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 exited to announce a new initiative that we believe will help foster greater amongst students and staff, and enhance their experience at SAC. From 2019 SAC will be hosting an Immersion Weekend every semester. An Immersion Weekend, is a two-day program, hosted on campus consisting of the full liturgical cycle of the church (Divine Liturgy, Vespers, Midnight Praises), common meals, structured time for discussion and fellowship, 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.
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 Eporo Campus in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD at 285 La Trobe Street.
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?
Saturday will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 8:30am and end with the conclusion of Midnight Praises at 10:30pm. Sunday will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 8:30 and end with the conclusion of dinner at 7:30pm.
Are meals provided?
Most meals will be provided for a small cost
8:30-10:30am Divine Liturgy
10:30-11:00am Breakfast/morning tea
11:30am-1:00pm Session 1
1:00-2:30 pm Lunch and fellowship
2:30-4:00pm Session 2
4:00-4:30pm afternoon tea
4:30-6:00pm Session 3
6:00-7:00pm Vespers praise and Vespers
8:00-10:00pm Midnight Praises
8:30-10:00am Divine Liturgy
10:00-10:30am Breakfast/morning tea
10:30am-12:30pm Session 1
12:30-2:00pm Lunch and fellowship
2:00-4:00pm Session 2
4:00-4:30pm Afternoon tea
4:30-6:30pm Session 3