St. Sergius Institute

The St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (French: Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge) in Paris, France, is a private school of higher education in Orthodox theology, founded in 1925 in conformity with French legislation and the norms of European university education, accredited by the Académie de Paris. The mission of the St. Sergius Institute is to form educated priests and laypeople, intending to serve actively the Orthodox Church and representing it in the ecumenical dialogue, as well as in the religious and cultural life of their own country. It is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe, under the omophorion of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge
St. Serge Orthodox church in Paris.jpg
DeanArchpriest Nicolas Cernokrak[1]
Campus93, rue de Crimée 75019 Paris, France
AffiliationsInstitut supérieur d'études œcuméniques


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[2]
  • 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[3]
  • Is a place of meeting and colloquia, including the annual "Liturgical Week" sessions

Teaching is in the French language. There is a charge for taking courses and scholarships are available.


The church 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.

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Saint-Serge web page, archive
  2. ^ "Formation Théologique par Correspondance - Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge". Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  3. ^ "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