The opening service for the 45th academic year at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary will take place on Sunday, 13 September, at 4:00 p.m. In order to increase seating capacity under current restrictions, the service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 213 Linwell Rd, St. Catharines. Seating will still be limited, and so we ask that only close family members of the students and honourees attend in person. The service will be live-streamed from our YouTube channel.

During the service Rev. Paul Pollex, emeritus pastor in the East Region, will be honoured with the Emeritus Crucis award.

Because the spring call service was held as an online event, we will be transferring some of its planned festivities to the opening service. Students placed in May will be publicly recognised and blessed: Rev. Vishal Paul, currently serving as pastor of Risen Christ, Mississauga; and David Zakel, serving as vicar at Prince of Peace, Burlington. Other academic awards earned by students will also be announced, as well as our annual honours given to members of the church at large.

The faculty and Board of Regents have chosen Mr Carl Wathke (Faith Lutheran Church, Desboro) to receive the Delta Chi (Servant of Christ) award, the seminary’s highest honour. Mrs Mary Silver (Christ Lutheran Church, St. Catharines) will be given the Friend of the Seminary award. Both have a long CV of service to the church, which will be shared when the awards are given.

If you cannot attend, please pray for the students as they begin their studies, for the seminary faculty that they may be faithful in their calling, and for God to raise up benefactors for our seminary whose gifts will ensure that this important work continues. For more information, please call 905-688-2362 or e-mail


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