Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

New Program-Boarding Seminary Press Release

December 12, 2013

COLLEYVILLE, TX. December 12, 2013 -- It is with the grace of God that the Boarding Theological Seminary in the Coptic Orthodox Church of the southern United States will open its doors on September 2, 2014 for male Coptic students with a Bachelors degree who wish to assimilate, study, and strengthen their discipleship in the Coptic Orthodox faith.

School Location
Lectures and dialogue with top Coptic Orthodox clergy/teachers will be conducted at the St. Mary and St. Moses Abbey, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A. Students will be able to participate in the liturgical life and have access to the extensive Abbey library and facilities.

Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of Recommendation .

    one of the letters must be from the father of confession, applicants outside the Southern Diocese are required to have the approval of their Bishop

  • Summary of related service in the last 5 years
  • College Transcript
  • Personal statement showing the intention for joining the school
  • Interview with the Admission Committee
  • Written admission exam

Tuition will be based on merit and financial need. It can be as low as $500 per Semester.

Study Plan
The duration of the study is two years. The curriculum consists of both classroom and experiential learning. Seminarians will complete 24 courses, and a service internship in a Coptic Orthodox church over the two years.

Courses will include Old Testament, New Testament, Greek, Coptic, Hymns, Dogma, Rites, History, Patristic Studies, Canons, Pastoral Care, Leadership, Apologetics, and Evangelism. Courses are delivered sequentially in an intensive, week-long format, with students completing one course after two such week-long sessions spread over one or two year rather than several courses simultaneously for the length of the semester.

Exams and Graduation
Written exams will be conducted at the end of each year, including an oral exam at the end of the second year for successful graduation.

Applications and Acceptance Dates
Applications for the first class will be accepted January 15 until May 15, 2014.
Admission letters and notifications will be mailed by July 1, 2014.