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2014 Fall Lecture Series - 09/26/14

St. Tikhon’s Seminary will once again be holding its Annual Fall Lecture Series each Tuesday evening in the month of October. The guest speakers and dates will be as follows:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Archpriest Stephen Freeman

Author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe and the award winning blog Glory to God for All Things will sign copies of his new book and offer the lecture

The One-Storey Heart: Christianity with a Single Mind

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fr. Andrew Damick

2007 Saint Tikhon’s graduate and author of the best-selling Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith as well as his new book An Introduction to God: Encountering the Divine in Orthodox Christianity and the popular Roads from Emmaus weblog will sign copies of his new book and speak on

The Transfiguration of Place: An Orthodox Christian Vision of Localism

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fr. Joel Weir

2010 Saint Tikhon’s graduate, missionary for IOCC frontline Katrina, instructor at Hagia Sophia Classical Academy, as well as devoted pastor, husband, and father will speak on

Saved Together: Practical Asceticism and Family Life

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fr. John Oliver

2004 Saint Tikhon’s graduate and author of the best-selling Touching Heaven, his new book Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in Orthodox Tradition, and the popular Hearts and Minds podcast will sign copies of his published works and speak on

Blessed Violence: Caring for a World in Crisis

 

All lectures begin at 7 pm and are open to the public. Admission is $10 a person or $100 for a group of ten or more. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVP to the Office of the Dean at 570-561-1818 or online at infor@stots.edu.


Women's Group Organizes Community Crafting Day Event - 09/21/14

On Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014 the St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group participated in a Crafting Day organized by Matushka Kathy White and Michele Kennerk. The various creative skills discussed and demonstrated included learning how to make stamps, embossing ornate paper, creating decorative decals, and much more. Both Matushka Kathy and Michele displayed examples of their own creative work which provided inspiration for the group. Additional Crafting Days will hopefully be scheduled in the future for anyone who was unable to attend the Sunday event, and for those who would like to continue to learn about the beautiful techniques already shared. 


Seminarian Shares Reflections on Mission Trip to Albania - 09/18/14

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Khader Baramki gave a lunchtime presentation in which he shared his summer field experience of serving on a short-term Mission Team in Albania. Khader, a third year seminarian studying in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, was the first student from Jerusalem to be selected to a mission team sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).

The mission was a part of a class entitled, “The Missiology of Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos) of Albania,” taught by Fr. Luke Veronis, a professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. During this summer program, Fr. Luke takes 12 Seminarians to Albania. While there, they visit hubs of Orthodox Christian activity, including parishes, monasteries, orphanages, and education centers. Khader made stops in Tirana, Korça and Durrës, as well as other smaller towns.

While in Tirana (Albania’s capital city), Khader had the opportunity to be present at the consecration of The Resurrection of Christ Cathedral on June 1, 2014. His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I consecrated the Cathedral, together with His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos) and many Primates and representatives of the world’s Orthodox Churches, including Archbishop Nikon (Liolin) of the Orthodox Church in America.

Khader also shared stories of his time in Durres, where the team visited the monastery of Shen Vlash, Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy, and the “Home of Hope” Orthodox Children’s Orphanage. Their visit to the Orphanage also coincided with a visit by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos (Giannopoulos)  III.


2014 Fall Appeal - 09/17/14

As we begin this new academic year, a new incoming class of seminarians likewise begins their journey of formation Included in this enthusiastic class are men and women, sons of ordained clergy previously completing studies at St. Tikhon’s, and those who have been inspired by God and prepared by compassionate parish priests to enter the Orthodox Faith, who all desire to serve as priests, teachers, and leaders. Our returning students continue with them on this journey.


Annual Women’s Group, Faculty & Staff Meet and Greet - 09/16/14

The Seminary Women’s Group had an opportunity to meet with the faculty and staff of the Seminary on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014. This yearly event allows for the seminary community to greet the wives of the new students and tell them a little about themselves as well as a time for getting to know the new faces and finding out about their journey to St. Tikhon's Seminary.

Having met the previous week with the Rector, His Grace Bishop Michael, the wives of the student body were greeted with an introduction by Dean of the Seminary, Archpriest Steven Voytovich. Following that, each faculty and staff member and each member of the women’s group, were given an opportunity to tell a little about themselves and their journey to St. Tikhon’s. For many of the women, that journey included the finding of the Orthodox faith and their marriages to their Seminarian husbands.


St. Tikhon's Community Featured in Local Publication - 09/15/14

Recently the St. Tikhon's Community was featured in a Philadelphia area newspaper named "The Spirit." The article can be viewed by following the link provided here.


Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 09/14/14

Troparion
 
O Lord, save thy people 
And bless Thine inheritance. 
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
Over their adversaries; 
And by virtue of Thy Cross 
Preserve Thy habitation.
 
Kontakion
 
As Thou wast voluntarily crucified for our sake, 
Grant mercy to those who are called by Thy Name. 
Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Thy power 
Granting them victories over their adversaries 
By bestowing upon them the invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.


St. Tikhon's Seminary Continues Search for Development Director - 09/14/14

[STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA]

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development. Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon’s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.

 

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

 Director of Development

 Job Description

 

Position:  Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon’s continues to evolve and grow.  Depending on experience and availability, the position can be part time leading to full time. Director will have the opportunity to build development functionality in the institution.

 Responsibilities:

1) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s annual fundraising plan.
2) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s periodic capital fundraising campaigns.
3) Secure financial support from individuals, parishes, foundations and corporations, and others.
4) Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
5) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
6) Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual, parish, foundation, and corporate donors.
7) Oversee organization of special events.
8) Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
9) Work with Board Members for board development.


Qualities:

1) Bachelors’ Degree (required), Master’s Degree in area related to development (a plus).
2) Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
3) Knowledge of computers and development-related software.
4) Ability to travel (especially weekends).
5) Certified Fundraising Executive (e.g. Association of Fundraising Professionals) (preferred).

Salary commensurate with experience.


Annual Alumni Picnic - 09/11/14

The Annual Alumni Picnic was held this past Thursday, September 11, 2014.

A special thanks to Fr. Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), Fr. Joseph Gallick (STOTS 1970) and the St. Tikhon's Alumni Association for providing the food and drinks for what has become one of the most beloved social activities of the school year.

This year each of the returning alumni were asked to share something about themselves and their journey both to and from the seminary as well as offer words of encouragement to the seminarians, their families, and to the entire St. Tikhon’s Community as this new academic year begins.

Earlier in the day the Alumni Association met for its annual fall meeting. Many things were discussed including several upcoming initiatives, fundraising ideas, and the appointment of new regional coordinators. Most notably, in an almost unanimous decision, the motion was passed to allow for the use of electronic communication technology in all future meetings of the Alumni Association in an effort to ensure that even those separated by thousands of miles can still participate in annual meetings and that their collective voices can help shape the future direction of the association.

We would like to thank the Alumni Association for all that they do in helping to ensure that the St. Tikhon's Seminary Community is not one limited by walls and stone and acreage but that it is a relationship, constantly realized, and is not bound by place, age or circumstance.


Faculty Member Releases New Book to Rave Reviews - 09/04/14

New Title from St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press – Wisdom For Today From The Early Church – Addresses 10 Important Themes From The Early Church Relevant To Orthodox Christians Today

Announcing a new title from St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, Wisdom for Today from the Early Church: A Foundational Study. The new title by Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary, provides a fascinating, inspiring, and eye-opening entranceway into the theological and spiritual riches of Christ’s Church in the first five centuries of the Christian era. It makes clear how these insights are highly relevant for our life as Orthodox Christians today, and how they can not only inspire us in our personal relationship with our LORD and all His Saints, but also how they can equip us for living and proclaiming the historic Faith in the midst of our increasingly
anti-Christian society and culture.

The book addresses ten of the most important themes of the life of the Early Church including: An Orthodox Understanding of the Book of Acts; The Apostolic Fathers Teach and Encourage the Faithful; The Apologists Explain and Defend the Faith to the Surrounding Society; St. Irenaeus Meets the Challenge of the Gnostics; The Church Meets the Challenge of the Montanists; Tertullian and the Dangers of the Sectarian Mind-Set; The Canonization of the New Testament: The Church Decides;
The Rise of Papal Presumption; The Holy Martyrs Live and Die for Christ; The Rise of Monasticism, the New Martyrdom; and the Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Advanced Praise for Wisdom for Today from the Early Church:

“[Wisdom for Today from the Early Church] offers a patrological resource for us to have the apostles, prophets, fathers, martyrs and the saints of Orthodoxy to whisper in our ears to keep us connected to and aligned with the continuity with the early Church and, more importantly, with the Church Triumphant.”

His Grace, Bishop THOMAS, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston,
Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic (Antiochian Archdiocese)

“Dr. Ford pulls back the curtain on the historic Church of the first centuries, and in the process he convincingly dispels many erroneous notions that are held by sincere but uninformed or misinformed Christians in Christendom today about how the Church as the Body of Christ has matured and adapted while remaining faithful the Gospel of Christ over the centuries.”

Fr. Theodore Petrides, Priest of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church,
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

“This ten-chapter journey is by no means a dry read. He literally re-lives the moments that he is teaching, with all their drama, joys, and sorrows. He makes the pages of Church History come alive in his classroom – and it is no different in this book.”

His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, Bishop of the Diocese of New York and
New Jersey (OCA)

Dr. David C. Ford is also the author of Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom, published by St. Tikhon's Seminary Press. And he and his wife Dr. Mary Ford have coauthored the widely popular Marriage As a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints. The revised and expanded, 20th Anniversary edition of this book has been recently published by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press. For more information, to place your order, or to request your review
copy contact Innocent Neal at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press.

ST. TIKHON’S MONASTERY PRESS, 175 ST. TIKHON’S ROAD, WAYMART


17th Annual St. Tikhon's Memorial Golf Tournament - 09/01/14

Jack Frost National Golf Club was the setting for the 17th Annual St. Tikhon's Golf Tournament.  Over 70 golfers gathered at the picturesque golf course located in the Pocono Mountains near Blakeslee, Pennsylvania. 

$3,000 was raised by the Tournament for the benefit of the Seminary.  Participants in the Tournament included our Dean, Fr. Steven Voytovich, faculty, staff and alumni of the Seminary, and clergy and friends of the Seminary who travelled from various parts of Pennsylvania and other surrounding states including New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The Championship Flight winners of the Captain and Crew Tournament were John Kozey, Jonah Goobic, and Adam Goobic.  Other Flight winners included, Second Flight: Maggie Zlatkowski, Nitza Quinnes, Mark Skuby, Dan Dowiak and Third Flight: Edna Fetkowitz, Fred Fetkowitz, Vasily Serpikov, Fr. JohnOnufrey.Prizes were also awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and most accurate drive.  All golfers received door prizes. 

The administration, faculty, staff, students and tournament committee would like to thank everyone who participated in and supported this year's tournament.  Tentative plans have been made for the tournament next year on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  We invite all who participated in this year's tournament to join us again next year.  We also extend a cordial invitation to all who wish to participate in this annual event in support of the Seminary either by playing in the tournament or offering to be a hole sponsor or donor at one of the several donation categories. 

Information about next year's tournament will become available in Spring 2015 and will be posted again on the Seminary website.


Annual Beginning of the Year Celebration - 09/01/14

On Monday, September 1, 2014, the St. Tikhon's community gathered at the homes of Michael and Sophia Pierce, and Matthew and Ashley Joyner for the Annual Beginning of the Year Labor Day Celebration.  

There was a tremendous turnout as good food and fellowship were shared by all. Many thanks to the Pierces and the Joyners for hosting the event, as well as all those who assisted with the setup and cleaning. A very special thank you is due to the newest member of the unofficial St. Tikhon’s Bluegrass Band, first year student and fiddler extraordinaire Mikel Hill for rounding out an already amazing ensemble.


Alumni Pull Together in Support of Married Student Housing - 08/03/14

Today another face was added to the ongoing story of Married Student Housing at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  Inspired by the recent announcement by fellow alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) and his campaign to raise support for the Married Student Housing Program by running a half-marathon this fall, Dn. Mark and Mat. Christine Hoeplinger have responded in a big way.

When asked what inspired them to make such a strong show of support for the program, Dn. Mark replied “When I heard about the Run for Married Student Housing I remember thinking to myself this is exactly the type of initiative that not only our alumni organization but all of our faithful supporters need to get behind.  We believe wholeheartedly in what Fr. Joseph is doing and why he is doing it. I am passionate about this program and I am determined to see it succeed!”  

Dn. Mark is so determined that he has pledged to match dollar for dollar every new donation received on behalf of the Run for Married Student Housing. He added “Practically everyone can make a donation of some kind. If you sponsor the run at $10 a mile, that's only $131.  Most can afford that. And I will Match everyone that does it. If you can afford to donate a thousand dollars a mile I will match that as well. Everyone needs to get behind Fr. Joseph and St. Tikhon’s so we can finally make this Married Student Housing Program a reality.”

Once again all sponsorships for the “Run for Married Student Housing” can be made via the YouCaring Website or by following the link provided here. There you can also track the progress of the giving campaign, as well as see each of the names of the contributors who have already given to this extremely important endeavor.


UPDATED Alumni Update: 2010 Graduate Takes a Run at Fundraising for the Married Student Housing Program - 08/01/14

St. Tikhon's Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) is running a half-marathon this October in Cleveland Ohio to help raise money and awareness for the seminary's Married Student Housing Program.

"We all want to make a difference, but we are usually stopped by the thought, 'What can I do? I'm just one person.' However, the truth is that God can use each of us and the talents and skills He has given us - no matter how seemingly insignificant, like running. I don't know how much of a difference I can make with this race , but I'm going to give it my best effort and see what God can do with it." (Fr. Joseph McCartney)

 If you'd like to sponsor Fr. Joseph and also help support the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Program you can visit the donation site at YouCaring.com.

Please consider giving to this very worthwhile project while at the same time providing for those who are willing to go the extra 13.1 miles to support our married student familes.

UPDATE: $7388 has been donated to sponsor Fr. Joseph McCartney and his "Run for Married Student Housing." Please consider donating to this Guaranteed Donation Match charity and help build the married students of St. Tikhon's Seminary and their families a place from which to begin their service to the Church.


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Pascha Party! - 05/05/13
Palm Sunday - 04/28/13
2012 Talent Show - 11/08/12
Pascha Party! - 04/15/12
Christ is Risen! - 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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