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





Doctorate of Theology (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 (2009-12)

Scholar in Residence at Casa Santa Maria (North American College), Rome, IT (2006-09)

Mission priest, San Isidro Labrador, Zapopan, MX (2005-06)

Associate pastor, St. Louis, King of France, Batesville, IN (2002-05)

Contact information

Office Phone: 412-321-8383

Fax: 412-321-9936

For my Publications: https://sscms.academia.edu/ChristiaanWKappes

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




Sandra A. Collins, PhD, MLS
Professor of Sacred Scripture, Director of Media and Outreach

BA (Anthropology/Biology), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1981); MA (Christian History/Biblical Languages), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA (1987); MLS, School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh (1987); Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2009).

Assistant Director and Instructor: Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (1987-1991); Assistant to the Chair: Dept. of Library Science, University of Pittsburgh (1991-1995); Acquisitions Coordinator, Barbour Library-Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1995-1996); Branch Manager: Pine Center, Northern Tier Library (1996-1998); Information Consultant: Pittsburgh Technical Institute (1997-2000); Web site cataloger: Brodart Automation Services (2000-2002); Reference Librarian: Gumberg Library, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2000-2007).

Adjunct Faculty: Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2003-present); Teaching Fellow: Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2001-present); Duquesne University, Gumberg Library (2000-2007); online faculty, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (2009-present); Byzantine Online (2010-present).

Member: Association for Jewish Studies (1999-present), American Academy of Religion (2000-present), Pennsylvania Library Association (2005-present); Catholic Library Association (2012-present);

Faculty member since 2007.



Rev. Stelyios Muksuris, PhD
Professor of Languages and Liturgical Theology

Ph.D. (Liturgical Theology),University of Durham – Durham, United Kingdom (2009); Th.D. Cand. (Liturgical Theology), University of Athens – Athens, Greece; M.Litt. (Master of Letters – Dept. of Theology and Religion), University of Durham – Durham, United Kingdom (2000); M.Div. (Eastern Orthodox Theology), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology – Brookline, MA (1993); B.A. (Religious Studies), Hellenic College – Brookline, MA (1990).

Ordained to the priesthood for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (1993). Pastor, St. George Greek orthodox church, Bangor, ME (1993-1994); Associate Priest, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Charlotte, NC (1994-2000); Pastor, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Kalamazoo, MI (2000-2003); Dean, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Manchester, NH, and Adjunct Lecturer at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (2003-2005); Associate Priest, Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Vrilissia, Greece (2005-2006); Administrative Assistant to the Metropolitan, Registrar, and Illuminator Editor, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA (2006-2011); Head Priest, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA (2011-2012); Pastor, Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, PA (2012 – present).

Memberships in American Academy of Religion (AAR), Societas Liturgica (SL), Society for Oriental Liturgy (SOL), Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA).

Teaching Assistant, Greek Department, Hellenic College and Holy Cross, Brookline, MA (1988-1993); Adjunct Faculty, Humanities Program, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (2003-2005); Guest Professor/Lecturer, Department of Religion, in Russian and East European Studies (REES), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2008-present).

Member/Consultant for the Synodal Committee on Liturgy and Worship, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Occasional Consultant on liturgical matters for Pontificium Institutum Orientalium, Rome.

Columnist for the Orthodox Christian Network.

Faculty member since 2009.

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



Rev. Joseph Raptosh, DMin
Professor of Spirituality, Philosophy and Pastoral Practice

BA (Philosophy), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA (1975); M.Div, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY (1978); D.Min, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, Pittsburgh PA (2002). The James T. McLaughlin Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Pittsburgh, PA (2002-2003); Candidate: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, (2003-present).

Ordained to the priesthood for the Orthodox Church in America, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY (1987). Pastor: St Michael Orthodox Church, Portage PA and SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Vintondale, PA (1987-1997); Administrator: Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Monroeville PA (1997-present) and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, East Pittsburgh (2008-present).

Adjunct professor of Theology, Mt. Aloysius College, Cresson, PA (1992-1996); Affiliate Member: American Psychoanalytic association, New York, NY (2004-present); Bridgebuilder Consultant, McKees Rocks, PA (2001-2002); Trained Healthy Congregations Presenter: Burns, TN (2003); Secretary to the Archdiocesan Pension Board (2004-present); Director of Field Education (2005-present).

Faculty member since 2001.


Adjunct Professors



Rev. Don Bolls, DMin
Instructor of Homiletics

BS Mathematics ’75, Virginia Tech; D.Min. ’79 Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, MA Applied Orthodox Theology ’05, University of Balamand.

Pastor, Summerton Presbyterian, Summerton, SC ’79-83; Assoc. Pastor, First Presbyterian Aiken, SC ’84-87; Pastor, Aspinwall Presbyterian, Aspinwall, PA, ’87-’14.




Dr. Josephine Crame, EdD
Adjunct Professor of Catechetics









Very Rev. David M. Petras, SEOD
Adjunct Professor of Liturgy






Associate Professors



Mr. Geoffrey Mackey, MAT
Adjunct Professor of Church History

BA (philosophy) magna cum laude, SUNY Potsdam (2000)
Graduate study, Alliance Theological Seminary of Nyack College (2000-2005)
MAT (liturgical theology) summa cum laude, Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril & Methodius (2012)
STM, Trinity School for Ministry (2015)

Director of Distance Learning, Trinity School for Ministry, 2009-present
Interim Dean of Students, Trinity School for Ministry, 2015-present
Assistant to the Dean, Nyack College, 2004-2006
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy: Nyack College (2000-2005; 2013-present)



Rev. Valerian M. Michlik,  JCOL
Professor of Church History, Pastoral Practice (Liturgical Practicum) and

Byzantine Catholic Church in Slovakia

JCOD, III cycle, Pontificio Instituto Orientale, Rome, Italy 1998; Licentiate (JCOL), Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome,Italy, 1997; Pontifical College Russicum, Rome, Italy, 1998; Bachelor in Theology (STB), Pontificia Università San Tommaso, Rome, Italy, 1995; Bachelor in Philosophy (PhB), Pontificia Università San Tommaso, Rome, Italy, 1992; Pontifical Ukrainian College of St. Josaphat, Rome, Italy, 1990 – 1995; Greckokatolicka Bohoslovecka Fakulta UPJS, Presov, Slovakia, 1990

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





Rev. Vasyl Symyon, ThL
Associate Professor of Moral Theology








Rev. James Hess, O.Carm.
Instructor in Spirituality





Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta, BA
Instructor in Liturgical Practicum and Chant





Mrs. Coreen M. Polkembo, BA
Instructor of Chant and Voice Instructor

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.