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St. Tikhon’s Hosts Jesse Brandow, Guatemalan Missionary - 03/17/17

[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]  On Friday, March 17, St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted Jesse Brandow, a missionary to Guatemala through OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center), for a lunch-time talk. Jesse was in Guatemala from April 2015 through January 2017, and is currently in the United States on furlough raising support to return to Guatemala for another 2-year term. 

Jesse shared with the gathered students, families, and staff members a brief history of the Orthodox Church in Guatemala, the growth that is taking place, and the needs of the Guatemalan Church. Highlights of his own work include: setting up a print shop to produce Orthodox materials in Spanish, compiling and translating a daily Spanish liturgical guide, mentoring the seminarians and pre-seminarians, teaching the lay catechists from the villages, and supporting the Guatemalan priests in their ministry.  Jesse encouraged those gathered to answer Christ's command to "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19-20) by engaging in missions themselves, supporting missionaries who are working in other countries, and praying consistently for the Church around the world.

St. Tikhon's student body supported Jesse during his last 2-year term, and has pledged to renew their support for the next 2 years.  Student Government officers hope to strengthen the connection between St. Tikhon's students and the Guatemalan Church, especially the seminarians Jesse has been working with, in the year to come.

(Article by Megan Lincoln, Student Government Secretary, and Photo, by Dn. Andrew Nelko, Student Government President)

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Student Government Holds Elections - 03/16/17

[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]  On Thursday, March 16th, St. Tikhon’s Seminarians gathered to hold elections for the coming academic year’s officers.  According to Megan Lincoln, current Student Government Secretary: “We sought to hold elections earlier this year so that the new officers will have more time to shadow current officers to learn their respective roles before we graduate.”

The new officers include (from Left to Right):  Joseph Sharmin, President, Robert West, Vice President, Rony John, On-Campus Representative, Isaac  Lampart, Secretary, Augustine Lewton, Treasurer,  and Reader Timothy Kolb, Off-Campus Representative.   May God grant our new Student Government Officers many years!

Dn. Matthew Fuhrman Ordained to the Holy Priesthood - 03/12/17

[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]

On Sunday, March 12th Dn. Matthew Fuhrman was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church. Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the ordination.   Concelebrants joining him included Archmindrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, who worked with Matushka Jessica's family as former OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Seminary CFO, and Archpriest Theodore Boback, former STOTS Alumni President, and Military Endorser.  Many classmates also served, including Priests Matthew Joyner, Basil Ferguson, John Kennerk.  Serving with Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak (Metropolitan Tikhon's Secretary) and Hierodeacon Maximus were more classmates, Deacons Andrew Nelko and Jonathan Lincoln.  All concelebrating classmates are senior seminarians as is Fr. Matthew.

Fr. Matthew Fuhrman is actively preparing for service as a military chaplain.  Fr. Steven shared that his thesis is part of his effort to prepare for this role.  As all endorsements are processed through Metropolitan Tikhon's Office, it was most meaningful that he was able to be the celebrant for this ordination.  Many family members were present for the ordination as well.

Photos, Robert West and Mat. Jessica Fuhrman (who has assisted with photography for many ordinations occurring at the monastery church).

Mission Choir Visits Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg PA: Updated - 03/11/17

[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]

St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir visited Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg, PA.  This was the first visit the Mission Choir made to Holy Apostles Mission since the completion of the first of their new permanent buildings.  The first photo album below are from the visit for Vespers on Saturday evening, with Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki.  The choir then traveled to Harrisburg to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg, with Archpriest Stephen Vernak, Rector, and Archpriest Daniel Ressetar, now retired former pastor.

Thank you to both parishes for your active support of the seminary!

St. Tikhon's Seminary Board of Trustees Holds Spring Meeting - 03/10/17

[South Canaan, PA:  STOTS Communications]

St. Tikhon's Board of Trustees gathered at the seminary for their spring meeting.  Board Committees met during the course of the day on Thursday involving a broad spectrum of representatives from seminary constituencies, followed by a full day's meeting of Trustees on Friday.  Among the items discussed was the recent ATS reaccreditation review.   The photo shows Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, addressing board members.

Alumni Update: Joseph Frangipani Ordained to the Subdiaconate - 03/08/17

[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]

Joseph Frangipani, (STOTS Class of 2016) was ordained to the Subdiaconate by Metropolitan Joseph, head of the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese in North America on Sunday, February 12th, at By His Eminence, Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  The ordination took place at St Andrews Orthodox Church, Arlington,Wa.

Spring Appeal Letter - 03/06/17

The children at St. Tikhon’s gather under the flowering trees after Divine Liturgy. Your Lenten gift helps these families prepare for ministry in the Orthodox Church. Thank you so much for your support!

Beloved in the Lord,

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

When you think about Lent, what comes to mind? For many of us, we might think immediately about the serious ascetic tasks of increasing our prayer life, more rigorous fasting, and attending more services.

But Fr. Thomas Hopko paints a very different picture in his famous book The Lenten Spring. He begins by saying:

”The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation…with the enthusiasm of a child… The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light.”

Here at St. Tikhon’s, we are so blessed to be reminded of the “enthusiasm of a child” during our Lenten journey, precisely because we are surrounded by children in every service. Right now, there are over 40 children in our seminary community, with another 5 on the way this year!

It’s only because of your generosity that these families are able to attend St. Tihkon’s and prepare to become leaders of the Church.

Your past donations have helped cover tuition for these families, and even helped them cover emergency costs like medical expenses and car repairs. St. Tikhon’s is a faithful steward of your investment, and we do everything possible to help seminarians and their families when they need it. Thank you for making that generosity possible!

During Lent, will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon’s?

Your generosity makes such a difference to the seminarians here —and to their families.

The children have watched their parents leave extended family and careers behind, come to a new place, and sacrifice so much to follow God’s calling to serve the Church.

Yet these same children also get to experience your generosity and love. They see that Orthodox Christians like you around North America care enough about the future of the Church to support their parents during seminary. What an amazing gift you provide!

Seeing Your Gift Make a Difference

Thanks to your support, we have celebrated 7 ordinations since December. And I’m so happy to share with you that the Seminary's accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Association of Theological Schools for seven years with no notations! 

This amazing accomplishment is a tremendous validation of St. Tikhon’s effectiveness. Our sole focus is practical preparation for ministry, rooted in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church. Thank you for standing with us in this sacred mission! 

How We Say Thank You 

Will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon’s during Lent?

By sending a new gift, you are re-committing to a special community of prayer and faith. We look forward to sending you pictures of the young families you are helping, and would like to remember you and your family by name in prayer during our daily Divine Liturgy.

Please use the enclosed reply envelope to send your prayer list and your contribution today. Thank you so much for your support, and may God bless you!

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey,

Archpriest Steven Voytovich

Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

P.S. Your generous support in the past has made St. Tihkon’s what it is today. Please join us once again this Lent by sending in your Lenten gift today.  Click here to go to our online donation page.  Thank you so much!

Mission Choir Visits Ohio - 03/05/17

SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]

After celebrating the fullness of services of Clean Week, St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir visited Ohio during the first weekend of Great Lent.   Please visit the three photo slideshows chronicling the weekend's events.

On Saturday evening, the choir, with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, visited St. Nicholas Orthodox Chruch in Mogadore, Ohio.  Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky, parish rector, serves as a member of the Seminary's Alumni Association.   After singing the responses for Great Vespers, the congregation and mission choir together enjoyed an evening meal in the church hall.  The choir offered a brief program of liturgical music during the dinner.  Fr. Steven thanked Fr. Nicholas for his hospitality, and his continued service with the Alumni Association.

On Sunday morning the mission choir visited St. Andrew Church, in Maple Heights.  Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan serves as a member of the Seminary's Board of Trustees.  Fr. Steven preached the homily and again thanked the parish for their many years of financial support of the seminary.  Paul Kappanadze directed the mission choir for the Divine Liturgy.

Sunday afternoon the choir visited Presentation of our Lord Orthodox Church (Romanian Episcopate) in Fairlawn, Ohio, for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.  Clergy and faithful came together from many neighboring parishes.  Fr. Silviu Bunta, a member of the faculty of the University of Dayton offered the homily.  Proceeds from the collection was targeted to St. Tikhon's Seminary.  Fr. Steven spoke of the pastoral formation ongoing at the seminary as Vespers ended.  An evening lenten meal was served for all attending Vespers.

May God bless all those who made contributions during the course of the weekend to support the work of pastoral formation at the seminary!

Bright Week - 04/14/15
Palm Sunday - 04/05/15
2014 Fall Appeal - 09/17/14
Christ is Risen! - 04/19/14
Palm Sunday - 04/13/14
Work Week 2013 - 05/20/13
Pascha Party! - 05/05/13
Palm Sunday - 04/28/13
2012 Talent Show - 11/08/12
Christ is Risen! - 04/15/12
Pascha Party! - 04/15/12
Palm Sunday - 04/08/12
Theophany 2012 - 01/07/12
2011 Talent Show - 10/26/11
Clean Week 2011 - 03/17/11
Alumni Picnic - 09/20/10
Pascha 2010 - 04/15/10
Triple Event! - 03/25/09
Marriage Retreat - 01/31/09
Marriage Retreat - 01/26/08
Grand Banquet - 05/27/07
Holy Pascha - 04/08/07
Holy Week - 04/07/07
Holy Pascha - 04/23/06
Holy Week - 04/22/06
Christmas Play - 12/11/05
Grand Banquet - 05/29/05
Holy Pascha - 05/01/05
Holy Week - 04/30/05
Annunciation - 03/25/05
Benefit Concert - 02/13/05
March for Life - 01/23/05
St. Nicholas Day - 12/06/04
OISM Retreat - 11/21/04
Men's Retreat - 11/06/04
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