Administrator's Welcome,

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.

Successful students, upon completion of the four module program will receive a Diploma in Orthodox Theology Studies

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. 


Archpriest Mark+​

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:

Mission Statement

"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.