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St. Herman Theological Seminary
Kodiak Alaska

Parishes, groups and individuals are able to sponsor seminarian students attending St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak.

• List of Seminarians and their sponsors


"Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing."
(Psalm 34:10)


Responsibilities of Seminarian:

  • Communicate several times throughout each year with sponsor during the adoption period regarding course of studies, progress of education, information on family and lifestyle, use of funds being provided, etc.
  • Maintain studies in such a way that graduation will be completed within 4 years.

Responsibilities of St. Herman Seminary:

  • Provide pictures of seminarian and family (if applicable) to project Coordinator to be included in sponsor packet.
  • Work in partnership with Coordinator regarding student's progress and any problems impacting successful completion of course of studies.
  • Provide a written invitation to sponsor for the seminarian's graduation.
  • photo Announce name and location of sponsor as adopted seminarian is graduated.
  • If attending the graduation ceremonies, sponsor will be recognized and included in activities with the seminarian.
  • Assist adopting sponsor in locating lodging when visiting seminarian or attending graduation ceremony.
  • Provide the sponsor a "Certificate of Graduation" once the seminarian has successfully completed studies.
  • Include "Adopt a Seminarian" Dinner as a part of the Annual St. Herman Seminary Graduation Activities.

Responsibilities of Sponsor:

  • Communicate as often as possible with adopted seminarian during the adoption period.*
  • Provide support for necessary incidental items through a contribution of $2,400 per year during the seminarian's studies inclusive of the "Mentor Year" if applicable to the seminarian - not to exceed 4 years per adopted student. This amount is based on $200 per month for 12 months.
  • Mail sponsor contribution directly to Outreach Alaska for distribution to seminarian.
  • Address any concerns regarding the student's progress directly to the staff of St. Herman's Seminary or Outreach Alaska coordinator.

Responsibilities of Outreach Alaska:photo

  • Will determine placement of seminarian for adoption assignment and report this to Bishop NIKOLAI and Father Chad Hatfield, Seminary Dean.
  • Provide sponsor packet inclusive of the "Adoption Agreement" to sponsor at time of assignment.
  • Maintain regular contact with and support to sponsors, seminarians, and St. Herman's Theological Seminary staff to ensure progress and success of the project.
  • Establish and maintain responsible accounting procedures of all sponsor fees.
  • Make monthly payments of $200 directly to seminarian except for when studies are not in session – summer months. During that time, payments will be held for distribution for the beginning of the new seminary year for returning travel expenses from villages into Kodiak or other incidental start up needs of the seminarian for the new year of studies.
  • Provide written understanding of contribution procedure and helpful mailing materials for sponsor.


*Teens and other youth are encouraged to participate in the correspondence with adopted seminarians.

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