New Mexico

Subject: Re: seminary license
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 15:28:50 -0600
From: Kari Cole <>
To: purnhrt <>

Dear Ms. Olenick:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the operating status of St. John
Chrysostom Theological Seminary in New Mexico.

As I explained earlier on the phone, religious schools offering degrees for
the purpose of individuals going into the ministry are not required to be
licensed in New Mexico.  However, since your information indicates this
said school offers more than just degrees in divinity and theology, under
statute and regulation this school would be required to be licensed.

Unfortunately, the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education does not have
any records indicating this school has ever operated in New Mexico.  If it
is operating in New Mexico now, it appears that it is doing so illegally.

I hope this information is helpful.  If you have additional questions, or
need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.


Kari Cole
Education Consultant
NM Commission on Higher Education

At 02:50 PM 8/11/00 -0500, you wrote:
>New Mexico on Higher Education
>Kari Cole, I am writing to see if a seminary, by the name of St.
>John Chrysostom Theological Seminary, directed by the Bishop Don De
>Cordova, was licensed by the state of New Mexico to issue any
>James Trimm claims that the Seminary is under the Catholic Apostolic
>Church in North America. I have written to them and they have stated
>that they had no seminary at that time and if a doctorate was issued,
>then it was on his own recognizance. They also suggested I contact the
>State Board of Education and see if the seminary was properly licensed.
>The time in question is 1995, but I would like to also know if they were
>licensed at any other time.
>James Trimm has made several references to what kind of doctorate he
>has. One was a doctorate in Rabbinic Studies. Another was Theology.
>Another was Semitic Studies. The last one was an STD. It seems to change
>with whatever group he is with. If they are licensed, are they licensed
>for any of the above doctorates?
>Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you, Kathryn
>YHWH bless you and guard you. YHWH make His face to shine upon you and
>show you favor. YHWH lift up His face upon you and give you shalom.

Kari Cole
Education Consultant
NM Commission on Higher Education
5301 Central NE - Suite 1500
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 841-6611
(505) 841-6617 (fax)
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