The Eastern Orthodox Church has deep historic roots and a wide geographic reach, and the tradition is widely known for its rich worship. There are several churches within the Eastern Church, and a number of them have Orthodox seminaries to train priests, other clergy, and laity. Here are some of the Eastern seminaries that these churches rely on.
Byzantine Catholic Seminary
The Byzantine Catholic Church traces much of its tradition back to fourth-century Byzantium (or Constantinople). The church follows the Byzantine liturgical rite.
There is a Byzantine Catholic seminary:
- Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius, an Eastern Byzantine seminary
Greek Orthodox Seminary
The Greek Orthodox Church also traces its traditions back to Byzantium, with many Greek Orthodox churches using the Byzantine liturgical rite. These churches historically have conducted the liturgy in Koine Greek (the language of the New Testament), and some still do.
There is one Greek Orthodox seminary:
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, a Greek Orthodox theology school
Orthodox Church in America
The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) is an Eastern Orthodox Church that has communities, parishes, missions, monasteries, and other institutions throughout Canada and the United States. The denomination was begun by Russian Orthodox monks who began a mission in Alaska. It’s since grown to include over 700 parishes throughout North America.
The Orthodox Church in America has one seminary:
- St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, a theology school of the Orthodox Church in America
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