Community life

Community Life Statement

  • We affirm that our Lord Jesus Christ is the supreme and ultimate guide for our values, attitudes, and behaviors in all relationships.
  • We will seek to foster the development of spiritual maturity through maintaining a personal devotional life and through participating in community worship and prayer.
  • We will seek to keep the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace; and in gentleness, patience and humility, accept one another in love.
  • We will seek to respect and encourage our uniqueness in Christ which includes our diversity of race, culture, personality, experience, gifts, and goals.
  • We will seek to become involved individually and corporately in ministering to spiritual and social needs within and beyond our own community.
  • We renounce attitudes such as greed, jealousy, false pride, lust, bitterness, hostility, an unforgiving spirit, and prejudice such as that based on race, sex, religion and academic or socio-economic status.
  • We renounce behaviors such as deception, falsehood, drunkenness, stealing, and sexual immorality such as premarital intercourse, adultery, and homosexual behavior.
  • We believe where conflict or sin occurs in our community, a biblical process such as stated in Matthew 18:15-20 should be followed to seek correction, forgiveness, restitution, and reconciliation.
  • We will seek to practice an attitude of mutual submission according to the life of Christ, recognizing that at times our personal rights and preferences must be put aside for the sake of others’ conscience and the good of the community.
  • We will seek to encourage the cultivation of such spiritual attitudes as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

May God help us!

Internal Regulations

  1. Argument

Enrollment in Orthodox Christian Theological College normally presupposes that the applicant subscribes to the goal of diaconal or priestly formation. The student is expected, therefore, to conduct himself as a responsible member of the college community, adhering completely and without reservation to all college rules and regulations. Behavior on or off campus that discredits either the individual or the college will result in disciplinary action.

The faculty of Orthodox Christian Theological College, in concert with the disciplinary board, reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student for breaches in college discipline or deficiencies in attitude and/or academic achievement.

  1. Campus Regulations

2.1 Students are required to keep the premises and property of the College safe. Carelessness towards furniture and equipment is considered a violation of discipline and will be submitted to the vice-rector or rector.

2.2 After lights out (10pm), the Grand Silence time begins and students are required to be in their beds. Use of computers, players or mobile phones during this time is forbidden.

2.3 Leaving campus is permitted only with the blessing (permission) of the inspector or the vice-rector. It is strictly prohibited stay overnight outside the campus.

2.4 Cleaning is the responsibility of students and involves cleaning of rooms, common areas, hallways, classrooms, kitchen, refectory and bathrooms. After using household implements must be cleaned and put in their places. Students must report maintenance and repair requests to the class prefect or school inspector.

2.5 Due to the limited space in the rooms, students are required to consult with the school inspector before they bring other furniture or equipment.

2.6 Guests including relatives are strictly prohibited in the dormitory.

2.7 Campus is equipped with kitchen where cooking may take place. All residents are required to be extremely cautious and responsible when are using the stove, tableware and kitchen utensils.

2.8 The College shall not be liable for lost, stolen or damaged items of personal property, no matter what the cause.

  1. Study Time

3.1 Students are required to attend classes on time. In case of delay, the student is required to explain the reason of delay.

3.2 When the teacher is delayed, leaves before the call or is absent, students should engage in self-training in the classroom.

3.3 The class prefect appoints daily the classroom attendant, who will monitor the classroom and board cleanliness.

3.4 Students may leave class only with the permission of the teacher. The class prefect must also be informed about the reasons for missed classes by any of the students of his course.

3.5 The students are required to carry out the disciplinary and educational requirements of their teachers. The teacher has the right to remove a student from the lesson for misconduct.

3.6 Breaches of discipline in either classrooms or self-training will be reported to the rector or vice-rector.

3.7 Curriculum requirement violations shall be submitted to the pedagogical council.

  1. Worship Time

4.1 All students should attend mandatory Morning and Evening prayers and Sunday Liturgy as well.

4.2 Students are required to come to divine service in advance and keep reverent silence in the chapel.

4.3 Liturgical texts should be read reverently, paying attention to punctuation and diction.

4.4 Students are encouraged to take Holy Communion every Sunday and feast, if there are no moral impediments. Sacrament of Confession is usually on Friday.

  1. Meal Time

5.1 The meal begins and ends with prayer. If an inspector or vice-rector is absent, students will pray on their own according to the Prayer rule.

5.2 All students are required to attend breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

5.3 Students who are late for meals are required to explain the cause of the incident.

  1. Work Time

Students shall appear at campus works according to the written or oral instructions of the College authority.

  1. Free Time

Students can use their free time according to their preferences: reading, walking, sports, recreation; while not forgetting about the special requirements imposed by the Church and society to the students of theological schools.

  1. Appearance

8.1 Students should dress neatly. Dirty or wrinkled clothes are unacceptable.

8.2 Students are required to wear their uniforms during study and prayer times.

8.3 School uniform is as follows: white shirt, black tie, black pants and black shoes.

  1. Offenses and Sanctions

9.1 Minor Offenses. The offenses enumerated in this section are considered minor and are punishable as follows:

  • 1st offense – verbal reprimand;
  • 2nd offense – written warning;
  • 3rd offense – letter of explanation and promissory note.

9.1.1 Displaying disorderly conduct.

9.1.2 Allowing outsiders to enter the dorm rooms.

9.1.3 Violation of curfew.

9.1.4 Failure to turn off the light, fan, or air conditioner.

9.2 Major Offenses. The acts listed below are classified as major offenses, sanctions for which are determined by the disciplinary council.

9.2.1 Smoking.

9.2.2 Possession and drinking of liquor.

9.2.3 Possession and bringing in of drugs, pornographic materials, and dangerous stuff.

9.2.4 Spreading rumors that malign the reputation of other students.

9.2.5 Deliberately destroying dormitory facilities.

9.2.6 Littering.

9.2.7 Gambling.

9.2.8 Stealing or attempting to steal money and/or other property.

Daily Schedule

Monday – Friday
07:30 – Morning Prayer
08:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – Classes
13:00 – Lunch
13:30 – Working hours / Personal time
18:00 – Dinner
19:00 – Evening Prayer
22:00 – Curfew

Saturday
07:30 – Morning Prayer
08:00 – Breakfast
08:30 – Cleaning
12:00 – Lunch
17:00 – Vespers
18:00 – Dinner
22:00 – Curfew

Sunday
08:00 – Divine Liturgy
10:00 – Breakfast
10:30 – Personal time
14:00 – Lunch
18:00 – Dinner
19:00 – Evening Prayer
22:00 – Curfew