|Memory Eternal Joseph Mikus - 04/11/14|
On Friday, April 11, 2014 former Board of Trustee Member and long time supporter of the St. Tikhon's Community Joseph C. Mikus fell asleep in the Lord. May God grant him rest and blessed repose and may his memory be eternal.
(Obituary in its entirety from the Observer-Reporter Apr. 12, 2014)
Joseph C. Mikus, 88, of Canonsburg, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, following an extended illness.He was born November 14, 1925, in Millvale, a son of the late Roc and Mary Rogina Mikus.Mr. Mikus served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.He lived most of his life in the Canonsburg and Pittsburgh areas. He was a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was employed in his younger days as a funeral director at John F. Yoney Funeral Home in Canonsburg. He then graduated from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and was a hairdresser.Mr. Mikus owned Mikus Beauty Salon in Washington for more than 30 years.Being a devout member of the Orthodox faith, he served on the board of St. Tikhon's Theological Seminary in South Canaan. He and his wife received the Orthodox Church in America Saint Innocent Award, which is the highest laymen's award in the Orthodox Church.On May 6, 1962, he married Olga Danyo, who survives.Also surviving are a sister, Anita Fraley of Wexford; a brother-in-law, Michael Oluich of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Steve, Roxy, Mike and Simon Mikus, and six sisters, Mary Robas, Jean Balkovec and Silvia, Eleanor, Catherine and Rose Mikus.Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Additional visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Monday, April 14, in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, North Strabane Township, with the Very Rev. Dimitri Ermakov, pastor of Holy Virgin Dormition Russian Orthodox Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 honor guard. Panahida services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
|Memory Eternal Katherine Perkowetz - 04/03/14|
Katherine Perkowetz fell asleep in the Lord Thursday, April 3, 2014. Katherine was a member of St. Andrew Church, Baltimore, MD. Her father, Archbishop Kiprian, was a rector of St. Andrew's prior to serving as the rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary and Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern PA. Funeral arrangements for Katherine are pending, and will be updated here as they are made.
A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church( on Lombard and Chester Street) on Monday at 9:30 am. Interment: St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Online condolences may be made towww.schimunekfuneralhomes.com
May God grant rest eternal to Katherine in His Heavenly Kingdom where there is neither sorrow nor sighing but life eternal. And may God grant His Grace, Comfort, and Peace to her family.
|Annual Century Association Gala to be Held at St. John's Center in Mayfield, PA - 03/30/14|
St. Tikhon’s Seminary Century Association is pleased to announce its annual HOSPITALITY A LA RUSSE event will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the St. John Center in Mayfield, PA. This is the single largest fundraising event of the entire year for the Century Association who donate over $40,000 each year to help support St. Tikhon's Seminary.
Please consider attending this memorable and worthwhile fundraising endevor.
$40.00 per Ticket Children (under 12) $10.00 per Ticket
Doors Open at 3:00
Reception & Russian Table, Dinner & Dessert
5:30 Balalaika Orchestra
7:00 Theme Basket Drawing
**LIMITED SEATING****PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY**Enjoy a selection of traditional Russian delicacies starting with zakuski (appetizers) of potato pancakes, eggplant caviar, beet salad, stuffed grape leaves, peroshki, marinated mushrooms, herring, Russian meatballs, kielbasa and soup followed by a dinner of Chicken Kiev and, of course, dessert.
Carbondale-Wilkes Barre Area (Mary Sernak): 570-357-7109
Bethlehem-Allentown Area (Sarah Jubinski): 610-691-8777
|Bishop David of Alaska Celebrates Feast of Annunciation with St. Tikhon's Community - 03/26/14|
On March 24 and 25, the St Tikhon's Community gathered together with His Grace Bishop David (Mahaffey) (STOTS 1997) to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, with Vigil for the Feast on Monday evening followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday morning. This joyous Feast Day was made even more special for the St. Tikhon's Community by the presence of Bishop David, visiting from Alaska, and His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, who was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.
His Grace Bishop David is not only an alumnus of St. Tikhon's, he also taught at the school for 8 years. As a sign of the great love that the school holds for His Grace, and a show of support for him as he embarks upon his Archpastoral ministry as the newly-consecrated Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, a Panagia was given to His Grace on behalf of St. Tikhon's Seminary. Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, asked that His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman present the Panagia, owing to their close relationship formed through years of mutual service to the school.
The St. Tikhon's Community wishes a joyous Feast of the Annunciation to all!
Today is the beginning of our salvation
The revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
Rejoice, O Full of Grace,
The Lord is with You!
O Victorious Leader of Triumphant Hosts!
We, your servants, delivered from evil, sing our grateful thanks to you, O Theotokos!
As you possess invincible might, set us free from every calamity
So that we may sing: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
The Lord is with You!
|2014 Tikhonaire Call for Submissions - 03/24/14|
The theme for this year's Tikhonaire is "Stories" and will consist of a number of stories collected over the past year as part of our ongoing St. Tikhon's Historical Initiative. Many people have volunteered in both the recording and transcribing process to collect these oral historical treasures that might have otherwise been lost and forgotten.
The stories can be of any variation, historical or personal, from any era. They can be your stories but it is preferred that they be "those well known or "famous stories" that get passed down from decade to decade and thereby take on almost a "legendary" or "fable" type quality in the rich tapestry that is the oral history of this most holy place. The stories can be as long or short as you would like. A good story can be told in as little as a few sentences to several pages.
THE STORIES WILL ALL BE PUBLISHED ANONYMOUSLY
The one caveat to this request for submissions is that the stories concentrate on building-up of one another and not the tearing down. The stories should all be edifying in some way and denote a positive and publishable character.
The submissions must be received by April 21, 2014 to be consider for this year's Tikhonaire but the sooner as they can be sent in the better. All stories can be submitted to info@stots,edu or mailed to PO Box 130 South Canaan, PA 18459 (Attention STORIES).
|Alumni Update: Axios! 2013 Graduate Ordained to the Holy Diaconate - 03/23/14|
On March 23rd, 2014, the Sunday of the Cross, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate (OCA) ordained Reader Paul McDonald (STOTS 2013) to the Holy Diaconate at Ss. Constantine and Elena Romanian Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN.
Serving with his Eminence were Fr David Wey, parish priest of Ss. Constantine and Elena; Fr Daniel Hoarste; Archdeacon David Oancea, Chancellor of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America; Protodeacon Michael Myers; as well as Subdeacons John Lazar, Tom Roscoe, Frank Weiner, David Beck, and John Rigby. Deacon Paul will be serving the parish of Ss. Constantine and Elena, the parish in which he grew up.
Pray for Dn. Paul, his wife Anna and their unborn child as they enter into the joys and responsibilities of this next phase of their public ministry.
|Memory Eternal Archpriest Alexander Atty (UPDATED) - 03/23/14|
It is with a profound sense of loss that the St. Tikhon’s Community marks the passing of its former Dean, the Archpriest Alexander Atty. Fr. Alexander received his rest in the Lord early this morning, the Sunday of the Holy Cross, March 23, 2014, finally receiving rest from his many-year struggle with cancer.
Fr. Alexander was Dean and Chief Operating Officer of St. Tikhon’s Seminary from the summer of 2010 to February of 2013. For several years before this he was a devoted member of the Board of Trustees and beloved benefactor of the institution.
In his 2 ½ all-too-short years as Dean, Fr. Alexander Atty would make a dramatic and indelible mark on the life of St. Tikhon’s. Under his direction many improvements were made to the physical property including: remodeling of the entire front of the the administration building, updating nearly every office space and classroom, and construction of a new dining hall. Also under his tenure, the school would enjoy advances in it’s networking and communications including a new phone system, upgrades to the website and student email communications system, the purchase of two new seminary vehicles, new heating systems for both the seminary building and for the monastery church.
He will be remembered not only for his strong emphasis on campus renewal but also for the love and care that he and his beloved wife, Matushka Olga, took to ensure a certain quality of life for the student body of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. During their time here, Fr. Alexander and Matushka Olga, dedicated much of their efforts to ensure the seminarians and their wives and families were included in every aspect of community life. They instituted a family lunch program where wives and children were invited every day to come and join the seminarians, faculty, administration, and staff to share together in a common meal with one another. Each of these accomplishments, and others not mentioned, were accomplished by Fr. Alexander in 2 ½ years while undergoing very aggressive cancer therapy that would have by itself ended lesser men.
He will be remembered by all as a dedicated churchman, a husband, a father, a friend, and a leader.
He will be remembered by those of us in the Community of St. Tikhon’s as a Dean with an uncompromising love of the beautiful and a steadfast desire to share that with each of us.
At this time the funeral arrangements are being announced as follows:
March 25, Tuesday (Annunciation of the Theotokos)
10:30 am–7:00 pm: Viewing (St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)
7:00 pm: Funeral of a priest (St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)
March 26, Wednesday
11:00 am: Funeral Service for Fr. Alexander (following the 9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy) (St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)
March 27, Thursday
7:30 pm: Panikhida for Archpriest Alexander Atty at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA.
March 28, Friday
1:00 pm: Service of Interment for Archpriest Alexander Atty at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Cemetery, South Canaan, PA 18459
With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant the Archpriest Alexander Atty where sickness and sorrow are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
|Benedict Sheehan Leads Choir Workshop in Methuen, MA - 03/13/14|
On the evening of Thursday, March 13, thirty singers and five conductors gathered at St. Xenia's Orthodox Church in Methuen, MA (ROCOR) to take part in a workshop on Orthodox liturgical singing. St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir Director Benedict Sheehan was invited to mentor the conductors and to help prepare the choir to sing the weekend's services, which were presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. The workshop included hours of intensive rehearsals under Benedict Sheehan's guidance, a presentation on vocal health by Laryssa Doohovskoy, a video and Skype presentation on the ethos of Lenten services by Dr. Vladimir Morosan, and a Skype master class direct from Moscow with Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, Choirmaster of the Moscow Representation of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery.
The workshop was an exhilarating experience for all involved. Properly executing Orthodox liturgical music -- that is, executing it both with musical excellence and in a spiritual manner -- requires great effort on the part of musicians. Many of the participants in the workshop said they had never known until now what was required of them, and left deeply inspired. One participant in the workshop wrote of her impressions: "Sublime is the only word that comes to mind when I think of the Lenten Retreat I was a part of." Another wrote: "I am discussing the conference with everyone I meet... You have rekindled my heart for the kliros and helped me to realize that perfection in a choir should not only be a dream, but a reality."
The workshop was organized locally by St. Xenia's parish, but most of the faculty, including Benedict Sheehan, were members of the newly-formed Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM), a non-profit organization founded to promote excellence in Orthodox liturgical singing in North America. St. Tikhon's Seminary will host the next official PaTRAM master class with Vladimir Gorbik from June 30 to July 3, 2014
. For more information about the upcoming master class and about PaTRAM, please visit patraminstitute.org
(Article provided courtesy of PaTRAM)
|St. Tikhon's Women's Group Holds Annual Pysanky Workshop - 03/13/14|
On the Thursday, March 13, 2014 the St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group gathered in the monastery dining hall to learn the ancient art of making pysanky eggs, also known as Ukrainian Easter eggs, which are traditionally made during Lent. Pysanky is an egg that has been decorated or “written” on with layers of beeswax and is often dyed multiple colors. Once the wax is heated and removed, a beautiful design is revealed. The lesson was led by Cindy Davis, who is a member of the St. Tikhon’s Community and also works at the Chancery office of the Orthodox Church in America. The St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to Ms. Davis for her time and talent.
(Photos by Leslie Patton and Cindy Davis)