The Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute

The Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute

Orthodox Theological Study in Canada

Saint Arseny Institute ( is the theological school for the Archdiocese of Canada, The Orthodox Church in America. It operates with the blessing of His Grace, Irénée, Bishop of Quebec, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada. The Institute’s programs are administered from Winnipeg, a city of 700,000 located in the southern part of the province of Manitoba, at the longitudinal centre of Canada.

Programs of Study:
NEW. ON-LINE delivery of current programs of study is being prepared, along with new, shorter courses on specific topics of interest regarding Orthodox Christianity, with the first on-line offering expected to be ready by fall, 2013 or January, 2014. Please check the website at for news and updates.

Diaconal Program of Studies
Included in the mandate of the Institute is the provision of twenty, one-term correspondence courses to prepare those seeking ordination to the Holy Diaconate in the Orthodox Church.

Reader’s Program of Studies
The Reader’s Program in two parts is offered by correspondence to those who would like to be equipped to carry out the role of reader in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church.

Studies for Laity
The Diaconal and Reader’s Programs are also available to laity, whether members of the Orthodox Church or not, who are interested in gaining or deepening an understanding of Orthodox theology and worship.

Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity
The on-line academic journal, the Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity, is published by the St. Arseny Institute at

Scholarship/Bursary Fund
To help those making major sacrifices in order to prepare for service in the Orthodox Church, the St. Arseny Institute welcomes donations to this fund. Please make out your cheque to the "Archdiocese of Canada", and mail it to the Archdiocese of Canada (attn: Treasurer), 31 LeBreton St. N., Ottawa ON K1R 7H1, with a note on the cheque: For the St. Arseny Institute. Charitable receipts for income tax purposes will be issued.

We welcome inquiries about the Saint Arseny Institute (please visit which began classes in September, 2003, and is named after a beloved and revered servant and bishop of the Orthodox Church in Canada, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1945.

While the St. Arseny Institute provides an essential service in preparing readers and deacons for the Archdiocese, it is funded solely by student fees and donations. All donations are welcome and cheques can be made out to the "Archdiocese of Canada" with a note that it is for the St. Arseny Institute. Please mail your cheque to the Archdiocese of Canada, (attn: Treasurer), 31 LeBreton St. N., Ottawa, ON, K1R 7H1. Donors will be issued with charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes.