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Archdiocese of Etna (California)


I. Institutions

• Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies (CTOS)
   - Mailing address:
     P.O. Box 398
     Etna, CA 96027-0398

• The Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies is an institution of higher learning, governed by the laws of the State of California concerning private religious degree-granting schools.

• The CTOS offers a two-year program, which confers the Licentiate in Orthodox Theological Studies.

•  The primary goal of the CTOS is to give specific theological and liturgical training to clergy and laity of the Exarchate of the Holy Synod in Resistance in America.

• Candidates for the CTOS program must have a degree from an accredited university or other educational institution of equivalent standing. The program is not a substitute for basic theological or other education, but is aimed at post-graduate specialization.

• The Licentiate is conferred after the submission of a thesis, at the end of the second year of studies, which may be written in English, French, Russian, Romanian, or Greek, under the supervision of one of the program's directors or examiners. A qualifying examination is required at the end of the first year, before undertaking the thesis year.

II. Church Supplies

•  Father David Cownie operates the “Eastern Christian Supply Company.”
   - Mailing address: P.O.Box 677, Etna CA 96027, U.S.A.
   - Telephone number: (001) 530 467-5620
   - Website:

• Fathers Raphael and John Abraham operate “Mount Sinai Candles and Church Products,” which specializes in Orthodox Iconography and the production of pure beeswax candles.
  - Mailing address: 3635 Cottage Grove Avenue, S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52403-1612, USA
  - Telephone number: (001) 319 362-8601
  - Fax number: (001) 240 255-7442
  - Website:

• The Convent of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess of Russia provides the finest-quality hand-made Byzantine ecclesiastical art and vesture.

- Mailing address: P.O. Box 126, Etna, CA 96027, USA

- Telephone number: (001) 530 467-5625

- Fax number: (001) 530 467-5635

- Website:

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