In my last two posts this year (2011), I have highlighted something from Orthodoxy’s engagement with higher education here in America. In one case I mentioned SVS obtaining some new facilities and I mentioned the beginning of the Byzantine collection at the University of Buffalo. Here I thought I’d offer a nice little piece on one of the meetings that helped conceive of the development of seminary education in the Metropolia.
This was necessary because St. Platon’s seminary had been closed finally and officially in 1924 (after having been moved to New York from its original location in Tenafly, NJ in 1922). The financial problems following the Russian Revolution and Civil War had been extreme and the Russian Mission suffered significantly. This would affect the mission as it later became the Metropolia. By the 1930s, though, the need for a seminary was significant. In 1937, real headway was made on this front.