Holy Trin­i­ty Ortho­dox Sem­i­nary held its 69th Com­mence­ment on May 28th, 2017. His Grace Bish­op Irenei of Sacra­men­to was invit­ed to share his reflec­tions on the mar­tyric call­ing of the priest­hood and the “dog­mat­ic con­scious­ness of the Church.”

Bish­op Irenei said in part,

“What is need­ed more than any­thing else in those whom the sem­i­nary sends out into the world … is the devel­op­ment of a tru­ly the­o­log­i­cal life, one in which wis­dom and truth come about not chiefly through study or eru­di­tion, but through the active sub­mis­sion of the will, of the whole man — heart and mind togeth­er — to God in that divine obe­di­ence that con­forms our like­ness to His and allows His image to be shown in the world.”

Exhort­ing the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, Vl. Irenei stressed that “spir­i­tu­al wis­dom comes to the priest who dili­gent­ly loves and sac­ri­fices and offers him­self for his flock, serv­ing them — espe­cial­ly the most frag­ile and despair­ing amongst them — as if he were serv­ing Christ him­self.”

We rec­om­mend this video not just to sem­i­nar­i­ans and cler­gy but to all seek­ing to tru­ly live a life in Christ as mem­bers of his ratio­nal flock.

About the Speak­er

His Grace the Right Rev­erend Irenei was con­se­crat­ed Bish­op of Sacra­men­to on Novem­ber 7th, 2016. A pro­lif­ic writer and schol­ar of Patris­tics, Bish­op Irenei holds a Doc­tor­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford and served as Chair and Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­o­gy and Reli­gious Stud­ies at Leeds Trin­i­ty Uni­ver­si­ty from 2007–2010. He is the founder and direc­tor of the Sts Cyril & Athana­sius Insti­tute for Ortho­dox Stud­ies and founder of the web­site Monachos.net. His pod­cast series, A Word from the Holy Fathers, is avail­able online and his book, The Begin­nings of a Life of Prayer, may be pur­chased at Holy Trin­i­ty Book­store.


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