Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary was founded in 1948 by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) under the auspices of Holy Trinity Monastery, and the Seminary's life continues to be intimately interwoven with that of the Monastery. The Seminary was first established as a school for the young members of the monastic brotherhood, but thanks to the untiring efforts of its founders, Archbishop Vitaly and Dean Nicholas Alexander, the Seminary has grown into a theological school for Orthodox Christian students from all over the world.
Later on, pastoral courses were developed to serve the needs of non-Russian speakers; a shift of the seminary's mission occurred again with the creation of its Summer School of Liturgical Music. These changes augment the main mission and goal of the seminary - to serve the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia through preparing students for service in the Church.
As the only Seminary within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the seminary opens its doors annually to applicants not only from the US, but also from abroad thereby serving its mission to serve parishes in all corners of the world.
The seminary emphasizes the importance of spiritual life in theological education. Active participation in the life of the monastery, on whose premises the seminary is located, allows the students to experience firsthand the spiritual depth of the Orthodox Church and gives future clergy a rare opportunity of gaining a thorough foundation and experience of the Orthodox liturgical life.
Finally, the seminary strives to preserve the high scholarly standards, teachings, and traditions of the Pre-revolutionary Russian Orthodox Church - its library, print shop, publications, museum and archives play an important role in achieving this goal.