I wanted to share with you all the new OTI website and and the exciting news of finally a well grounded distance-learning program offering its courses in both English and Spanish, with real accreditation to boot. The OTI is under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. I am personally finishing my BA in another Orthodox program that is severely lacking and will be beginning my MA on Jan 27th, 2010. If you have a chance please check out the website and look at the curriculum page to see for yourself. If you have any questions you can also write to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Deacon Daniel
NEW ONLINE ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTEhttp://orthodoxpr.org/OrthodoxPR/HOME.html
The St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Theological Institute (OTI) is a bilingual distance education program that has as its primary purpose the academic preparation and spiritual formation of men and women for service and ministry in the Orthodox Church. The Institute is a registered community-based non-profit organization that operates with the blessing of the hierarchy of the Orthodox Church in the Caribbean and Central America.
The programs of study at OTI, which are traditional and rigorous, include: (1) a Diploma in Theological Sciences track comprised of 6 semesters; and (2) a Licentiate in Theological Sciences track comprised of 4 additional semesters (following the Diploma track). The method of study at OTI includes directed readings, e-forum participation, essays, and testing.
OTI has a cooperative agreement with Ignatius University, an affiliate of the prestigious University of Sofia, and OTI students can simultaneously enroll at either of these two degree-granting institutions, if they so desire, while studying at the Institute. OTI also has a cooperative agreement with the Pavel Florensky School of Theology (PFST), which allows graduates of OTI’s Licentiate in Theological Sciences track to pursue doctoral studies at PFST.
OTI has a rolling admissions policy and students can begin their studies in August or January. The opening semester begins on January 27th 2010. Those wishing to apply for advanced standing on the basis of their work at other institutions must apply for the January 2010 semester. This is a once-off opportunity. Upon closure of registrations on January 15th 2010, advanced standing will no longer be granted primarily because of issues related to accreditation. The cost of the enrollment per semester, which in most cases includes the required texts in electronic form, has been kept at a minimum. There are no hidden or residency costs. Applications can be downloaded from the Admissions page at (http://orthodoxpr.org/OrthodoxPR/Admissions.html
), completed and sent via e-mail. The registration fee and tuition can be paid by PayPal.
Please see below the message of The Right Reverend Dr. ANDREW (Vujisic)
It is with unspeakable joy that we bless the establishment of the St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Theological Institute, a bilingual distance education program on the worldwide internet and registered community-based non-profit organization… dedicated to the propagation of the Orthodox Faith. We rejoice that the purpose and goals of the Institute complement the proactive response of the Orthodox Church to our Lord’s command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Moreover, we rejoice most abundantly because in the midst of the Orthodox Church, and through her diverse ministries, we possess the very one who blesses, sanctifies, and grants us ‘the wisdom that is near unto’ His ‘throne’ (Wisdom of Solomon 9:4) through the experience of the Cross and Resurrection. This Cross and Resurrection experience is encountered in, and pervades, Orthodox Theology, and is not merely empirical, but rather is an objective and moral crucifixion, and involves the entire psychosomatic make-up of the human person. The theology of love, of liberty, and of peace proceeds from the Cross, because the Cross is the cathedra of Orthodox theology.
We thank all those who have assisted in this endeavor for their self-sacrificing efforts in the establishment, organization, and operation of the Institute, and wish to the professors and students, an ever deeper appreciation of the mystery of the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ, leading to active service and ministry in the Orthodox Church and, ultimately, culminating in eternal life. We also pray that participation in this program may educate, spiritually enlighten, and strengthen a multitude of new workers in Christ’s vineyard, including future priests, deacons, readers, chanters, and catechists for the evangelical and pastoral mission of the Orthodox Church throughout the world. This holy endeavor is both necessary and timely, “for the harvest is great but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37), and we therefore with great joy bestow our fatherly good wishes and blessings.
Please visit the OTI site at: http://orthodoxpr.org/OrthodoxPR/HOME.html
. If you have any questions, you may contact the Academic Rector at Vladika@OrthodoxPR.org
or Fr. Peter DiLeo at Fr.Peter@OrthodoxPR.org