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St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Director of Mission Advancement - 03/30/15

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is seeking a full-time Director of Mission Advancement. Responsibilities include annual giving initiatives, major and planned giving programs, capital campaign efforts, administration, and reporting of department efforts to Dean, Rector, and Board of Trustees. Please see the attached job description for more information. To apply, forward resume

Director of Mission Advancement

Axios and Many Years to Archbishop Michael - 03/24/15


St. Tikhon’s Seminary community celebrates the wonderful news that the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during its recent meeting, elevated Bishop Michael to the dignity of the rank of Archbishop.   His Eminence, Archbishop Michael will celebrate in May the fifth anniversary of his consecration, and was elected Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary in October of 2013 also by the Holy Synod.

Grant, O Lord, a peaceful and prosperous life, health, salvation, and furtherance in all good things, unto Thy Servant, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and protect and preserve him for many years!

- V. Rev. Steven Voytovich

Memory Eternal Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko - 03/19/15



On behalf of the faculty, administration, staff, students and families of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community, I express our deepest sympathies on the falling asleep in the Lord of the ever-to-be-remembered Protopresbyter, Father Thomas Hopko. 

So often our society idolizes celebrities and billionaires; we make them our “heroes” and our “role models”.  But, in reality, their records are short-lived and their fame is fleeting.  We need to exalt and pattern our lives after the Saints who imitated Christ … and the pastors who imitate them.  Father Tom lived such a life:  teacher, author; scholar, dean; husband, father; mentor, friend … But primarily, he was a priest.

From his days in Endicott serving as an altar boy, to his years at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, as one of its renowned Deans, Father Tom loved serving the Lord, His Church, and His people.  He celebrated the Divine Services in a manner that would make one wonder if he were in Heaven or on earth.  He preached with the boldness of a prophet, the brilliance of a patristic father, and a clarity that reached the youngest of children – and the most senior of faithful. 

In his parishes, he was loved as a father and a friend.  He led people to Christ by his preaching and guided them on the path to theosis as a confessor.  His writings, which were both brilliant in depth and easy to understand, touched the minds and hearts and souls of countless individuals, not only in his parochial assignments but throughout this country and all over the world.

Father Tom was the consummate priest.  He trained men to become priests.  He mentored them in the Seminary and in their parishes.  He gave them advice and inspired them, guided and comforted them, but most of all, loved them.  He was, in fact, a priest’s priest.

In the book of Sirach, there is a passage praising a high priest, Simon.  Its words are applicable to the Protopresbyter – the first of priests – Father Tom:  “When he put on his splendid vestments and was clothed with the perfection of grace, and went up to the altar to serve … he honored the priesthood itself.” (50:10).

All of us whose lives were touched by Father Tom are better for it.  The faculty, students and alumni of St. Tikhon’s Seminary – for many of whom his teachings have been pivotal in their discerning of vocations – are richer for the years we have had him, as is the entire Orthodox Church in America.  We pray for the repose of his soul, that the Lord will indeed say to this consummate priest among priests, “Well done, good and faithful servant … enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21).

May God beatify him and give him rest with the Saints … and may his memory be eternal!  

Orthodox Exhibition Begins at Neumann University - 02/23/15

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.

Registration is Now Open for the May 14 Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich) - 02/03/15

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 - 02/02/15

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

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