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St. Tikhon's Celebrates Holy Week and Pascha - 04/09/18

Christ is Risen!

St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery communities came together to celebrate Holy Week and Pascha. This is not only the high point of the liturgical year for Orthodox Christians, it is the high point for the academic year!  

Please take a few minutes to look at the two photo galleries, the first representing excerpts from Holy Week, and the second from Paschal Services, with gratitude to Seminarian Robert West who faithfully took photos in the course of all the services.  Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi, Deputy Dean of the Patriarchal Seminary in Nairobi Kenya, was present for the whole of the Great Lenten journey, and is among those captured in the photo from the Paschal Procession.

Indeed He is Risen!

In Memoriam: Mitred Archpriest John Nehrebecki: Updated - 04/07/18

Archpriest John Nehrebecki (STOTS 1950), reposed in the Lord on Holy Saturday.  He was known to especially anticipate the Divine Liturgy celebrated on this day.  Please see the full obituary for Fr. John on the OCA website here.  Fr. John was father-in-law to the ever-memorable Archpriest Alexander Atty who served at St. Tikhon’s as Dean from 2010-2013, and grandfather to Archpriest Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) among their children and grandchildren.

Fr. John was a participant in the Metropolitan Leonty Symposium held at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in May of 2015, as one of three members of the delegation receiving the OCA’s Tomos of Autocephaly.   Their collective recollections helped to bring this formative time for our OCA alive for yet another generation! 

2017 was a year including many celebrations for the Nehrebecki family!  Fr. John was granted the dignity of wearing the Miter by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Bishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.  He and Mat. Eugenia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on May 22nd, 2017.   Earlier that spring, the Mission Choir visited Christ the Savior Church in Paramus (photo for this story), celebrating the ministry of Fr. Leonid Schmidt (STOTS, 2010) as current pastor, and Fr. John’s legacy in having served the OCA with distinction in faith and in love. 

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, visitation will be from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Paschal Funeral service beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated. The interment will follow at 4:00 p.m. at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Cemetery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Father John’s memory to Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 365 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey 07652

Memory Eternal to the newly reposed Mitred Archpriest John.

Mission Choir Visits Ohio - 03/25/18

The Mission Choir visited several churches over the weekend of March 24th & 25th. They sang the responses for a full vigil for the feast of the Annunciation at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Canton Ohio, and were led by recent graduate and St. Tikhon's alumnus Fr. John Kennerk (STOTS 2017), who gave a wonderful and pastoral explanation of the vigil beforehand to his parishioners who are fairly new to vigil services. Following the service Fr. Mikel (classmate of Fr. John) and Matushka Rachel Hill hosted the Mission choir, as well as the Kennerks and several parish families, for a lovely home-cooked meal at their house. 

On Sunday Morning the Mission Choir sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore, Ohio, led by St. Tikhon's Alumnus Father Nicholas Wyslutsky (STOTS, 1989, currently serving as Alumni Treasurer). Each Seminarian, as well as Monastery Director of Music Benedict Sheehan, gave a brief talk at a fish fry following liturgy.  St. Nicholas Church is celebrating its centennial this year!

Finally, the Choir sang a concert with diverse repertoire at St. George's Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio, joined by Alumni Fr. Mikel Hill and Deacon Jonathan Lincoln (STOTS 2017), as well as Joachim Wyslutsky. The concert was well attended and there was a light reception afterwards. The concert itself and the music selection were organized by Fr. Mikel Hill, in conjunction with Benedict Sheehan.

May God grant Fr. Nicholas Wyslutsky, Fr. John Kennerk, Fr. Mikel Hill, Dcn. Jonathan Lincoln, their families and their parish faithful many blessed years!

(Story by Seminarian John Parker, photos by Seminarian George Davis)

St. Tikhon's Seminary now accepting applications for Fall 2018 - 01/12/18

St. Tikhon's Seminary is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.  Many ask about application deadlines.  We prefer having materials by early June, as it takes time to contact your references and to conduct a background check.  Please know also that you do not need to wait to submit a completed packet.  Sending in the application form is a good start, and we will work with you as you forward other materials.

To assist you in the application process, please note the following resources here on the seminary website:

Our admissions page, here, offers general information for those applying.  The application page, here, offers all the essential information necessary for assembling application materials.  

The Seminary Bulletin for 2018-2020 is now available on the seminary website.  View this document, here.  

Please feel free to contact the Admissions Committee either by e-mail: or for general questions, call the seminary at 570.561.1818.  It is most helpful if you also send application materials in to the applicants e-mail address above.

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