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Rev. Christiaan Kappes, SLD, PhL
Academic Dean, Director of Intellectual Formation
Professor of Liturgical Theology
Professor of Dogmatic Theology

dean@bcs.edu

 

 

Education

PhD (Cand.), Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, GR (2012-Present)

Doctorate of Sacred Liturgy, Sant’Anselmo de Urbe, Rome, IT (2012)

State Diploma in Modern Greek Language, Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR (2010)

Philosophy License (Masters), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum), Rome, IT (2009)

State Diploma in Italian Language, Dante Alighieri Institute and University of La Sapienza, Rome, IT (2007)

Bachelors of Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum), Rome, IT (2001)

Bachelor of Arts (Classics), Seton Hall, S. Orange, NJ (1994)

Positions Held

Associate Pastor, Holy Rosary Catholic Church and chaplain to Anglican Catholic Community of the personal ordinariate of St. Joseph of Arimathea, Indianapolis, IN (2013-14)

Sacramental Minister in Hispanic Ministry to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN (2013)

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Universidad de Los Hemisferios, Quito, Ecuador (2011-12)

Scholar under the auspices of the Secretariate for the Holy See’s Relations with States from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-18)

 

Click HERE to read Fr. Christiaan’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

 

Rev. Don Bolls, DMin
Adjunct Professor of Homiletics
Formation Director
fatherdonbolls@gmail.com

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Ministry, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY (1979)

Masters of Arts (Applied Orthodox Theology), University of Balamand, Lebanon (2005)

Bachelors of Science (Mathematics), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (1975)

Most Recent Positions Held

Pastor, Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Wall, PA, & Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Monroeville, PA (2016)

Faculty (2014-Present)

Pastor, Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, Aspinwall, PA (1987-2014)

 

 

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Sandra A. Collins, PhD, MLS, MA
Director of Information Services
Professor of Sacred Scripture
scollins@bcs.edu

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy (Department of Religious Studies), University of Pittsburgh, PA (2009)

Masters of Library Science (School of Library and Information Science), University of Pittsburgh, PA (1987)

Masters of Arts (Christian History/Biblical Languages), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA (1987)

Bachelors of Arts (Anthropology/Biology), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1981)

Most Recent Positions Held

Faculty (2007-present) and Director of Byzantine Online at BCS (2010-present)

Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2003-present)

Online faculty at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (2009-present)

Teaching Fellow at the Deptartment of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh, PA (2001-present)

Reference librarian of Gumberg Library, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2000-07)

Memberships: Association for Jewish Studies, American Academy of Religion, Pennsylvania Library Association, Catholic Library Association

 

Click HERE to read Dr. Collins’ Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

Rev. Valerian M. Michlik,  JCOL
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Practice (Liturgical Practicum) and Canon Law
vmichlik@bcs.edu

 

 

 

Education

Licentiate of Eastern Canon Law, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, IT (1997)

Bachelors of Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, IT (1995)

Bachelors of Philosophy, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, IT (1992)

Most Recent Positions Held

Faculty (2013-Present)

Pastor of St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, Upper St. Clair, PA (2012-Present)

Instructor for the Diaconate Program, SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary (2006-Present)

Click HERE to read Fr. Michlik’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

Matthew Kenneth Minerd, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Moral Theology
mminerd@bcs.edu

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (2015)

Licentiate of Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (2014)

Bachelors of Sciences, Computing and Information Sciences, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (2006)

Bachelors of Arts, Catholic Theology, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (2006)

Most Recent Positions Held

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (2015-2017)

Click HERE to read Dr. Minerd’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

Rev. Stelyios Muksuris, PhD
Professor of Liturgical Theology
Professor of Languages
smuksuris@bcs.edu

 

 

 

Education

Th.D. (Cand.) (Liturgical Theology), Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR (2014-present)

Doctorate of Philosophy (Liturgical Theology), University of Durham, UK (2009)

Masters of Letters (Department of Theology and Religion), University of Durham, UK (2000)

Master of Divinity (Eastern Orthodox Theology), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA (1993)

Bachelors of Arts (Religious Studies), Hellenic College, Brookline, MA (1990)

Positions Held

Faculty (2009-present) and Pastor at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, PA (2012–present)

Guest Professor at Department of Religion, in Russian and East European Studies (REES), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2008-present)

Head Priest at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA (2011-12)

Administrative Assistant to the Metropolitan, Registrar, and Illuminator Editor for Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA (2006-11)

Associate Priest at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Vrilissia, GR (2005-06)

Dean at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and Adjunct Lecturer at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (2003-05)

Pastor at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Kalamazoo, MI (2000-03)

Associate Priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Charlotte, NC (1994-2000)

Pastor at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bangor, ME (1993-94)

Ordination to the priesthood for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (1993)

Teaching Assistant at Greek Department, Hellenic College and Holy Cross, Brookline, MA (1988-93)

Memberships: American Academy of Religion (AAR), Societas Liturgica (SL), Society for Oriental Liturgy (SOL), Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), Member/Consultant for the Synodal Committee on Liturgy and Worship, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Miscellanea: Occasional Consultant on liturgical matters for Pontificium Institutum Orientalium, Rome and Columnist for the Orthodox Christian Network

 

 

Adjunct Professors

 

 

Joel C. Brady, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Church History

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2012)

SLOAN-C Certificate in Online Teaching (20130

Certificate, Russian and East European Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies (2011)

MA, Historical Theology, Grodon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005)

BA, English Literature University of Pittsburgh (2003)

Most recent positions held

Instructional Designer and Teaching Consultant, Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE), University of Pittsburgh (2011-present)

Instructor, Department of Religious Studies; Department of History; Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Pittsburgh (2006-2017)

 

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Rev. Bogdan Bucur, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Patristics
bucurb@duq.edu

 

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies, Marquette University (2007)

Masters of Theology, Marquette University (2002)

Masters in Biblical Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania (1999)

Most Recent Positions Held

Associate Professor of Theology, Duquesne University (2012-16)

Priest in charge, St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox Church, Butler, PA (2010-16)

Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University (2007-12)

Click HERE to read Fr. Bucur’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

 

Dr. Josephine Crame, EdD
Adjunct Professor of Catechetics
bcsdrcrame@gmail.com

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate in Instructional Leadership in Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2003)

Masters in Religious Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2005)

Masters in Business Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (1999)

Bachelors of Arts, Duquesne, Pittsburgh, PA (1973)

Most Recent Positions Held

Faculty at BCS (2015-Present)

Adjunct Faculty, Duquesne University (2006-Present)

Education Consultant, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntingdon, IN (2010-Present)

Click HERE to read Dr. Crame’s Extended Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Dr. Jared Goff, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Theology
jaredgoff@gmail.com

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy, Historical Theology, Saint Louis University (2013)

MA, Philosophy (concentration in Thomistic Ethics), Holy Apostles College and Seminary (2008)

MA, Theology, Mount Angel Seminary (2007)

Bachelors of Science, Health Sciences (Pre-Med), Corban University (2003)

Most Recent Positions Held

Adjunct professor of theology at Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary (2015-Present)

Instructor in Ministry Certificate Program, Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon (2015-Present)

Adjunct professor of theology and liturgy at Mount Angel Seminary (2013-Present)

Click HERE to read Dr. Goffs’s Extended Curriculum Vitae

 

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Very Rev. David M. Petras, SEOD
Adjunct Professor of Liturgy
dmpetras@bcs.edu

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate in Eastern Church Studies, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, IT (1970)

Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, IT (1967)

Bachelors of Arts, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (1963)

Most Recent Positions Held

Professor Emeritus retained on BCS Faculty (2013-Present)

Director of Spiritual Formation and Professor of Liturgy, Pittsburgh, PA (1995-2013)

Member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation (1984-Present)

Click HERE to read Fr. Petras’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

Very Rev. Joseph Raptosh, DMin
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
Director of Field Education

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Pittsburgh (Pastoral Institute), Pittsburgh, PA (2002)

Masters of Divinity, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY (1978)

Bachelors of Arts (Philosophy), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA (1975)

Positions Held

Continuing Protopresbyter and Pastor of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Canonsburg, PA (2016)
 
Protopresbyter and Pastor of St. George Byzantine Catholic Church, Aliquippa, PA, and administrator of St Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Ambridge, PA (2015-2016)
 
Administrator of Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Monroeville, PA (1997-2015) and St Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, East Pittsburgh (2008-15)

 

Abouna Justin Rose, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Patristics
abounajustin@gmail.com

 

 

 

Education

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California-Riverside (2017)

D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary (2011)

M.Div., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (1995)

M.A., Classics, Tufts University (1992)

B.A., St. Anselm College (1989)

Most Recent Positions Held

Adjunct, Byzantine Online, (2014-present)

Teaching Assistant, University of California-Riverside (2011-2017)

Rector, St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Birmingham, Alabama (2017-present)

Rector, St. Philip Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, San Bernardino, California (1998-2017)

Director of Campus Ministry/Foreign Languages Department Faculty and Department Chair, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino, California (1998-2012)

 

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Kyle Washut, STL, STM
Adjunct Professor of Patristics
kyle.washtut@wyomingcatholiccollege.com

 

 

 

Education

Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Center for Eastern Christian Studies, Trumau, Austria (2013)

Master of Sacred Theology, International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria (2010)

Bachelors of Arts, Thomas Aquinas College (2007)

Most Recent Positions Held

Instructor of Theology, Wyoming Catholic College (2012-16)

Dean of Students, Wyoming Catholic College (2014-15)

Admissions Counselor, International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria

Click HERE to read Kyle Washut’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

Instructors

 

 

Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta, BA
Instructor in Liturgical Practicum and Chant
rector@bcs.edu

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Coreen M. Polkembo, BA
Instructor of Chant and Voice Instructor
cpoklembo@bcs.edu

Bachelor of Music degree (Voice Major), Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA (1983); Continuing educational credits at Duquesne University, Penn State University and Carlow College; Instructional I and II Professional Certificates for teaching.

Co-Founder and Teacher: Aquinas Academy Camp Music Zone for children; Music Teacher: Seton Arts Camp in Dunbar, PA.

Vocal soloist with the Glass City Swing Band, Westmoreland Choral Society, and St. Vincent Camerata

Director, Adult Choir, St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, PA (1982-1984); General Music Teacher at Cathedral School in Greensburg, PA (1983-1996); General Music Teacher at Aquinas Academy School in Greensburg, PA (1996-2001); Private Studio Music Teacher of voice, piano and flute (1982-present); Vocal and General Music Instructor at Aquinas Academy, Greensburg, PA (2005-present); Vocal Music Instructor for Metropolitan Cantor Institute at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA (2005-present); Cantor at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Bradenville, PA (1986-present).

Member: Catholic Teachers Association; American Choral Directors Association; Westmoreland Music Educators Association

Faculty member since 2008.