March 13, 2016

Watch Video Lectures from March 12, 2016 Diocese Servants’ Day

On March 12, 2016, the St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School hosted a spiritual day at Claremont School of Theology for all servants in the Diocese, which featured academic lectures from His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion (“Studying Theology in the Life of a Servant”), Reverend Dr. Deacon Severus Mikhail (“A Brief History of the School of Alexandria”), and Dr. Lillian Larsen (“Early Monasticism in Egypt”). This slideshow requires JavaScript. For those who were unable – …

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January 29, 2016

Scholarship Fund Established in Honor of Pope Shenouda III

With much joy and anticipation, a student scholarship fund was established in honor of the Trice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III in January, 2016. ACTS seeks to raise $50,000 by March 1, 2016 for this purpose. So far almost half of these funds have been raised. Individuals who wish to contribute to this scholarship fund, may donate through the website, or via mail (ACTS, 1325 N. College Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711). For further information, please email us at info@actslibrary.org. Applications – …

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January 25, 2016

A Match Made in Heaven

The continuous search for a place to reside led St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological School to Claremont. However, when ACTS finally settled down, many people wondered why Claremont had been selected as the new home for ACTS. The comprehensive list of assets offered in both partnerships with Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology made Claremont the ideal place to establish a Coptic Theological School. Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is home to a – …

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January 25, 2016

Diocese Servants’ Day – March 12, 2016

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles will be having a Diocese-wide servants’ day hosted by the St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School in Claremont. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 8am. All the details are provided in the attached flyer below. In preparation for this event, we need your help with two small items. First, we will need the contact information for the – …

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December 17, 2015

The Future of Coptic Studies

In a lecture given at the Society of Biblical Literature in 2006, Dr. Stephen Emmel, one of the world’s foremost Coptologists , remarked: “I think that the current senior generation of diaspora Copts – if I may call them that, certainly without meaning to offend anyone by it – I think that the current senior generation of diaspora Copts is quite right to place emphasis on ‘Coptic studies’ as a potentially important factor in the – …

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December 1, 2015

Financial Aid Now Available through CST

Students also have access to Federal Loans by applying to Claremont School of Theology. To do so, students must apply online at cst.edu. The following are required to complete the application at CST. Personal statement Resume Official transcripts from ACTS and other institutions 3 letters of recommendation from ACTS or other institutions Students with English as a second language should complete the TOEFL $50 application fee For admission in Spring Semester, applications should be submitted by December 1; – …

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November 26, 2015

ACTS Launches Servants’ Preparation Program

St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School joyfully announces the launch of the Servants Preparation Program for the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. This program is designed to provide existing and future servants of the Diocese with basic knowledge and fundamental building blocks for service. This program consists of 10 courses that can be taken between 6 months and 2 years, depending of the number of units registered for per semester. – …

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November 26, 2015

International Patristic Conference in Moscow

From November 18-20, delegates of ACTS participated in the International Patristic Conference hosted by the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies in Moscow. The subject of the third international conference was “St. John Cassian and the Monastic Traditions of the Christian East and West.” His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, rector of the school, opened the conference with his lecture. H.E. reminded the audience of the two previous conference dedicated to examining  Isaac the Syrian and Simeon – …

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October 24, 2015

H.H. Pope Tawadros II and ACTS Sign MOUs with CGU and CST

The visit His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark to Claremont in October 19, 2015 was a significant milestone in the relationship between Coptic studies in academia and Coptic faith and culture as lived by Copts around the world. The blessing of the presence of His Holiness on October 19, 2015 motivated the three institutions (Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Graduate University, and St. Athanasius and St. Cyril – …

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October 24, 2015

Register for Spring Courses Today!

Spring Semester Course Offerings, January 12- May 7, 2016 1. COP 3016 Coptic Church History II: From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt with Deacon Severus Mikhail, MONDAYS, 6:00-9:00pm (live instruction at CST, online instruction only available with instructor permission). This course surveys the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church and community from the seventh through the twentieth centuries. Several themes are privileged throughout the course: Christian-Muslim interactions, shifting communal identities, liturgical developments, and the importance of – …

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October 21, 2015

Claremont Address of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

On October 19, 2015 during the first pastoral visit of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II to the Blessed Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii, HH inaugurated the Saint Athanasius and Saint Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School, and welcomed Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. During that blessed occasion, His Holiness delivered his Claremont Papal Address. Categories: News

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October 21, 2015

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II Blesses ACTS

Monday, October 19th, marked a historical inaugural day blessed by the presence of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, on his first tour of the United States as Pope. Gathered in the Claremont School of Theology’s Kresge Chapel to celebrate the Day of Inauguration graced by His Holiness, were distinguished guests and scholars including His Grace Bishop Serapion, His Grace Bishop Karas, His Grace Bishop Angelos, His Grace Bishop Pavli, President of Claremont Graduate University Robert – …

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