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Rev. Christiaan Kappas, 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 (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)

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Adjunct Professors

 

Joel Barstad, PhD, MA
Visiting Professor of Spiritual Theology
joel.barstad@archden.org

 

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (1998)

Masters of Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, IN (1989)

Masters of Arts, Early Christian Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (1987)

Bachelors of Arts, Classics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (1984)

Most Recent Positions Held

Academic Dean of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, CO (2015-Present)

Theology Program Cycle Director, St. John Vianney Theology Seminary, Denver, CO (2014-15)

Associate Professor of Theology, St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, CO (2009-2015)

 

Click HERE to read Subdeacon Barstad’s Extended Curriculum Vitae.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Mr. Geoffrey Mackey, MAT, STM
Adjunct Professor of Dogmatics and Church History
gmackey@tsm.edu

 

 

 

 

Education

Masters of Sacred Theology, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA (2015)

Masters of Arts in Theology, SS Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary (2012)

Bachelors of Philosophy, SUNY Potsdam (2000)

Most Recent Positions Held

Adjunct Faculty (2015-Present)

Director of Student Affairs & Director of Alumni and Church Relations, Trinity College, Ambridge, PA (2015-Present)

Interim Dean of Students, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA (2015)

Director of Distance Learning, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA (2009-16)

 

 

 

Ralph J. Patrello
Adjunct Professor of Church History

 

 

 

Education

PhD Candidate, History, University of Florida

MA, Medieval Studies, University of Leeds (2007)

BA, History, University of Chicago (2006)

Most recent positions held

Evening/weekend supervisor, Gumberg Library, Duquesne University (2016-present)

Adjunct Instructor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2016)

Adjunct Instructor, University of Florida (2013-2016)

Teaching Assistant, University of Florida (2011-2015)

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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)

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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.