With great joy, we announce the opening of the St. Basil Catechetical School on Thursday, September 15 with our first weekly series!

What is a catechetical school?

A catechetical school is simply a Christian school that educates people in the Christian Faith. In the Early Church, the Catechetical School of Alexandria, which some believe was founded by the Holy Apostle Mark himself, was the oldest and most illustrious of these schools. Its teachers, which included luminaries like Pantaenus, Athenagoras, Didymus the Blind, and Origen, were sought out by students from all over the world. One of the most notable students of the Catechetical School of Alexandria is our own patron saint, the Holy Gregory the Theologian, who visited Alexandria and benefited from the advanced theological teaching provided by the school. In this, we see one of the beautiful connections between St. Gregory and the Coptic Church.

Our parish is pleased to offer the St. Basil Catechetical School as the ministry to oversee all of our education programs in the future. One of the goals of every parish, of course, is to educate and help people delve deeper into the fundamentals of the Orthodox Christian Faith.

All of our weekly series will be taught in a sincere and accessible manner.

Will I have to study and take exams?

Generally speaking, no. We encourage people to take notes for their own benefit, but even this is not required. There may be recommended reading that you can pursue on your own if you wish to delve deeper in any given subject.

First Series: Understanding the Mystery of Death in the Orthodox Church

God willing, based on your votes in our newsletter poll, the first class beginning on Thursday, September 15 is entitled Understanding the Mystery of Death in the Orthodox Church. In this class, we hope to gain a better understanding of the Scriptural and Patristic teachings on death and dying, including our belief as to how our loved ones live in eternity.

The first class in the series begins on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. We strongly encourage everyone to attend and bring a friend, if possible. Refreshments will be served.