During the week of 5th-8th November 2013, the Institute was represented in Colorado Springs, Colorado by Director Archimandrite Irenei, who met together with current students as well as interested future applicants and area clergy, discussing the future work of the Institute’s programs and the first Symposium to take place in the region, tentatively arranged for Autumn 2014.
The greater Colorado Springs area is already home to a number of students enrolled in the Institute’s flagship Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning, and the increasing interest in the region for the Institute’s courses and works has made it the prime candidate for the development of the Institute’s first regional center outside of San Francisco.
During his time in the area, in addition to offering a public talk and a series of talks for the gathered clergy of the Rocky Mountain Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America, Archimandrite Irenei discussed the hopes of the Institute for the development of regional centers in the coming year — with the Colorado Springs area at the forefront of the Institute’s attention, given the high level of interest in Orthodox studies amongst Orthodox in the area.
Also discussed were plans for the Institute’s first symposium in the region, which is intended to take place in Autumn 2014 (to carry on the tradition of our current symposia, extending them into new regions and areas). Tremendous interest has been expressed in bringing the Institute’s symposia into the area, which has a multitude of vibrant, active Orthodox parishes of multiple local jurisdictions, and we are excited to push forward with this project in the year ahead.