The Eastern Christian Focus is a variation of the Parish Focus designed for clergy serving Orthodox and Eastern Rite congregations and agencies and those interested in dialogue with Eastern Christianity. The structure of the two focuses is similar, but several of the courses have been modified to reflect the Eastern emphasis.

Each of the six core courses is scheduled in a one-week intensive format. Three of the courses are held each summer at the Antiochian House of Studies in Bolivar, Pa., a spacious conference center about 90 minutes east of Pittsburgh. A combined faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary and recognized Eastern Christian scholars teach the courses. This program is 36 credits and is to be completed in three years. 

Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Apply now to reserve your space in the next group. 

Courses Include

  • Fundamental Roots of Priestly Ministry

  • The Ministry of Spiritual Direction

  • Homiletics

  • Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Early Christianity

  • Education

  • Priesthood, Community, and Ethics