Pontifical Georgian College
The principal theological seminary of
the United Roman-Ruthenian Church
FOUNDED BY SAINT EDWIN CAUDILL
Bishop of the Southwest, first President of the Seminary
(as St. George Theological Seminary)
window of the old seal of the Pontifical Georgian College.
Georgian College is a private theological institution that serves as
the historic and principle seminary of the United Roman-Ruthenian
United Roman-Ruthenian Church is an autocephalous Apostolic Church of ancient origins
and Orthodox and Catholic heritage. The Church is in special
status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019.
college serves the needs of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church,
conferring ecclesiastical academic honours on behalf of the Church's
Apostolic See under the authority of the Diocese of Rome-Ruthenia. The College also fulfills the mandate of service
through scientific enquiry and field research. PGC was founded in 1987
as Saint George Theological Seminary and was based in San Antonio,
Texas. It is historically affiliated with Rome, Italy, and Oxford,
England. From its beginning, the seminary maintained a formal
affiliation with Wolsey Hall, Oxford, England, and was the exclusive
administrator of the theology programme in the United States. Although
the College continues a cordial relationship today, Wolsey Hall no
longer offers theology courses.
The Evolution of Pontifical Georgian College
an era where technology has transformed the way we learn, adaptability
and innovation are key to staying relevant. This is precisely why
the Pontifical Georgian College, which once held onsite classes
at physical property in San Antonio, Texas, USA, made the
bold decision some time ago to transition to an online-based model.
years, Pontifical Georgian College, with its
traditional affiliations in San Antonio, Oxford, and Rome
and collaboration with Wolsey Hall at Oxford, established
itself as a prestigious theological institution, producing many
well-trained clerics. However, as the digital era unfolded, it became
increasingly evident that embracing distance learning was
necessary for staying relevant and best serving the needs of the
Operating solely online allows seminarians access
to the college without geographical constraints. This inclusivity
ensures that no talented individual is left behind due to their
location. The online format provides seminarians with greater
flexibility in balancing studies with other commitments such
as work or family, empowering them to tailor their learning
experience according to their own schedule. Depending
on the programme, seminarians may be required to be in
residence at an approved parish and may have
additional residence requirements. Additionally, all ordination are
conducted entirely in person in accordance with the doctrine and laws
of the Church.
having long-since moved away from physical property significantly
reduced operational costs for the College and the Church.
Those cost savings can be redirected into other areas of
The decision to embrace online operations
reflects the college's commitment to adapting and evolving with the
changing needs of seminarians and the Church. By leveraging technology,
Pontifical Georgian College is positioned as a forward-thinking
institution that embraces innovation while maintaining
its reputation in theological academics.
document between Pontifical Georgian College (then St. George
and Wolsey Hall, Oxford.
From the Stephenian Archives of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, this is a former ad
in the publication "U.S. Anglican" for St. George seminary (now Pontifical Georgian College)
purpose of the college is to ensure excellence in education of the
clergy of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church.
For this purpose, there are five faculties: Sacred Theology, Sacred
Philosophy, Canon Law, History, and Sacred Music. Faculty hold the
ranks of Professor, Vice Professor, Deputy Professor, or Instructor,
according to qualification, experience, and tenure.
college confers the following academic honours:
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.Dip.) and Sacred Philosophy
(S.Phil.Dip.). The grade of Diplomate of Sacred Theology signifies
successful completion of Minor Seminary. There are two tracks, a
general one and one for those concurrently undertaking general
baccalaureate education. The Diploma of Sacred Philosophy recognizes
basic studies in related fields such as history or sacred music.
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), Sacred Philosophy (S.Phil.L.),
and Canon Law (J.C.L.). The Licentiate in Sacred Theology or its
equivalent is the prerequisite for ordination to the priesthood. The
Licentiate of Sacred Philosophy recognizes advanced studies in related
fields, while the Licentiate of Canon Law recognizes in-depth knowledge
in that field.
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), Sacred Philosophy (S.Phil.D.),
Canon Law (J.C.D.), and Sacred Letters (S.L.D.). The Doctorate of
Sacred Letters is exclusively given as an honourific to recognize
laymen who have made significant and outstanding contributions to
theology and/or religion. The Doctorate of Sacred Theology is the
terminal theological honour and signifies advanced, in-depth knowledge
of theology. The Doctorate of Sacred Philosophy recognizes significant
achievement in study of related fields. The Doctorate of Canon Law
represents mastery of Canon Law. All doctoral honours except for the
Doctorate of Sacred Letters require original research and successful
defense of a dissertation.
Officials and Senior Faculty
Academic Progress Chart
Seminary Outline of Studies
Seminary Outline of Studies
Doctorate of Sacred
Law Outline of Studies
programmes of Studies
Pontifical Apostolic Library
photos of commencement ceremonies of Pontifical Georgian College (then
known as St. George Theological Seminary).
the red doctoral toga is H.E. the late Bishop Edwin Caudill of the
Diocese of the Southwest, which later became the Coadjutorship of Rome.
the sole purpose of the college is to train clergy of the United
Roman-Ruthenian Church, it neither
maintains nor seeks any outside accreditation. It is further the policy
of both the college and the Church that a theological seminary for the
purpose of training clergy is beyond the scope of review of any secular
or other outside entity. However, both the college and the Church
acknowledge the important role of accreditation in secular and general
education. Persons seeking academic honours for the purpose of employment outside the United Roman-Ruthenian Church are encouraged to pursue said education at a
general college or university accredited by an organization approved by
the US Department of Education or the equilvalent of another country.
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