This publication deals with the closing stage of the formation of religious education in the Don Army Land, which is the founding of the Don Theological Seminary in Novocherkassk in 1868. Based on the studies of the archive sources and pre-revolutionary historiography, the preconditions for the founding of the seminary have been determined as follows: the establishment of an independent diocese in the Don region in 1829, the insufficient education level of the parish priests, which called forth the necessity to educate the priests’ children, the opening of theological schools in the 1820s, and the 1867 reform of religious education. This article covers the preparation stages for the establishment of the seminary, which were connected with the name of Archbishop of Don and Novocherkassk Platon (Gorodetsky): preparing the project for the seminary establishment, for the construction of its classroom blocks, and for financing; defining the peculiar features of the educational process oriented, under Archbishop Platon’s initiative, at teaching missionary activities in an intensified manner; providing the theological school with classroom blocks for temporary use; and forming the managerial and teaching staff of the seminary.
Source: Alla V. Shadrina (2018). The Founding of the Don Theological Seminary as the Closing Stage of the Formation of Religious Education in the Don Army Land in the second half of the 19th century. History and Historians in the Context of the Time. 16(1): 63-77
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