St. Tikhon’s Seminary receives 10 more years of accreditation

South Canaan, Pennsylvania, March 22, 2024

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St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Orthodox Church in America) in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, recently received another 10 years of accreditation.

The seminary, named in honor of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, is the oldest Orthodox seminary in America, celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

In its letter to seminary rector, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada’s Board of Commissioners praised the seminary’s “laser sharp clarity of identity and mission”, “strong community of formation”, and its “committed faculty, talented leadership team, and dedicated students,” the seminary reports.

The Commissioners also reaffirmed their approval of the seminary’s Master of Divinity degree.

Abp. Michael noted: “To receive the maximum of 10 years of accreditation is a monumental accomplishment for a seminary of our size… Certainly, we are grateful to God for all His blessings, especially for all those whose labors made this possible for us.”

Seminary dean Fr. John Parker commented: “We give thanks to the Lord for all the good He is doing at St. Tikhon's, and we look forward to the coming decade of growth and strength.”

Last fall, the seminary announced the creation of a certificate program in prison ministry—a joint project with Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.

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