ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Saint Irenaeus House of Orthodox Studies was designed to give lay-people, catechists, and others access to solid Orthodox theological training in an easy to follow set of modules.
This gives the student the opportunity to progress at a reasonable pace with oversight through an instructor in a distance-training environment. The modules are designed to be easy to access and to follow with accountability for results in a traditional student/instructor format.
Students who successfully complete all of the four modules in the corresponding program will receive a Certificate in Orthodox Theological studies or the Diploma in Orthodox Theology Studies. SIHOS is registered with the Florida Department of Education, Dept. of Independent Bible Colleges and Universities and is authorized to confer the religious degree program, Master of Arts in Orthodox Theology.
We hope that you will take advantage of this program and all that it offers. We are excited that His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion has made this endeavor possible with his blessing.
The Very Reverend Archpriest Mark Rowe,
Administrator- St Irenaeus Program
Vicar- General, ROCOR Western Rite Communities
“The business of the Christian is nothing else but to be ever preparing for death.” ― Irenaeus, The Apostolic Fathers:
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..."
1 Peter 3:15 King James Version (KJV)
ROCOR is the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. It is a Semi-autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church.
ROCOR has around 400 parishes worldwide and an estimated membership of over 400,000 people.Of these, 232 parishes and 10 monasteries are in the United States, with 92,000 adherents and over 9,000 regular church attendees. ROCOR has 13 hierarchs, with male and female monasteries in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe and the Americas.
St Irenaeus House of Orthodox Studies is authorized to grant religious degrees and continues as a registered degree-granting institution with the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education (CIE). Our Master of Arts in Orthodox Theology curriculum was created to fulfill the educational standards which are required of the academic institutions by the Florida Department of Education relative to theological degrees under section 1005.06 (1)(f), Florida Statutes.
Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at: 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
ST IRENAEUS HOUSE OF ORTHODOX STUDIES IS REGISTERED WITH THE COMMISSION FOR INDEPENDENT EDUCATION OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION, AND THEREFORE IS EXEMPT FROM LICENSURE BY STATE STATUTE 246.085.