The Abbey-Principality encourages scholarship as part of its mission in the community. It maintains an archive of books, documents, religious and related artefacts connected with its past and that of its constituent and related church jurisdictions. Some items from the archive are illustrated below:
The Abbey-Principality has also inherited a number of educational institutions. These are organized under the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools, the Abbey-Principality’s in-house accrediting association, which has overall responsibility for the operations and quality assurance of its educational outreach. In addition, other educational bodies independent of the Abbey-Principality may be invited to become members.
The Western Orthodox University
The Western Orthodox University was founded in 1945 and incorporated as a constituent body of the Catholicate of the West in 1950. It continues the work of the earlier Intercollegiate University, founded in the USA in 1888. Today, it is a Statute 1005.06 (1)(f) Religious Institution in the State of Florida, USA, and is under the headship of the Prince-Abbot of San Luigi. It has a full relationship of reciprocal partnership, recognition and accreditation with the historic Pontificia Accademia Tiberina in Rome, Italy, founded in 1813 and recognized by the Sacred Congregation of Studies under Pope Leo XII in 1825. There is further validation from a number of government-recognized universities in Latin America that have agreed to accept the University’s awards on a reciprocal basis for the award of a dual degree.
The Western Orthodox University is a private international ecumenical Christian university without walls. Celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2020, it continues to deliver its programmes around the globe by correspondence study. The University is an intentionally small and select institution, open to students worldwide (regardless of denominational affiliation). Its study programmes at associate, bachelor, master and doctorate level are academically rigorous while allowing a high degree of individual customization.
The University offers religious degree programmes through its Faculties of Theology and Church Music. The programmes are designed to prepare individuals for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, and social work. They are offered from an initial postsecondary level through to research and practice-based doctorates. There is also provision for the award of honorary degrees.
The other function of the Western Orthodox University is as a research institution and archival repository. The University has an overall mission to collect information and resources concerned with the smaller Catholic, Orthodox and Continuing Anglican churches during the post-1866 period. This embraces a general scholarly interest in the modern independent sacramental movement both historically and in terms of theology and practice, and an ongoing programme of research. The European-American University Press provides the main means for the book publication of its research output while the Orthodox Catholic Review serves as its occasional journal.
The Pythagorean University of Krotona
The Pythagorean University of Krotona, Graeca Magna, was founded by the great philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras in the fifth century before Christ. In the twentieth-century, it was re-established and chartered by the Patriarchate of Antioch in the Ancient Orthodox Catholic Church under Patriarch Moran Mar Basilius Abdullah III (Dr William Bernard Crow, 1895-1976). The University, which is today organized as a division of European-American University, exists as a private research institution for the study of the arcane sciences and cognate matters.
The Apostolic Episcopal Church, established in the states of New York and Hawaii, USA, has conferred honorary religious degrees occasionally upon members of that church, which is done in recognition of achievement and service, the chief award being the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology.
The Abbey-Principality has also inherited several other educational institutions which are at the present time absorbed within other institutions or dormant:
The Holy Apostles Glastonbury Biblical Seminary of the Apostolic Episcopal Church was founded by Archbishop Arthur Wolfort Brooks in 1941 in New York, USA, and today is part of the Western Orthodox University.
The Apostolic Academy of St Peter at Antioch was established by Mar Basilius Abdullah III, Patriarch of Antioch in the Ancient Orthodox Catholic Church, and in 2015 came under the headship of the Prince-Abbot of San Luigi.
The Intercollegiate University (founded 1888) and the University of Sulgrave (founded 1942) were predecessor institutions of the Western Orthodox University that were both established in the United States of America, and in 2015 were granted new charters by the Prince-Abbot in his capacity as Catholicos of the West.
The Prince-Abbot, in his capacity as Catholicos of the West, has also granted new charters to three institutions that were formerly associated with the Catholicate of the West. They are the International University, the Université Philotechnique Internationale (International Philotechnical University), and the International Orthodox Catholic University. None of these institutions is currently active, but it is anticipated that they will commence work in future years.