Statement of Institutional Purpose

Statement of Institutional Purpose


We are the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius – a community of mentors, teachers, and students forming leaders for the Church in an environment of Christian unity, integrity, and missionary spirit, with a commitment to ecumenism.


As the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, we continue the mission mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ, “…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20)


As a Catholic community of formation, we discern and nurture the gift of vocation granted by the Holy Spirit to those men called to a life of ordained ministry.

As a theological center and resource for lifelong learning, we hand on the Tradition of the Christian East for those men and women who seek to serve and enrich the life of the Church and to engage the world in theological reflection, dialogue, and witness.


Endowed with the gifts of faith, hope, and love, and living a life of labor, study, prayer, and joy, our seminarians, theology students, staff, faculty, and all others who share in our life are united in a fervent commitment to make manifest the Kingdom of God on earth in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, established in apostolic tradition, scripture, the holy mysteries, and ascetical discipline.


Founded in 1950, we are a free-standing, English speaking theological seminary, welcoming all those seeking the knowledge possessed by the Eastern ecclesial traditions.

We are authorized to grant graduate degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.* We offer the following degree programs approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Theology.

We operate as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Pennsylvania, and are governed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Pittsburgh.

*A.T.S. Address:  10 Summit Park Drive; Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110; www.ats.edu412-788-6505