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Welcome To The Website of The Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute

The Saint Arseny Institute is an Orthodox Christian theological school under the direction of His Grace Irénée, Bishop of Quebec City, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada.


The Institute is named after a beloved and revered servant and bishop of the Orthodox Church in Canada, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1945. (See the History section of the website for more information about St. Arseny himself.)


Located in Winnipeg (a city of 650,000 in the southern part of the Province of Manitoba at the longitudinal centre of Canada, and the geographical heart of North America), The institute's classes are offered by various means in Winnipeg and other centres in Canada, as well as by distance education.


The mandate of the institute is to prepare readers and deacons for service in the Church, as well as to increase the level of understanding about Orthodox theology for members of the laity who are interested in learning about the Orthodox faith. The institute is also making preparations for a priestly-formation program located in Canada.


The institute opened in September, 2003 and currently offers:

1. The Reader's Program: a  training program for the office of Reader in the Orthodox Church;

2. A Certificate in Orthodox Theology: a program of twenty, one-term theological courses leading to a certificate in Orthodox theology for laity; 

3. A Diploma in Orthodox Theology: a program of twenty, one-term theological courses, completion of (or a demonstration of proficiency in) the Reader's Program, and a practicum leading to a diploma which indicates the completion of the academic qualifications for the Diaconate.


All of the courses offered by the institute are online.


We welcome inquiries about the Saint Arseny Institute.