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“It is my conviction that the Advanced Course for newly-consecrated bishops is only the first but important stage in the Russian Orthodox Church developing a multi-branch program of continued refresher training. It could be called ‘The Patriarchal Program’, considering the fact that for the Patriarch to raise the level of education and to train bishops for new skills is a matter of enormous importance. 

Such courses should be carried out not only for bishops and I hope that the whole administrative body of the Russian Orthodox Church will have an opportunity to raise the level of its skills at the CMI. 

No other Local Orthodox Church and no one in the non-Orthodox world have a similar educational program. Our Courses have provoked a great interest among Local Orthodox Churches and not only among them”.

(Remarks by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during the meeting of the CMI Supervisory Board on December 16, 2014).

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, since 2011 the CMI has conducted Advanced Courses for newly-consecrated bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 

The Advanced Course program includes lectures and addresses by prominent hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church, governmental officials, heads of synodal departments and experts in various fields. The key point in the program is the students’ meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. 

The graduates are granted a church graduation certificate. 

As of today, there have been four graduations.