St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Director of Mission Advancement
St. Tikhon’s Seminary is seeking a full-time Director of Mission Advancement. Responsibilities include annual giving initiatives, major and planned giving programs, capital campaign efforts, administration, and reporting of department efforts to Dean, Rector, and Board of Trustees. Please see the attached job description for more information. To apply, forward resume firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Mission Advancement
Member of St. Tikhon's Women's Group Has Lenten Reflection Published on OCN
Rachel Hill, wife of first year seminarian Mikel Hill, recently had an article featured on Orthodox Christian Networkas part of their ongoing feature titled "The Sounding."
The article is a Lenten Reflection titled "When we find ourselves on the floor" and can be read in its entirety by following the link.
Archivist from National Church Makes Annual Visit To St. Tikhon's Seminary
On Thursday morning, March 26, 2015 in Dr. David Ford's course on America and Orthodoxy, Mr. Alex Liberovsky, the Archivist of the OCA, gave a wonderfully thorough and inspiring slide-and-lecture presentation entitled "The Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America and Church Unity: From Historical Vision to the Present." In this presentation he recounted the highlights of the story of Russian Orthodoxy in America, beginning with the missionary work in Alaska in the 1790s up to the present, with special emphasis on the synods of the Church, beginning with the first synod of the Russian American Diocese, held in Mayfield, PA, in 1907, under St. Tikhon of Moscow, through the granting of autocephaly in 1970, and continuing up to the upcoming 18th All-American Council, to be held in Atlanta, GA, this coming July.
Mr. Liberovsky also gave a short presentation at lunch in which he explained the current process of revising the Statutes of the OCA. He, and Fr. Steven Kopestonsky (who attended the 1971 Council held at St. Tikhon's at which the current Statutes were instituted), both emphasized the importance of the Statutes for everyone in the Church - especially parish priests, who need to make sure that their parish by-laws are aligned with the Statutes of the diocese and of the OCA. Mr. Liberovsky urged the students to study the tentative revision of the OCA Statute (as given on the OCA website) and make any suggestions by April 21.
We all wish to thank Mr. Liberovsky very much for everything he shared with us during his visit.
(Article by Dr. David Ford)
Great Feast of the Annunciation
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 (Troparion).
Axios and Many Years to Archbishop Michael
St. Tikhon’s Seminary community celebrates the wonderful news that the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during its recent meeting, elevated Bishop Michael to the dignity of the rank of Archbishop. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael will celebrate in May the fifth anniversary of his consecration, and was elected Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary in October of 2013 also by the Holy Synod.
Grant, O Lord, a peaceful and prosperous life, health, salvation, and furtherance in all good things, unto Thy Servant, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and protect and preserve him for many years!
- V. Rev. Steven Voytovich
You Can Now Support St. Tikhon's Seminary Through AmazonSmile
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St. Tikhon's Seminary to Host Annual Vocations Retreat
Saint Tikhon's Seminary will once again be hosting its Annual Vocations Retreat on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2015. This encounter is designed specifically to help men ascertain their calling to serve the Lord and His Church in whatever capacity that He reveals.
The Vocations Retreat will begin on Friday evening at 6:00 for Registration and end after Vigil Saturday evening. Over the course of the retreat, guests will have the opportunity to join with the Seminary Community and Monastery Brotherhood in prayer, tour the Monastery grounds and the Seminary Campus, meet the Dean of the school, hear talks, and join in discussions. The schedule will provide participants the opportunity to consider very seriously one's active role, purpose and responsibilities as a member of the Body of Christ. It will also provide a glimpse of what a potential seminarian can expect to experience at St. Tikhon’s as an active member of the community.
The theme of this years retreat will be “In the Fear of God and With Faith Draw Near” and is offered at no cost to all individuals interested in visiting the seminary. If you would like to register for the retreat or if you would like more information on the retreat, or on St. Tikhon's Seminary, please call the school at 570-561-1818 or send an email to email@example.com.
Memory Eternal Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko
IN MEMORIAM: PROTOPRESBYTER THOMAS HOPKO
FROM HIS GRACE, BISHOP MICHAEL; RECTOR, ST. TIKHON’S SEMINARY
On behalf of the faculty, administration, staff, students and families of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community, I express our deepest sympathies on the falling asleep in the Lord of the ever-to-be-remembered Protopresbyter, Father Thomas Hopko.
So often our society idolizes celebrities and billionaires; we make them our “heroes” and our “role models”. But, in reality, their records are short-lived and their fame is fleeting. We need to exalt and pattern our lives after the Saints who imitated Christ … and the pastors who imitate them. Father Tom lived such a life: teacher, author; scholar, dean; husband, father; mentor, friend … But primarily, he was a priest.
From his days in Endicott serving as an altar boy, to his years at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, as one of its renowned Deans, Father Tom loved serving the Lord, His Church, and His people. He celebrated the Divine Services in a manner that would make one wonder if he were in Heaven or on earth. He preached with the boldness of a prophet, the brilliance of a patristic father, and a clarity that reached the youngest of children – and the most senior of faithful.
In his parishes, he was loved as a father and a friend. He led people to Christ by his preaching and guided them on the path to theosis as a confessor. His writings, which were both brilliant in depth and easy to understand, touched the minds and hearts and souls of countless individuals, not only in his parochial assignments but throughout this country and all over the world.
Father Tom was the consummate priest. He trained men to become priests. He mentored them in the Seminary and in their parishes. He gave them advice and inspired them, guided and comforted them, but most of all, loved them. He was, in fact, a priest’s priest.
In the book of Sirach, there is a passage praising a high priest, Simon. Its words are applicable to the Protopresbyter – the first of priests – Father Tom: “When he put on his splendid vestments and was clothed with the perfection of grace, and went up to the altar to serve … he honored the priesthood itself.” (50:10).
All of us whose lives were touched by Father Tom are better for it. The faculty, students and alumni of St. Tikhon’s Seminary – for many of whom his teachings have been pivotal in their discerning of vocations – are richer for the years we have had him, as is the entire Orthodox Church in America. We pray for the repose of his soul, that the Lord will indeed say to this consummate priest among priests, “Well done, good and faithful servant … enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21).
May God beatify him and give him rest with the Saints … and may his memory be eternal!
St. Tikhon's Women's Group Welcomes Master Pysanky Artist Nancy Dudchik
This year’s pysanky workshop for the St. Tikhon's Women’s Group was conducted by Nancy Dudchik on March 14, 2015. Nancy is an accomplished artist from Connecticut who has years of experience in the art of pysanky, and has even had her beautiful works of art displayed at the White House. Those in attendance learned the ancient art of making pysanky eggs which are traditionally made during Lent. Pysanky is an egg which 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. Attendees were provided an in- depth demonstration and education regarding the significance of the colors and the symbols that have been historical used to create pysanky eggs. Ms. Dudchik also brought with her pysanky eggs that she herself created which provided a great source of artistic inspiration for those present who made their own colorful creations.
The St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group would like to extend its thanks to Ms. Dudchik for giving of her time, talent, and knowledge which is very much appreciated.
St. Tikhon's Community Mourns the Loss of One of Its Own
By Drs. David and Mary Ford
It was very moving for us to experience the vast outpouring of love and condolences at Fr. Matthew Baker's (STS 2008) funeral at the Church of the Annunciation (GOA) in Cranston, Rhode Island, on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Officiating were two hierarchs - Metr. Methodios and Bp. Andonios - and about 30 priests, with at least 20 other priests in attendance, and many hundreds of people there - so many that police help was required for parking and for the very long funeral procession on the expressways from Cranston to Providence. One great highlight was hearing the very personal letter written by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Presvytera Katie and the children. It was a powerful experience, mourning the loss to the whole Church of one who many had hoped would become a leading theologian, but also, perhaps more importantly, one whom many had experienced as a loving friend and highly respected mentor. There were people there from all over the country, from many jurisdictions and all walks of life - both Orthodox and non-Orthodox - coming to pay their respects to a man who had touched their lives in significant ways.
It was also very meaningful and gratifying for us to see so many of our former students (and some of their families) there to honor and pay their last respects to their brother in Christ who had entered Christ's Holy Priesthood only 14 months before. The alumni present included our current faculty member and Choir Director Benedict Sheehan (STOTS 2011) and his family; Fr. Seraphim Majmudar (STOTS 2008) from Tacoma, Washington; Paul Jungwirth, from Portland, Oregon; Fr. Joseph Lucas (STOTS 2010) from Miami, Florida; Fr. Matthew Brown (STOTS 2013) from Saddle Brook, New Jersey; Fr. Patrick Burns (STOTS 2009), from Ansonia, Connecticut; Fr. Nicholas Dellermann (STOTS 2008), from Norwich, Connecticut; Fr. Nicholai Meyers (STOTS 2009), from Utica, New York; Fr. Andrew Damick (STOTS 2007), from Emmaus, Pennsylvania; Fr. Adam Sexton (STOTS 2008), from Ashland, Virginia; Fr. Philip Kontos (STOTS 2008), from Jupiter, Florida; Fr. Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Fr. Mark Lichtenstein (STOTS 2010) from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; as well as Jerry Tarris, the Bakers' former "landlord" at the Tarris Estates in Simpson.
For a photo from the funeral, and a short description, please go here.
May we all be stirred with great resolve by the inspiring example of this brilliant scholar, challenging teacher, bold preacher, dynamic priest, and beloved friend and mentor to many. We are truly honored to have him as one of our St. Tikhon's graduates.
There is Still Time to Pre-Register for the Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
Only 27 More Days to Pre-Register for the Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich). As was announced previously this historical occasion will feature the life and work of this beloved Archpastor and fearless advocate for Orthodoxy in America.
St. Tikhon’s Seminary is pleased to announce that Leonid Turkevich Phd, the grandson of the beloved Metropolitan Leonty will also be presenting at the Symposium a Lecture entitled Metropolitan Leonty and the Literary Tradition. Below we have included a section from his submitted abstract.
“Most of this Symposium is devoted to the pastoral, ecclesiastical and administrative legacy of Metropolitan Leonty. Although appreciated during his lifetime, but less well-known in the present day, is his literary legacy. While it is not my intent or training to venture a definitive literary criticism of his corpus of works, I would like to revisit this aspect of his life. He certainly viewed it as an important activity, so it is appropriate for us to attempt some understanding of these contributions.”
Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist European Division, The Library of Congress will be presenting on The Papers of Leonty, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, at the Library of Congress. Below we have included a section from his submitted abstract.
“The presentation will provide an overview of the papers of Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich (1876-1965) at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. The collection was generously donated by members of the Turkevich family in 1998 and is housed in the Library’s Manuscript Division. The collection has been cataloged and is open for use by all interested researchers.
Most of Metropolitan Leonty’s papers, comprising eight linear feet of materials in archival boxes, are in bound volumes of correspondence records and diaries. His poetry and financial notes are scattered throughout the diaries and correspondence records. One of the most significant holdings in the collection is the Metropolitan’s detailed record of the Church council (Sobor) held in Moscow in 1917-1918. Many of his notes on the Sobor are in shorthand and remain undeciphered. The presentation will include reading a poem, heretofore unpublished, composed by Metropolitan Leonty in late October 1917, on the eve of the election of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
In summary, the papers are a rich source for the history of the Russian Orthodox Church, Orthodoxy in America, and for the biography of Metropolitan Leonty himself.”
Also St. Tikhon’s would like to acknowledge the wonderful treasure that has been offered by V, Rev. Daniel Skvir who has submitted copies of the translated class notes of Metropolitan Leonty when he taught at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. It is from this that we intend to create a one of a kind, event exclusive offering that will be available only at the symposium itself. The offering will be limited edition, individually numbered, and will be offered exclusively to those who attend this historic event.
Only 27 more days to pre-register at a discounted rate!
Please register before April 2, 2015 for a discounted rate of $60. This can be done clicking on the link marked REGISTRATION below.
Please consider visiting St. Tikhon’s for this once in a lifetime chance to be a participant as our community of faith undertakes a “Holy Remembering” of one of its most beloved and revered paragons of faith whose life touched so many throughout the last century!
Memory Eternal Priest Matthew Baker (STOTS 2008)
It is with a very heavy heart that we received the news of the tragic passing from this life of the servant of God Presbyter Matthew Baker (STOTS 2008). Currently details are few but some time early this evening while attempting to drive home from his parish assignment at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich, CT Fr. Matthew was involved in a car accident and passed away as a result of the injuries.
The following message was published by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston:
Fr. Matthew Baker tragically passes away in a car accident this evening
To the Faithful Stewards of the Metropolis of Boston,
With a very heavy heart, His Eminence informs you of the untimely passing of the Rev. Fr. Matthew Baker, who tragically died in a car accident early this evening. Fr. Matthew was recently assigned to the Holy Trinity Parish of Norwich, CT, following the retirement of Fr. Paul Pantelis. During this evening's snow storm, Fr. Baker was traveling home from the parish when he had an accident from which he did not survive. His children who were traveling in the car with Fr. Matthew are thankfully not injured. The Metropolitan spoke directly with Presbytera Katherine a few moments ago and expressed the love and sympathy of the entire Metropolis and assured her of our prayers, presence and support.
More information will be forthcoming tomorrow. Please join His Eminence as we pray for Fr. Matthew's eternal repose. We pray for Presbytera Kate, their six beautiful children, Fr. Matthew's mother and their entire family, that the Lord surround them in His comforting and peaceful embrace. May he rest in peace! May his memory be eternal!
The following funding website has been set up where people can make direct donations to offer support for his family during this most difficult time. Fr. Matthew was a dedicated priest, husband, father, and friend.
The Church and world are the lesser for his passing.
Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Your servant, for You alone are immortal.
Orthodox Exhibition Begins at Neumann University
On Monday, February 23, 2015 an exhibition titled East Meets West: An Ecclesial Embrace began on the campus of Neumann University. The Exhibition commemorates the historic meeting between the Pope Paul VI and His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras, both of blessed memory, which occurred on January 5-6, 1964 in the Great City of Jerusalem.
This exhibition along with several lectures and presentations by renowned scholars hopefully endeavors to bring attention to the historical and spiritual significance of this first embrace.
The exhibition began Monday, February 23rd and will continue until Friday, April 24th, 2015 at the Neumann University Library 1 Neumann Drive Aston, PA 19014 and is free and open to the public.
In association with the event, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (Feast of the Annunciation) at 7 PM in the Neumann University Chapel a lecture will be given by Dr. Aristeides Papadakis, Professor Emeritus of Byzantine History at the University of Maryland, titled The “Schism” of 1054: Points of Reflection.
Registration is Now Open for the May 14 Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of
Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich) (1876 – 1965)
St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary South Canaan, PA
May 14, 2015
(The 50th Anniversary of his repose in the Lord)
The St. Tikhon’s Community is pleased to announce that registration has begun for this historical occasion which will feature the life and work of this beloved Archpastor and fearless advocate for Orthodoxy in America.
This day-long symposium will feature not only yet to be published selections from the 1917-18 diary of Metropolitan Leonty as read and translated by his granddaughter Mat. Tamara Turkevich-Skvir, but will also feature poems and observational anecdotes written throughout the life of this champion of the Faith.
Presenters will also include Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist European Division, The Library of Congress, as well as Dr. Scott M. Kenworthy presenting on the topic, “The Relationship between Metropolitan Leontii and St. Tikhon of Moscow.”
In addition to the more formal academic offerings, a time will be set aside for stories and recollections by friends, family, and others who had the opportunity to experience first-hand the grace and wisdom of Metropolitan Leonty.
Updates to the symposium will be published regularly in the weeks leading up to the event.
The tentative schedule is listed below:
7:00 – 8:15 AM Divine Liturgy, Monastery Church
8:30 – 9:00 Graveside Memorial Service for Metr. Leonty
9:10 – 9:50 Continental Breakfast and Fellowship
10:00 – 10:55 First Presentation
11:00 – 11:55 Second Presentation
12:00 – 1:25 PM Lunch and Museum Tour
1:30 – 2:25 Third Presentation
2:30 – 3:25 Fourth Presentation
3:30 – 4:25 Fifth Presentation
4:30 – 5:10 Vespers, Monastery Church
5:15 – 6:30 Wine and Cheese Reception
6:30 – 8:00 Panel Discussion, centering on personal reminiscences of His Eminence
Registration is $60 per person if received by April 2, 2015. After the deadline and up to the day of the symposium, the registration fee will be $75.
In anticipation of the number of faithful who will be visiting with us, we have arranged two separate group reservations with local hotels. The first is with the Comfort Inn in Hamlin, PA (570-689-4148), and the second is with the newly constructed Pioneer Plaza Hotel in Carbondale, PA (570-536-6020). Both hotels have reserved a block of rooms for the low rate of $88 per room. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and asking to be included in the group of rooms reserved for St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
Registration for the Symposium can be made by calling St. Tikhon’s Seminary at 570-561-1818 and then dialing 0 for the receptionist, or you can register online through the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Bookstore by following the link here.
Please consider visiting St. Tikhon’s for this once in a lifetime chance to be a participant as our community of faith undertakes a “Holy Remembering” of one of its most beloved and revered paragons of faith whose life touched so many throughout the last century!
Hospitality A La Russe VI Now Accepting Reservations
St. Tikhon’s Century Association is pleased to present the 6th Annual Hospitality A La Russe, featuring traditional Russian cuisine with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra.
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Chernay Fellowship Hall
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
$40.00 per Ticket
Children (under 12) $10.00 per Ticket
Doors Open at 3:00
3:30 pm Reception & Russian Table, followed by Dinner and Dessert
5:45 pm Musical Selections by Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra
7:00 pm Theme Basket Drawings
Enjoy a selection of traditional Russian delicacies, including eggplant caviar, stuffed grape leaves, peroshki, 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
All proceeds benefit St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA
Reserve Your Place in this Year's Tikhonaire!
This year the St. Tikhon’s Community remembers the holy and exemplary life of
His Eminence Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of his repose, St. Tikhon’s Seminary will be hosting an Academic Symposium May 14, 2015 honoring the life and work of this beloved servant of God who will also be featured in this year’s Tikhonaire.
Please consider supporting this historically rich publication with a sponsorship ad.
All proceeds for advertisements will go directly toward the printing of this year’s Tikhonaire and include the shipping cost of your complimentary copy of the publication. As an added bonus the Tikhonaire is now made available online at the Seminary website (www.stots.edu) where it will be viewed by the thousands of people who visit the website every week.
Each year loyal supporters reconfirm their commitment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the St. Tikhon’s Community. That is because the story of each of our lives has been joined unalterably to the story of this most holy place where saints have lived and walked, and prayed and taught.
Please accept our invitation to once again join the story of your life to the story of our life so that together we might have the opportunity to share the story of us with the world.
Please keep in mind that Tikhonaire ads must be recieved this year by April 10th.
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