H.G. Bishop Suriel on St Habib Girgis’ Vision for Theological Education

“Coptic seminaries should endeavour to train prospective clergy how to be Orthodox. A future goal for us as bishops should be to ensure that no man be ordained into the priesthood without first obtaining a degree in theology. This was one of St Habib Girgis’ criteria of sound theological education.”
- H.G. Bishop Suriel speaking at the Lands of Immigration Seminar, May 2015

His Grace Bishop Suriel presented on the importance of Coptic Orthodox theological schools in the lands of immigration, and proposed a future vision for theological education. This vision involves having three accredited centres of Theological excellence: one in Australasia (SACOTC), one in North America, and one in the UK. All other Coptic Theological Colleges could then merge with one of these three major colleges to form three theological consortia. Such a consortia will encourage strong collaborations and foster exchange of resources; human or otherwise. This will also enable our theological institutions to become more specialised, as we compliment the strengths of each other.

Another important recommendation proposed by His Grace Bishop Suriel is to foster the development of Coptic seminaries for the training of prospective clergy in ministry and Orthodoxy. He proposed that a future goal for bishops is to ensure that no man be ordained into the priesthood without first obtaining a degree in theology, in accordance to the criteria of sound theological education championed by St Habib Girgis.

Source: http://www.sacotc.vic.edu.au/koinonia/KoinoniaNewsletterissue1online.pdf