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About SJEU

Our founder and President, Patriarch Paul on October 29, 2012 promulgated the definition of the “Catholic” faith on which St. James the Elder University is founded:

“An uncompromising commitment to obey the clearly defined wishes of Christ for His Church as practiced by the apostles and their successors generation after generation through the authority of those lines of Apostolic Succession that are indisputably valid and without blemish. This commitment relies upon an educated understanding of Holy Scripture, not merely knowing the contents thereof, plus historically proven Holy Tradition. Holy Tradition is partially defined as what has been consistently believed by well instructed Christians in all places always throughout history.”

St. James the Elder University (SJEU) is a Global distance-learning ministry lifting higher education higher. Our comprehensive curricula offer rigorous and enriching study and training with the love of Christ incorporated within each course. Our central offices are based in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

SJEU is owned and operated by the Holy Catholic Church International

St. James the Elder University is made up of five colleges:

  • College of Holistic Health
  • Theological Seminary
  • College of Music Education
  • College of Certification Study–Traumatology


Motto: “Harvesting, educating, and healing souls through the inexhaustible love of Christ.”