Agreement Signed Between the Theological Seminaries of the Armenian and the Russian Orthodox Churches
- Agreement Signed Between the Theological Seminaries of the Armenian and the
Russian Orthodox Churches
by OCP on May 24, 2013
On May 16, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch
and Catholicos of All Armenians; and His Holiness Kirill I, Patriarch of
Moscow and All Russia; an agreement of cooperation was signed between the
Gevorkian Theological Seminary and the Moscow Theological Academy of the
Russian Orthodox Church. The signing ceremony was held in the auditorium of
the Gevorkian Seminary. On this occasion the a delegation from the Moscow
Theological Academy visited Armenia, under the leadership of His Eminence
Archbishop Eugene of Vereya, Chairman of the Academic Committee of the
Russian Orthodox Church and Rector of the Moscow Theological Academy.
The ceremony was opened with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the hymns of the
Republic of Armenia, Russia, and the Gevorkian Theological Seminary. His
Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan, Dean of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary and
Rector of the Religious Educational Institutions of the Mother See of Holy
Etchmiadzin; gave his opening remarks. “This day signifies yet another
crucial juncture in the spiritual relations of a lifelong history between
our nations, connected by faith, history, culture and a pure worldview. It
is of utmost importance for us to educate the faithful servants of our
church, as those are the people who will greatly contribute to the revival
and prosperity of our Christian world through their devotion, faith and
patriotism. We are positive that the agreement between the two institutes
will contribute to the reinforcement and development of the relations
between the seminaries and will open new horizons for future cooperation”,
His Grace stated in part.
His Eminence Archbishop Eugene, Rector of the Moscow Theological Seminary,
stated in his remarks that the agreement was an important step towards
forging stronger relations between the two Churches. He highlighted the
importance of educating the youth and training the clergy, and reflected on
reformations in education and the necessity of cooperation and exchanges of
experience between the theological seminaries for accomplishing those goals.
Within the scope of the agreement, collaboration is planned in the
disciplines of humanitarian sciences, theological and spiritual education,
as well as publications on education, science, and methodologies, and
informational activities for advancing the field of humanitarian education.
A mutual agreement was reached with the signed document for cultivating and
investing complementary educational projects which will benefit from the
experiences of the respective faculties, involving them in the process of
planning and implementing educational projects within the individual
disciplines or educational programs.
Scientific events and research studies are planned to be held, an exchange
of experiences on methodologies will be organized, as well as fostering the
enhancement of qualifications of the faculties and educational technology.
Also joint publications of scientific and educational literature will be
prepared. After signing the agreement the choruses of the Moscow Theological
Academy and Gevorkian Theological Seminary performed religious songs.
The event came to a close with blessings from His Eminence Archbishop Nathan
Hovhannisyan, Director of the Publishing Department of the Mother See of
Holy Etchmiadzin, and Chairman of the Monastic Council of the Catholicosate
of All Armenians.
Present at the event were members of the brotherhood of the Mother See of
Holy Etchmiadzin, the faculty, staff, and students from the Gevorkian
Theological Seminary; Mr. Victor Krivopuskov, Advisor to the Russian Embassy
in Armenia, Mr. Yuri Rodionov, First deputy of the Russian Border Guard
Services in Armenia, and Lieutenant General Alexander Gvozdev, Assistant to
the President of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church.