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Annual Fall Lecture Series Welcomes Fr. Andrew Damick - 10/20/14

The Annual Fall Lecture Series continued this past Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 with a talk by Fr. Andrew Damick (STOTS 2007), pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA, and author of the books Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems Through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith from Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly Conciliar Press) (2011) and An Introduction to God: Encountering the Divine in Orthodox Christianity (AFP, 2014.)

Fr. Andrew’s lecture entitled The Transfiguration of Place: An Orthodox Christian Vision of Localism was an invitation to consider everything around them as an opportunity for prayer and thankfulness.

The next lecture in our series will be this coming Tuesday, Oct. 21 where we will hear from Fr. Joel Weir (STOTS 2010) who will give the lecture Saved Together: Practical Asceticism and Family Life.

The Annual Fall Lecture Series is open to the public and admission is free for alumni of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Admission for the public is only $10 with a group rate for groups of ten or more for only $100. Drinks and refreshments are provided free of charge.

Please consider being a part of this year's Annual Fall Lecture Series

Seminary Community's Annual Trip to Ritter's Cider Mill - 10/18/14

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the St. Tikhon’s Community held its annual Fall Gathering at Ritter’s Cider Mill in Mt. Cobb.  The festivities included a petting zoo, an apple slingshot, watching the presses make delicious homemade cider, and a hayride. Everyone enjoyed the fresh cider and warm donuts, and all of the children got to take home a pumpkin.

The beautiful chilly fall weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for fellowship and fun.  The community wishes to extend its thanks to all who participated in the event.

Annual Founder's Day Celebration - 10/12/14

Many members of the local community came to South Canaan this weekend to participate in the annual Founders Day celebration commemorating St. Tikhon Patriarch of Moscow, Enlightener of North America, and founder of the holy habitation of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. 
After the service a wonderful meal was offered in the monastery refectory that had been prepared by volunteers from the St. Tikhon’s Parish Community. St. Tikhon's would like to thank Mary Carol Ashley for her work in organizing the meal. 
This joyous feast concluded with the Century Association holding its annual meeting in the seminary dining hall. The constant and steadfast support of the Century Association helps ensure that  St. Tikhon’s Seminary continues to be able to fulfill its holy calling to educate and prepare the future leaders of the Orthodox Church, both in this country and around the world.

Run for Married Student Housing Crosses Finish Line and Continues to Gain Ground - 10/11/14

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) finished his 13.1 mile “Run for Married Student Housing,” successfully raising $16,639 to go towards the initial phase of the renovations necessary to begin construction. Fr. Joseph went forward with the race despite a number of obstacles including the cancellation of the originally planned venue, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, and also a terrible leg cramp that dramatically impeded the swiftness of his progress beginning around mile marker 9.

Nevertheless Fr. Joseph persevered, cheered on by family, friends, and loyal supporters of both his efforts and also of the St. Tikhon’s Married Student Housing Program. The donation page for the Run for Married Student Housing will be left active for another few days for those interested in making any last minute donations. In the words of Fr. Joseph, “If you were waiting to donate until you found out if I died en route, then now is your opportunity! Thanks everyone.”

As announced earlier this effort was made all the more remarkable when Board of Trustee member and graduate of the diaconate program Dn. Mark and his wife Mat. Christine Hoeplinger agreed to match all donations raised on behalf of the “Run for Married Student Housing.” That story can be viewed here.

That would bring the grand total to $33, 278 for the total project thus far. Hurry - because there is still time to have your donation count double. Please join with Fr. Joseph and Dn. Mark in helping to ensure a place for the future priests, leaders, and teachers of the Orthodox Church in this country.

On behalf of everyone in the St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Fr. Joseph for all his preparation and training leading up to the event, for all of his efforts in helping to promote the project, and most importantly for doing all of the literal “leg work” necessary to make this one of the most fruitful Married Student Housing fundraising projects to date.

Faculty Member Publication to be Translated into Romanian - 10/10/14

Dr. Harry Boosalis, Professor of Dogmatics at St. Tikhon's Seminary, has recently been notified that his book Orthodox Spiritual Life According to St. Silouan the Athonite is being translated into Romanian and will be published by the Holy Metropolis of Cluj. 

May the story of St. Silouan's life and service continue to be an inspiration to the faithful in Christ, here and through out the world.

St. Tikhon's Student Government Sponsors Missionary Outreach - 10/08/14

At the first St. Tikhon's Seminary Student Government meeting of the 2014/2015 academic year, a proposal was made to make a donation to a worthy cause in thanksgiving to God for funds raised during recent t-shirt sales.  The officers decided to make a donation of $200 to support an orthodox missionary, recognizing both the centrality of missionary labors to fulfilling our Lord's Gospel commandment to make disciples of all nations, and to raise awareness of Orthodox missionary activities within the seminary community.  The Student Government identified Jesse Brandow as a worthy recipient and passed a motion to invite him to come and share his experiences and future plans with the St. Tikhon's Community.

Jesse, a 2013 graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary, will be spending the next two years working with the people of the many indigenous Mayan villages in Guatemala who have recently embraced the Orthodox Faith. These villages were led into the Faith in 2010 largely through the efforts of Fr. Andres Girón, who fell asleep in the Lord earlier this year. Still being new to the Faith and mostly without Orthodox resources in their native languages, having less than ten priests for hundreds of villages, the Mayan Orthodox people are very much in need of further teaching and ministry, which Jesse hopes to help provide.

Jesse came and spoke with the St. Tikhon's community during lunch on Wed. October 8th.  He shared his experiences during past trips to Guatemala and the story of the mass conversion of the Mayan peoples to the Orthodox faith, as well as his own future plans.  The inspiring talk generated much interest and a lively discussion among the seminary community.  The St. Tikhon's Seminary community offers prayers, love and best wishes to Jesse as he sets out to serve our Lord in the vast mission field of Guatemala!  Donations to support Jesse in his missionary work can be made through

(Article by Student Government Officers Joel Brady and Timothy Winegar.)

Annual Fall Lecture Series Welcomes Fr. Stephen Freeman - 10/08/14

The Annual Fall Lecture Series began this Tuesday, Oct. 7 2014 with a talk by V. Rev. Stephen Freeman, pastor of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, TN, and author of the book Every Where Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe. He is best known for his podcast Glory to God: Thoughts and Reflections on Orthodox Theology and Life available from Ancient Faith Radio , and his award winning weblog Glory to God for All Things.

Fr. Stephen’s lecture entitled The One-Storey Heart: Christianity with a Single Mind offered a profoundly meaningful and visible connection between heartfelt and tearful confession related to our inner places of shame, and “uniting ourselves to Christ” as repeated in the reception of Catechumens portion of the Baptism service. By making this connection he drew out for all present the actual steps involved in actualizing one’s baptism that we are called to be about all our lives as Orthodox Christians.

The next lecture in our series will be next Tuesday, Oct. 14 where we will hear from Fr. Andrew Damick (STOTS 2007) who will speak on The Transfiguration of Place: An Orthodox Christian Vision of Localism.

The Annual Fall Lecture Series is open to the public and admission is free for alumni of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Admission for the public is only $10 with a group rate for groups of ten or more for only $100. Drinks and refreshments are provided free of charge.

Please consider being a part of this year's Annual Fall Lecture Series.


LuAnn Motel Scholarship Fund to Support Female Students at St. Tikhon's Seminary - 10/08/14

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is very pleased to announce the LuAnn Motel Scholarship Fund established 2014 by the Motel family, husband Donald, sons, Dr. Peter Motel, Andrew Motel, Esq. and Stephen Motel, and daughter, Dr. Marta Motel Grewell in loving memory of their Wife and  Mother LuAnn. The scholarship is to aid one or more female students studying at St. Tikhon’s Seminary enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program. 

LuAnn’s life was a living tribute to the service of others in both her church life as one of the founding members and later church Warden of St. Herman’s Church, Gradyville, Pa and her professional life as an oncology nurse at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.  What set her apart much like the Myrrh bearing women was her incredible strength and lack of fear no matter what cross was laid before her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her  and the establishment of this scholarship Fund in her Memory is true testimony of the incredible love and respect of her family who will continue to honor her through helping others complete their studies at the Seminary and go on to serve the church.

Initial funding of this scholarship of $25,000.00 has been given by the Motel Family. Anyone can contribute to this fund as even the smallest gift will allow us to continue to help our female students and encourage more to consider attending the Seminary.

If you would like to establish your own scholarship to honor a special person please contact Fr. Dennis Swencki, CFO /Development Director at St. Tikhon’s Seminary 570-561-1818 ext 7.  The Seminarians truly welcome your gifts and your expression of love and care for them as they begin their life long service in our Holy Orthodox Church. 

V. Rev. Dennis Swencki

CFO St. Tikhon's Seminary

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

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.

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


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.


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.


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.

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
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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