Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Sydney Australia
Pope Shenouda III Coptic Orthodox
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 
 
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Twenty years after the Copts’ presence in Sydney i.e. at the beginning of the eighties, the population of the Copts reached about 15,000.

A new generation of our children came into being. This generation speaks a different language to that spoken by the parent’s lives under a climate and culture different to that of its ancestors in Egypt.

In the face of this phenomenon there was a great lack of servants culturally and spiritually qualified to serve this generation in the language it understands. Many of those with acumen within the church felt the forthcoming dangers of a spiritual gap that would separate two generations (probably generations) from our Coptic Church with its entire doctrinal, historic and spiritual heritage which extends through history back to the era of the apostolic fathers.

Stemming from this concepts, sincere people voiced their pleas to establish a Coptic Orthodox Theological College to undertake the preparation of a number of the church’s young men and women in Sydney to be spiritually, theologically and culturally equipped so that they, in turn, assume the role of carrying the torch of Orthodox spiritually and hand it to this and future generations, and possibly, to serve the holy mission within and outside the Australian continent.

In order to achieve this it was necessary to firstly define the aims so that the academic curricula would be formulated accordingly. It was unanimously agreed that this Coptic Theological Institute should realize the following main three aims:

First: Within the field of Pastoral Service:
The concept of “pastorship” within the Coptic Church is an evangelical and traditional concept. It may be difficult for the western mentality to perceive the depth and perspectives of the priest’s mission within the Coptic Church. A Copt is deeply tied to his Church at all stages of life from the cradle to the grave probably in a manner unmatched with any other Church in the world.

It is clear here that the role of the priest is a comprehensive one for all family members through all stages of life. He is the father of confession, the spiritual guide, the teacher, the friend, the counselor, the healer of wounds, the comforter, the problem solver, a help to the sick and a source of blessing and happiness to every house he enters, to every head on which he lays his hands and to each face at which he blows his breath.

Naturally, the priest’s major and serious role demands enormous personal, spiritual, cultural, educational and social capabilities. In the country of settlement, in particular, the responsibilities are greater and in addition to these capabilities, the matter requires total and broad awareness of the nature of living within this new society and the tidal waves of liberty that sweep through it, also the predominant social and moral climate added to the educational methods followed in schools and the influence of media on children and youth.

Here, The Coptic Theological College’s role and its important responsibilities become outstanding in fully and comprehensively preparing a generation of our cultured youth through constructive study curricula so that the Lord may select from them those suitable for priesthood within our Coptic church in Sydney.

In order to realize this target, the curricula have to cover diversified studies: theological pastoral and psychological to cater for the areas of counseling service for individuals and families.

Second: Within the field of Ecclesiastic Education

Since the dawn of Christianity our Coptic Church has been known for its great concern with religious teachings and theological studies. The Theological School of Alexandria was the lighthouse for the Christian world during the early centuries of church history. In the twentieth century the Christian world continues to be enlightened by the writings of Athanasius, Origen, Clement and others of the giant Christian thinkers.
In our Coptic Church the mission of Ecclesiastic Education is fundamental and essential for the building of the spiritual life of the church’s children.

The servant for ecclesiastic education plays a major and vital role in teaching the children and the youth. In our Coptic Church this service is characterized by setting a spiritual and ritual environment for the child and youth through prayers, hymns, church rites, stories of the saints and also through curricular studies of the two testaments of the Bible compatible with the various progressional stages of the cognitive development of the child and youth.

Through these ecclesiastic curricula the “Christian Education” aims at the preparation of souls to acquire the taste for divine love and live in communion with Christ and at the same time practice a life of repentance and continuous Christian virtue. It also aims at transferring all the church’s sons and daughters to servants of the Word, who carry the torch of the divine love and, through their life and behaviour, make their light shine wherever they go.

To realize this second aim, the theological College included in its curricula comprehensive intensive studies about the Coptic Church history, saints, martyrs, spiritualities, rites and doctrines. Also included are introductory and detailed studies of the Bible, Christian Education, Child Psychology all this to prepare the servant for ecclesiastic education so that he/she is capable and qualified to address the mentality of the child and youth in order to attract them to the love of Christ and urge them to serve His Holy Name.

Third: Within the field of Evangelic Service

Evangelism is announcing Christ to the non-Christians. It is in response to Lord Jesus’ instruction “Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15).

The evangelic service requires certain talents and capabilities as well as the vocation to dedicate one’s mind, heart and whole life to preach Christ to the world;. Consequent to Christ’s commandment to the Apostles as well as to the evangelic spirit of the Coptic Church, the College introduced to its curricula certain studies to prepare and equip the graduates to carry out the work of this blessed field.

 

 

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