St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/ 60 Married Student Housing Project Steps Up to the Ice Bucket Challenge http://stots.edu/news_140822_2.html Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/8-21-14-icebucket-challenge/1-MSHP-IBC.jpg&archive=0&final_h=53&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On August 21, 2014 the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project was named as part of a phenomena that is sweeping the country as individuals challenge friends, family members, and co-workers to take part in this social media fueled explosion.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Seminary's Receptionist and latest administrative hiring, Sophia Pierce, answered the challenge issued to her by her son who had been challenged by another family member to provide a donation to ALS research, be doused with a large bucket of ice water or to do both. She opted for both but added her own challenge on behalf of the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project.</p> <p dir="ltr">When asked why she decided to offer her challenges for Married Student Housing, Mrs. Pierce explained, "I wanted my challenge to be for something very near and dear to the community I am now a part of. St. Tikhon's has been working towards housing for its married students for some time and I wanted to do my part to help it along. I will make my donation to ALS but I believe that this is also a very worthy cause. For the last couple years, people have been watching the ones they love get drenched with ice water while also giving them the opportunity to support worthy charities, I saw this as a chance for the married student families to benefit from the trend.&rdquo;</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-1012330c-001e-e670-2d13-64c1abc0b220">In her challenge Mrs. Pierce named St. Tikhon's Community members Christopher and Leslie Patton, Benedict and Maria Sheehan, as well as the Dean of the Seminary the Very Reverend Steven Voytovich to donate $100 or more to the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project, get the ice water, or to do both.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140822_2.html Alumni Update: 2004 Graduate Leads Prayers as Local Community Marches for Peace http://stots.edu/news_140822_1.html Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/7-25-14-alumni-update-fr-john-baker-march-for-peace/2014-0725-chicago2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] &mdash;On Friday, July 25, 2014, members of Christ the Savior Church here joined community organizations and neighborhood residents in the city&rsquo;s Little Village neighborhood to promote peace at a time when rates of violence in the Chicago are rising.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;On behalf of the Little Village community, we want to thank everyone who came out to the Peace March and who prayerfully supported the initiative,&rdquo; said Kathryn Bocanegra. &nbsp;&ldquo;It was a great success, with over 150 people participating in the march and many community residents who have been personally impacted by violence. &nbsp;We heard poems, reflections, and prayers from community mothers who lost their children to violence.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Father John Baker (STOTS 2004), Rector and Dean of Christ the Savior Church, led prayers on two different street corners.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Our parishioners carried icons throughout the streets,&rdquo; said Father John. &nbsp;&ldquo;The presence of our parishioners showed compassion and concern for the daily struggle of people in the Little Village neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Marchers met at Saint Agnes Catholic Church and made their way to Farragut High School, stopping along the way on four blocks on which there had been shootings and homicides.</p> <p dir="ltr">The march will be featured on WTTW TV&rsquo;s &ldquo;Chicago Tonight Show&rdquo; on Monday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8f772bc7-ff92-9127-1d40-0132935a1a04">A photo gallery of the event can be viewed <a href="http://domoca.org/photos/index.php?album=14-07-25-chicago">here</a>.</span></p> <p>(Article taken from the Diocese of the Midweat Website)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140822_1.html Feast of The Dormition of the Mother of God http://stots.edu/news_140821_2.html Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/dormition.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, / Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. / For being the Mother of Life, / She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140821_2.html 77th Academic Year Begins at St. Tikhon’s Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140821_1.html Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/seminary/1-seal-and-background.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary will begin its 77th Academic Year on Monday, August 25, 2014. The school year will begin with registration and new student orientation. The incoming students will be joined by the returning seminarians on Thursday, August 28 for the beginning of the year retreat.</p> <p><br /><strong>ORIENTATION&nbsp;Fall 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday, August 25, 2014</strong> (Incoming Seminarians)</p> <p>6:30 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy in Monastery Church <br />8:30 AM Breakfast following Divine Liturgy in Seminary Dining Hall<br />10:00 AM Administrative Introductions , Room 233 - Fr. Steven Voytovich<br />10:30 AM Seminary Tour and Historical Perspective - Christopher Patton<br />11:00 AM Address of the Dean - Fr. Steven Voytovich<br />11:30 AM Orientation in Student Life - Campus Guidelines and Procedures - Christopher Patton <br />12:00 PM Orientation in Student Life - Kitchen Work Schedule and Practicum - Sophia Pierce<br />1:00 PM Lunch in Seminary Dining Hall<br />1:45 PM Theological Reflection and the process of Self-Study, Room 233 - Fr. Steven Voytovich<br />2:15 PM Orientation in Academic Programs - Accreditation and Assessment - Dr. Paul Witek<br />3:00 PM Orientation in Academic Programs - Programs and Policies - Dr. Paul Witek<br />4:00 PM Orientation in Church Music - Benedict Sheehan, Director of the Seminary Choir<br />4:30 PM Vespers in Monastery Church<br />6:00 PM Dinner in Seminary Dining Hall</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, August 26, 2014</strong> (Incoming Seminarians)</p> <p>6:30 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy in Monastery Church<br />8:30 AM Breakfast in Seminary Dining Hall<br />9:15 AM Tuition and Finance - Fr. Dionysius Swencki<br />10:00 AM Tour of Monastery Church/Icon Repository - Fr. Nicodemus<br />12:30 PM Lunch in Seminary Dining Hall<br />1:00 PM Community Schedule and Orientation - Christopher Patton<br />1:30 PM Spiritual Life and Seminary Discipline Orientation - Archimandrite Athanasy and Igumen Gabriel<br />2:30 PM Community Responsibilities and Stewardship Accountability - Christopher Patton<br />3:00 PM Technology and Communications Orientation &ndash; Christopher Patton<br />4:30 PM Vigil in Monastery Church<br />6:30 PM Dinner in Seminary Dining Hall</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, August 27, 2014</strong> (Incoming Seminarians)</p> <p>6:30 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy in the Monastery Church <br />8:30 AM Breakfast in the Seminary Dining Hall<br />9:00 AM Address of the Rector - His Grace Bishop Michael<br />10:00 AM Library Orientation - Prof. Sergei Arhipov, Head Librarian<br />12:30 PM Lunch in Seminary Dining Hall<br />1:00 PM Faculty Orientation and Introductions - Faculty of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary<br />1:30 PM Student Registration: Meet with Rector, Dean, and Registrar,<br /> (Meetings will be scheduled in alphabetical order)<br />4:30 PM Vespers in Monastery Church<br />6:00 PM Dinner in Seminary Dining Hall</p> <p><strong><strong>2014 OPENING RETREAT</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday, August 28, 2014</strong> (Incoming &amp; Returning Seminarians)</p> <p>6:30 AM Hours &amp; Divine Liturgy in Monastery Church<br /> Molieben for Academic New Year<br /> Blessing of Cassocks for New Students<br />8:30 AM Breakfast in Seminary Dining Hall <br />9:00 AM Session #1 - Fr. Steven Voytovich<br />10:30 AM Session #2 - Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery<br />12:30 PM Lunch in Seminary Dining Hall <br />2:00 PM Session #3 - Community Spiritual Life and Confession - Archimandrite Athanasy<br />3:30 PM Returning Student Reorientation, Student Work Program, and Campus Life - Christopher Patton<br />4:30 PM Vespers in Monastery Church<br />6:00 PM Dinner in Seminary Dining Hall</p> <p><strong>Friday, August 29, 2014</strong> (Incoming &amp; Returning Seminarians)</p> <p>7:30 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy in Monastery Church<br /> Strict Fast Feast of the Beheading of St. John The Forerunner<br />9:30 AM Breakfast in Seminary Dining Hall<br />10:00 AM Session #3 - Special Guest Speaker (TBA)<br />11:15 AM Question and Answers<br />12:30 PM Lunch in Seminary Dining Hall <br />1:30 PM Session #4 - Fr. Stephen Voytovich<br />2:30 PM Retreat Wrap-up and Orientation Q&amp;A<br />4:00 PM Vespers in Monastery Church<br />6:00 PM Dinner in Seminary Dining Hall</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140821_1.html Bishop David Hosts Seminary Alumni Gathering at St. Innocent Cathedral in Alaska http://stots.edu/news_140819_1.html Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/8-12-14-alumni-update-alaska-event/1-photo-2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Several St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary alumni and their families, together with around 50 of the faithful from local parishes, gathered on Tuesday, August 12, at St. Innocent Cathedral (OCA) in Anchorage AK, at the invitation of Seminary alumnus and Alumni Regional Coordinator for Alaska, His Grace, Bishop DAVID of Sitka and Alaska.&nbsp; The Regional Alumni Coordinators have newly been appointed by the Rector of the Seminary, His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, with the task of hosting gatherings for the local alumni in their respective regions to join St. Tikhon&rsquo;s graduates and their families in Christian fellowship, renewed brotherhood, and personal sharing; and to enliven the relationship between the Seminary and its graduates.</p> <p>A special guest of Bishop David&rsquo;s for the event was His Grace, JOB, Bishop of Kashira and Administrator of the Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Canada, who had traveled to Alaska for the Pilgrimage of St. Herman.&nbsp; Along with Bishop David, the assembled St. Tikhon&rsquo;s alumni included V. Rev. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, V. Rev. John Zabinko, V. Rev. Daniel Andrejuk, V. Rev. Christopher Stanton, Rev. Timothy Hojnicki, Rev. David Cowan, Rev. Matthew Howell, and Christopher Jones. The evening began with a Molieben of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David.&nbsp; The Bishop and others of the gathered graduates offered reflections on their journeys to and through seminary, and on the value and impact of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary as a center for spiritual and liturgical formation and theological education.&nbsp; Other St. Tikhon&rsquo;s alumni serving the Church in the Anchorage area include Rev. Vasili Hillhouse and Abraham Labrada. Energized by the announcement of this special event, the Sisterhood of St. Innocent Cathedral and other parishioners brought baked goods, fresh Alaskan seafood, and handmade Native Alaskan crafts, to auction off for the benefit of the Seminary. &nbsp;As a result, $3,500 was raised for the school &ndash; a most generous and welcome addition to the joy of an evening spent sharing fellowship and reflections on Seminary life.</p> <p>Bishop Michael, learning of the success of the Anchorage gathering, remarked, &ldquo;This is a tremendous achievement on the part of the Alumni Regional Coordinator, the Seminary graduates, and the faithful of the Alaskan Alumni Region. I am grateful to His Grace, Bishop David, and to all those who contributed their magnanimous generosity and enthusiasm to make the event so memorable.&nbsp; I encourage all of our new Regional Alumni Directors to follow His Grace&rsquo;s lead and bring together their local fellow alumni for these gatherings.&nbsp; Not only will these occasions deepen the important bonds of brotherhood among our graduates, but they will deepen the relationship between the Seminary&rsquo;s leadership in South Canaan and its alumni serving &lsquo;in the trenches&rsquo;, to the benefit of our beloved Seminary, its graduates, its future students, and the churches they will serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>(Article by Fr. David Cowan)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140819_1.html Alumni Pull Together in Support of Married Student Housing http://stots.edu/news_140803_1.html Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/mccartney-mshp-marathon-announcement/MSHP-caring.jpg&archive=0&final_h=56&final_w=90&percent=100"><blockquote> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Today another face was added to the ongoing story of Married Student Housing at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. &nbsp;Inspired by the recent announcement by fellow alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) and his campaign to raise support for the Married Student Housing Program by running a half-marathon this fall, Dn. Mark and Mat. Christine Hoeplinger have responded in a big way.</p> <p dir="ltr">When asked what inspired them to make such a strong show of support for the program, Dn. Mark replied &ldquo;When I heard about the Run for Married Student Housing I remember thinking to myself this is exactly the type of initiative that not only our alumni organization but all of our faithful supporters need to get behind. &nbsp;We believe wholeheartedly in what Fr. Joseph is doing and why he is doing it. I am passionate about this program and I am determined to see it succeed!&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Dn. Mark is so determined that he has pledged to match dollar for dollar every new donation received on behalf of the Run for Married Student Housing. He added &ldquo;Practically everyone can make a donation of some kind. If you sponsor the run at $10 a mile, that's only $131. &nbsp;Most can afford that. And I will Match everyone that does it. If you can afford to donate a thousand dollars a mile I will match that as well. Everyone needs to get behind Fr. Joseph and St. Tikhon&rsquo;s so we can finally make this Married Student Housing Program a reality.&rdquo;</p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-df0f4710-9c6b-75b2-9917-838bb28f5a8d">Once again all sponsorships for the &ldquo;Run for Married Student Housing&rdquo; can be made via the YouCaring Website or by following the link provided<a href="http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/running-for-st-tikhon-s-married-student-housing/146553"> here.</a> There you can also track the progress of the giving campaign, as well as see each of the names of the contributors who have already given to this extremely important endeavor.</span></div> </div> </blockquote></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140803_1.html Alumni Update: 2010 Graduate Takes a Run at Fundraising for the Married Student Housing Program http://stots.edu/news_140723_1.html Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2014/mccartney-mshp-marathon-announcement/MSHP-caring.jpg&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon's Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) is running a half-marathon this October in Cleveland Ohio to help raise money and awareness for the seminary's Married Student Housing Program.</p> <p>"We all want to make a difference, but we are usually stopped by the thought, 'What can I do? I'm just one person.' However, the truth is that God can use each of us and the talents and skills He has given us - no matter how seemingly insignificant, like running. I don't know how much of a difference I can make with this race , but I'm going to give it my best effort and see what God can do with it." (Fr. Joseph McCartney)</p> <p>&nbsp;If you'd like to sponsor Fr. Joseph and also help support the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Program you can visit the donation site at <a href="http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/running-for-st-tikhon-s-married-student-housing/146553">YouCaring.com</a>.</p> <p>Please consider giving to this very worthwhile project while at the same time providing for those who are willing to go the extra 13.1 miles to support our married student familes.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140723_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Development Director http://stots.edu/news_140620_1.html Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/seminary/1-seal-and-background.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">[STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA]</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-342e6543-ba01-0715-1b8c-339f00688c20">St. Tikhon&rsquo;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&rsquo;s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Director of Development</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Job Description</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Position:</strong>&nbsp; Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s continues to evolve and grow.&nbsp; 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.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Responsibilities:</strong></p> <p>1) Develop and execute St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s annual fundraising plan.<br />2) Develop and execute St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s periodic capital fundraising campaigns.<br />3) Secure financial support from individuals, parishes, foundations and corporations, and others.<br />4) Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.<br />5) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.<br />6) Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual, parish, foundation, and corporate donors.<br />7) Oversee organization of special events.<br />8) Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.<br />9) Work with Board Members for board development.</p> <p><br /><strong>Qualities:</strong></p> <p>1) Bachelors&rsquo; Degree (required), Master&rsquo;s Degree in area related to development (a plus).<br />2) Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.<br />3) Knowledge of computers and development-related software.<br />4) Ability to travel (especially weekends).<br />5) Certified Fundraising Executive (e.g. Association of Fundraising Professionals) (preferred).</p> <p>Salary commensurate with experience.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140620_1.html St. Tikhon's Monastery Releases New 360 Degree Virtual Tour! http://stots.edu/news_140729_1.html Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>This 360 Degree Virtual Tour has been provided by the good people at <a href="http://orthodoxws.com/">Orthodox Web Solutions</a> who host both the Monastery and Seminary websites. Follow the link below to be taken directly to the Virtual Tour page on the Monastery website.</p> <p><a href="http://sttikhonsmonastery.org/news_140729_1.html">St. Tikhon's Monastery 360 Degree Virtual Tour</a></p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140729_1.html Seminarians and Alumni Offer Community Outreach Event at Local Coffeehouse http://stots.edu/news_140627_2.html Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/6-20-14-agia-sophia-event/IMG_4016.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On Friday, June 20, the <a href="http://agiasophiaharrisburg.com/">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> in Harrisburg, PA hosted an enjoyable evening that featured entertainment provided by one of the newest St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarians, Matthew Joyner, and a very moving lecture by one of our earliest Alumni, V. Rev. Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48).</p> <p dir="ltr">The evening began with an hour of live music provided by Matthew Joyner, while the baristas served coffee and pastries. One of the baristas, Fr. Steven Vernak (STOTS 2007), is a St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Alumnus and Manager of the <a href="http://agiasophiaharrisburg.com/">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a>. Matthew and his wife, Ashley, arrived at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s last year from Kentucky. They are both talented musicians and regularly contribute those talents to the life of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community. Ashley sings with the monastery church&rsquo;s Sunday Liturgy mixed choir, and special service choirs, and Matthew is a member of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir and also volunteers as the unofficial &nbsp;&ldquo;sound equipment expert&rdquo; for the numerous special events throughout the year. He also recently assumed the responsibility of student director of &nbsp;<a href="http://stots.edu/news_140108_1.html">Elijah&rsquo;s Mantle</a>. Matthew played the guitar and sang a selection of music that included covers as well as original songs he had written during his time as a professional musician.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the musical opening to the evening, everyone made their way to the downstairs meeting room where Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS 2005) led the group in prayer. Then, Fr. Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) took a break from his barista duties to introduce Father Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48) and announce the theme of the talk &ldquo;Behind Bars: Memories of a Prison Chaplain."</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan began his talk with the passage from Matthew, &ldquo;Then the King will say to those on His right hand, &lsquo;Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.&rdquo; (25:34-36). He explained that very early in his ministry he felt particularly called by those words, and knew that he was being led to prison ministry.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan spoke for an hour, mostly telling stories from his prison ministry with no exposition. The stories he told needed no exposition; they stood alone as a poignant witness to the tragedy of the American prison system and the brokenness of those men and women who find themselves inside.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4d73c391-de30-d3f8-1e30-0164474b4f9d">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank the Agia Sophia Coffee House for hosting Seminarian Matthew Joyner and Alumnus Fr. Daniel Ressetar for such a wonderful and edifying evening as one of many ministry opportunities being continuously provided by the <a href="http://agiasophiaharrisburg.com/">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> , and the clergy and faithful of the Harrisburg area. For more information about how you can support this vital and worthwhile ministry contact Fr. Stephen Vernak at <a href="http://agiasophiaharrisburg.com/mailto">info@agiasophiaharrisburg.com</a>.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140627_2.html 2014 Clergy Continuing Education Symposium Provides Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Renewal http://stots.edu/news_140627_1.html Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2014/6-19-14-CCES/1-IMG_3780.JPG&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted their 2nd Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium. Over 60 participants traveled, from several OCA dioceses, &nbsp;to attend the lectures. Among the participants were clergy and monastics, men, women, seminarians and lay persons. Those attending received up to 18 of the 20 hours now required by the Department of Continuing Education.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, June 17 the Symposium opened with a Molieben in the Seminary Chapel. The group then proceeded to room 233 for a lecture by Dr. Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil. (Oxon.), Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary entitled &ldquo;Spiritual Life in Saint Silouan the Athonite.&rdquo; The second lecture presented was &ldquo;The Greeting of Mary and Elizabeth: The Sanctity of Life,&rdquo; by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Practice, Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, following Divine Liturgy and breakfast, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Lecturer in Spirituality at the Seminary, presented his talk on &ldquo;Prayer as Communion &ndash; Personal and Liturgical Prayer.&rdquo; During the afternoon session Mary Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary presented &ldquo;Orthodox Insights into the Book of Revelation.&rdquo; In the evening a banquet was held at the seminary dining hall. A toast was offered by the Rector of the seminary, His Grace Bishop Michael, in which he encouraged the visiting clergy to set aside time during the symposium to not only edify themselves by participating in each of the lectures, but to also take a moment to renew and deepen their relationships with one another. &ldquo;The priesthood is a difficult and unique calling in the life of the Church. It can seem like a very solitary responsibility at times. I encourage you to look around you. No one understands this reality better than your brothers sitting next to you.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday David Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, began the last day of the Symposium with his lecture, &ldquo;Encouraging People to Seek Help from the Saints in Times of Suffering.&rdquo; Finally, the Symposium was brought to a close with the talk &ldquo;Clergy Health &ndash; Achieving the Proper Balance,&rdquo; by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, D.Min., Dean and Associate Professor of Pastoral Arts and Practice at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. This course echoed the words of His Grace that were offered the previous evening and explored pastoral compassion and love as both renewable and precious resources that need to be carefully tended in our own life and within our family, in order that those resources may be available to the persons to whom we are called to minister.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the time spent in presentation sessions, the opportunity for worship and fellowship were important parts of the Symposium. On Wednesday and Thursday, Hierarchical Divine Liturgies were celebrated and each evening there was a break for Vespers at the Monastery Church. Many of those attending the program served and sang during liturgical services. As with all events that occur within the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community, each session as well as every meal began and ended in prayer. Wednesday evening there was also time set aside for fellowship during and after the dinner meal, with many of the attendees staying and talking long into the night following the banquet.</p> <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank all of the men and women who worked so hard to put this event together: the administration faculty, staff, and student volunteers who all worked tirelessly to ensure that this event was a worthwhile and edifying opportunity for pastoral and personal growth for all of the attendees. A very special thank you is to be offered to Matushka Larissa Gregory, who together with her husband Deacon Theodore and her son Nicholas prepared, cooked, served, and cleaned up each meal. Thank you as well to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Continuing Education Clergy Symposium, don&rsquo;t forget to mark your calendars for next year!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_140627_1.html