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Mission Choir Visits St. Andrew Church, Baltimore, MD - 04/17/16

The Mission Choir visited St. Andrew Church, in Baltimore.  After singing the responses for Great Vespers, a wonderful crab-cake dinner followed in the church hall.  Parishioners looked through the bookstore items.

In the morning, the Mission Choir again sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy.  Fr. Steven offered the homily.  A special collection was taken for the seminary, and Archpriest Theodore Boback offered an opportunity for sharing a brief update on seminary life.  Fr. Boback served as Alumni President for a number of years, and at one time Archbishop Kiprian also served the parish as pastor.  At the seminary we continue to regularly remember Leda Dzwonczyk of blessed memory, who served as Board Secretary.  Seminarians stayed overnight with parish families.  Fr. Steven enjoyed a brief opportunity for fellowship with Fr. Ted and and Hope at Baltimore Harbor.

During the festive lunch that followed, each of the seminarians introduced themselves.  The young child shown in the photos, with permission, is the Great-Grandson of Archbishop Kiprian!  Blessed Pascha to all at St. Andrew's Church!

Several St. Tikhon's Seminary Faculty Gather for Seminar - 04/12/16

Several members of the St. Tikhon's Seminary faculty met for a seminar on the evening of April 12th.  They met at the home of Drs. David and Mary Ford, who offered wonderful hospitality.  Present were:  Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics, Dr. David, Chair of Department of Church History and Patristics, Dr. Mary Ford, Associate Professor of Scripture and Spirituality, and V. Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich, Chair of Department of Pastoral Arts and Praxis.  Dr. David was also the presenter, sharing some of his work in translating and setting into English letters written by St. John Chrysostom, while exiled, to St. Olympia the Deaconess.  He then led faculty in discusing points related to this work.  These letters will also soon be appearing in print.  

Several other faculty planned to attend but when the session had to be re-scheduled, had conflicts.  Fr. Steven, seminary dean, proposed holding seminar sessions as opportunities for faculty to interact with each other outside "meeting" contexts.  Fr. Steven added:  "this is the first of hopefully many seminar sessions not only for faculty to share their work, but to build relationships with one another."

St. Tikhon's Professor to Participate in Great and Holy Council - 04/11/16

Christopher Veniamin, D.Phil. (Oxon.), a distinguished member of the faculty of St. Tikhon's Seminary, has been appointed as a representative to the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, which is to take place June 16 to 27, 2016, in Crete.  His appointment comes from the Holy Synod of the Apostolic Church of Cyprus, for which he will serve as theological consultant during the Council's deliberations.
The conciliar gathering of hierarchs of the various universally recognized autocephalous Churches throughout the world is the first of such councils since the time of the Ecumenical Councils (the last of which was held in 787 in Nicea).  The Council will be presided over by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.
Dr. Veniamin was born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents. A love for the Church and a desire to learn more about the Orthodox faith came as a direct result of growing up in the spiritual climate of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England), founded by his spiritual father, Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov.

His formal training in theology began at the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica (Greece), where he studied under Professors George Mantzarides, John Fountoulis, and Fr. John Romanides. Following the successful completion of his studies in Thessalonica, he undertook doctoral studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, under the aegis of the Most Rev. Dr. Kallistos T. Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia. His thesis, The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas, was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Transfiguration in patristic theology.

Dr. Christopher is also an accomplished cantor and holds the four-year Degree in Byzantine Music from the celebrated School of Greek Ecclesiastical Music in Thessalonica, and is a pupil of Eleftherios Georgiades, former Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ.

Professor Veniamin joined the STS faculty in the fall of 1994, and on September 30, 2005, received the distinct honor of being elected its first ever full professor, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Seminary and his distinguished record of teaching, research, and publication.  He also serves as the assistant director and registrar of The Antiochian Orthodox Institute Ph.D. Program and as its professor of Patristic Theology and Dogmatics.
Among the books he has written or edited are:  Ecclesial Being:  Contributions to Theological Dialogue (2005, ed.; 2006, reprint), The Enlargement of the Heart (2006, ed.; 2012, repr.), The Hidden Man of the Heart (2008, ed.; 2014, repr.), The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation:  "Theosis" in Scripture and Tradition (2013; 2014, repr.), Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009; 2014, repr.), and The Transfiguration of Christ:  In Greek Patristic Literature from Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas (forthcoming). 
Dr. Christopher has also published numerous articles, ranging in subject from the Apocryphal writings of the New Testament to Euthanasia.  He is well known for having edited and translated into English the first complete edition of the homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, for which he also wrote the introduction and detailed notes. Forthcoming publications include the reworked version of his doctoral dissertation, an inquiry into the anthropological significance of Pentecost, and a study on St. Augustine, viewed within the context of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition. He is also the President of Mount Thabor Publishing, specializing in quality books on Orthodox theology since 2005. 

Professor Veniamin has known Saints Porphyrios and Paisios, and he is familiar with many of the Elders of the Holy Mountain and with other notable figures in contemporary Orthodoxy, academic and ecclesiastical, including Archimandrite Zacharias, Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos, and Professor Constantine Scouteris.
Archbishop Michael (Dahulich),
Seminary Rector

Guest Lecturer at St. Tikhon's Seminary - 04/05/16

On Tuesday, April 5th, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary, was a guest lecturer in Dr. Christopher Veniamin's Patristics class.  Seminarians and visitors alike came to hear Dr. Bouteneff's presentation entitled:  "In What Sense am I a Sinner?"

Later, Dr. Bouteneff and Fr. Steven, seminary dean, had a brief opportunity to talk together.  They are seminary classmates (SVS, 1990).  Dr. Veniamin will also be lecturing in Dr. Bouteneff's class.

Mission Choir Visits St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - 04/03/16

The mission choir led the singing of the responses for the Vigil and Divine Liturgy of the Sunday of the Most Precious Cross, at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, in Allison Park, PA, April 2-3.  His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek (Pleska), returning from the Holy Synod meeting the previous week, was present for the Vigil, celebrated by Archpriest Michael Senyo, Cathedral Dean.  It was great to see Joel Brady (STS Class of 2015) who is now a cathedral parishioner.

After the vigil, we gathered at the home of Protodeacon Michael and Matushka Mary Wusylko's home for an evening that included dinner and fellowship.  Protodeacon Michael, a St. Tikhon's Board member, was recuperating from surgery, but joined us for a brief time.  His Eminence joined us at dinner, as did David Jarrett.

The mission choir sang the responses also on Sunday morning.  Fr. Steven preached the homily, and Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Choir, shared about the work at St. Tikhon's Seminary during coffee hour.  Fr. Steven was pleased that Matushka Cindy was able to join him for this trip, meeting the wonderful cathedral clergy and faithful.  

Fr. Steven shared his gratitude to the cathedral community for their generous support of the seminary!

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