Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
The Seminary program includes theological and Armenological courses, as well as courses related to science, history and humanities.
It has two departments. The first is equivalent to the secondary school and extends over four years. The second is the theological and Armenological school and covers a period of four years.
A special committee, under the leadership of His Holiness Aram I, carefully follows the various aspects of the academic and programmatic structures and the faculty of the Seminary, and takes the necessary steps to improve its academic quality to make it more relevant to the conditions and expectations of present times.
The Dean of the Seminary is His Eminence Archbishop Nareg Alemezian. He is assisted by Rev. Father Housig Mardirossian, Rev. Father Boghos Tinkjian, Rev. Father Karekin Shekherdemian and Rev. Father Zareh Sarkissian.
The following courses are taught in the Seminary first department: Biblical and liturgical courses, ethics and catechism, classical and modern Armenian, Arabic, English, French, Armenian history and geography, world history and geography, Armenian Church music, introduction to music, painting, mathematics, geometry, physics and chemistry.
The second department contains the following courses: Introduction to the Old and Testaments, history of the Holy Bible, exegesis, systematic theology, pastoral theology, patristic, ethics, Armenian Church history, Church history, Armenian history, history of the Armenian culture, history of the ecumenical movement, history of the world religions, liturgy, canon law, philosophy, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, history of the old and modern Armenian literature, classical Armenian, Arabic, English and French.
The Seminary faculty is headed by His Holiness Aram I and includes 25 clergy and lay teachers.
The Seminary academic life extends on Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Every school year we are blessed by the presence of 60 seminarians, which is the maximum capacity the Seminary can hold. The seminarians mostly are from Syria and then Lebanon and Iran
Also, Seminary has a special program for those students who are enrolled at a later age as candidates for married priesthood.