Khabarovsk Theological Seminary is a higher educational institution of the Russian Orthodox Church , with the goal of preparing clergy for the Far Eastern dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate . Located in the capital of the Far Eastern Federal District - Khabarovsk .
|Khabarovsk Theological Seminary (CDU)|
|Year of foundation||2005|
|Church||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Location||Russia , Khabarovsk|
|Legal address||Khabarovsk , st. Turgeneva, 26|
It was created on June 10, 2005 by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the proposal of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II .
Theological Education in the Russian Far East
Theological Education in the Far East Before the Revolution
Before the revolution of 1917, there were several secondary religious educational institutions in the Far East (until recently, theological seminary was considered a secondary educational institution for the preparation of the clergy) - established in the middle of the 19th century by St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensky, apostle of the Far East and North America, then - bishop (later - the archbishop) of Kamchatka, Kuril and Aleutian, and his successors, Novoarkhangelsk Theological Seminary in Novo-Arkhangelsk (on the Sith Island from among the Aleutian WWII, 1840) and Yakutsk (transferred from Novo-Arkhangelsk, 1858), theological school (1862) and the Annunciation Theological Seminary (1871) in Blagoveshchensk .
These educational institutions soon became centers of both religious and cultural education of a huge sparsely populated area. The seminaries without fail studied the languages of local nationalities, as well as the languages of the peoples of neighboring states - Japan , Korea and China . The most talented children from the families of the indigenous peoples of the Far East were sent to these educational institutions at public expense. The main focus was missionary work ; scriptures , liturgical and religious books were actively translated into local languages. In addition to purely theological and liturgical graduates, they also instilled knowledge in medicine, agronomy. According to official statistics, up to 80% of the teaching staff of the Amur Region came from the Yakut and Blagoveshchensk Theological Schools.
After the 1917 revolution, all theological educational institutions were closed in the Far East.
Theological education in the Far East is currently
In the early 1990s, the process of the revival of Orthodox education in the Far East began. In 1994, the first spiritual educational institution was opened in Vladivostok - a two-year religious school.
In 1999 , the Department of Theology and Religious Studies was established at the Far Eastern State University , headed by the ruling bishop of the Vladivostok diocese, archbishop of Vladivostok and Primorsky Benjamin ; in the same year, a branch of the Orthodox St. Tikhon's Theological Institute was opened in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky .
In 2004, a branch of the Orthodox St. Tikhon Humanitarian University was opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk .
In 2006, a religious school with a two-year term of study was opened in Yakutsk , and Bishop Yakutsky and Lensky Zosima was appointed its rector  .
Khabarovsk Theological Seminary: the main stages of development
On June 10, 2005, at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, a decision was made to "open the Theological Seminary of the Russian Orthodox Church in Khabarovsk" and to appoint Archbishop Mark Khabarovsky and Amursky as its rector (journal of the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church dated June 10, 2007 No. 42 ) Hieromonk Peter (Eremeev) , doctor of theology of Sofia University , vice-rector of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary for organizational and administrative work, was appointed vice-rector.
Initial Stage of Seminary Activities
September 2005 - November 2006
In September 2005, the educational process began in the newly opened seminary. Also in September 2005, the Khabarovsk Orthodox Youth Congress of the Far East and Transbaikalia was held, one of the organizers of which was the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary.
In October, the site was consecrated for the construction of the complex of buildings of the Khabarovsk Seminary, designed by the Khabarovskgrazhdanproekt enterprise. The customer of the construction was the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory, and the general contractor was the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Dalspetsstroy under Special Construction of Russia”.
On September 19-21, 2006, the Khabarovsk Seminary became a co-organizer of the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Christianity in the Far East", which brought together representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches of Russia, China, Japan, Mongolia and other countries. In the days of the conference, September 21, 2006, the Information and Analytical Portal of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary “ Orthodoxy in the Far East ”, opened with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, began its work. The purpose of the portal is to comprehensively cover religious life in the Far East of Russia and in neighboring states.
On October 20, 2006, the first stage of the complex of seminary buildings, the academic building and the house church, was commissioned. Since November 20, 2006, the educational process began to be carried out in the newly-created educational building.
November 2006 - November 2007
During this period, the completion of the second stage of the complex of seminary buildings was prepared and the transition to the full-fledged functioning of the educational process of the theological institution was completed. On May 30, 2007, the seminary house church was consecrated in honor of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensky, Apostle of the Far East and North America. In November 2007, the second phase of the seminary complex was commissioned.
In April 2007, the portal of the Khabarovsk seminary “Orthodoxy in the Far East” won the Far East Internet Prize “Sterkh-2007” in the nomination “The Best Information Site, Regional Portal, and Media Site”.
Khabarovsk Theological Seminary Currently
At present, in the Khabarovsk Seminary, the educational process is carried out in full: educational, research activities, development of a scientific and methodological base; spiritual and educational work is being carried out in state higher and secondary specialized educational institutions, as well as information-publishing and missionary-apologetic and anti-sectarian activities.
The seminary has the largest library of religious and theological literature in the Far East, the funds of which are regularly replenished. More than 180 old-printed and manuscript books included in the library fund of the seminary - the largest collection of Cyrillic book monuments of this kind in the Far East. Among them are liturgical books, the lives of saints, books of spiritual and moral content. In the spring of 2017, a permanent museum exposition was opened at the library of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary, dedicated to the memory of the heavenly patron of the spiritual school of the Far East - St. Innocent Metropolitan of Moscow the Apostle of Siberia and America. Her collections include a collection of ancient icons, liturgical objects, manuscripts and printed books. As well as commemorative coins and badges related to the events of the history of the Russian Orthodox Church of the XIX-XXI centuries.
Divine services are regularly held in the house church of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary in honor of St. Innocent of Moscow, the heavenly patron of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary.
The first vice-rector of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary from 2010 to 2015 was hegumen (now Bishop of Birobidzhan and Kuldur ) Efrem (Prosyank) .
Educational and research activities
The educational activities of the seminary are carried out in two departments - full-time and part-time (for clergy who do not have a systematic theological education). The implementation of the educational process is provided by teachers with the appropriate specialized spiritual (Moscow, St. Petersburg Theological Academy) or secular education. Some teachers have the degrees of doctors and candidates of theology, candidates of science, are ordained in the holy dignity.
Research activities are carried out by three departments - theology, church-historical and church-practical. Research activities are carried out in the following areas:
- scientific research in the framework of dissertations,
- preparation of scientific articles and presentation at scientific, scientific and practical conferences and seminars.
Since 2008, the Khabarovsk Seminary has organized the education of lay people in Theological courses. In 2010, Theological courses became part of the Continuing Education Sector. After completing the courses, graduates are obedient both as volunteers and as full-time employees in the diocesan departments.
In 2010-2012, Regency courses were in operation at the Khabarovsk Seminary (since 2012, enrollment has been suspended). In 2012, the School of Spiritual Singing was opened for those wishing to get acquainted with the singing arts of the Russian Church.
Since 2013, students from China have been studying at the seminary  .
Scientific and Methodological Base
Khabarovsk Theological Seminary successfully interacts with federal, regional and city mass media. All significant events taking place within the walls of the theological school receive coverage in both print and television media. This area of work at the seminary is overseen by an information and publishing center.
The seminary’s television project, the Blagovest spiritual education program, has been on the air of the largest Far Eastern television company First Regional Television since October 2008 . Blagovest is the only TV show in the region about Orthodoxy of this format. It lasts 25 minutes and aired three times a week.
On September 8, 2006, the Information and Analytical Internet Portal of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary “Orthodoxy in the Far East” was opened. The resource contains sections that contain news about religious life in the Far East, materials on the history of Orthodoxy in the region, publications on theological, doctrinal and educational topics.
Since 2007, the annual publication “Proceedings of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary” has been published, in which the best works of teachers and students of the seminary are published.
The publication of materials from conferences conducted by the seminary on the history of Christianity in the Far East, the life and exploit of prominent statesmen and church leaders is regularly carried out. Monographs, educational-methodical complexes, educational materials and lecture notes are published.
Often in seminaries, students are limited in movement, physical activity. At their age, this can lead to sad consequences for both health and future shepherding: they will get used to a prosperous, measured life - then they will have to force themselves to missionary work and other activities. And shepherding from under the stick, and not at the behest of the heart ... you understand ... Young people need a mobile lifestyle.
In our seminary, for starters, I introduced exercise: after sleep 20 minutes. At first it was hard for them. But I did not back down: “You are future shepherds. This means that you will have a parish, maybe not one. In the Far East, long distances, you will have to visit several villages. This requires both health and physical fitness. ” Understood, agreed. Then once a week they began to swim in the pool. Once a week - sports games. After this, a proposal for a parachute followed.
Now we have our own football team, we compete on equal terms with secular universities, we hold table tennis competitions, and many other sports events in the seminary are taking place  .
- Mark (Tuzhikov) (2005—2011)
- Ignatius (Pologrudov) (2011—2016)
- Vladimir (Samokhin) (2016—2019)
- Artemy (Snigur) (acting, from 29.2.2019)
- journal of the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of July 19, 2006 No. 65
- Chinese students appeared in Khabarovsk Theological Seminary // Pravoslavie.Ru
- I wanted to be just a monk / Orthodoxy.Ru
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|Blagovest (Khabarovsk). July 4th. Khabarovsk Theological Seminary|
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