St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Alumni Update: Archpriest Nicholas Timpko Elevated to the Dignity of Mitred Archpriest Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese gathered together with clergy and faithful from the CT Deanery, and New England Diocese to witness Archpriest Nicholas Timpko (STOTS 1962) receive a mitre, on Sunday afternoon, July 23rd. &nbsp;Archpriest John Kreta, Chancellor, and Archpriest John Hopko, Deanery Dean, along with current Rector of Three Saints Church, in Ansonia, where Fr. Nicholas served for 27 years, Priest Patrick Burns, led the celebration with many diocesan priests, deacons, and faithful. &nbsp;Many extended members of the Timpko family were present as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In bestowing the dignity of wearing the mitre to Archpriest Nicholas, Archbishop Nikon observed that he played a significant role in building the current spiritually vibrant nature of the CT Deanery, both as Deanery Dean, and Chancellor when Archbishop Nikon first came to the New England Diocese. &nbsp;In recognition of Matushka Anastasia's role alongside her husband, a tiarra was given to her.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean shared a homily connecting the core of Fr. Nicholas' ministry as linked to that of the first saints of Rus, celebrated on this day, Sts. Boris and Gleb. &nbsp;The saints suffered and died at the hands of their politically motivated brother, dying as innocent and voluntary victims in conscious imitation of Christ. &nbsp;Fr. Nicholas endured many struggles personally and in his priestly ministry, and sought to spiritually transform, through God's grace, these experiences into further depth of ministry with those in need. &nbsp;He also addressed all gathered, sharing in turn the gifts of ministry he experienced from Archbishop Nikon as he came to the Diocese of New England.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It was incredible to witness the whole deanery coming together for this celebration! &nbsp;Archpriest Nicholas said that this award was not for him personally, but for all. &nbsp;After the Vespers service was completed, all present gathered for festive dinner together in the church hall. &nbsp;Nina Kosowsky, Parish Council President, shared greetings on behalf of the parish, and in her leadership role recognized Fr. Nicholas' role in establishing the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of CT (FORCC).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Axios to Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, and many years to Matushka Anastasia and all the members of their family!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Subdeacon Nektary Lukianov</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>During the week of Summer Camp, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, welcomed those attending the camp on Sunday.&nbsp; His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared with several groups of campers during the course of the week.&nbsp; The focus this year was on the Mother of God.&nbsp; Thanks be to God the weather was beautiful for the many outdoor activities that are part of the camp week.&nbsp;</p> <p>While daily prayers are offered in the pavilion during the week, all came together for Vespers on Friday at the monastery church, and Divine Liturgy on Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp; May those participating in the Summer Camp be renewed through this experience of fellowship, learning, and fun!</p> <p>(Photos, Seminarian Robert West)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary In Memoriam, Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak - Updated Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary received word early on Sunday, July 2<sup>nd</sup>, that Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak (STOTS, 1994) reposed in the Lord on the evening of July 1<sup>st</sup>. He was only 46 years old.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dn. Gregory came to seminary from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Minersville, PA, and graduated during the same Memorial Day weekend that St. Alexis was canonized.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dn. Gregory served as Bookstore Manager for St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary/Monastery for many years.&nbsp; More recently he has served as Director of Marketing and Operations for St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary Press and Bookstore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He married his wife Robyn (Alexander) on October 19, 2008.&nbsp; Gregory was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by then Bishop Tikhon, on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at his home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Minersville, PA during the parish&rsquo;s 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration. (See photo)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matushka Robyn began serving in 2016 as Director of Hospitality and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary. Most recently Deacon Gregory was elevated to Protodeacon on May 23, 2017. &nbsp;Protodeacon Gregory leaves behind his wife, Matushka Robyn, his parents, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Valeria&nbsp;Hatrak, his brother Matthew and Lori (sister-in-law)&nbsp;Hatrak, and sister, Natalie&nbsp;Hatrak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Memory eternal to the newly departed servant of God, Protodeacon Gregory. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Funeral Service Schedule</span>:</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, 5 July (St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, Crestwood, NY)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Wednesday morning, July 5, at 10:00 a.m., a Panikhida for Pdn. Gregory will be served at St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s Three Hierarchs Chapel. Prior to the Panikhida, at 9 a.m., a viewing will be held. Immediately following the Panikhida, a repast will be held in the Seminary&rsquo;s Germack Building.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, 5 July (St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, South Canaan, PA)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be an opportunity for viewing in the monastery church when Protodeacon Gregory&rsquo;s relics reach the monastery grounds.&nbsp; Regular daily services will occur in the monastery church, beginning at 4:30pm.</p> <p>7:30 PM&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Funeral</p> <p><strong>Thursday, 6 July</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">9:30 AM&nbsp;&mdash; Divine Liturgy, followed by Last Kiss and Burial here in our cemetery. &nbsp;The repast will be at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware Street, Jermyn, PA &nbsp;18433.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For those wishing to make a contribution in Protodeacon Gregory&rsquo;s memory, a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1499259858101000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGPDvIAy1NL8N-nVF2g9vuj4nhVIQ">Memorial Fund</a>&nbsp;has been established for the benefit of Matushka Robyn.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dean Attends Inauguration and blessing of Malankara Retreat Center Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, Dalton, PA]&nbsp; His Grace, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, welcomed His Holiness, Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, representatives from the Orthodox and Catholic Church communities, and many clergy and faithful from the Northeast American Diocese in the inauguration of their new Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, in Dalton, PA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Holiness led those gathered in prayer in blessing the new retreat center, purchased from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton.&nbsp; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Diocesan Bishop, was present.&nbsp; Comments by the hierarchs present shared the story of how the facility was transferred to the Malankara Church.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Dean, was present for the blessing.&nbsp; He had previously accompanied His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon in visiting the Indian State of Kerala with our Metropolitan Tikhon and Archpriest John Behr in November, 2015 to celebrate the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Kottayam Seminary.&nbsp; His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, traveled to Kerala in February of this year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Steven shared greetings from the Seminary Rector, the Board of Trustees, and the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary community.&nbsp; He presented an icon to His Holiness, and in doing so offered a brief prayer:&nbsp; &ldquo;May God richly bless the ministry to be carried out through the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center.&nbsp; Just as Jesus&rsquo; disciples were profoundly moved in witnessing the light of Christ on Mount Tabor, may those coming to this place in retreat be transformed by Jesus&rsquo; light and love, receiving healing and restoration.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Christopher (STOTS Faculty) and Anna Veniamin were also present for the inauguration.&nbsp; Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary was also present.&nbsp; He shared a copy of a new book on marriage by Fr. George Koshy, newly published.&nbsp; All were invited for some refreshments and fellowship upon the completion of the blessing service.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's to Host 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 19 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993366;">St. Tikhon's Seminary will host its&nbsp;<strong>20th Annual Golf Tournament</strong>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Saturday, August 19, 2017&nbsp;at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="color: #993366;"> The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at&nbsp;1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at&nbsp;6:00 PM&nbsp;at the course.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship.&nbsp;The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at&nbsp;570-825-4780&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"></span></a>&nbsp;</span>to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/StTikhonsGolf.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a special event in the life of the seminary, and we hope to reach a target of $20,000! &nbsp;If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information <a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/20th-Annual-Golf-Tournament-02.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></span></a>, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Enrollment into Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, Philadelphia, PA]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is announcing open enrollment into an expanded Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation program!&nbsp; The program is currently structured to satisfy the educational requirements of laymen who would like to pursue ordination into the Diaconate.&nbsp; It is also intended for faithful men and women, who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.&nbsp; The expanded program now consists of two educational tracks: one for those who intend to serve as Deacons in the Orthodox Church and another for those who are actively involved in parish leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Parish Leadership Formation program is designed for laypeople who would like to seek greater knowledge of our Orthodox Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish. The program will be helpful for those: serving on parish council, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Sunday School, and leading youth activities, assisting with church services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, the director of the program, remarked: &ldquo;We are very excited with the decision of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful of our area to learn more about Theology, Scripture and Liturgy.&nbsp; This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia.&nbsp; In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The program meets on Saturdays over the course of two years from September to May at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in North-East Philadelphia, PA. &nbsp;To download a copy of the flyer, click <span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/Diaconal-Training/Diaconal_Training_Flyer.pdf"><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;For any questions about the program, please contact Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk at 215-745-3232 or <a href=""></a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary