principal theological seminary of the Anglo-Italian Imperial
Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church.
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Georgian College is a private theological institution that serves as
the historic and principle seminary of the Anglo-Italian
Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen (Anglican Rite
Roman Catholic Church). The
Patriarchate of Saint Stephen descends from the ancient Roman
Catholic See of Utrecht, granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145.
The Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church is in
consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council since 2019.
Apostolic lineage passed to the Imperial Patriarchate in unbroken
succession from Christ and the Apostles includes not only the founder
of its legacy, Pope Leo X, but also Pope St. Pius V, Pope Paul III,
Pope Clement VIII, and Pope Urban VIII, and the Medici Popes Clement
VII and Leo XI, among other Popes, as well as Patriarchs of Jerusalem
and Constantinople, and several princes and electors of the Holy
Roman Empire. The Imperial Patriarchate is also the ecclesiastical
successor to Florence and the Vice-Kingship of Italy in the Holy
Imperial Patriarchate follows the calling of Saint Stephen the Deacon
and Protomartyr with a specific mandate of mission work, service, and charity.
The college serves the needs of the ARRCC, conferring ecclesiastical
academic honours on behalf of the Holy Church under the authority of
the Imperial Patriarchate. The College also fulfills the mandate of
service through scientific enquiry and field research. PGC was
founded in 1987 as Saint George Theological Seminary and was based in
San Antonio, Texas, part of the former Viceroyalty of Spain in the
Holy Roman Empire. It is historically affiliated with Rome, Italy,
and Oxford, England. From its beginning, the seminary maintained a
formal affiliation with Wolsey Hall, Oxford, England, and was the
exclusive administrator of the theology programme in the United
States. Although the College continues a cordial relationship today,
Wolsey Hall no longer offers theology courses.
to better serve the needs of the Church and of the seminarians, the
College maintains an educational model that combined distance-based
study and in-person training. Seminarians are required to be in
residence at an approved ecclesiastical facility and may have
additional residence requirements.
document between Pontifical Georgian College (then St. George
Wolsey Hall, Oxford.
purpose of the college is to ensure excellence in education of the
clergy of the Imperial Patriarchate of St. Stephen. For this purpose,
there are five faculties: Sacred Theology, Sacred Philosophy, Canon
Law, History, and Sacred Music. Faculty hold the ranks of Professor,
Vice Professor, Deputy Professor, or Instructor, according to
qualification, experience, and tenure.
college confers the following academic honours:
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.Dip.) and Sacred Philosophy
(S.Phil.Dip.). The grade of Diplomate of Sacred Theology signifies
successful completion of Minor Seminary. There are two tracks, a
general one and one for those concurrently undertaking general
baccalaureate education. The Diploma of Sacred Philosophy recognizes
basic studies in related fields such as history or sacred music.
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), Sacred Philosophy
(S.Phil.L.), and Canon Law (J.C.L.). The Licentiate in Sacred
Theology or its equivalent is the prerequisite for ordination to the
priesthood. The Licentiate of Sacred Philosophy recognizes advanced
studies in related fields, while the Licentiate of Canon Law
recognizes in-depth knowledge in that field.
Conferred in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), Sacred Philosophy
(S.Phil.D.), Canon Law (J.C.D.), and Sacred Letters (S.L.D.). The
Doctorate of Sacred Letters is exclusively given as an honourific to
recognize laymen who have made significant and outstanding
contributions to theology and/or religion. The Doctorate of Sacred
Theology is the terminal theological honour and signifies advanced,
in-depth knowledge of theology. The Doctorate of Sacred Philosophy
recognizes significant achievement in study of related fields. The
Doctorate of Canon Law represents mastery of Canon Law. All doctoral
honours except for the Doctorate of Sacred Letters require original
research and successful defense of a dissertation.
and Senior Faculty
Academic Progress Chart
Seminary Outline of Studies
Seminary Outline of Studies
of Sacred Theology
Law Outline of Studies
Philosophy programmes of Studies
photos of commencement ceremonies of Pontifical Georgian College
(then known as St. George Theological Seminary).
red doctoral toga is H.E. the late Bishop Edwin Caudill. In the black
toga, then a member of the Cathedral Chapter,
H.M.E.R.H. Mgr. Keith Steinhurst, Count of Marmande, Elector of
Trier, Governor-General of the Patriarchal See.
sole purpose of the college is to train clergy of the ARRCC, it
neither maintains nor seeks any outside accreditation. It is further
the policy of both the college and the Church that a theological
seminary for the purpose of training clergy is beyond the scope of
review of any secular or other outside entity. However, both the
college and the Church acknowledge the important role of
accreditation in secular and general education. Persons seeking
academic honours for the
purpose of employment outside the ARRCC are encouraged to pursue said
education at a general college or university accredited by an
organization approved by the US Department of Education.
Pontifical Georgian College is part of the Imperial Patriarchate of
St. Stephen, Old Holy Roman Church of the English Rite (Anglican Rite
Roman Catholic Church). The Old Holy Roman Church of the English Rite
is an Imperial Old Roman Catholic Patriarchate with Anglican
patrimony descended from the Roman Catholic See of Utrecht. The See
of Utrecht was granted autonomy from Rome by the Holy See in 1145 and
has remained independent. Modernly known as the Anglican Rite Roman
Catholic Church (ARRCC), the Patriarchate is faithful to the
magisterium of eternal Rome and the eternal One, Holy, Catholic,
Apostolic, and Roman Church. While it embraces the current Roman
Communion (commonly referred to as the Roman Catholic Church), the
Anglican Ordinariate, the Anglican Communion, and other Catholic and
Anglican bodies as brethren, they are not administratively bound with
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