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Statement of Institutional Purpose

Statement of Institutional Purpose

 
OUR IDENTITY
 
We are the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius – a community of mentors, teachers, and students living and working in an ecumenical environment of Christian unity, integrity, and missionary spirit.
 
 
OUR MISSION
 
As the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, we form leaders for the Church who continue the mission mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ to “go…make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20) that they may “have the light of life” (John 8:12).
 
 
OUR VISION
 
As a Catholic community of formation, we discern and nurture the gift of vocation granted by the Holy Spirit to those men called to a life of ordained ministry. As a theological center and resource for lifelong learning, we hand on the Tradition of the Christian East for those men and women who seek to serve and enrich the life of the Church and to engage the world in theological reflection, dialogue, and witness.
 
 
OUR COMMITMENT
 
Motivated by the hope and love that flow from faith in Jesus Christ, our seminarians, theology students, staff, and faculty, share a life of work, study, prayer, and joy. Established in apostolic tradition, scripture, the holy mysteries, and ascetical discipline, we are committed to being a light in the world, proclaiming the Kingdom of God in communion with the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and fostering ecumenical engagement.
 
 
OUR MANDATE
 
Founded in 1950, we are a free-standing, English speaking theological seminary, welcoming all those seeking the knowledge possessed by the Eastern ecclesial traditions. We are authorized to grant graduate degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. We offer the following degree programs approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity;
Master of Arts in Theology.
 
 
We operate as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Pennsylvania, and are governed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Pittsburgh.
 
 
Approved by Board of Directors May 18, 2021; reviewed biennially by Seminary community and approved in May of odd-numbered years.