MDiv Admissions Checklist

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 dmbsjbc@comcast.net
Passaic Fr. Salvatore Pignato PassaicVocations@bellsouth.net
Parma Archpriest Dennis Hrubiak fdhrubiak@yahoo.com
Phoenix Very Rev. Michael O’Loughlin michaelpauloloughlin@gmail.com
Melkite Archimandrite John Azar vocations@melkite.org
Romanian Hiermonk Frederick Peterson, OSB byzmonk@minister.com
Slovak Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.SS.R. eparchjohn@gmail.com