Full-time Professors

Academic Dean, Rev. Joseph Raptosh, DMin

23Academic Dean, Director of Intellectual Formation, 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.

e-mail: dean@bcs.edu

Sandra A. Collins, PhD

Professor of Biblical Studies, 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.

e-mail: scollins@bcs.edu

Rev. George D. Gallaro, JCOD

Professor of Canon Law, Ecumenism and Vatican Documents

Ph.B. Seminario Diocesano di Noto, Italy (1968); JCOD (Eastern Church Law), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (1981); STL (Ecumenical Theology), Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (1994), Certificate in Liturgical Theology, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome (1980).

Ordained to the Diaconate and the Priesthood in Los Angeles (1971 & 1972).

Parochial Vicar: Los Angeles, CA (1972-1978); Pastor: Worcester, MA (1991-1992); Warren, MI (1996-2005); Parish Administrator: Gibsonia, PA (2005-2009).

Defender of the Bond: Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA (1977-1978); Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice: Eparchy of Newton, MA (1982-1985); Chancellor: Eparchy of Newton, MA (1983-1992); Vicar Judicial: Eparchy of Newton, MA (1986-1992); Vicar Judicial: Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2009 to the present).

Staff Member: Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City (1992-1993).

Instructor of Catechetics: Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA (1974-1976); Instructor of Canon Law: Boston Theological Institute, Boston, MA (1982-1992); Rector: St Gregory the Theologian Seminary, Newton Center, MA (1994-1996); Director: Diaconate Formation Program, Eparchy of Newton, MA (1994-1996); Coordinator: Continuing Education of Melkite Clergy (1994-1996).

Faculty member since 1997.

e-mail: gdgallaro@bcs.edu

Rev. Christiaan Kappas, PHL


Degrees Held and Schools Attended

2012, Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.D.), Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo de Urbe.

2010, State Diploma from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (Philosophical School) in Modern Greek Language.

2009, Masters in Philosophy (PH.L.), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in urbe (Angelicum).

2007, State diploma in the Italian Language through the Dante Alighieri Institute in cooperation with the University of La Sapienza in Rome, Italy.

2001, Bachelors in Theology (S.T.B.), Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum).

1998, Bachelors in Classics, Seton Hall University.

Positions Held

2013-2014, associate pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Indianapolis (2013-2014) and chaplain to Anglican Catholic Community of the personal ordinariate of St. Joseph of Arimathea.

2013, sacramental minister for Hispanic Ministry at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Indianapolis.

2011-2012, Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Universidad de Los Hemisferios, Quito, Ecuador.

2009-2012, Burse winner and graduate student under the Secretariate for the Holy See’s Relations with States from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Thessaloniki and Athens).

2006-2009, Casa Santa Maria (North American College) in Rome for masters (license) and doctoral studies.

2005-2006, Pilot priest for cultural exchange program between Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, at San Isidro Labrador, Zapopan.

2002-2005, Associate pastor of St. Louis, King of France (Batesville, IN).

Present position

Appointed Full Professor of Liturgy and Patristics at SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary for academic year of 2014-2015.

Contact information

Office Phone: 412-321-8383

Fax: 412-321-9936

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

e-mail: ckappes@bcs.edu

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

Rev. Dr. 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.

e-mail: smuksuris@bcs.edu

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

Adjunct Faculty

Rev. Frank Almade, PhD


Instructor of Moral Theology

B.A. (Classics) Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA ( 1974); S.T.M. and S.T.B., St. Mary Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD (1982); Ph.D. (Theology), Duquesne University (1990).

Ordained to the priesthood for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (1978). Pastor, Mary Mother of Hope Parish, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Vitus Parish, all in New Castle, PA (2011-present). He has served in diocesan administration as Secretary for Ministerial Leadership and Vicar for Clergy (2006-7), Bishop’s Delegate for Healthcare Ministries (1997-2002), and Secretary for Social Concerns (1995-2002), as well as pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, PA (2007-11), St. John Vianney Parish, Pittsburgh, PA (2002-6) and Incarnation of the Lord Parish, Pittsburgh, PA (1992-5).

He is a master catechist with the Diocese of Pittsburgh (1980-present), and on the Deacon Formation Faculty (2007-present). He is a Member of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc., on the Board of Directors of McGuire Memorial Home, New Brighton, PA, and a member of the Priest Council, Diocese of Pittsburgh.

He is the author of Just Wages for Church Employees (Peter Lang, 1994), and occasional columnist for the Pittsburgh Catholic (1995-present). He blogs at www.giftsreceivedgiftsgiven.blogspot.com.

Faculty member, 1994, 2007-present.

e-mail: svdppastor@verizon.net

Deacon 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.

Currently Adjunct Professor of Homiletics.

e-mail: dbolls@bcs.edu


Very Rev. Jason G. DelVitto, PhD


Professor of Dogmatic Theology

BA (Sociology), California State University of Pennsylvania (1976); M.Div.; St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY (1979); Ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory, on the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos, October 1, 1978, at the dedication of the Antiochian Village, St. Ignatius Chapel, Ligonier, PA. Pastor of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wichita, KS (1979-1984); St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bridgeville, PA (1984-present). Instructor of Theology at Christ the Savior Orthodox Seminary, Johnstown, PA (1986-1995); adjunct faculty at: Wheeling JesuitCollege (1993-1994); St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (1993-2008), Duquesne University (1986-1990), and Fall, 2014 to present; Byzantine Catholic Seminary,1995-1998 and since 2007 to present. Currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Pittsburgh, PA.

e-mail: jDelVitto@bcs.edu

Sr. Marion Dobos, OSB


Director of Pastoral Formation

MA Pastoral Ministries, University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio;  B.S.E. Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.

Certificates held:  State of Ohio Department of Education, Professional Elementary

Grades 1-8;  Masters Catechist Certificate, Diocese of Youngstown Department of Religious Education

Professional Positions: Director of Religious Education for the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (1995-Present);  Administrator/Teacher of Benedictine Early Learning Center, Warren, Ohio (1989-95);  Director of Religious Education, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Byzantine Archdiocese (1985-95);  Elementary School Teacher, various parish schools, Dioceses of Youngstown, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Texas (1960-95).

Professional Experience:  Teacher of Early Childhood Parenting Sessions;  Sacramental Preparation Programs for parents and children;  Teacher and coordinator of Vacation Bible School Programs;  Coordinator pre-school through 8th grade religious education classes for teachers;  Teacher of adult education classes (Formation) in spirituality, prayer, scripture and family life;  Conducted “ECF” teacher training sessions;  Community Formation Director;  Established Benedictine Early Learning Center.

e-mail: mdobos1@gmail.com

Rev. Valerian M. Michlik,  JCL

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

e-mail: vmichlik@bcs.edu

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


Mrs. Coreen M. Polkembo, BMus

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.

e-mail: cpoklembo@bcs.edu