St. Sergius Institute

The St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (French: Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge) in Paris, France, is a private university of higher education in Orthodox theology. Founded in 1925 by a group led by Metropolitan Eulogius Georgiyevsky, historian, theologian, and last Minister of Religious Affairs of the Russian Provisional Government, Anton Kartashev, Lev Liperovsky and Mikhail Ossorguine, with the active support of Nobel Peace Prize recipient John Mott. It is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe under the omophorion of the Russian Orthodox Church.

St. Sergius Institute
St. Serge Orthodox church in Paris.jpg
Religious affiliation
Eastern Orthodox
ChancellorJean Renneteau
DeanMichel Stavrou[1]
Campus93, rue de Crimée Paris, France
AffiliationsInstitut supérieur d'études œcuméniques

The institute has been in conformity with French legislation and the norms of European university education since its earliest years and is accredited by the Académie de Paris to deliver bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.[2] The mission of the institute is to form educated priests and laypeople, intending them to serve actively the Orthodox Church and representing it in ecumenical dialogue as well as in the religious and cultural life of their own country.


The institute's building was originally a German Protestant church. Friedrich von Bodelschwingh bought the site to construct a church, a school and other facilities to help German workers in Paris.

The original faculty and their immediate successors included some of the most notable names in Russian intellectual history: economist, philosopher and theologian Sergei Bulgakov who became the dean; Anton Kartashev; Georgy Fedotov; Boris Vysheslavtsev; Archpriest Basil Zenkovsky; Archpriest Georges Florovsky, pioneer of Orthodox neopatristics and of the ecumenical movement; Archimandrite Cyprian Kern, patrologist and liturgist; Archpriest Nicolas Afanassieff, professor of canon law; New Testament scholar Bishop Cassian Bézobrazov; Léon Zander, another pioneer of the ecumenical movement; Alexander Schmemann; John Meyendorff; and diplomat Constantin Andronikof, personal interpreter for several French presidents and prolific translator of Russian-language theological classics.[3]


St. Sergius Institute

The St. Sergius Institute:

  • Offers a complete program of licentiate, masters and doctoral degrees
  • Serves as a centre of theological education by correspondence[4]
  • Is a centre of pastoral training
  • Provides teaching in the sacred arts, iconography and liturgical singing
  • Serves as a laboratory for research in religious history and science
  • Contains a library of more than 35,000 books and rare journals[5]
  • Is a place of meeting and colloquia, including the annual "Liturgical Week" sessions

Teaching is in the French language.

Notable alumni and professorsEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Saint-Serge website
  2. ^ Official website./
  3. ^ "Les origines – Saint-Serge".
  4. ^ "Formation Théologique par Correspondance - Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge". Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge". Retrieved 28 October 2014.

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Coordinates: 48°53′02″N 2°23′04″E / 48.88389°N 2.38444°E / 48.88389; 2.38444