In Memoriam: Archimandrite Athanasy (Mastalski)
Archimandrite Athanasy fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, February 5th. He was a much loved member of the St. Tikhon's community. Please click here to see a brief write-up on our OCA website, or here to see the same plus service schedule from St. Tikhon's Monastery.
Upon arriving at St. Tikhon's in 2012, and continuing as guardian of the Miraculous Icon of the Righteous Anna, Archimandrite Athanasy began investing his life and years of ministry service in the lives of the seminarians. Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, appointed him as Seminarian Chaplain in the summer of 2013 while serving as Interim Dean. Fr. Athanasy also taught liturgical practicum courses for as long as his health allowed. Many seminarians also saw him as their confessor. He delighted in having informal time with seminarians, sharing a meal for example.
Before becoming too ill to regularly serve at the monastery church, Fr. Athanasy marked 50 years of ordained ministry. May Archimandrite Athanasy's memory be eternal.
Archpriest Steven Voytovich,
Ordinations on Feast of the Presentation of our Lord
His Grace, the Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, was the main celebrant at St. Tikhon's Monastery Church for the Vigil and Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Paul ordained two St. Tikhon's seminarians from the Diocese of the Midwest. Dn. David Gresham was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, and Basil Ferguson was ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
Concelebrating together with Bishop Paul were: Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of St. Tikhon's Monastery, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean, Archpriest Daniel Degyansky (STS Class of 1991), a VA Chaplain and Rector of St. John Chryostom Church, Woodside, NY, The Rev. John Brown, Federal Bureau of Prisons Chaplain, attached to St. John the Wonderworker Church, Atlanta, Georgia, and Hieromonk Innokenty (Chmerko), of the Monastery Brotherhood.
Please take time to look at the many meaningful photos capturing the ordinations, taken by several seminarians, Monk Maxim, and Jessica Fuhrman. Axios! May God grant many blessed years to the newly ordained Fr. David Gresham, Dn. Basil Ferguson, and their families!
During the luncheon following the Divine Liturgy, Timothy Winegar, President of Student Government, presented Fr. David a wooden pectoral cross from all his classmates with funds raised through the work of Student Government!
St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association Hosts St. Tatiana Luncheon
The Century Association, led by President Sarah Jubinski, hosted the annual St. Tatiana’s Luncheon on Thursday, January 28th. The luncheon meal was surpassed only by the wonderful deserts that had also been prepared! St. Tatiana, a second-century martyr, is the patron saint of students. This identification occurred in the context of the Empress Elizabeth founding the Moscow University on her feast day in 1755. St. Tatiana Chapel remains an integral part of that university today.
Sarah shared that the icon of St. Tatiana that resides in the dining hall was carried in 2009 by her, together with Mary Sernak, all the way from Russia to be presented to the Seminary! Sarah shared about the work of the Century Association, and a check totaling $6,000 was presented to the seminary as a first donation in the new year. Most all the Century Association Board and many members were present for the luncheon, and were photographed together.
Both Fr. Steven, Dean, and Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement expressed gratitude in receiving the Century Association Donation, presented by Sarah Jubinski and Archpriest Joseph Martin (Spiritual Advisor). For those who would like to join the Century Association, please see the Benefactor page. Each member contributes at least $100 to the association.
FOCA Moleben and Dinner at St. Michael Church, Jermyn, PA
It is truly a blessing to be able to reinstate the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) Chapter, 121, here at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. FOCA has been really gracious to the seminary and the families throughout the years. We restarted the chapter in order to show our support and recognition for all the work they do and to help grow the FOCA so that they can continue their dedication to serving and assisting the Orthodox Church in America.
The St. Tikhon’s FOCA Chapter hosted a dinner for the local parishes in the Wilkes-Barre Deanery on January 24, 2016. The dinner began with a Moleben for beginning of a charitable work at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, PA. After the Moleben all were invited to St. Michael’s Center for a lovely dinner. A band consisting of seminarians and professors called the Dogmatixs entertained the faithful before several guest speakers spoke regarding their time at St. Tikhon’s and the FOCA chapter during their time. St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir also sang.
We were truly blessed to have the Very Rev. Eugene Pianovich, a 1950 Alum of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, speak. Fr. Eugene’s class was the first class to begin a FOCA chapter at St. Tikhon’s back in 1947. I can’t think of any better way to restart the chapter at St. Tikhon’s than a Moleben and having one of the people responsible for starting the chapter almost 65 years ago in attendance.
Nearly $500 was collected at the dinner which will be used toward the work of the chapter!
We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the starting of our new FOCA chapter at St. Tikhon’s!
Andrew Nelko, STOTS FOCA President
Blessing of Seminary Buildings
On Wednesday, January 20th, Fr. Steven gathered in the St. Nikolai of Zhicha Seminary Chapel together with faculty, administrative team members, and students to bless the main administrative building as the spring semester got underway. In addition, later in the day both the Archbishop Kiprian Women’s Dormitory and the Metropolitan Leonty Men’s Dormitory were blessed. May the Lord Jesus Christ, who deigned to be baptized by John in the River Jordan, bless all those who work, study, and teach, at the seminary!
Ordination of John Kennerk alongside St. Tikhon’s Alumni!
John Kennerk, a second-year student at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace, Bishop Paul, on Sunday, January 10th, at Christ the Savior Church in Chicago, Illinois.
Concelebrating with Bishop Paul was Fr. John Baker (STS Class of 2004), Rector of Christ the Savior, Dn. Theophan Warren (STS Class of 2015), deacon attached to the parish, and Dn. Alexander Koranda, (STS Class of 2014), assigned to St. George Cathedral also in Chicago. The photo of three deacons, two recent graduates and one current student from St. Tikhon's, is truly incredible!
May God grant many years to Dn. John and Matushka Michelle as they return to St. Tikhon’s for the upcoming Spring semester, and to our alumni in their service in our Lord's vineyard!