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THEOLOGICAL FORMATION

Scattered across our various dioceses, our centres for theological formation (seminaries) train both women and men to serve God by continuing Jesus’ mission of love and service for the glory of God.

Ten of these centres focus on imparting special training specifically to serve the poor and needy in downtrodden areas. The rest cater to training the seminarians to study the Word of God and learn all that is required to carry on the vision and mission of the Church.

Located on our Synod Secretariat campus, the St. Ignatius Orthodox Theological Seminary (SIOTS) is the flagship seminary of the church, providing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs recognized by renowned theological accrediting agencies.

Our training focuses on building a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus, providing practical ministry tools, teaching the fundamental tenets of the church, and establishing the groundwork for knowing and living out God’s Word. This formation effectively equips our students to grow in their pastoral calling, enabling them to become the future shepherds of our church.

ACADEMICS

While the rest of our seminaries offer theological diplomas, St. Ignatius Theological Seminary offers Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology degrees that are accredited by the Senate of Serampore College (University) and the Asian Theological Association. SITS’s approach to teaching the Bible focuses on actively following Jesus rather than imparting intellectual knowledge alone. Classes cover a wide range of topics, including theology, church history, and liturgical training, as well as providing practical ministry opportunities.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

As in all our seminaries, SITS’s primary concern for each student is his or her spiritual life and character formation. The seminary is led by a group of clergy and teachers who are deeply involved with each student, ensuring that they are mentored to live as followers of Christ.

The spiritual life in the seminary includes the celebration of the Eucharist three times a week, weekly times of fasting, and specific times set aside for studying and meditation on God’s Word throughout the day. Students spend one day of each month in silence and meditation. Additionally, the students join the community in prayer every Tuesday evening and once a month for a special whole-night prayer.

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