Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary is an Orthodox Christian seminary
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 in Crestwood, New York
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, in the United States
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. Although it is under the omophorion
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 of the Metropolitan
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 of the Orthodox Church in America
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, it is a pan-Orthodox institution, providing theological education to students from different Orthodox jurisdictions worldwide.

The seminary is also the location of St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVS) Press (not to be confused with SVS Printing Company).


St Vladimir's Seminary was originally founded in 1938 in New York City
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 and named for Saint Vladimir, Grand Prince of Kiev
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. The seminary was granted a provisional charter
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 by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York
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 in 1948 and an absolute charter in 1953. After several years in rented space the seminary moved to its current campus in 1961. The Board of Regents granted the seminary authority to award a Bachelor of Divinity
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 (later, Master of Divinity
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) degree in 1967, Master of Theology
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 in 1970, Master of Arts
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 in 1985, and Doctor of Ministry
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 in 1988. St Vladimir's became an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
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 in 1966 and was fully accredited in 1973.

In 2006, the seminary's Board of Trustees decided to divide the then-current responsibilities of the dean equally between the dean, to have "responsibility for the ecclesial and academic leadership of the Seminary", and a new position of chancellor
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 (originally designated Provost
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), with responsibility for "financial and operational leadership of the Seminary".

A fuller version of the seminary's history can be found at the Internet Archive.


  • Bishop Makary (Ilyinsky), 1938–1944
  • Archimandrite Dionysius (Diachenko), 1944–1947
  • Bishop John (Shahovskoy), 1947–1950
  • Georges Florovsky
    Georges Florovsky
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    , 1950–1955
  • Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
    Leonty (Turkevich)
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    , 1955–1962
  • Alexander Schmemann
    Alexander Schmemann
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    , 1962–1983
  • John Meyendorff
    John Meyendorff
    John Meyendorff was a modern Orthodox scholar, writer and teacher. He was born into the Russian nobility as Ivan Feofilovich Baron von Meyendorff , but was known as Jean Meyendorff during his life in France.Fr John Meyendorff retired as Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary on June 30, 1992...

    , 1984–1992
  • Thomas Hopko
    Thomas Hopko
    Thomas Hopko is an Orthodox Christian priest and theologian. He was the Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary from September 1992 until July 1, 2002 and taught dogmatic theology there from 1968 until 2002. Now retired, he carries the honorary title of Dean Emeritus.- Life and...

    , 1992–2002
  • John H. Erickson
    John H. Erickson
    Reverend John H. Erickson is an Eastern Orthodox American scholar, with specialization in the areas of Orthodox canon law and church history. From 2002 until 2007 he served as the Dean of Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in the United States. His term as dean expired on June 30, 2007...

    , 2002-June 2007
  • John Behr
    John Behr
    John Behr is a contemporary Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian, and Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he teaches Patristics . He was ordained to the diaconate on September 8, 2001 and the priesthood on September 14, 2001...

    , July 2007–present

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