Faculty of Orthodox Theology

The Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Cluj-Napoca is a centre of theological education and training based on the Apostolic Tradition of the Eastern Church. Being aware of the need for a spiritual experience in all areas of human existence, our faculty encourages a living theology and a dynamic mode of theological argument by which to discover new meanings of the unchanged and unique Truth, in an attempt to render the content of Revelation accessible to contemporary man. In this respect, it plays the role of forming priests and lay theologians for church bodies, but at the same time it has the capability of transmitting a theology school that provides the instruments required for a theological reading of reality and mediation of meeting of the world with the living Christ.

The beginnings of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Cluj-Napoca go back to 1924 through the establishment of the Orthodox Theological Institute in Cluj-Napoca by Bishop Nicolae Ivan (1921-1936). After a troubled history, the activity of the institute was even halted (between 1952-1990), and according to protocols signed between the Ministry of Education and the Romanian Patriarchate, beginning with the 1992-1993 academic year, the Theological Institute of Cluj reestablished in 1990 was integrated into the Babeș-Bolyai University, taking the name of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology Cluj-Napoca.

Today, the Faculty offers four undergraduate specialisations: Pastoral Theology, Didactic Theology, Social Work Theology and Sacred Art; six master's specialisations: Hermeneutics and DoctrinePastoral and Clerical GuidanceRomanian Orthodoxy and Liturgical Lifeacred ArtBioethics - Moral, Ethics and DeontologyPastoral Counselling and Psychosocial Assistance ; 10 doctoral specialisations: Orthodox Spirituality, Church Music and Ritual, Old Testament Theology with elements of biblical archaeology and Hebrew language, History of Romanian Orthodox Church with elements of palaeography, Missiology and Ecumenism, Church History, Bible study and exegesis of the New Testament, Christian Morality, Pastoral Theology.