His Eminence, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil, Rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary, and Archpriest Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, signed an agreement on cooperation between the two theological schools on June 14, 2013 during the latter’s visit to Ukraine.
The agreement, similar to those concluded with theological schools in Serbia and Romania in February and March 2013 respectively, “provides for the exchange of students and faculty; the sharing of experience in the field of contemporary educational methods; the development and implementation of joint research projects; the sponsoring of research symposia, conferences and seminars; and the exchange of publications and educational and scientific resources of mutual interest,” as reported on the web sites of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Kyiv Academy.
Among others from the Kyiv Academy administration present for the signing were Archpriests Serhei Yushik and Rostislav Snihiryov.
The following day, Father Chad was received by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine at his residence at the Kyiv-Caves Lavra of the Holy Dormition. During the meeting, Father Chad informed Metropolitan Volodymyr of the agreement between Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and the Kyiv Academy and shared his hope that it will prove beneficial to both schools. In response, Metropolitan Volodymyr emphasized the importance of such cooperative initiatives which, until recent times, would have been impossible.
Also in attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi and the Secretary of the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America, Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko.