Doxology to Mark the Commencement of the New Academic Year

Doxology to Mark the Commencement of the New Academic Year

Today, St Andrew’s Theological College commenced its thirty-second academic year with its annual Doxology Service in the College Chapel of St John the Evangelist and Theologian. The service was officiated by the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. At the conclusion of the service, His Eminence welcomed the Sub-Dean, His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, the faculty members, students and all guests in attendance especially those who have held a longstanding association with the College since its earliest years: The Very Rev. Archimandrite Miltiades Chryssavgis, Dr John Lee, Dr Guy Freeland, and Rev. Alan Galt. His Eminence affirmed that the purpose of the gathering was to give thanks to God for making the College capable of spreading the message of the gospel and salvation during these turbulent times. Indeed, His Eminence asserted that the primary function of the College is to declare that God is alive despite the various problems throughout the world, and to bear witness to the common Christian heritage of the first millennium. Moreover, the operation of the College throughout its existence has always been a collaboration of Orthodox and non-Orthodox people of faith and goodwill, and His Eminence noted this fact with particular sensitivity and gratitude. The Doxology Service was followed by the customary group photograph and the luncheon prepared by the generous volunteers of the Ladies Philoptohos. In 2017, the Colleges serves 51 students mostly from across Australia but also a few living abroad, studying courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, via either weekly on-campus lectures or by means of online distance education. New commencing students welcomed to the College this year include undergraduate students Father Lawrence Aleria (Goulburn), Georgia Anassis (Melb), Christopher Condoleon (Syd), Pantelis Fridakis (Adel), Sinisha Gavranov (Syd), Angela Kolistasis (Syd), and Nicholas Tsesmetzis (Melb). New postgraduate students include Nikodemos Beahan (Bris), Marie-Michelle Chalhoub (Syd), Samuel Kaldas (Syd), Sr Hannah Massy-Greene (Jamberoo), Alan Kendal (Peterborough), Nickolas Krikelis (Melb), and Ioanna Alkanani (Melb).