St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/ 60 Annual St. Tikhon's Community Softball Game http://stots.edu/news_150522_1.html Mon, 04 May 2015 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/2015/5-4-15-community-softball-game/IMG_9413.JPG&archive=0&final_h=57&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On May 4, 2015 students gathered with members of the faculty and administration to open the spring season with the annual St. Tikhon's Community Softball game, organized by the student government. Bishop Paul of the Diocese of the Midwest joined the spectators, and Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, opened the game with the first at-bat and hit. Inning after vigorous inning, the game went until dusk, finally ending with a 9-4 victory for the off-campus student team. Everyone dined on standard ballpark cuisine from the grill and enjoyed the pleasant springtime change of scenery.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-18d23489-7cf6-0b16-3c7f-999f778cf66a">St, Tikhon&rsquo;s would like to thank all of the participants in this year&rsquo;s event. It was a wonderful opportunity for &ldquo;off-campus&rdquo; fellowship and friendly competition.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150522_1.html Feast of the Ascension http://stots.edu/news_150521_1.html Thu, 21 May 2015 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/1-9thcentury_sinai_ascension-2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><article> <h2><span style="font-size: medium;">Troparion &mdash; Tone 4</span></h2> <p>O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory, / Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. / Through the blessing they were assured / That You are the Son of God, / The Redeemer of the world!</p> </article> <article> <h2><span style="font-size: medium;">Kontakion &mdash; Tone 6</span></h2> <p>When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, / and united earth to heaven: / You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, / not being parted from those who love You, / but remaining with them and crying: / &ldquo;I am with you and no one will be against you!&rdquo;</p> </article></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150521_1.html Metropolitan Leonty Symposium held at St. Tikhon’s Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150520_1.html Wed, 20 May 2015 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/2015/5-14-15-leonty-symposium/IMG_9643.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On Thursday, May 14th, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary hosted a Symposium on the life, witness, and service of Metropolitan Leonty. The day began with Divine Liturgy, and a graveside Memorial Service celebrated by Metropolitan Tikhon at Metropolitan Leonty&rsquo;s tomb. Fr. John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, read a eulogy written by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the course of the day we had five presentations, that included: &nbsp;</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Life and Legacy of Metropolitan Leonty,&rdquo; by Mr. Alex Liberovsky, OCA Archivist</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Metropolitan Leontii and St. Tikhon of Moscow,&rdquo; by Dr. Scott Kenworthy Dept. of Comparative Religion, Miami University, Oxford, OH</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Diaries of 1917-1918,&rdquo; by Mat. Tamara Turkevich Skvir, Princeton, NJ</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Metropolitan Leonty as a Man of Letters,&rdquo; by Dr. Leonid Turkevich, Cincinnati, OH.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Metropolitan Leontii Papers at the Library of Congress: a Brief Introduction,&rdquo; by Harold Leich, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">Later in the evening, after Vespers, a reception and time of informal sharing followed in the Monastery Museum. Archpriests Sergei Glagolev, Daniel Hubiak, and John Nehrebecki shared their remembrances, along with Constantine Kallaur and many others. The evening ended with reflections and a prayer that had been written by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko before he reposed, read by Dr. David Ford.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participants received individually numbered copies of a Homiletics Course that Metropolitan Leonty taught that were designed and produced in commemoration of the event. &nbsp;Clergy participants who registered and attended this symposium are approved for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit.</p> <p dir="ltr">On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community we would like to thank each one of the presenters for being with us to share their contributions and reflections on this most beloved leader of our Orthodox Church in America. We would also like to thank each of the participants for traveling to be with us for this &ldquo;Time of Holy Remembering.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Finally we would like to thank the event committee: the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, the V. Rev. Dennis Swencki, Fr. Leonid Schmidt, David Ford, Sergei Arhipov, Christopher Patton, Teresa Vaux-Michel, as well as Innocent Neal for his contributions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Video recordings of the event will be made available to the public in some form in the near future. Information will be forthcoming on the seminary website.</p> <p dir="ltr">The following except is from the remembrance of Metropolitan Leonty by Archpriest Thomas Hopko on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Metropolitan&rsquo;s Repose.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Through his weakness, Your divine strength has established the Church in this land. Through his folly, Your divine wisdom has guided her destiny. Through his humility, You have exalted her with divine glory. Through his poverty, You have filled her with the riches of Your divinity. &nbsp;Through his obedience, You have granted her freedom from the powers of this world. Through his fidelity, You have counted her worthy to remain faithful to her calling to be the Kingdom of Heaven in the midst of the earth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150520_1.html St. Tikhon’s Alumni Phonathon Takes Initial Steps! http://stots.edu/news_150518_1.html Fri, 08 May 2015 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">On Friday, May 8th, Regional Alumni Coordinators prepared to reach out to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Alumni in their respective geographical areas. &nbsp;While some scheduling difficulties prevented more from being able to check in on the course of this day, a wonderful unfolding occurred that you can now participate in.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. John Baker, Rector of Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, Illinois, contacted nearly half of the alumni known to be in the greater Chicago area. &nbsp;With assistance from Fr. Ignatius Gauvain (Class of 2014) Fr. John and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, conducted a brief interview where he relayed reflections from his phone calls. &nbsp;You can view the interview here. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Other regional coordinators are encouraged to go ahead and reach out to alumni in their areas, and then contact Fr. Steven in order that similar brief recordings can be posted on our website. &nbsp;Besides reaching out to alumni, we are hoping to find alumni whose whereabouts are not currently known. &nbsp;As has happened several times this year, as Archbishop Michael and Fr. Steven travel around the country, they look forward to gathering with area alumni.</p> <p dir="ltr">May God grant our seminary alumni many blessed years!</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-21726744-679e-f948-216d-3a55f957b837">Archpriest Steven Voytovich</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150518_1.html Annual Century Association Event Continues to Provide Support for St. Tikhon's Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150515_2.html Sun, 03 May 2015 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/2015/5-3-15-hospitality-ala-russe/ALR-5-3-2015-15.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Members of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Century Association, clergy, matushki, seminarians, and friends enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of food and fellowship at &nbsp;<em>Hospitality ala Russe</em> VI on Sunday, May 3, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem.&nbsp; The festival featured a magnificent &ldquo;Russian Table&rdquo; with zakushki (appetizers) of potato pancakes, holodetz (pork in aspic), beet salad (vinaigrette), eggplant caviar, pierogi, kielbasi, Russian meatballs, marinated mushrooms, spinach and cheese puffs, Paska and Russian rye bread followed by a dinner with Baba&rsquo;s chicken soup, Chicken Kiev, Novgorod potatoes, garden green beans, and a delicious ice cream sundae with home baked cookies.&nbsp; The renowned nine-member &nbsp;Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra played our favorite balalaika melodies.&nbsp; There were door prizes and a superb basket raffle with themes of Afternoon Tea, Cold Cash, Keurig Coffee Maker, and Vera Bradley. &ldquo;HANYA&rsquo;S KITCHEN: The Orthodox Herald Recipe Collection,&rdquo; cookbook was available for purchase and <em>The Treasures of Russia Gift Shop</em> was open for shopping.&nbsp; All proceeds from the event benefit St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150515_2.html Celebration held for Archbishop Michael in Honor of His Consecration to Episcopacy http://stots.edu/news_150515_1.html Sat, 09 May 2015 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/2015/5-9-15-bishop-michael-anniversary-episcopacy/1-IMG_6764.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On Saturday, 9 May 2015, the Dean of the seminary, the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich together with V. Rev. Dennis Swencki, Chief Financial Officer traveled to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Passaic NJ to &nbsp;join with diocesan clergy in honoring His Eminence Michael (Dahulich), Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary on the 5th Anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy. &nbsp;His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy, and a festive luncheon followed in Patterson, NJ.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then Fr. Michael began teaching here at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in 1993, and became dean in 2001. &nbsp;He served as dean until 2010 when he was elected for elevation to the Episcopacy for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. &nbsp;Bishop Michael returned to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s in 2012, being named Rector in the fall of 2013. &nbsp;Most recently, at the Spring 2015 session of the Holy Synod, Bishop Michael was elevated to Archbishop. &nbsp;</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b82c4557-5a24-3df6-54cb-d7c2e1d8afad">As part of the celebration His Eminence was presented with a new mitre on behalf of the entire St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community. </span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b82c4557-5a24-3df6-54cb-d7c2e1d8afad">May God grant His Eminence Michael good health and a long life and may He preserve him for many, many years.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150515_1.html St. Tikhon’s Welcomes His Grace, Bishop Paul (Gassios) http://stots.edu/news_150511_1.html Mon, 04 May 2015 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/2015/5-4-15-bishop-paul-visits/IMG_9387.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On May 4, 2015 the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community was pleased to have with us His Grace Bishop Paul (Gassios), Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest. His Grace met with the Dean of the seminary the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, as well as seminarians from his diocese.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ca3e643d-4527-d549-499d-c8557b66c67f">On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community we would like to thank His Grace, Bishop Paul and we look forward to him being able to visit with us again in the future.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150511_1.html St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Director of Mission Advancement http://stots.edu/news_150330_2.html Mon, 30 Mar 2015 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/seminary/1-seal-and-background.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;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 to<a href="mailto:dmiller@zielinskico.com" target="_blank">dmiller@zielinskico.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://stots.edu/files/3-27-15-office-mission-advancement/3-27-15-director-mission-advancement.pdf">Director of Mission Advancement</a></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150330_2.html St. Tikhon's to Once Again Host Annual CCE Symposium http://stots.edu/news_150520_2.html Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium June 16-18, 2015.</p> <p>Details for the upcoming event will be made available in the comming weeks at stots.edu but reserve the date and plan to take part in what is always a very informative learning experience and an opportunity to reconnect with fellow clergy.</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150520_2.html St. Tikhon's Mission Choir Travels to Baltimore to Offer Prayers for the City http://stots.edu/news_150516_1.html Sat, 02 May 2015 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/2015/5-2-15-prayers-in-baltimore/1-IMG_0162.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">On Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015, the St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir, together with V.Rev. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, visited St. Andrew Orthodox church in Baltimore, Maryland. The Rector, Fr. Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), and the parishioners of St. Andrew's have a long history of supporting the St. Tikhon's Community. Each year the mission choir looks forward to their visit to St. Andrew&rsquo;s, where they know that they will receive a warm welcome from the parish community.</p> <p dir="ltr">This warm welcome was all-the-more remarkable as, at the time, the city of Baltimore was dealing with great deal of civil unrest, making getting in and out of the city very difficult. Despite all these and other obstacles the mission choir enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and fellowship with the good people at St. Andrew&rsquo;s.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday, May 2nd, Vespers was held at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, north of the city. &nbsp;This pan-Orthodox Vespers included clergy and faithful of the Greek Orthodox parish, Antiochian Orthodox, and Fr. Ted and faithful of St. Andrew&rsquo;s Church. &nbsp;On Sunday, at the end of the Liturgy a prayer service was offered on behalf of the city of Baltimore and its inhabitants.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-72dc8568-67bf-1b99-30ea-1a6b39a96faa">St. Tikhon's Seminary would like to thank Fr. Ted Boback and all of the parishioners and faithful of St. Andrew Orthodox Church for their support of the Seminary and for their gracious hospitality towards our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">This warm welcome was all-the-more remarkable as, at the time, the city of Baltimore was dealing with great deal of civil unrest, making getting in and out of the city very difficult. Despite all these and other obstacles the mission choir enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and fellowship with the good people at St. Andrew&rsquo;s. During the service a prayer service was offered on behalf of the city of Baltimore and its inhabitants.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8423d411-5cf7-7ec2-1bd6-a78caf4dd07a">St. Tikhon's Seminary would like to thank Fr. Ted Boback and all of the parishioners and faithful of St. Andrew Orthodox Church for their support of the Seminary and for their gracious hospitality towards our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150516_1.html July 13-18, 2015 Summer Master Class: Blagovest Bells, St. Tikhon’s Monastery, PaTRAM Institute http://stots.edu/news_150508_1.html Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/patram-summer-announcement/STOTS-2015-Master-Class-Web-Graphic.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr">This July St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Seminary will open its doors to welcome the PaTRAM Institute for a second intensive workshop for church musicians. This year&rsquo;s program boasts an exciting collaboration between PaTRAM and <a href="http://www.russianbells.com/intro/intro.html">Blagovest Bells</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Clinicians:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Vladimir Gorbik</strong> &ndash; PaTRAM Artistic Director, Choirmaster Moscow Podvorye of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Conducting Instructor (joining us virtually from Moscow)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Vladimir Morosan</strong> &ndash; Founder Musica Russica Rehearsal Technique Instructor, Congregational Singing Lecturer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Benedict Sheehan</strong> &ndash; Music Instructor St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery &amp; Seminary, Conducting Instructor, Vocal Instructor</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mark Galperin</strong> &ndash; General Manager Blagovest Bells, Russian Orthodox Bells Lecturer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Constantine Stade</strong> &ndash; Bell Installation and Ringing Specialist, Russian Orthodox Bell Ringing Instructor</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Training in this program will focus on techniques and materials specifically applicable to small choirs (e.g. from 2 to 8 singers) singing repertoire in English. This includes small ensemble vocal, conducting, and rehearsal techniques. These kinds of ensembles are certainly the norm in most parish situations, and leading and singing in them requires specific skills. Each participant will have the opportunity to be coached personally. Singers will be placed in one of several small ensembles, in which they will receive personal voice coaching in confident, yet sensitive ensemble singing. Conducting applicants, chosen by audition, will have private conducting coaching and will lead the small ensembles in the services that end the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Blagovest Bell&rsquo;s participation in this year&rsquo;s program will provide the unprecedented opportunity for intensive, one-on-one training in traditional Russian Orthodox bell ringing. Traditional bell ringing is often considered a luxury. However, when St. Innocent Veniaminov&mdash; America&rsquo;s first Orthodox bishop (1840-1868)&mdash; traveled Alaska, he had with him a priest, a deacon, a subdeacon, a reader&mdash; and a bell ringer. Using the beautiful bells of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, and a mobile set of bells, the guest experts from Blagovest will train participants in the proper setup of Orthodox church bells, traditional ringing techniques, and the canonical peals. Bell ringing participants will also ring the peals in the services that end the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Our daily lecture and discussion series will include the fascinating topic of congregational singing. So many church musicians find themselves awash with enthusiastic singers in the congregation, but lacking in highly-trained and committed choir singers. Congregational singing is often the chosen solution to this situation. This year&rsquo;s lectures will focus on the historical precedent for congregational singing, its efficacy as a liturgical music model, and how and when it is best undertaken. Participants will experience the incorporation of congregational singing in the services at the end of the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participants will enjoy the elegance and convenience of the newly constructed <a href="http://www.thepioneerplaza.com/">Pioneer Plaza Best Western</a> in nearby Carbondale, Pa. Daily dinners and lectures will be held in the Pioneer Plaza&rsquo;s ballroom. And guests will enjoy their full breakfast buffet before heading to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s for rehearsals and coaching.</p> <p><strong>Tuition costs:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Singers &ndash; $250</p> <p dir="ltr">Conductors &ndash; $400</p> <p dir="ltr">Bell-Ringers &ndash; $300</p> <p dir="ltr">Auditors &ndash; $150</p> <p dir="ltr">Room &amp; Board: $435</p> <p dir="ltr">Sunday-Friday nights stay at Pioneer Plaza Best Western (double occupancy)</p> <p dir="ltr">All meals: breakfast buffet at hotel, lunches at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s during workshop rehearsals, lecture dinners in ballroom, final brunch after Saturday liturgy.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;">To register follow the link <a href="https://patraminstitute.org/the-institute/cultivating-pearls-2015-summer-master-class/">here.</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_150508_1.html