MDiv Admissions Checklist


The following documents and information are required for admission to the Byzantine Catholic Seminary as an MDiv or MAT-Formation student. Applications will not be considered complete without all the following elements. Items in bold are the only required elements for applicants to the Community of Aspirants:

  • Letter of sponsorship from the Ordinary
  • Completed application form
  • Autobiographical sketch that includes, but is not limited to, overview of personal spiritual journey
  • Professional resume and/or curriculum vitae
  • One-page essay entitled “What does the Presbyterate (or Diaconate) mean to me?” (i.e. your perception of ministry in the Byzantine Catholic Church, local community, and world)
  • Copies of Baptismal, Chrismation, and First Divine Eucharist certificate(s) and parents’ marriage certificate
  • Complete academic transcripts (undergraduate and above) – these must be originals from the academic institutions
  • Miller Analogies Test (should be submitted directly from examination site)
  • Documentation of Criminal History Clearance
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Physical Examination Report including test results for drugs and H.I.V.
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • References: an academic mentor, (former) employer, or fellow employee; fellow parishioner (other than a relative); and applicant’s pastor and all priests who have been significantly involved in applicant’s spiritual growth and discernment who could give an honest assessment of fitness for public Church service
  • Recent photograph
  • Documents of Transfer of Ritual Church (if applicable)
  • Marriage, annulment, ordination, and/or vow dispensation certificates (as applicable)
  • If previously sponsored by a bishop for formation and/or enrolled in a seminary, all documentation according to the applicable appendix of the Program of Priestly Formation must be submitted
  • If married, copy of wife’s required documentation, particularly a letter of consent for her husband’s formation and ongoing discernment


The complete application packet is obtained through the Director of Vocations of the respective eparchy in the Byzantine Catholic Metropolia:

Eparchy Vocation Director Email
Pittsburgh Archpriest Dennis Bogda
Passaic Fr. Salvatore Pignato
Parma Archpriest Dennis Hrubiak
Phoenix Very Rev. Michael O’Loughlin
Melkite Archimandrite John Azar
Romanian Hiermonk Frederick Peterson, OSB
Slovak Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.SS.R.



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