Diaconal Vocations Program offers on-line Church history course

admin | 21 September 2013

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]

As part of its mission to train late vocation candidates for ordination to the the Holy Diaconate of the Orthodox Church in America, an on-line course in Church History is being offered beginning September 27, 2013.

This course is being offered with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and at the direction of the Board of Theological Education of the Holy Synod of Bishops.

Archpriest John H. Erickson, the Peter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History, Emeritus, of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will teach the course, which will span approximately 14 consecutive weeks on-line with weekly recorded audio lectures, short answer response assignments, live collaborative chat, and other assignments hosted in an on-line learning environment.

“As the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Board of Theological Education work to strengthen the diaconal formation process, we seek to take advantage of online tools to enhance the quality of our instruction,” explained Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations. “For adult learners, infusing teaching with social interaction strengthens the learning process. By offering curriculum on-line, diaconal candidates will interact with each other and have more time to work face-to-face with their pastors on their personal preparation for service.”

This course is open to enrolled candidates in the Diaconal Vocations Program and other special students, such as already ordained deacons, as approved. Course content fulfills the second semester requirements of the Diaconal Vocations Program. Instruction is scheduled to begin September 27 with a welcome conference call to begin introductions and introduce the course structure. The registration fee is $125.00. To register or for other questions, please contact Deacon Dumitru Nita atmdnita@hotmail.com.

The Diaconal Vocations Program is a program of theological study offered by the Holy Synod to prepare men who may be called for ordination to the Holy Diaconate. Archdeacon Kirill serves as Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations.

For more information, see oca.org/dvp.

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