in AustraliaPastoral Theology and Practice) with a compulsory fourth year is the principal means of either honours training bilingual clergy for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. As such, admission is limited to those who aspire to the [[clergy]] or a graduate diplomamale students who are seeking to actively serve within the Archdiocese.
St Andrew's currently offers a Bachelor of Theology, which with the fourth year is viewed as necessary for ordination; and also Honours in Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Theology, and Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Aged Care[[Image:sagotclogo. Honours programs for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology and doctoral programs can be done through the Sydney jpg|left|thumb|College of Divinity.Logo]]
==TimelineDegree programs==St Andrew's currently offers the following accredited programs: Bachelor of Theology (with an honours program available), Master of Arts, 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 undertaken through the Sydney College of Divinity.
*==Preparations==In the 1930s: , [[Metropolitan ]] [[Timotheos (Evangelinidis) of Rhodes|Timotheos contemplates of Australia and New Zealand]] first contemplated the possibility of establishing a theological institution.*1950s: Ordinations ; Metropolitan [[Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) of clergy take place in Australia. Metropolitan and New Zealand|Theophylactosof Australia and New Zealand]], after ordaining amidst the local [[ordination]]s of clergy in Australiathe 1950s, considers possibility of establishing an ecclesiastical seminary.* Further development came in 1959: , when [[Archbishop ]] [[Ezekiel gives thought to establishing an ecclesiastical seminary. Appoints (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel of Australia]] appointed a committee for the St Andrew's War Memorial Theological College Fund.*1975: Archbishop Stylianos, on arrival in Australia, focuses on establishing which receives a tertiary theological collegedonation from Sir Arthur George and Michael Papsalis.*1981 Jan: At the Fourth Clergy-Laity Congress However, Sydney, Archbishop Stylianos requests and gains support for the beginning a local seminary is still out of a theological college.*1984 May: Archbishop Stylianos appoints an interim committee to consider and suggest ways reach of beginning the collegeArchdiocese, and to prepare the curriculum.*1984 Dec: On receipt of the report of the interim committee, three committees are established (building, administrative and academic).*1986 Feb: College opens. Tuition donation is conducted for residential students only.*2002: St Andrew's Orthodox Press established used to produce 'The Greek-Australian Vema', the newspaper of the Archdiocese, with long-term view of publishing works of the faculty.*~2003: St Andrew's begins to offer two intensive courses every semester for all members of the public, 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)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. ==FacultyTimeline 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. The Sub-Dean of the College in these early years was Rev. Dcn Dr [[John Chryssavgis]]. In 1995, he was replaced by Bishop Seraphim. In November 1996, the College was visited by His All-Holiness Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew]] as part of his inaugural visit to Australia. In the late 1990s, The College later changed the structure of the Bachelor of Theology to a three year degree, in line with equivalent degrees in Australia, with a compulsory fourth year (either in honours or an alternative postgraduate degree in pastoral theology and practice). In June 2001, 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 May 2005 employment of a publishing director. In 2004, St Andrew's began to offer intensive course units for all members of the public for postgraduate awards. In 2005, the [[School of Byzantine Music (SAGOTC)|School of Byzantine Music]] was established under the auspices of the Archdiocese and of the College. The College celebrated it's 20th 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. In 2008, Archbishop Stylianos' 1965 doctoral dissertation was published jointly by ATF Press and St Andrew's Orthodox Press, translated by [[Philip Kariatlis]].
*Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) ==Influence==As the sole Orthodox theological college of Australia]]its kind in the southern hemisphere, BD, DD, ThD HCSt. Dean of St Andrew'shas taught not only the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, full-time Lecturer in Systematic Theology.*Bishop but also a noteable number from other [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim (Ginis)jurisdiction]], BD (Hons). Sub-Dean of St Andrew's, full-time lecturer in Liturgical Studies*Vassilis AdrahtasAustralia, BTh, MPhil. Sessional lecturer in Patristic Studies and Missiology*James Athanasou, LittB, MA, PhD, DipEd, MAPS. Sessional lecturer in Christian Education*Guy Freeland, BA (Hons), PhD, CertHist&PhilSci. Sessional lecturer in particularly from the [[Serbian Orthodox Church Symbolism and Iconography*Rev. Alan Galt, MA. Part-time lecturer in Pastoral Theology Australia and Practise*Rachael Goth, BA (Hons), MTh. Sessional lecturer in New Testament Greek*Chris Harvey, AssocDipLibPract. Librarian*Anastasios Kalogerakis, BBus, BTh. Registrar*Philip Kariatlis, BA, BTh, MTh. Academic secretary and full-time associate lecturer in Systematic Theology*Alexander Kariotoglou, BD, DD. Full-time lecturer in Patristic Studies and Missiology*Dimitri Kepreotes, BA, BTh, MTh. Part-time associate lecturer in Christian Education*Dcn Sophronios Konidaris, BTh. Chaplain*Gerasimos Koutsouras, BA, MA, MTh. Lectures in Byzantine Music*John Lee, BA (Hons), PhDZealand|Serbian Orthodox Diocese]]. Sessional lecturer in Advanced New Testament Greek*Rev. John McSweeney, STB, SSL. Sessional lecturer in New Testament Studies*Ken Parry, BA (Hons), PhD. Sessional lecturer in Early Church History*Very Rev. Steven Scoutas, BD (Hons). Sessional lecturer in Priestly Formation*Rev. Constantine Varipatis, BComm, BTh, MTh (Hons). Lectures in Pastoral Theology and Practise*Very Rev. George Vassiliades, BD (Hons). Sessional lecturer in Patristic Studies and Canon Law*Rev. Raymond Williamson, BA, MA, ThL, PhD. Sessional lecturer in Reformation History and Ecumenical Studies*Asterios Zouriakas, BTh, GradDipEd. Lectures in Byzantine Music
{{stub}}==''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 ''[http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/resources/publications/phronima Phronema]'' on the SAGOTC homepage.
==Faculty==
*[[List of Faculty of St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney, Australia)]]. Contains a complete list of those who have taught, past and present, at St. Andrew's.
==External Linkslinks==* [http://www.sagotc.orthodox.nsw.edu.au St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College] (official site)* [http://www.scd.edu.au Sydney College of Divinity]* [http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/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 Ανδρεου''.{{GOAUSinstitutions}}[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia|Andrew]][[Category:Seminaries|Andrew]]
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