From the Editors: The following is a letter from the Dean, Protopriest Alexander Webster, announcing a new Master’s degree program at Holy Trinity Seminary:
Dear Graduates and Friends of Holy Trinity Seminary:
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24).
On this important day I have the honor to announce that by Divine mercy and the approval of the Board of Directors of the Department of Education of the State of New York, Holy Trinity Seminary will begin a new Master of Divinity program in the fall of 2018.
The confirmation of the new program, received on April 10, 2018, was the result of a long and arduous process begun in 2015. Though many staff members of HTS devoted their own time and efforts towards this end, I would like to express special thanks to the initiators and developers of this project: our Rector, Archimandrite Luke; Deputy Dean Priest Ephraim Willmarth, and VA Permjakov, teacher of Dogmatic and Liturgical Theology.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the standard professional degree for clergymen in North America. The degree requires a full three-year course in theological and pastoral studies for students who already have a bachelor’s degree. The Master’s program at HTS will include weekly practical study in which seminarians will learn to apply their theological knowledge and pastoral abilities in practice, that is, by serving on the parish level, on college campuses, prison ministries, hospitals, in evangelizing and bearing moral witness in society.
We are profoundly grateful to our sponsors and benefactors, and I feel duty-bound to announce that HTS will be able to offer full scholarships, including textbooks, to no fewer than 10 students who enroll in the fall of 2018!
Applications may be submitted immediately. If you are thinking of enrolling, or know of young Orthodox Christians who may be interested in serving as a clergyman, please contact Fr Ephraim, Head of Admissions, at email@example.com or by phone at 315-858-0945. Further information is posted online: www.hts.edu.
We hope that you, our graduates and friends, will join us on our new path on this 70th anniversary of the founding of Holy Trinity Seminary, and will help with your generous donations to our Master’s program.
Yours in Christ,
Protopriest Alexander Webster, PhD
Dean and Professor of Moral Theology