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St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp - 07/03/17

During the week of Summer Camp, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, welcomed those attending the camp on Sunday.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared with several groups of campers during the course of the week.  The focus this year was on the Mother of God.  Thanks be to God the weather was beautiful for the many outdoor activities that are part of the camp week. 

While daily prayers are offered in the pavilion during the week, all came together for Vespers on Friday at the monastery church, and Divine Liturgy on Saturday.   May those participating in the Summer Camp be renewed through this experience of fellowship, learning, and fun!

(Photos, Seminarian Robert West)

In Memoriam, Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak - Updated - 07/02/17

St. Tikhon’s Seminary received word early on Sunday, July 2nd, that Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak (STOTS, 1994) reposed in the Lord on the evening of July 1st. He was only 46 years old.

Dn. Gregory came to seminary from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Minersville, PA, and graduated during the same Memorial Day weekend that St. Alexis was canonized. 

Dn. Gregory served as Bookstore Manager for St. Tikhon’s Seminary/Monastery for many years.  More recently he has served as Director of Marketing and Operations for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press and Bookstore.

He married his wife Robyn (Alexander) on October 19, 2008.  Gregory was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by then Bishop Tikhon, on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at his home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Minersville, PA during the parish’s 100th anniversary celebration. (See photo)

Matushka Robyn began serving in 2016 as Director of Hospitality and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Most recently Deacon Gregory was elevated to Protodeacon on May 23, 2017.  Protodeacon Gregory leaves behind his wife, Matushka Robyn, his parents, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Valeria Hatrak, his brother Matthew and Lori (sister-in-law) Hatrak, and sister, Natalie Hatrak.

Memory eternal to the newly departed servant of God, Protodeacon Gregory.  

Funeral Service Schedule:

Wednesday, 5 July (St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY)

On Wednesday morning, July 5, at 10:00 a.m., a Panikhida for Pdn. Gregory will be served at St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Three Hierarchs Chapel. Prior to the Panikhida, at 9 a.m., a viewing will be held. Immediately following the Panikhida, a repast will be held in the Seminary’s Germack Building.

Wednesday, 5 July (St. Tikhon’s, South Canaan, PA)

There will be an opportunity for viewing in the monastery church when Protodeacon Gregory’s relics reach the monastery grounds.  Regular daily services will occur in the monastery church, beginning at 4:30pm.

7:30 PM — Funeral

Thursday, 6 July

9:30 AM — Divine Liturgy, followed by Last Kiss and Burial here in our cemetery.  The repast will be at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware Street, Jermyn, PA  18433. 

For those wishing to make a contribution in Protodeacon Gregory’s memory, a Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of Matushka Robyn. 

Continuing Education Program at St. Tikhon’s Seminary Concludes - 06/22/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan]  This year’s continuing education program was focused on the theme:  “With the Saints Give Rest, O Christ, to the Soul of Thy Servant”.  The program ran from Tuesday-Thursday, June 20-22.

Presentations were offered from various vantage points related to this theme.  Fr. Ian Pac Urar, Director of the OCA’s Department of Continuing Education, presented an interactive focus on ending one’s pastorate, including preparation for and entering into retirement.  Exercises with participants were helpful to highlight some of the points Fr. Ian offered.

Excerpts from Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann’s course (tape recorded) on The Liturgy of Death, provided a theological foundation for the program.  At that time, Fr. Alexander shared that he could find no research having been done on the services related to the Liturgy of Death that he then proceeded to outline.  Clergy now a generation or two away from Fr. Alexander’s time heard his review of the services, and his effort to untangle seeming contradictions in the instructions within the services as rendered in the Hapgood Service book. 

Wednesday’s portion of the program focused on preparation for burial.  Dr. Irene Kacandes, who was preparing for a trip to Europe and was still open to participating in this program, pre-recorded both a presentation reflecting the ongoing work of her parish, and again a demonstration of preparing someone for burial.  Then, via Skype, the group had the opportunity to interact with her directly in following up from those presentations.   In the afternoon, Archpriest Michael Senyo presented on preparing clergy for burial, in having served in this capacity on numerous occasions. 

On Thursday the participants had the opportunity to hear from Joseph Scotchlas, a local Funeral Director, after he also sat through most of the previous sessions.  Joseph was quite engaging and reflective not only on the work of the funeral director, but clarifying how our Orthodox community can still be engaged with local funeral homes even in the process of preparing the newly departed for burial.  He also shared some information on pre-planning, and clarified the law related to dimension of the burial process.

Archpriest Steven Voytovich offered the final presentation that sought to weave a tapestry covering patristic and other resources in reflecting on the ministry of those who suffer, a review of the early church’s effort to redirect Christian burial from pagan practices that were in place including cremation, advance care planning, divorce as a type of death less recognized in the life of the church, and a brief reflection on the services related to the funeral in light of the Fr. Alexander’s research. 

Participants of the program related that this year’s program was more focused and practical, and that for the registration fee of $100 was a bargain to complete most of the required annual continuing education.   Thank you to all our presenters, and to Zena for the wonderful meals (within the realm of the fast!) that were also very well received.  We are also grateful for Silouan and Gloria Burns for assisting in many ways during the course of these days as Silouan prepares to enter seminary here this fall!  Finally, we are grateful for the opportunity for participants to participate in daily services at the monastery church during the course of the program.

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