On 16 May  2022, following a lengthy illness, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reposed in the Lord. 
As the much-loved ruling bishop of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese, His Eminence gave keen support to the establishment and ongoing development of SCMOI. 
The Board of SCMOI, of which Vladyka Hilarion was chairman from its inception, together with the faculty, staff and students of the Institute join in expressing our profound thanks to God for his service to the Church and the influence of his wisdom and kindness on countless numbers of people for their salvation.

In the place of Thy rest, O Lord,
where all Thy saints repose,
give rest also to the soul of Thy servant, 
for Thou alone art the Lover of Mankind.

SCMOI delivers courses firmly grounded in the fulness of “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). We teach the abiding truth of the Church revealed in the Holy Scriptures and Holy Tradition, framed by the Orthodox heritage of worship, prayer and transformed life.


We create opportunities for students to engage deeply in their own learning, to apply knowledge across contexts and to reflect effectively. On-line delivery and resources enable students to tailor study to the demands of their situation.


Learning focuses on solid educational outcomes that equip graduates for ministry, leadership, effective communication, and  to confidently address current and emerging challenges.

Know, Communicate, Apply and Live the Faith.
For Prospective Students

SCMOI offers courses in Orthodoxy, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which are open to all who wish to enrol.


These give a solid foundation in Orthodox theology and practice, with electives that allow students to explore areas of interest and develop skills in ministry and service.

For Prospective and Current Clergy

SCMOI offers courses in Orthodox theology, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which prepare serving clergy and men preparing for ordination in the Orthodox Church.

These give a seminary-level academic preparation for service as an Orthodox priest or deacon.

Cross-Institutional Study

Students currently studying at an Australian university may be eligible to take one or more units for cross-institutional credit.