Memory Eternal Priest Matthew Baker (STOTS 2008)
It is with a very heavy heart that we received the news of the tragic passing from this life of the servant of God Presbyter Matthew Baker (STOTS 2008). Currently details are few but some time early this evening while attempting to drive home from his parish assignment at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich, CT Fr. Matthew was involved in a car accident and passed away as a result of the injuries.
The following message was published by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston:
Fr. Matthew Baker tragically passes away in a car accident this evening
To the Faithful Stewards of the Metropolis of Boston,
With a very heavy heart, His Eminence informs you of the untimely passing of the Rev. Fr. Matthew Baker, who tragically died in a car accident early this evening. Fr. Matthew was recently assigned to the Holy Trinity Parish of Norwich, CT, following the retirement of Fr. Paul Pantelis. During this evening's snow storm, Fr. Baker was traveling home from the parish when he had an accident from which he did not survive. His children who were traveling in the car with Fr. Matthew are thankfully not injured. The Metropolitan spoke directly with Presbytera Katherine a few moments ago and expressed the love and sympathy of the entire Metropolis and assured her of our prayers, presence and support.
More information will be forthcoming tomorrow. Please join His Eminence as we pray for Fr. Matthew's eternal repose. We pray for Presbytera Kate, their six beautiful children, Fr. Matthew's mother and their entire family, that the Lord surround them in His comforting and peaceful embrace. May he rest in peace! May his memory be eternal!
The following funding website has been set up where people can make direct donations to offer support for his family during this most difficult time. Fr. Matthew was a dedicated priest, husband, father, and friend.
The Church and world are the lesser for his passing.
Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Your servant, for You alone are immortal.
St. Tikhon's Community Begins Lenten Journey with Forgiveness
On Sunday, February 22, the St. Tikhon's Community joined together to begin their Lenten Journey with Forgiveness Vespers. During the following week, the Monastic and Seminary community came together to observe each of the daily services of Clean Week. This time of communal prayer and worship served as a beautiful beginning to the Lenten season and united the community in mutual labor and struggle as we head toward the goal of Great and Holy Pascha.
On Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2015, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon graciously hosted a Clean Week Retreat for the student body of St. Tikhon's Seminary. His Beatitude taught on the importance of silence in the everyday life of the Christian and how to maintain that state even when engaging in the sometimes mundane daily activities that make up a person's routine.
Students were able to have multiple question and answer sessions during which his Beatitude patiently responded to each of the student's queries about spiritual life, liturgics, and the lives of the Saints.
The St. Tikhon's Community would like to extend its gratitude to Metropolitan Tikhon for taking the time to host this spiritually profitable and enlightening retreat.
Orthodox Exhibition Begins at Neumann University
On Monday, February 23, 2015 an exhibition titled East Meets West: An Ecclesial Embrace began on the campus of Neumann University. The Exhibition commemorates the historic meeting between the Pope Paul VI and His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras, both of blessed memory, which occurred on January 5-6, 1964 in the Great City of Jerusalem.
This exhibition along with several lectures and presentations by renowned scholars hopefully endeavors to bring attention to the historical and spiritual significance of this first embrace.
The exhibition began Monday, February 23rd and will continue until Friday, April 24th, 2015 at the Neumann University Library 1 Neumann Drive Aston, PA 19014 and is free and open to the public.
In association with the event, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (Feast of the Annunciation) at 7 PM in the Neumann University Chapel a lecture will be given by Dr. Aristeides Papadakis, Professor Emeritus of Byzantine History at the University of Maryland, titled The “Schism” of 1054: Points of Reflection.
Alumni Update: Axios! 2010 Graduate is Ordained to the Holy Diaconate
On Sunday, February 22, 2015 St. Tikhon’s graduate Patrick Henre (STOTS 2010) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Basil (Essey) at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church in Kansas City, KS.
May God bless Dn. Patrick and his wife, Khouria Sarah, as they begin this next phase of their public ministry.
Axios! Deacon Gabriel Bilas Ordained to the Holy Priesthood
On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Deacon Gabriel Bilas was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop Alexander (Golitzin) of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese. May God bless Fr. Gabriel and his wife, Matushka Laura, as they begin this next phase of their public ministry.
St. Tikhon's Community Enjoys Annual Pre-Lenten Celebration
On Thursday, February 12 2015, the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Community enjoyed a time of celebration and fellowship before the beginning of the Lenten season. This year’s festivities were held at the Pioneer Plaza in Carbondale and included a delicious meal as well as live music provided by “Harry and the Dogmatics.”
This was our first time utilizing the new hotel’s beautiful banquet room and everyone agreed that it was a beautiful space and should be considered for future events as well.
A big thank-you to all those who contributed to the preparations for the evening. It was a truly wonderful event that provided a much needed opportunity for fellowship before beginning the Lenten journey.
St. Tikhon's Welcomes Representatives From the Diocese of the West
On February 10, 2015 the St. Tikhon’s Community was pleased to welcome representatives from the Diocese of the West the V. Rev. John Pierce, Dean of the Pacific Northwest and the V. Rev. Matthew Tate, Dean of Mission Deanery.
Both Fr. John and Fr. Matthew met with students from the Diocese of the West and shared words of encouragement with the seminarians and their wives as they continue their theological education.
On behalf of St. Tikhon’s we would like to thank both Fr. John and Fr. Matthew for their visit with us.
PaTRAM Institute Now Accepting Enrollment for Spring
Our 2015 church music courses are now open for enrollment at the PaTRAM Institute. These 12-week courses will begin at the end of February. This semester we are offering the following six classes online:
- Music Theory: Introduction to Musicianship Level I, Introduction to Musicianship Level II
- Voice Lessons: Private and Group Lessons
- Conducting Lessons: Private and Group Lessons
The content of our courses is specifically designed for immediate application in Orthodox sacred choral music in the Russian tradition. All examples and weekly assignments are drawn from selections from common English repertoire. All PaTRAM course enrollees receive discounts on PaTRAM master class events.
The PaTRAM Institute curriculum offers an innovative approach to music learning. Orthodox musicians often lead very busy lives apart from their work for the Church, and so enrolling in a conventional music program is simply not an option for many. Using a groundbreaking combination of:
- private lessons via video-conference
- online virtual classrooms
- guided independent study
- seasonal workshops and master classes
- assessment-based, multi-level certification
the PaTRAM Institute curriculum makes it possible for working church musicians to increase their God-given talents at their own pace, under the tutelage of some of the forest Orthodox professional musicians, and at a fraction of the cost of a conventional music program.
Would you be kind enough to send the attached email announcement to your constituents or make mention of our program on your website using the above copy?
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Thank you so much for your support of our work to provide professional musical training to our much-deserving church musicians, wherever they may be!!
Alumni Update: Rector and Dean Meet With Alumni From Antiochian Archdiocese
On February 9, 2015 His Grace Bishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, extended a luncheon invitation to St. Tikhon’s Alumni who were among the Antiochian Archdiocesan clergy gathered for the Annual Clergy Symposium for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Bishop Michael and Fr. Steven were invited as co-leaders for this year’s retreat.
Several regional gatherings have occurred over the past few months and several more are planned in efforts to reconnect the alumni with the seminary and with one another.
Present for this local alumni luncheon were Rev. Michael Habib (STOTS 2009), Alumni Regional Director for the Western Region, Rev. David Sommer (STOTS 2005), V. Rev. Gregory Horton (STOTS 1990), Rev. Minas Sarchizian, Rev. Nathan Thompson (STOTS 2009), Rev. John Christianson (STOTS 2010), Rev. Matthew Howell (STOTS 2011).
Rector and Dean Speak at 17th Annual Clergy Event for Antiochian Archdiocese
On February 9-12, 2015 His Grace Bishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, each shared words at the 17th Annual Clergy Symposium for the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
This year the event was held at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, CA and featured presentations on the topic of "Practical Issues in the Life of an Orthodox Priest."
A slide show has been provided courtesy of the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West and can be viewed here.
2015 STOTS vs SVOTS Roundball Classic
On Friday, February 6, 2015, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and her sister school St. Vladimir’s Seminary faced off once again for their annual basketball game. The evening began with a joint Vespers served in the Saint Nicholai of Zicha chapel located on the campus of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. After Vespers, Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of the seminary, thanked those from St. Vladimir’s for joining with us for the upcoming game and expressed his support for the players.
The game itself was held at the gymnasium of a local evangelical church in Honesdale, PA, just a few minutes away from St. Tikhon’s. Both teams gave it their all, but in the end St. Vladimir’s Seminary “narrowly” won out against St. Tikhon’s with a score of 42 to 30. After the game, everyone enjoyed pizza, soda, and fellowship. This annual game is geared toward fostering brotherly love between the seminarians, and among their families. We would like to thank all those who had a hand in making this game possible, especially Seminarian Andrew Nelko who handled all of the planning and organization for the event.
2014 - 2015 St. Tikhon’s Seminary Basketball Team:
John Andoun, Chris Kuriakose, Andrew Nelko, Khader Baramki, Gabriel Bilas, Timothy Winegar, Michael Skor, Veljko Pejovic, Michael Danhofer, Mikel Hill.
Dr. Mary Ford Provides Second Part of Lecture on the Book of Revelation for St. Tikhon's Women's Group
On Thursday, February 5, 2015 Dr. Mary Ford presented Part 2 of her lecture “Topics in the Revelation of John” to the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Women’s Group.
The lecture focused on various aspects including the vast numeric and symbolic imagery present throughout the book of Revelation, as well as the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, its origin and affect on modern Christianity.
The St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group would like to thank Dr. Mary Ford for her time and effort as it was truly an edifying and enjoyable evening for all of those present.
Registration is Now Open for the May 14 Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of
Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich) (1876 – 1965)
St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary South Canaan, PA
May 14, 2015
(The 50th Anniversary of his repose in the Lord)
The St. Tikhon’s Community is pleased to announce that registration has begun for this historical occasion which will feature the life and work of this beloved Archpastor and fearless advocate for Orthodoxy in America.
This day-long symposium will feature not only yet to be published selections from the 1917-18 diary of Metropolitan Leonty as read and translated by his granddaughter Mat. Tamara Turkevich-Skvir, but will also feature poems and observational anecdotes written throughout the life of this champion of the Faith.
Presenters will also include Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist European Division, The Library of Congress, as well as Dr. Scott M. Kenworthy presenting on the topic, “The Relationship between Metropolitan Leontii and St. Tikhon of Moscow.”
In addition to the more formal academic offerings, a time will be set aside for stories and recollections by friends, family, and others who had the opportunity to experience first-hand the grace and wisdom of Metropolitan Leonty.
Updates to the symposium will be published regularly in the weeks leading up to the event.
The tentative schedule is listed below:
7:00 – 8:15 AM Divine Liturgy, Monastery Church
8:30 – 9:00 Graveside Memorial Service for Metr. Leonty
9:10 – 9:50 Continental Breakfast and Fellowship
10:00 – 10:55 First Presentation
11:00 – 11:55 Second Presentation
12:00 – 1:25 PM Lunch and Museum Tour
1:30 – 2:25 Third Presentation
2:30 – 3:25 Fourth Presentation
3:30 – 4:25 Fifth Presentation
4:30 – 5:10 Vespers, Monastery Church
5:15 – 6:30 Wine and Cheese Reception
6:30 – 8:00 Panel Discussion, centering on personal reminiscences of His Eminence
Registration is $60 per person if received by April 2, 2015. After the deadline and up to the day of the symposium, the registration fee will be $75.
In anticipation of the number of faithful who will be visiting with us, we have arranged two separate group reservations with local hotels. The first is with the Comfort Inn in Hamlin, PA (570-689-4148), and the second is with the newly constructed Pioneer Plaza Hotel in Carbondale, PA (570-536-6020). Both hotels have reserved a block of rooms for the low rate of $88 per room. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and asking to be included in the group of rooms reserved for St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
Registration for the Symposium can be made by calling St. Tikhon’s Seminary at 570-561-1818 and then dialing 0 for the receptionist, or you can register online through the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Bookstore by following the link here.
Please consider visiting St. Tikhon’s for this once in a lifetime chance to be a participant as our community of faith undertakes a “Holy Remembering” of one of its most beloved and revered paragons of faith whose life touched so many throughout the last century!
Hospitality A La Russe VI Now Accepting Reservations
St. Tikhon’s Century Association is pleased to present the 6th Annual Hospitality A La Russe, featuring traditional Russian cuisine with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra.
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Chernay Fellowship Hall
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
$40.00 per Ticket
Children (under 12) $10.00 per Ticket
Doors Open at 3:00
3:30 pm Reception & Russian Table, followed by Dinner and Dessert
5:45 pm Musical Selections by Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra
7:00 pm Theme Basket Drawings
Enjoy a selection of traditional Russian delicacies, including eggplant caviar, stuffed grape leaves, peroshki, kielbasa, and soup followed by a dinner of Chicken Kiev and, of course, dessert.
Carbondale-Wilkes Barre Area (Mary Sernak): 570-357-7109
Bethlehem-Allentown Area (Sarah Jubinski): 610-691-8777
All proceeds benefit St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA
Reserve Your Place in this Year's Tikhonaire!
This year the St. Tikhon’s Community remembers the holy and exemplary life of
His Eminence Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of his repose, St. Tikhon’s Seminary will be hosting an Academic Symposium May 14, 2015 honoring the life and work of this beloved servant of God who will also be featured in this year’s Tikhonaire.
Please consider supporting this historically rich publication with a sponsorship ad.
All proceeds for advertisements will go directly toward the printing of this year’s Tikhonaire and include the shipping cost of your complimentary copy of the publication. As an added bonus the Tikhonaire is now made available online at the Seminary website (www.stots.edu) where it will be viewed by the thousands of people who visit the website every week.
Each year loyal supporters reconfirm their commitment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the St. Tikhon’s Community. That is because the story of each of our lives has been joined unalterably to the story of this most holy place where saints have lived and walked, and prayed and taught.
Please accept our invitation to once again join the story of your life to the story of our life so that together we might have the opportunity to share the story of us with the world.
Please keep in mind that Tikhonaire ads must be recieved this year by April 10th.
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