On Monday, 16th of September 2019, Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary began its new academic year. In this connection, His Eminence Shio (Mujiri), Locum Tenants of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Metropolitan of Senaki and Chkhorotskhu offered an Akathist in Sioni Patriarchal Temple. With him, co-celebrants were: His Eminence Ioane (Gamrekeli), Metropolitan of Rustavi and His Eminence, Grigol (Katsia), Bishop of Tsalka. The Rector of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary, Protopresbyter Giorgi Zviadadze with the clergy of this educational institution and those of Sioni Cathedral Temple participated in the event. The service was attended to by the professors, teachers and students of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary. It is noteworthy that the choir of the institution joined in the celebration, as well.
Before the commencement of the Akathist, Metropolitan Shio (Mujiri) delivered a sermon. The Locum Tenants of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia congratulated the professors, teachers and students of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary on the commencement of the new academic year and conveyed the Catholicos-Patriarch’s blessing to them. He emphasized that a good education is of paramount importance; however, solely the education acquired from books is not sufficient for happiness, but spirituality is indispensable in gaining the latter. The path leading to happiness is that of Godliness, a God pleasing life to which a human being is taught in the Orthodox Church. At the end of his sermon, Metropolitan Shio (Mujiri) admonished the students to ponder on the mentioned subjects.