The official role of any Theological college is the educational formation of the students enrolled. At St. Cyril’s, we fully embrace this notion. However, at St. Cyril’s, we also have a deeper and more nuanced understanding of our function, which is informed by our Orthodox theology.
Our College is an intrinsic part of the Coptic Orthodox Church. As such, we don’t view our service in isolation from the rest of the Church, but rather as a service which has significance for the whole of the Church. We endeavour to nourish the hearts, souls and minds of the whole community. Whilst not the whole of the community will be directly associated with the college, we are deeply aware of the fact that our service will reach out, via our graduates, to the whole community. And so we also view our mission as that of spiritual formation. From an Orthodox perspective, academic excellence and spiritual formation are two sides of the same task. In this, we are informed by the Evagrian maxim, “The one who prays is a theologian; the one who is a theologian, prays.” Accordingly, at St. Cyril’s, the Chapel is just as integral as the lecture room. The transformation of the heart is as significant as the illumination of the mind. In short, we are dedicated to the edification of the whole person, and the whole Church.
Students at St. Cyril’s not only study together, they pray and worship together. They not only edge upon academic excellence, but just as importantly form lifelong friendships. They not only are immersed in Orthodox theology, but also authentic life and community. For as St John Chrysostom once noted, there are two altars: one in the Church and one in the town square; our students are immersed in theology that is palpable, real, and in its essence, life itself. Please check our events and news to see how students are formed in an authentic theology that goes well beyond our classrooms.