Rev. Christiaan Kappas, PHL
Academic Dean, Director of Intellectual Formation
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.
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).
Office Phone: 412-321-8383
For my Publications: https://sscms.academia.edu/ChristiaanWKappes
Click HERE to read Fr. Kappes’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.
Sandra A. Collins, PhD
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.
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. Dr. Bryan R. Eyman
The Very Rev. Dr. Bryan R. Eyman has a Doctorate in Ministry (Eastern Christian Focus) from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology (Cleveland) among other degrees. He has most recently taught at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He is currently Pastor of St. Athanasius the Great Byzantine Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He is also Protopresbyter of the Midwest Region of the Eparchy of Parma. He also serves as the Chairman of the Eparchial Architectural and Building Commission and serves on the Eparchy’s Presbyteral Council.
Dr. Jared Goff, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Dogmatics
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)
Very Rev. David M. Petras, SEOD
Adjunct Professor of Liturgy
Abouna Justin Rose
Abouna Justin Rose holds degrees from St. Anselm College (Manchester, NH), Tufts University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, including a DMin. From Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently finishing his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He has spoken nationally on Post Modern Culture and Religion, Social Justice, and Church History and is a Melkite Greek Catholic priest and the author of Come, Follow Me: a Byzantine Christian Approach to Evangelization and Disciple-Making (Eastern Christian Publications, 2006).
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
Click HERE to read Fr. Michlik’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.
Rev. Vasyl Symyon
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Rev. James Hess, O.Carm.
Instructor in Spirituality
Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta
Instructor in Liturgical Practicum and Chant
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.