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Seminary Participates in Observance of First Anniversary of Dn. Mark Hoeplinger's Repose - 10/08/16

St. George Church in Buffalo, NY celebrated the one-year anniversary of the repose of Dn. Dr. Mark Hoeplinger.  Dn. Mark was a graduate of the Diaconal Formation Program, a practicing Ear-Nose-and-Throat physician, and a St. Tikhon's Seminary Board member.  He reposed in the Lord on October 8, 2015.

Fr. Jason Vansuch, parish rector, celebrated the Divine Liturgy with many concelebrants.  Among them was Archpriest alexey Karlgut, and the participants of the Endicott Diaconal Formation program.  Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and two first-year seminarians, Alex Norton and John Parker, together sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy and the Panikhida that followed it.  Matushka Christine Hoeplinger and her family not only were present for the services, but assisted in preparing a wonderful luncheon that followed.  Fr. Steven offered brief comments after the Liturgy.  He indicated that Dn. Mark would have approved both of the many developments in the past year to the parish, as well as the diaconal program participants meeting together after the conclusion of the services.

After the services were concluded, all present went out front to bless a new sign for the church donated by the Hoeplinger family. During the luncheon, Seraphim Danckaert,  Director of Mission Advancement, shared with all that Tikhonaires were available that featured a story on Dn. Mark's repose.  

Many continued on from there to the cemetery, where the graves of Dn. Mark, and Fr. Ratchko, who reposed shortly before Dn. Mark, were blessed.  Fr. Ratchko had received Dn. Mark and celebrated their marriage. 

Fr. Jason shared his hope that this would be an annual celebration of Dn. Dr. Mark's life and ministry.  May Dn. Mark's memory be eternal.

St. Tikhon's Seminary announces 2016 Fall Lecture Series - 10/03/16

The annual Fall Lecture Series at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, featuring four public lecture on Tuesdays throughout the month of October, will begin this Tuesday, October 4.  Please note the time for each lecture as they are not all evening presentations.

Weekly topics and speakers include the following.

October 4 at 7 PM — “Understanding Today’s College Students from an Orthodox Street Preacher’s Perspective”
Gary Cattell, also known as “The Willard Preacher,” began preaching and dialoguing with students at Penn State as a Protestant in November of 1982. In the spring of 1999, he became an Orthodox Christian. He now ministers to Penn State students from the perspective of the Orthodox faith. He is married to Karen, his wife for more than thirty years, and has four grown children and four grandchildren.

October 11 at 7 PM  — “Identity and Knowledge: A Reflection on Leading Reading Groups on the Church Fathers”
Dr. Timothy Becker, PhD, teaches at the Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University in Philadelphia, where he also leads a popular reading group for anyone interested in the Church Fathers and Orthodoxy. Dr. Becker will reflect on why and how participation in this communal activity has been transformative for students and others.

October 18 at Noon — “Vocation & Ministry in the Orthodox Church”
Sr. Vassa Larin, PhD, is host of the popular YouTube show “Coffee with Sr. Vassa,” the author of various scholarly and popular works, and a professor of liturgical studies at the University of Vienna in Austria. Sr. Vassa will explore the intriguing concepts of “ministry” and “vocation” in the context of our post-modern, globalized world. Have these concepts “changed" in the Internet-Age — an Age of Fluidity? 

October 25 at 7 PM — “Money to Burn: A New (Old) Approach to Christian Stewardship”
Dr. Andy Geleris, MD, completed medical school and a neurology residency at UCLA, and has been a practicing neurologist for 33 years in southern California. He and his family became Orthodox as part of St. Peter's in Pomona, a Protestant church that converted to Orthodoxy in 1996. In his talk, Dr. Geleris will examine how embracing a biblical and patristic vision of generosity can revitalize one's spiritual life and the Church's witness to the world.

The general public is encouraged to attend. Admission for the entire lecture series is $10 per person. Refreshments will be provided. Please direct questions and RSVP to Teresa Vaux-Michel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at 570-561-1818 ext. 101  Please click here for a flyer that you can post.

Joint Seminary Celebration of OCA Chancery Patronal Feast Day - 09/24/16

Students, faculty, and administrators from both St. Vladimir’s Seminary and St. Tikhon’s Seminary gathered at our national chancery in Syosset on Saturday, September 24th to celebrate the Chapel Patronal Feast Day of St. Sergius of Radonezh. This celebration was hosted by chancery staff, began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, and was followed by a luncheon.  Archbishop Michael, St Tikhon’s Seminary Rector, preached during the Divine Liturgy. 

Photos of the day’s events viewed here were taken by St. Tikhon's seminarians.

Please also see the complete coverage of the day’s events on our OCA website by clicking here.


St. Tikhon’s Seminary Prepares for ATS Site Visit: Comments Invited - 09/18/16

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will be receiving an evaluation committee from the Association of Theological Schools November 20-23rd. You are invited to forward comments related to this evaluation to either to the ATS Commission on Accrediting or to our Seminary Accreditation Leadership Team.  Comments are particularly welcome regarding the General Institutional Standards, the Educational Standards, and Degree Program Standards.

Please email comments directly to the director of accreditation services,

or to our seminary’s dedicated e-mail address:


or send comments by mail to the Commission or the Seminary:

Director of Accreditation Services                        STOTS ATS Accreditation Leadership Team

The Association of Theological Schools                   St. Tikhon’s Seminary

           10 Summit Park Drive                                         P.O. Box 130

     Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110                              South Canaan, PA 18459

Please watch for a further announcement of a session to be held at the seminary that you may attend.

(Photo from ATS Focused Visit at St. Tikhon's Seminary in 2012)

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