Orthodox Theological Seminary

Kottayam - Founded 1815

Student Life

Welcome to the life of a "Seminarian". Orthodox theological education is uniquely and significantly tied to liturgical worship and does not separate it from academics. Students of the Seminary are taught to observe every moment of life as holy and every deed as worship. In the Seminary even the class rooms, library, mess hall and other places of work are considered sacred and holy. This attitude among the students with sincere participation in concerned activities creates an ambience in all spectrum of life.

Christian communal life is demanding. Loving God and the neighbor unconditionally, forgiving hurts and misunderstandings, and bearing one another's burdens require spiritual strength and maturity. The community life within the Seminary is structured for intentional intellectual, emotional, and spiritual formation through the rhythm of the daily cycle of prayers and regular Scripture reading, meditation, silence, and participation in the sacramental life of the Church. An overall development of pastoral sensitivity is attained in discovering one's strengths and weaknesses by living in close proximity to others.

The student community consists of a wide range of students from within the Church with varying academic backgrounds and cultural orientations. What unites them is a common desire to be formed and shaped for service in Christ's Church. This "forming and shaping" is considered as the development of a spiritual backbone that will carry a seminarian into his future ministry.The flagship theological programmes offered by the Seminary, namely GST and BD, are fulltime residential programmes. Students are provided hostel facilities inside the campus itself with the full-fledged functioning of reference library and computer lab from 7.30 am to 9.30pm and beyond by special permission.

The seminary campus wakes up with knells of bells at 4.40am. The day begins in the chapel with prayers (Lilyo and Sapro) commencing at 5am. Personal meditation time is available to everyone after the canonical prayers. Students are encouraged to utilize an hour in the morning for recreational activities including physical exercises and sports. 7.30am to 8.30am is to be observed as a mandatory personal study time. Breakfast is available in the mess hall by 8.30am.

Three lecture periods are arranged consecutively from 9.30am to 12.20 pm with each of 55 minutes duration. Sext (noon prayers) will be conducted in the chapel at 12.30pm. The full community- teachers and students gather together in the mess hall for lunch following the Sext. There are two more sessions of formal classes from 2pm to 4pm. Following the tea break at 4pm, students indulge themselves in their assigned squad works.

The tolling of the chapel bell at 5.50 pm calls the community to gather together in the chapel for the evening prayers (Ramsho) which commences at 6pm. Two more mandatory personal study hours are set apart just before and after supper at 8pm. A typical working day ends with the Soothoro (Compline) at 9.30pm. Absolute silence is to be maintained in the campus after Compline until the completion of the morning prayers the following day.

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