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Archbishop Alexander Visits St. Tikhon's Seminary - 11/13/17

His Eminence, Alexander, Archbishop of Dallas and the Diocese of the South, briefly visited St. Tikhon's Seminary on Monday, November 13th, before joining members of the Holy Synod for their fall meeting.  During his visit he met for dinner with students and family members from the Diocese of the South currently studying at St. Tikhon's.  

 


Alumni Update: 40th Anniversary of Holy Cross Church, Williamsport, PA, with Archpriest Daniel Kovalak - 11/12/17

Archpriest Daniel Kovalak (STOTS Class of 1974) welcomed His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and numerous clergy and faithful who gathered for the 40th anniversary celebration of Holy Cross Church in Williamsport, PA.  This mission parish began by celebrating its first Divine Liturgy on November 6, 1977.  By September of 1978, the newly ordained Fr. Daniel Kovalak moved from Miami, Florida with Mat. Myra and their daughter Daria to begin serving the mission.  He has been there since, as a beautiful church and hall were built in the midst of the congregation that grew in faith, love, and ministry during all these steps.  

Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and Deacon Michael Shepherd, Seminarian, particpated in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.  Archpriest Eugene Pianovich (STOTS Class of 1950), Matushka Myra's father, Archpriest Daniel Ressetar (STOTS Class of 1948), and Archpriest Barnabas Fravel (STOTS Class of  2003, son-in-law of the Kovalak's) were among the concelebrating clergy.  The Women's Auxiliary was recognized with a Gramota.

Following the Divine Liturgy, an incredible banquet was held at the Williamsport Country Club, that opened specially on this day!  Comments were offered by Archpriest David Shewczyk (STOTS Class of 1975), and Fr. Steven.  Fr. Steven read portions of a letter forwarded by His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Seminary Rector.  In his letter, His Eminence extended his heartfelt congratulations and warm best wishes to all who were gathered.  Later in his letter, Archbishop Michael offered his prayers that Archpriest Daniel and faithful would re-dedicated themselves to God's will as they continue their journey.  Fr. Steven brought a seminary icon, recently commissioned, of the saints that have walked the grounds of the monastery and seminary to the Liturgy and banquet, in part to reference the many ways that Fr. Daniel and Mat. Myra have contributed to the greater Orthodox Church, reflected also by the faithful in their dedicated ministry.

Archbishop Mark presented Fr. Daniel and Mat. Myra with the Order of St. Innocent, Silver Class, in celebration of this day.  They were also presented an icon of St. Herman by Council President Eric Affsprung to reflect the missionary spirit, inspired by the Kovalak's that remains so integral to the life of the parish.  The parish also presented the seminary with a contribution of $5,000, and the diocese with a contribution of $1,500 for seminarian support!  Holy Cross has welcomed the Mission Choir on many occasions, and Fr. Daniel has taught a class on missions at the seminary for many years, as well as contributing through his many talents.

May God grant Archpriest Daniel, Matushka Myra, and the faithful of Holy Cross Church many blessed years!

 

 


St. Tikhon's Seminary Holds Vocations Retreat - 11/11/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  St. Tikhon's Seminary held its annual vocations retreat on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11th.  Four participants heard presentations on Humility and Obedience in St. John Chrysostom, the theme of the retreat.  In the course of their time together the group attended services, toured the seminary and monastery, and participated in presentations by Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Director of Student Life, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, and Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Abbot.   Seminarians participated in the retreat by sharing about their journey now as seminarians.  


- 11/06/17

On Monday evening, November 6th, St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted Bernard Wilson, of the OCA's Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee (SMPAC).  He presented on the OCA Sexual Misconduct Policies, applicable to the seminary community.  This presentation is especially important as more children are part of the seminary community at present.  Wilson shared many vignettes to further highlight points being made.

All seminary constitutencies were asked to attend the presentation, and to sign off on their knowledge of these policies.  

 


STOTS Administration, Seminarian, Participate at Patriarchal Liturgy - 10/29/17

On Sunday, October 29, Administrative Assistant to the Dean Marshall Goodge (STOTS 2017) and Seminarian Colin Michael Barker, both members of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, attended a Patriarchal Liturgy at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York, presided over by His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.

Both were overjoyed to receive the Archpastoral blessings of their chief hierarch, who was visiting the United States to meet with leaders of the United Nations and US Government, as well as to speak at the “In Defense of Christians” summit in Washington D.C.

After the Liturgy, a reception was held, with addresses both by His Beatitude Patriarch John and His Eminence and Beatitude Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch.


Alumni Update: In Memoriam - 10/29/17

Archpriest Stephen Mack (STOTS, 1976), long-time pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Auburn, NY, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, October 22nd. Please see the full story of his ministry and repose on our OCA website, here. Memory eternal to Fr. Stephen, and our prayers are with his family.

Matushka Marie Kreta fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, October 23rd. She was married to Archpriest Joseph Kreta (STOTS, 1952) who was directly involved in founding St. Herman’s Seminary where they remained for thirty years. Burial will be on Monday, October 30, 11am, at St. Tikhon’s Monastery. You can view the full write-up of her repose on the OCA website here. Memory eternal to Matushka Marie.

Also, memory eternal to Protodeacon Keith Russin, who fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, October 26th..  A graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary, Protodeacon Keith was known as a deacon who often served with then Metropolitan Herman, and was a partner in a funeral home in Plains, PA, assisting in many burials.   Funeral services will be celebrated at 7pm on Wedneday, Nov. 1st, at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, where he was serving. 


STOTS Holds Fall Board Meeting - 10/27/17

STOTS Fall Board of Trustees Meeting was quite full, beginning with elections for the coming year. John Della Monica, President, and Popadija Katherine (Kitty) Vitko, Board Member, presented on the work of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF).

The board also welcomed Dean Harbry, a Professional Certified Coach, and Founder of Internal Innovations, LLC—an Atlanta-based executive coaching firm, established in 2003. He has worked with over 140 nonprofit boards on governance, compliance and organizational best practices. He was invited by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, to assist the board and seminary community to engage in further work together after the most recent reaccreditation review by the Association of Theological Schools.

Dean presented to the board on topics related to shared governance, and guided the whole seminary community through an exercise of working through several hypothetical scenarios designed to reinforce the use of seminary policies and procedures. These areas of emphasis are part of the seminary’s follow-up after the November 2016 ATS site visit.

In the afternoon the board welcomed audit firm representatives completing their audit of this past fiscal year’s financial records.


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