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Faith and Life: Servants of the Church

Throughout the expansion of the Orthodox churches in the diaspora, some people have been called to service as priests, deacons and teachers who have not had the opportunity to pursue formal education for their leadership or pastoral roles. With these servants of the Church in mind, we are now offering an in-service training program for priests, deacons and teachers.

Because many such servants of the Church find it hard to study full time because of their other commitments or location, we have designed this course as a hybrid course. During the first year, most of the education is located on campus but also with some online learning. During the second year, most of the education is online with only some of the teaching being on campus. There are also opportunities to continue studying at a higher level after completing the program.

The course provides both an overview of the Orthodox tradition which is common to all the Orthodox churches and also an in-depth introduction to each student’s own church tradition, which includes the study of that church’s liturgical language. During the second year of the program, serving priests or priest candidates focus on practical liturgics, while the deacons or deacon candidates focus on different forms of practical care and / or pedagogics. We offer a specialization for deacons or deaconesses who want to manage a retirement home under the auspices of the church (see Deaconesses program). Educators and teachers focus on pedagogics during the second year.

The program is organised in cooperation with Stocholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm).

Application forms available in:

Quick Facts

Length: 1 or 2 years

Study Pace: Full-time (100%) or part-time (50%)

Type of Instruction: Year 1: on-campus with distance learning. Year 2: Distance learning with occasional meetings
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.


Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is a citizen of Sweden or another EU country or who have been granted permission to live in Sweden. Students must be registered as living in Sweden. 

Students at Stockholm School of Theology are not required to pay tuition fees if they are citizens of Sweden, of another EU country or if they have been granted permission to live in Sweden. The information about tuition fee for other international students is available on  https://ehs.se/tuition-fees.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this program is SEK 600 per semester for year 1, and SEK 400 for year 2.