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Suryoye Theological Seminary Salzburg supports

Our History


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 Aydin
Mor Polycarpus Dr Edip AydinPresident STSS
Mor Philoxenos Mattias Nayis
Mor Philoxenos Mattias NayisHonorary Chairman STSS
Mor Dionysios Isa Gürbüz
Mor Dionysios Isa GürbüzHonorary Member STSS
Gabriel Malas
Gabriel MalasVice President STSS
Abdulmesih Barabraham
Abdulmesih BarabrahamSecretary STSS
Sait Samuel
Sait SamuelCommittee Member STSS
  • Photo by Ephrem Ischac

Austria: Suryoye Theological Seminary Salzburg
Bank: Hypo Bank Salzburg
IBAN: AT89 5500 0150 0666 6666

Netherlands: Aartsbisdom Syrisch Orthodoxe Kerk Salzburg Seminary
IBAN: NL09ABNA0592374742
Swift Code: ABNANL2A

Germany: Erzdiözese der Syrisch Orth. Kirche in Deutschland e.V.
Bank: Sparkasse Gütersloh
IBAN: DE79 4785 0065 0000 793431
Kontozusatz: Syrische Theologie Salzburg