Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications for students who want to enroll in its Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program and comprise the “2019 Cohort,” which will commence training in Summer 2016. Potential students may explore this innovative residential program that uses distance-learning and onsite intensives by perusing the D.Min. Program page, by contacting the Director of Admissions Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak or the Program Director Priest Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D. for more information.
During the week of July 12, 2015, eleven students in the current “2017 Cohort” — who represent six Orthodox jurisdictions in the US and Canada — were on campus for their residential summer term. They completed 46 hours of intensive work in two courses—“Counseling in the Parish,” taught by Archpriest Nicholas Solak, D.Min., and “Liturgical Life and Pastoral Ministry” taught by Grant S. White, Ph.D.
Father Nicholas noted that the students’ presentation and sharing of case studies from parish settings provided “peer feedback and support of great value,” while Dr. White observed that the students’ wide-ranging experience in liturgy and life was “a great blessing” that brought “extensive knowledge and pastoral experience to their doctoral studies in ministry.
“These are people with a heart for ministry, deeply committed to addressing the challenges the Church faces in the twenty-first century,” added Dr. White. “I look forward to seeing the ways in which my students will lead, challenge, and inspire the Church in the years to come.”
Priest Alcuin Kellerhouse, a student from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reflected, “We each bring different experiences, but come together as a group of Christian scholars to reflect theologically on that experience, and to explore together how we can contribute to the life of Orthodoxy in North America. I always come away from the intensive refreshed and excited about the ministry we share.”
NOTE: The Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies offers need-based financial aid for qualified Doctor of Ministry Students. Recipients of funding from the Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies agree to give special diocesan and/or parish workshops and/or seminars in their particular areas of pastoral study. At least one such workshop or seminar shall be given by each scholarship recipient in each year they receive aid from this endowment.