St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikon’s Seminary Students Meet together with Local OCF Leadership Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">After several email correspondences over the past few years between the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Student Government and local OCF chapters, on Saturday, October 14th, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary received the blessing of hosting five Orthodox Christian college students of the local Orthodox Christian Fellowship to gather for a day of fellowship and pilgrimage. Scranton University senior and OCF area president Alaina N. Dimitriou and Wilkes University senior and OCF area secretary Eleni Moustardas were joined by Orthodox college students Gregory Yannes, Andrea Boosalis, and Alexandra Pavuk.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The sunny Fall day began at Ritter&rsquo;s Cider Mill. Dimitriou, Moustardas, Boosalis, and Yannes were joined by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s second-year Isaac Lampart and first-year Ephraim Tauck, the latter of whom was accompanied by his wife Athanasia Tauck, and their little Lucia and baby Nikolai. The friends shared Ritter&rsquo;s fresh cider donuts and enjoyed petting the farm animals with Lucia, after which all took part in a hayride through the farm and forest, crowning the morning with cold apple cider.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The students and seminarians convened at the Monastery Bookstore for coffee, where they were joined by Father Timothy Cremeens of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA, who accompanied the group to the Seminary Dining Hall for a generous brunch specially prepared by STOTS cook, Zena Hatez. During lunch, Director of Student Affairs Father Ignatius Gauvain welcomed the OCF students to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, and offered a pointed word on the seminary&rsquo;s unique role in the formation of servant leaders of the Orthodox Church in America, after which second-year Subdeacon Timothy Kolb of Wasilla, AK offered a thought-provoking and poignant thirty-minute presentation on his personal experiences of Orthodox Christianity in Alaska.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After lunch, Subdeacon Timothy Kolband and Seminarian Isaac Lampart escorted the students to the Monastery Refectory. St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Abbot, Father Sergius, offered a word on the life of the monastery for the Church, and lovingly encouraged the OCF students to endure in the Orthodox Christian life, even in college.&nbsp; Fr. Sergius stated: "Never be afraid to be an Orthodox Christian. You will never regret it.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following Father Sergius&rsquo; presentation, Monastery Igumen Father Gabriel kindly conveyed the group into St. Theodosios&rsquo; Chapel to venerate the Miracle Working Icon of St. Anna. Afterwards, Father Gabriel offered a tour of the Monastery Museum, accompanied the group on a walk to the Monastery&rsquo;s fresh-water spring, and invited all into the Monastery Church to venerate the holy icons and relics of the saints of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s and North America.</p> <p>The students departed with smiles and thanksgiving. &ldquo;Thank you very much for hosting us, St. Tikhon's!&rdquo; remarked Moustardas. &ldquo;It was such a blessing to receive your warm welcome and tour of the Monastery grounds.&rdquo;</p> <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Student Government looks joyfully forward to continued friendships with the local OCF chapter over the years to come.</p> <p>(Story and photos by Seminarian Isaac lampart)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association Holds Annual Meeting Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Founder's Day, October 8th, following a festive luncheon hosted by the seminary, the St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association held their annual meeting.&nbsp; Subdeacon John Lasichak, President, led the meeting, calling upon association leadership to report on successful fundraising activities through the course of the year.&nbsp; Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Chief Financial Officer, shared heartfelt gratitude, on behalf of the seminary, for all the efforts of the Century Association to support the seminary, including the wonderful annual event they host, Hospitality a la Russe!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Subdeacon John presented a check, on behalf of the Century Association, to Seminary Dean, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, totaling $7,000 as the meeting concluded.&nbsp; All shared in enjoying fellowship and deserts following the meeting.&nbsp; Century Association members support the seminary with annual gifts of at least $100.&nbsp; You can find out more about the Century Association here.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Community Celebrates Founder's Day Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, October 8th, St. Tikhon's Community gathered together to celebrate Founder's Day.&nbsp; This is the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Glorification of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, who founded the monastery.&nbsp; The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; Monastery Abbot, Archimandrite Sergius was the celebrant, together with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and clergy from the seminary and monastery.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archimandrite Sergius appealed to all gathered, during the homily, to continue pursuing the vision of St. Tikhon, with continual prayerful support of the mission of Orthodoxy in North America, modeled by the daily prayers of the monastery community.&nbsp; This year is a special year in that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Tikhon's elevation to the Patriarchate!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the Liturgy, the seminary invited all to come and participate in a festive luncheon.&nbsp; Fr. Steven thanked all of the members of the Fellowship of St. Tikhon and St. Nikolai for their support of the seminary.&nbsp; He then thanked the members of the Century Association, inviting Subdeacon John Lasichak to address those gathered for the luncheon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Century Association later held their annual meeting.&nbsp; To see this related story, please click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a style="color: #ff00ff;" href="">here</a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Photos by Seminarian Robert West)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Wives Gather Together Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the St. Tikhon's Wives Group had a very inspiring "Meet the Matushka" event via Skype with Mat. Kristen Smith in Florida. Mat. Kristen shared helpful advice she'd been given, spoke about her own experiences, and answered the thoughtful questions that many of those who attended had.. Altogether 13 wives attended and were able to enjoy a time of fellowship, as well as benefit from shared wisdom.</p> <p>(Photo and story submitted by Dr. Mary Ford)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Participates in Chancery's Patronal Feast Day Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Saturday, September 23rd, clergy and seminarians from St. Tikhon's Seminary traveled to our OCA Chancery in Syosset to participate in the annual celebration of the patronal feast day of the St. Sergius of Radonezh Chapel.&nbsp; Clergy and seminarians from St. Vladimir's Seminary particpated as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can see the write-up offered on the OCA website <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a style="color: #ff00ff;" href="">here</a></span> that includes the concelebrating hieararchs, and view some of our photos taken below.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Updates: Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris and Archpriest Theophan Buck Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the 50<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Anniversary of the founding of St. Innocent Bicentennial Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Alumnus, the Very Rev. Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris (STOTS &lsquo;61) was honored by His Grace, Bishop David of Alaska, with the right to wear the Miter. Father Nicholas and Matushka Anastasia had labored for more than three decades in the building of St. Innocent&rsquo;s Cathedral, making the honor bestowed upon him there at the celebration of the parish in Anchorage all the more appropriate. Many years to the newly Mitered Archpriest Nicholas &amp; Mat. Anastasia! &nbsp;</p> <p>(Story and photo received from Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS, 2005), Fr. Nicholas&rsquo; son-in-law)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Rev. Theophan Buck (STOTS, 2010), Matushka Elena, and their daughter Eliza were miraculously saved from harm as a 100-year-old tree nearly destroyed their home in the midst of Hurrican Irma&rsquo;s onslaught. They have moved into a rental home as work is undertaken to repair their home. Fr. Theophan is pastor of St. Innocent Orthodox Church, Macon, GA. Please keep them in your prayers.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Announces Fall Lecture Series Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] St. Tikhon's Seminary announces its annual Fall Lecture Series. &nbsp;This year's series is focused on "<em>Back to Basics</em>". &nbsp;The series will run on Tuesday evenings: &nbsp;October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory. &nbsp;You can download a flyer to post <a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/Fall-Lecture-Series-2017-II.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Marshall Goodge&nbsp;</strong>&mdash;&nbsp;&ldquo;<strong>The Panagia: Our Mother and our Model&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Marshall Goodge (STOTS 2017) is serving as the Assistant to the Dean upon graduation from seminary with his M.Div. Degree. Marshall received Honors in Theology for his Thesis: &ldquo;O Virgin Pure&rdquo;: The Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Sinlessness of the Virgin Mary, East and West.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Archbishop Michael, Ph.D.&nbsp;</strong>&mdash;&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;What is the Bible? An Orthodox Understanding&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>His Eminence is the Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. He is Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology and Department Chair of Scripture at the seminary, and holds a Ph.D. Degree from Duquesne University.</p> <p><strong>Protopresbyter George Alexson </strong>&mdash;<strong> &ldquo;Perfecting the Shepherd&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Fr. George (STOTS 1969) has been a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for forty-eight years. He retired in 2010 from the Annunciation Cathedral, Atlanta, GA. Upon returning to Northern Virginia, he accepted an invitation to assist in developing Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, in Loudon County.</p> <p><strong>Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Ph.D.&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;&ldquo;Basics of Liturgical Music&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Dr. Jessica teaches at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam University, Potsdam, NY. She is currently on sabbatical and has recently returned from Greece. She is also an accomplished harpist in addition to her work in liturgical music.</p> <p>To indicate your interest in attending, please contact the seminary: &nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Benedict Sheehan, St. Tikhon’s Director of Music, was Guest Director October 20-22 Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Benedict Sheehan</strong>&nbsp;is a composer, conductor, arranger, writer about, and teacher of, music. He is Director of Music at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Monastery; and, since founding the group in 2015, he has served as Artistic Director of the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble. He is also a frequent clinician and speaker in the field of Orthodox choral singing around the United States.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> His musical education includes degrees from Westminster Choir College and Bard College Conservatory of Music, studying conducting under James Bagwell and composition under Kyle Gann. He also has a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> As a conductor, Sheehan has made several recordings with the choirs at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, including the debut album of Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery,&nbsp;<em>Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan</em>. In 2014, he made his first conducting appearance at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with Dawn Upshaw and members of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. As a writer, Sheehan is a contributor to several online publications, including Orthodox Arts Journal and the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN). His personal blog on the Ancient Faith Ministries platform is called&nbsp;<em>The Music Stand</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> A number of his liturgical compositions are currently in print with Musica Russica. His most recent publication, an anthology entitled&nbsp;<em>A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy</em>&nbsp;(2016), is&nbsp;available from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Press.</p> <p><br /> Upcoming appearances include a&nbsp;<a href="">Fall 2017 concerts series in Seattle and Portland, conducting noted early music ensemble Cappella Romana</a>; and a performance of one of his new works,&nbsp;<em>The Opening Psalm</em>, by the Kansas City Chorale, in the summer of 2018, conducted by Charles Bruffy. He and his wife Maria, together with their seven daughters, live in northeastern Pennsylvania.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, Presents During Evening Lecture Series Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, offered the second lecture in this year&rsquo;s St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Evening Lecture Series focusing on &ldquo;Back to Basics&rdquo; on Tuesday evening, October 17<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Archbishop Michael, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Rector since 2013, and Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology, has been teaching in the area of Scripture since 1974. He began teaching at Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, PA, where he attended seminary, and later continued teaching Scripture at Duquesne University while he completed Master of Arts Degree in Theology (1979) and subsequently his Ph.D. Degree also in Theology (1998). He has been teaching at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary since 1993, continuing while serving as first Administrative Dean and then Dean from 2001 until 2010 when he was elevated to the episcopacy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His presentation topic was: &ldquo;<em>What is the Bible: An Orthodox Understanding</em>&rdquo;. In the series of photos early in the presentation, His Eminence sought participation from those attending in an exercise where he highlighted the ways in which one can come to believe in Our Lord, Jesus Christ in the New Testament.&nbsp;&nbsp; Using a paperclip, he highlighted three pathways in increasing order, belief by chance, belief through hearing someone share about Him, or belief through seeing Him themselves.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archbishop Michael offered a very clear model for those attending to understand the Scriptures as part of Holy Tradition. He placed Scripture as a small circle at the core of Holy Tradition, and the Cross of Christ in the center of that small circle. He encouraged everyone to regularly read Scripture and to open himself or herself to revelation that comes through participation in the Divine Services.</p> <p>(Photos, Seminarian Isaac Lampart)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Fall Lecture Series Gets Underway Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon's Seminary's Fall lecture series began on Tuesday night, October 10th.&nbsp; Marshall Goodge, (STOTS 2017) presented on the topic:&nbsp; "<em>The Panagia: Our Mother and our Model</em>"&nbsp; In his talk, Marshall led those attending in an intentional walk through the life journey of the Mother of God, revealing through it both the height of human nature and her intercessory role.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Marshall, a student from the Antiochian Archdiocese, graduated with honors in&nbsp;Theology for his Thesis: &ldquo;O Virgin Pure&rdquo;: The Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Sinlessness of the Virgin Mary, East and West.&rdquo;&nbsp; You can view a video recording of his presentation below.&nbsp; You can visit Marshall at St. Tikhon's Seminary, in his role as Assistant to the Dean, that he began upon graduation!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Photos, Robert West, video, Moses Cabe)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary to Host Vocations Retreat Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;St. Tikhon's Seminary will host its annual Vocations Retreat on November 10-11. &nbsp;The theme will be Humility and Obedience in St. John Chrysostom. &nbsp;You can download a poster <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a style="color: #ff00ff;" href="/files/Retreats/Vocations-Retreat/Vocations-Retreat-2017.pdf">here</a></span>. &nbsp; Participants will be invited to attend services and retreat sessions together, and talk with current seminarians. &nbsp;This vocations retreat is open to all who are discerning a vocational calling to service in the church, including ordination. &nbsp;There is no cost to attend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please contact Marshall Goodge, Assistant to the Dean for more information and to register. &nbsp;He can be reached at 570.561.1818, extension 101, or by e-mail at <a href=""></a>&nbsp;. &nbsp; &nbsp;Please "<em>come and see</em>!"</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary