Dr. Mary Ford Provides Revealing Look at Book of Revelation for St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Dr. Mary Ford presented a lecture to the St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group entitled “Topics on the Revelation of St. John”. Dr. Mary Ford is the Associate Professor of New Testament and Spirituality at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. In this first part of a two-part series, she spoke of the importance of approaching the book of Revelation with an Orthodox world-view. Dr. Mary also talked about the misunderstandings in our culture surrounding Revelation, and warned that the recent fascination with the imagery in the book can lead to further misunderstandings. The second lecture will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm, for further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Thomas Visits St. Tikhon's Community
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic visited St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. His Grace has been a long-time supporter of St. Tikhon’s and came to visit with the students as well as to meet with Fr. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean.
While here, His Grace also took a tour of the Seminary and Monastery and spoke to the student body during the lunch hour. During the talk he announced “I always enjoy coming to St. Tikhon’s because every time I visit I see people who are filled with joy!” He continued by reminding those assembled of the importance of remaining joyful, and then instructed them to take that same joy out into the world and be ambassadors for Christ.
Fr. John Parker Speaks to St. Tikhon's Community about Evangelism
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Fr. John Parker gave a lecture on Mission-Mindedness at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. John's lunch-time presentation focused on the changing demographics of the Orthodox Church in America and the need for clergy to adapt their pastoral approaches to fit new situations. He urged the students to evangelize fearlessly and to "view the world as your parish, rather than your parish as your world." He expressed the need to "preach Christ, not Orthodoxy" in the modern age where Orthodox churches are less full each year.
The St. Tikhon's community wishes to thank Fr. John for his inspired and edifying presentation.
Board Member Continues to Champion Effort for Married Student Housing
St. Tikhon's Board of Trustees Member, Deacon Mark Hoeplinger delivered a presentation at the 63rd consecutive meeting of the New Jersey district of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America. Deacon Mark updated FOCA on the progress of the Married Student Housing Project at St. Tikhon's, which included a video of the wildly successful half-marathon fundraiser by Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney. The 48 faithful in attendance generously voted to sponsor a new fundraiser in support of the project. Dcn. Mark wished to extend his thanks to the New Jersey district of FOCA as well as Fr. Velodomyr Zablotskyy for his invaluable help with the IT portion of his presentation.
Alumni Update: 2009 Graduate Ordained to the Holy Diaconate
On Sunday, November 9th, 2014, His Grace, Bishop Mark made an Archpastoral visit to St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. During the hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Bishop Mark ordained Vasili Dubee to the Holy Diaconate. Vasili Dubee, while he was at St. Tikhon's Seminary, received a full scholarship from the parish which participated in the ”Adopt a Seminarian Program.” Dn. Vasili will be attached to St. Michael's Parish in Jermyn.
(Article from doepa.org)
St. Tikhon's Community Garden Offers Fall Bounty
As the growing season draws to a close, a final harvest was made of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Community Garden. In the spring, Seminarians and several members of the St Tikhon’s Community gathered together to prepare the beds and plant seeds. The compost that was started last fall was collected and added to the beds to provide a nutrient-rich base for seeds. Over the summer, community members made sure that the beds stayed watered and weeded. As the school year began, the garden was full of herbs and vegetables. The Seminarians really enjoyed having fresh, organic vegetables made available for them to eat. While some of the seeds that were planted failed to grow, others provided an abundant harvest, including the yellow squash, zucchini, dill, thyme, oregano and carrots. There was also a smaller harvest of the spring onions, kohlrabi, peas, and cucumbers. The okra plants produced a single edible pod. Many lessons were learned from the experiment and we hope that by applying these lessons, and with the help of the community, the garden will be even more fruitful next year.
(Article by Sophia Pierce)
Annual Community Fall Celebration
On Thursday, October 30, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Seminary hosted the Annual Fall Festival Talent Show and Costume Gala. This year was marked by a new addition to the event which was the first ever STOTS chili cook-off. The evening also included the musical talent of several seminarians and children of St. Tikhon’s staff as well as games for both the adults and children. St. Tikhon’s would like to thank everyone who donated their talent and time to once again make this year’s event a success!
(Article by Leslie Patton)
2014 Fall Appeal
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.