St Athanasius College believes that theological education cannot be separated from the liturgical and communal life of the church. Most students at SAC study part time with some studying face to face, attending weekly classes, and others completing their studies completely online. In response to the great fellowship, learning and conversation that we have observed at the various intensives we have held, SAC is excited to announce a new initiative that we believe will help foster greater fellowship amongst students and staff, and enhance their experience at SAC.
Following the sucess of our first Immersion Weekend in February 2019, we will host the next two-day Immersion Program on 10-11 August 2019. The program will consist of the liturgical cycle of the Church (Divine Liturgy. Vespers, Praises), common meals, structured time for discussion and two weeks worth of lecture material. This will allow all students studying in Australia to spend a weekend together each semester immersed in prayer, learning and fellowship.
All students, whether studying online or face to face will be expected to attend the Immersion Weekend each semester. This will mean that all students will only have 10 weekly classes throughout the semester, allowing more time to complete assessment tasks.
10.30am - 1.00pm:Lecture 1
1.00 - 2.00pm: lunch
2.00 - 4.30pm: Lecture 2
4.30 - 5.00pm: Afternoon tea
5.00 - 6.00pm: Vespers
8.30 - 10.30am: Divine Liturgy
10.30 - 11.00am: Breakfast
11.00 - 1.30pm: Lecture 3
1.30 - 2.30pm: Lunch
2.30 - 5.00pm: Lecture 4
5.00 - 5.30pm: Afternoon tea and conclusion
Are interstate students expected to attend?
All students who reside in Australia are expected to attend. Limited accommodation will be available at SAC's Donvale campus.
Are International students expected to attend?
No, the sessions will be recorded and made available to international students.
Where will the immersion weekend be held?
The Immersion Weekend will be held at SAC's City Campus at 285 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.
Am I expected to attend the entire weekend?
Yes. We believe that the best experience for all students involves complete attendance for the whole duration of the weekend.
What time will each day start?
On Saturday we will start at 10am and finish at 6pm, and on Sunday we will start with Liturgy in the morning and conclude the day at 5.30pm.
Are meals provided?
Lunch and morning/afternoon teas will be provided at a small cost.