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Marriage celebrated at St. Tikhon’s - 02/11/18

On Sunday, February 11th, Walter Robert Vladimir Parker, Jr., and Zena Hatez were joined in the Sacrament of Marriage.  This followed their being received into the Holy Orthodox Church the day before.  Subdeacon Timothy and Beth Kolb served as sponsors on both Saturday and Sunday.

Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, was the celebrant for the Marriage.  Concelebrating with him were:  Igumen Gabriel (Nicholas), and Priest Matthew Fuhrman (STOTS 2017) preparing for military chaplaincy.  Many of the seminary children were asked to stand with Zena and Bobby during the betrothal. 

In true form with her experience as a pastry chef, Zena prepared their wedding cake, and the meal that all were invited to at the Jefferson County Lions Club hall!  The whole community came together to celebrate with Zena and Bobby as they begin their new life as Orthodox Christians! 

St. Tikhon’s Seminary celebrates Reception of Seminary Cook - 02/10/18

In August of 2016, days before the start of the fall semester, Zena Hatez visited the seminary bookstore to look for a gift for a friend’s wedding.  She was sent across the street to find Fr. Steven Voytovich, asking him:  “Who cooks for you?”  Fr. Steven was overwhelmed by this question as the seminary did not yet have a cook for the fall.  Zena jumped in to prepare meals for a Board of Trustees Meeting before the students returned.  

Zena has not just served as Seminary Cook, she has been preparing to enter the Holy Orthodox Church together with her fiancé, Walter Robert Parker, Jr.   On Saturday, February 10, both Zena Marie and Walter Robert Vladimir were received by Baptism and Chrismation, celebrated by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean.  Subdeacon Timothy and Elizabeth Kolb served as sponsors on both Saturday and Sunday, as they had been journeying with Zena and Bobby through the last 1.5 years.

During the Homily Fr. Steven reminded all about the above conversation.  He in turn asked a question of Zena and Bobby:  “Who prays for you?” while asking them to turn to see the monastery church full of faithful!

The couple received communion at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.  Please see related story of their marriage, celebrated on the afternoon of Sunday, February 11th.

May God grant many years to Zena Marie and Walter Robert Vladimir!

St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir Visits Broadview Heights - 01/28/18

On the weekend of January 27-28 St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir visited Archangel Michael Church, in Broadview Heights, Ohio.   Archpriest John Memorich, Parish Rector, welcomed the group.

Archpriest David Fox, St. Tikhon’s Director of Mission Advancement, joined the group for this visitation.   Mr. Michael Herzak, St. Tikhon’s Board Chair, also leads the parish council.

The choir sang Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at Archangel Michael.   Fr. David said the following in the context of the visit:  “Your hospitality, brotherly and sisterly love in Christ really overwhelmed us.” 

May God grant Fr. John and parish faithful many blessed years!

Archpriest David Shewczyk Celebrates Retirement - 01/28/18

On Sunday, January 28th, Holy Trinity Church in Wilkes-Barre celebrated the retirement of their pastor, Archpriest David Shewczyk, after twenty-two years.  His Eminence, Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pensylvania, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, together with His Grace, David, Bishop of Sitka and the Diocese of Alaska, who surprised Fr. David.  Concelebrating were Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and Archpriest Joseph Martin, St. Tikhon’s Board Member and retired pastor of Holy Resurrection Church, also in Wilkes-Barre.  Frs. David and Joseph began serving their respective parishes in Wilkes-Barre only months apart from one another.  Protodeacon Sergei Kapral also served from Holy Resurrection Church in Wilkes-Barre.

Later the parish treated Fr. David to a testimonial dinner!  Many came together to join in this celebration.  Gregory Polk, parish Choir Director, served as Toastmaster.  Both Fr. David and Matushka Sharon were remembered with love.  Fr. David was asked to join the choir in singing the Great Prokeimenon, as his tenor voice is as strong as ever.  Matushka Sharon was also recognized with a bouquet of flowers for her active role in parish life in addition to her service as a nurse.  Their sons Nicholas and Timothy were also part of the celebration.

Fr. David served as Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, since 1989.  He is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s (1975), also holding degrees from: Siena College (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), and Marywood University (Master of Arts in Counseling).  Fr. David has served as Assistant Director of Field Education, serving as seminary liaison to both Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne Woodlands Manor where students carry out visits.  He has also co-led the Integrative Seminar each year.

St. Tikhon’s celebrated Fr. David’s retirement with a dinner including faculty and administrative team members on Monday, January 15th.  He was presented with a jeweled cross from the seminary that he wore during the above Liturgy and testimonial dinner.  He has impacted on the lives of many students over the years and will certainly be missed. 

Fr. David has sung in a number of choirs over the years:  Bicentennial Choir, Podoben Male Chorus, and Wyoming Valley Orthodox Choir.  He joined alumni, led by Archpriest Daniel Kovalak, in singing at the Molieben to the Theotokos and Anointing of pilgrimage participants at the Memorial Day celebration at St. Tikhon’s.

He and Matushka Sharon will reside in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  May God grant them many years in celebration of all they have collectively offered in service to the Orthodox Church in America!

Century Association Celebrates St. Tatiana Luncheon with Seminary Students - 01/25/18

The Century Association, led by President Subdeacon John Lasichak, hosted the annual St. Tatiana’s Luncheon on Thursday, January 25th.   Seminarians were treated to a wonderful lunch and awesome deserts prepared by association members who were also present.

Century Association members contribute at least $100 each year in support of the seminary.  Subdeacon John presented Fr. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, with a check for $6,000, representing contributions by many members! 

St. Tatiana is a second-century martyr, the patron saint of students.  This identification occurred in the context of the Empress Elizabeth founding the Moscow University on her feast day in 1755.  St. Tatiana Chapel remains an integral part of that university today.

You too can support the work of the Century Association by becoming a member.  Please click here for more information.  Please also place the date of May 6, 2018 on your calendar, to join Association members and many others to celebrate Hospitality a la Russe IX, at St. Michael’s Center, in Jermyn, PA!

May God grant many years to all those who support the work of the seminary through the Century Association!

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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