“If you are a theologian, you will pray truly.  And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.” – Evagrius the Solitary of Pontus.
Studying Orthodox theology is much more than an academic venture. Rather, it is the formation of a human being to cultivate their fullest potential, reflecting the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it is inherent that SAC facilitates opportunities for students to enjoy a rich and diverse range of activities leading to spiritual, emotional and intellectual development in a Christian learning environment.
Our dedicated pastoral program is a vehicle to ensure the students, faculty and staff are spiritually nourished. It includes the annual Lenten retreat, pilgrimage, vesper prayers and liturgies.


Full time and residential students are invited to share in the liturgical life of the college community while under the spiritual direction of their parish priest.
During semester residential and full time students gather in St Athansius Church in Donvale to participate in the following prayers:
Monday – Friday
8am – 8.30am Morning hour and doxology prayers.
5pm – 5:30pm 11th & 12th hour prayers.


7am-9am Holy Liturgy (on regular days)
12pm – 2pm Holy Liturgy (during Holy Lent only)


12:00pm – 1:30pm communal lunch and spiritual topic with students and staff.


An annual Lenten Retreat is hosted by the College. This year the retreat will be held from February 24 – 26 at a guest house in the beautiful rural setting of Marysville. For more details visit http://retreat.sac.edu.au/


To complement studies and an active prayer life, full time and residential students also serve in a ministry which supports the college, diocese or their local parish. The type of community service adopted by each student can be negotiated in discussion with the college Dean and Chaplain.


In 2016 SAC students embarked on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt. Details on the 2017 pilgrimage will be announced soon.


In addition to this, the college Chaplain, Fr Sheouda Boutros, is available to provide spiritual, pastoral and general support to SAC students and staff, as is required.


Fr Shenouda Boutros
T: 0401 559 580
E: frshenouda@sac.edu.au