Suryoye Theological Seminary Salzburg (STSS) is a non-profit association set up to support and finance Beth Suryoye student house. Established in 2013 by members of the Syrian Orthodox Church, STSS aims to give every student interested in Syriac Christianity the opportunity to study.
In support of STSS, local committees have been set up in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and further groups are being established. So far students from 17 different countries and 9 different denominations have lived and studied in Beth Suryoye.
What do we do?
Being aware of Syriac Christianity’s rich cultural heritage and the precarious situation in its homelands and diaspora, STSS is committed to promoting the Syriac tradition, in giving everyone who would like the opportunity to learn the Syriac language, history, liturgy and theology.
STSS is taking an active part in developing the tradition, responding to current challenges and contributing to today’s society on an academic, spiritual or pastoral level.
The Syrian Orthodox Patriarch sends a delegation to Salzburg and asks the Archdiocese of Salzburg and the Faculty of Theology of the University of Salzburg for support for a student house and study opportunities in Syriac Theology.
At the request of the former Archbishop of Salzburg, Dr. Alois Kothgasser, the Archdiocese of Salzburg buys a listed building in the heart of Salzburg. This was offered to the Archdiocese by the governor of Salzburg, Dr. Ing. Wilfried Haslauer, in solidarity for the purpose of Syriac studies.
Founding of the Suryoye Theological Seminary Salzburg (STSS) for the financing of the student house Beth Suryoye. STSS members come from the Syrian Orthodox Church in Europe and the USA. Since 2015 they have enabled 29 students to study in Salzburg and have secured the financing of the operating costs for Beth Suryoye.
The Archdiocese of Salzburg provides the house for the Syrian Orthodox Church, which it takes over as Beth Suryoye. Opening of Beth Suryoye on 12th October 2015 in a ceremony when the keys are handed over from Archbishop Dr Franz Lackner to Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II. The first students move in in October 2015.
2016 to 2018
Renovation and adaptation of the student house, Beth Suryoye enabled by the Archdiocese of Salzburg, with the support of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Austria, represented by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Renovations are completed by July 2018.
Mor Polycarpus Dr Edip AydinPresident STSS
Mor Philoxenos Mattias NayisHonorary Chairman STSS
Mor Dionysios Isa GürbüzHonorary Member STSS
Gabriel MalasVice President STSS
Abdulmesih BarabrahamSecretary STSS
Sait SamuelCommittee Member STSS
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Thank you to all our supporters – amongst them parishes and individuals in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. Financing Beth Suryoye student house and individual students would not be possible without your help.
We are entirely dependent on donations. Beth Suryoye house is unique in giving students the chance to study at university whilst at the same time live what they are learning in a perfect combination/putting theory into practice. Studying classical Syriac by day and attending prayers, the liturgy, and experiencing Syriac theology practically at first hand.
With your financial support you are helping students prepare themselves for the future work within the Syriac tradition. Some of them will become priests, others scholars, teachers, pastoral workers or monks.
The church needs educated teachers, lay people, scholars and priests to understand the Syriac heritage, act in the present and help form the future.
By supporting STSS you are contributing to the future development of Syriac Christianity.