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Bishop Thomas Encourages Educational Opportunities

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beloved in Christ,

God bless you!

I would like to make you aware, if you are not already, of several opportunities for us and our young people to become more educated in the Orthodox Christian faith or in an Orthodox environment. Please pass these on to your own diocesan, parish and other mailing lists as you see fit:

1. The proposed Institute for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University

A fully accredited undergraduate education with a broad range of majors and also including a minor in Orthodox Thought and Culture in its Arabic, Greek and Slavic iterations. Also included will be liturgical and community life. Be sure to fill out the survey and encourage others to do so. It is also on Facebook

2. Studying at the Balamand University:

The dean of the Balamand has kindly asked me to inform you about the educational opportunities that exist at the Balamand Seminary. This is a multi-purpose institution. Here are some links that you and your high school and college students might want to take a look at. I was very impressed when I visited the university. In addition to theology, there are a number of areas that can be studied the Balamand. The links that are provided here will familiarize you with everything the university has to offer.

I'm hoping that Fr. Theodoros Daoud and Nicole Daya will be able to organize an exploratory trip for people who are interested in studying in the Balamand.

Please feel free to distribute this information, and for those who are here in the U.S., please contact Fr Theodoros ( in regard to a possible exploratory trip in the future.

3. Antiochian House of Studies: These programs encompass not only graduate options (M.A., Ph.D.), but also training for numerous kinds of ministry in the Church.