Doctor of Divinity (for bishops)

The Western Orthodox University recognizes historical precedent from time immemorial whereby the degree of Doctor of Divinity may be supplicated for by a man who has been consecrated as a bishop within the Apostolic Succession as that concept is understood by the Catholic and Orthodox Church and who professes the Catholic and Orthodox faith. The bishop in question may serve in any regularly-organized Christian denomination or ministry. This programme is not open to other persons at this time.

The University will confer the degree of Doctor of Divinity, jure dignitatis, upon a man who provides proof, in the form of the relevant Instruments and any other required documentation, that he has been consecrated to the episcopate in accordance with accepted Catholic and Orthodox canon law and the practice of the Catholic and Orthodox Church throughout the ages.

Such conferral is not automatic, and depends upon the discretion of the University, which will also consider other aspects of the candidate’s application, such as his ministerial history and standing. A portfolio of achievement and references are therefore required of all applicants.

A non-refundable administration fee shall be payable by all candidates upon supplication.

Those admitted to the degree of Doctor of Divinity under this provision may be invited to become advisors to the University.