On September 14, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the academic year at Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya.
His Holiness celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aphrem Chapel in Mor Aphrem Monastery. He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and His Grace Mor Maurice Amsih, Director of Public Relations and Protocol. His Grace Mor George Kourieh, Dean of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary, and the academic body as well as the seminarians participated in the Holy Qurobo.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness delivered a sermon in which he incited the students to devote their time and efforts to pursue education and acquire knowledge in order to be successful leaders of the congregations they will serve. They are the hope of our Church and will serve the Church as teachers, monks and priests.
It is worth mentioning that Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary settled to Maarat Saydnaya in 1996 as its new headquarters.