We at St. Herman Seminary seek to continue the heroic educational and evangelistic work begun by Ss. Herman, Innocent, Yakov, and the host of dedicated clergy and laity who struggled to increase the presence of Holy Orthodoxy in Alaska.
The primary objective of the seminary remains the education and, as God wills, the ordination of spiritually mature Orthodox Christian men to the Holy Diaconate and Priesthood. The seminary also provides the necessary theological, liturgical, and moral foundations nurturing various vocations. The Church in Alaska seeks to retain a full complement of indigenous clergy and laity to fulfill Her purpose. Therefore, the seminary curriculum is arranged to prepare readers, catechists, religious educators, and counselors, as well as deacons and priests.
These objectives are met through 2-year and 4-year diploma programs in which a theological education is provided in residence. Graduates will be equipped to enhance the quality of spiritual, moral, educational, and social values in their communities.
Objectives specific to St. Herman Seminary are outlined as follows:
- To prepare worthy candidates for the Holy Priesthood and Diaconate within the Orthodox Christian Church.
- To train students to assume responsibilities of a Church Reader, who can lead services in the absence of clergy.
- To prepare worthy candidates for positions of leadership and as religious educators in their worship communities.
- To prepare substance abuse counselors for service to their communities.