CAMBRIDGE HALL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Hall Theological Seminary is an institution of higher
learning founded and sponsored by the Anglican
Independent Communion - Original Province. This
Seminary is committed to a Christian Catholic vision of
reality and inculcates in the Seminarian a deep appreciation
of the heritage of "MATER
ORTHODOXA ECCLESIA ANGLICANA",
a true sense of recognition of the Christian ethos and
its principles, with a sensitive commitment to the needs
and wants of others and self.
divine and Apostolic intent in the intellectual and spiritual
formation of the aspirant to the Priesthood in this Seminary
is clearly enunciated in the Statement of Belief of the
Original Province as well as in our Sarum
great Church Father, St. John Chrysostom, while still
a layman, grappled with the meaning of the office of Priesthood.
While he was avoiding ordination, he wrote his great work
“On the Priesthood,” which has been a Christian
classic ever since. From generation to generation, faithful
Christians have been called to fulfil the office of ministerial
presbyterate; they have done so with the assistance of
the Holy Spirit, even if they have resisted the idea initially,
as did St. John Chrysostom.
then are the duties of a Priest in the Original
Province? The Priest leads the entire congregation
in its worship. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or the
Holy Communion is the common work of the entire Body of
Christ, clergy and laity of all ranks. According to Chrysostom,
the Priest is to lead the worship of the community and
administer the Sacraments. To implement this in our world
today, the Priest must realize that the Church is most
herself when gathered together to praise, glorify, supplicate,
and thank its Savior, Christ-God. The Rector has a great
honor to lead this worship, and the responsibility to
see that this worship proceeds meaningfully and as smoothly
the Presbyter preaches the Gospel to those inside and
outside the Church. The most obvious modern exercise of
this function is the sermon. The sermon is an integral
part of the liturgy of the Word. Religious Education is
yet another way of conveying instruction. The parish bulletin
and newsletter are other vehicles for this teaching office.
the Presbyter is to be a spirtual physician to God’s
people, diagnosing and suggesting ways to heal their spiritual
ailments. The Priest does this most frequently through
counseling and Confession. The Priest’s eyes must
always be open to spot problems and to promote meaningful
solutions. Frequently, this is perhaps the most difficult
job of the Priest, as the congregation must learn to trust
this person before they can approach him with the secrets
of their lives.
the Priest is to govern the Church according to the Laws
of God as His representative (Titus 1:7 ff). The Pastor
must follow the Commandments of Christ, as expressed in
the Holy Gospel, the greatest of which is Love.
the facets of the Priestly vocation listed above are heavily
dependent upon the personal spiritual life of the Priest
for their development and credibility. Ordination plants
the seeds of the Priesthood in the individual, who must
cooperate with the Holy Spirit to enable growth.
road to being a good Priest is that of being an even better
Christian, by constantly growing closer to the Triune-God
through prayer, the reception of the Sacraments, fasting,
spiritual reading, and loving concern for others - both
inside and outside the Church.
each Seminary program is self-paced, the length of time
required to complete it is highly dependent upon an individual’s
capability and motivation. The depth of required study
for any enrolled candidate will be determined, in part,
by an individual’s relevant prior training and life
programs can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months to complete.
Rector of Cambridge Hall Theological Seminary is at present
the Archbishop Metropolitan. This Seminary has been established
to provide guided studies and spiritual formation experiences
to qualified applicants seeking preparation toward ordination
as Deacons or Priests in the Original Province.
The programs of study are implemented via a nontraditional
training model which integrates independent study (correspondence
and internet) with supervised seminars and relevant practica
courses require traditional classroom attendance.
emphasis and energy of the Seminary training program are
on the adequate preparation of Deacons and Priests for
service in the parishes of the Original Province.
Although Degrees and Certificates are conferred on successful
graduates of the Seminary, it is our primary intent to
prepare compassionate and well informed individuals for
service to God’s people.
For further information, or to secure an application packet,
please contact the office of the Archbishop by email