Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Sydney Australia
Pope Shenouda III Coptic Orthodox
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Established in 1982 - The Pope Shenouda III, Coptic Orthodox Theological College was the first Theological College established outside Egypt.

In 1982 H.H. Pope Shenouda III delegated H.G. Bishop Antonios Marcos to visit the church in Australia, and to establish a theological college in Sydney. On Sunday evening, 18th July His Grace established The College at St. Antonios Church, at Guildford. H. H. Pope Shenouda III appointed Mr.  Saad Sefein as Registrar to the College.
Studies began in the second semester of 1982 at St Antonios’ Church. Late Rev. Fr. Mina Nematalla, Mr. Amir Hanna, Mr. Ramsis Girgis and Mr. Saad Sefein were the first to teach at the college. In the following year Rev. Fr. Sourial Youssef, Mr. Monier Azer and Mr. Nabih Fanous joined them.

At the end of 1984 the college moved to its present premises at 72 Wollongong Rd, Arncliffe. The teaching staff was joined by Mr. Magdy Kilada.

Also In 1984 the college introduced studies by correspondence to students in Melbourne.

Also in 1986 the college published the first issue of its bulletin, “The Logos” in both the Arabic and English languages.

In the same year, the college completed the translation of about twelve courses from Arabic into English with the help of Mrs. Yvonne Tadros.

1987 was the year of the “blessed crop”. Ten of the college students completed their theological studies. In the same year, two of the Honours graduands were selected to teach in the college, namely Mr. Monier Soliman and Mrs. Salwa Malik.

At the beginning of 1989 the college building was completely renovated. Now it has a lecture room that accommodates 32 students and a library with room for 10,000 books. His Holiness blessed the building and inaugurated it in November, 1989.

1989 climaxed by abundant heavenly blessings through the presence of H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Dean and Patron of the college to present the graduation certificates to the first batch of graduands of the first Coptic Theological College to be founded outside of Egypt.

Since 1989, His Holiness graduated further 4 waves of graduates.

At the beginning of year 2000, six of the college graduates who were born or educated in Australia joined the teaching staff as lecturers, Mr. Maged Attia (now Rev. Fr. Matthew Attia), Mr. Shahir Goubran, Mr. Magdy Rizk, Mr. Magdy Meleka, Mr. Michael Ibrahim, Mr. Antonios Rofail, and Mrs. Nadine Samir

In year 2001 the college extended its Distance Study service to four continents, Africa, America, Europe, and New Zealand.

In 2003 HG Bishop Daniel issued a Decree number 13 asking all persons wanting to serve at Sunday School to successfully pass a certificate course specially designed of ten theological courses before they qualified to serve.

On 18th July 2007 the College will celebrate its silver jubilee (25 years)

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