Welcome to the website of the Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America’s Orthodox Theological Institute, named after the three Holy Hierarchs St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. Basil the Great. Please explore our site.
It has been a long-desired goal of our Church to found a theological school, a place where young men could learn about the faith and be trained to for the priesthood. The HOTCA Orthodox Program of Studies is a step in that direction. Though we are not a present an accredited institution, we provide students with a theological education founded upon close reading of primary texts. That is, rather than using conventional textbooks, we use the Holy Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, lives of the saints, and liturgical texts. The students’ reading is then augmented by the lecture notes provided by the instructor. In this way, not only does the student come to understand theology in a strictly academic sense, but, more importantly, students are reading texts imbued with grace of the Most Holy Spirit. This approach helps to facilitate the true goal of any program of theological study, the acquisition of an Orthodox phronema, an Orthodox mindset. To get a better understanding of how this is done, please feel free to explore this site or email the seminary staff.