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Our History

Our history

The Antiochian House of Studies (AHOS) was established on December 29, 1980—with the blessing of the late Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) and under the aegis of the ancient and unbroken tradition of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch—with the express purpose of AHOS offering a distance theological education to as broad a public as possible.

The original three-year directed-reading program of the Antiochian House of Studies was placed under the patronage of Saint Stephen the Protodeacon and Protomartyr, and was entitled the St. Stephen’s Diploma Program in Orthodox Theology. In 1988, an additional year was added for students interested in pursuing a Master of Theology (M.Th.) in Applied Orthodox Theology. This fourth year of study culminates in a fifty-page research paper with full scholarly apparatus, researched and written under the guidance of a faculty member.

As AHOS neared its 25th Anniversary, the late Metropolitan PHILIP gave his blessing to establish a new graduate program: the M.Th in Pastoral Care & CounselingEstablished in 2014, the program’s focus is on training clergy and lay volunteers to provide complex supportive care to individuals and families in crisis from an Orthodox pastoral theological foundation.

The most recent addition to the academic offerings of the Antiochian House of Studies is the Ph.D. in Orthodox Studies, which was introduced in 2016 and is the first program of its kind to be established within an English-speaking format in North America.