Welcome to Sankt Ignatios Byzantine Orthodox Seminary
The Byzantine seminary serves students from several Orthodox traditions. It is a place where art, music and theology work together to glorify God
The Byzantine seminary offers students a thorough and critical understanding of different Orthodox traditions – Greek and Slavic – based on rigorous academic study and training in pastoral methodology including how to communicate the gospel (preaching and teaching), how to care for members of the community (pastoral care) and how to conduct the liturgy. We also offer students training in the more aesthetic aspects of the Byzantine Orthodox tradition – in the music of the liturgy and in icon painting. The seminary is located in a beautiful house in Södertälje, Stockholm. Here students share their everyday life, discuss their faith and pray together. In the seminary the rector lives with the students, providing leadership in the spiritual life of the seminary.
Life at the Byzantine Seminary
We begin our day before most of the lights are on in the surrounding neighbourhood in Viksberg. We begin at 6.30 am with personal prayer before meeting for common prayer at 7 am. This is followed by breakfast and, suitably fed (spiritually and physically), the students then head into the centre of Södertälje or to Stockholm for their daily studies. The students usually eat together in the evening and we finish our day at 9 pm with evening prayer. There are also services of prayer for those who remain in the seminary during the day.
Every Monday we meet as a community to discuss different subjects concerning the life of the seminary and contributions, suggestions and ideas from the students are very welcome. The rector of the seminary is always available to assist students and give whatever help and support that he can.
We believe that by the grace of God we have created a supportive, safe and spiritual community, where people can “leave behind” their home communities and Churches and find a place where they are valued and cared for and where they can follow freely the call of Christ to serve in His Church.
Courses at the Byzantine Seminary
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