St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Alumni Update: Fords Encounter Many St. Tikhon's Alumni in the Southwest Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Drs. David and Mary Ford, long-time professors at St. Tikhon's, recently returned home from an extended tour of the Great American Southwest.&nbsp; During their time there, they visited the OCA Monastery dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel near Canones, New Mexico.&nbsp; The setting there is spectacular, and the monks' hospitality and kindness, led by the abbot, Fr. Silouan, was heartwarming.&nbsp; And by surprise, a recent St. Tikhon's graduate, Fr. Zachary Lynch (2011), along with his Matushka, Natalia, and four of their five children, were staying there for several days - so the Fords had a wonderful reunion with them as well.</p> <p>Then,&nbsp;on Saturday, June 25, Dr. David spoke after Vespers at the St. Job of Pochaev Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the theme, "The Home as a Little Church: The Wisdom of St. John Chrysostom." &nbsp;The priest there, Fr. Theophan Mackey, is another recent graduate of our Seminary (2014).&nbsp; The Fords also attended the Divine Liturgy there the next morning, and enjoyed reconnecting with the whole Mackey family.</p> <p>The Fords then went to Phoenix, where they were hosted for several days by St. Tikhon's alumnus Michael Devich (2010) and his wife Heather.&nbsp; During their time there,&nbsp;on the morning of June 29, the Fords attended the Divine Liturgy at Saints Peter and Paul OCA Church in Phoenix for their patronal feast.&nbsp; Fr. David Balmer,(STS, 2006), is attached there.&nbsp; He and his wife, Mary, spent the afternoon catching up with the Fords.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two days later, the Fords visited the Western Regional Family Life Conference of the Antiochian Archdiocese, also being held in Phoenix.&nbsp; There they held a book-signing, co-hosted by Dcn. Gregory Hatrak, another St. Tikhon's alumnus (1994) and former St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Bookstore Manager, now Manager of St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, and the Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary, Fr. Chad Hatfield.&nbsp; The main book they were promoting is the newly released collection of essays and other materials on marriage entitled&nbsp;<em>Glory and Honor: Orthodox Christian Resources on Marriage</em>, published by St. Vladimir's Press, which the Fords both helped edit, as well as contributing articles to it.</p> <p>&nbsp;During their time there, the Fords reconnected with six other St. Tikhon's alumni, all in the Antiochian Archdiocese: Fr. Nathan Thompson (2009) and his wife Mandy, Fr. Michael Habib (2009), Fr. John Christianson (2010) and his wife Barbara, Fr. David Sommer (2005), Fr. Matthew Howell (STS 2011, whom they had recently seen in Alaska!), as well as Fr. Gregory Horton (STS, 1987) and his wife Cindy.</p> <p>The previous day, as the Fords visited St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery near Florence, Arizona, they were met there by the Hortons.&nbsp; We were all very warmly greeted by the former Victor Kouzemchek - now Fr. Theo - who used to work in the St. Tikhon's Bookstore.</p> <p>All in all it was a tremendously rewarding and enriching trip - as we beheld such amazing natural scenery, visited important pilgrimage sites, and reconnected wonderfully with so many people who have been associated with our St. Tikhon's community through the years.&nbsp; Thanks be to GOD!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Welcomes new Director of Student Life Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is pleased to welcome Fr. Ignatius Gauvain in the role of Director of Student Life.&nbsp; He began serving in this role on July 1<sup>st</sup>.</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius (then Robert) completed coursework in Mathematics and Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska, before completing his Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Liberal Arts from St. Thomas Aquinas College in California in June 2000.&nbsp; He married his wife Elizabeth in July, 2001.</p> <p>With his preliminary teaching certificate, Robert taught math courses, grades 9-12, for at-risk students.&nbsp; He completed a Teacher&rsquo;s Secondary Certificate in Mathematics at California State University in Northridge California (2005).&nbsp; &nbsp;While there he also tutored other students in math and science.</p> <p>Before coming to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, Fr. Ignatius attended St. Herman Church in Minneapolis, MN.&nbsp; While in Minnesota he served as Vice-President of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce in the midst of building his own computer business supporting individuals and businesses.</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius came to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in 2010 with his wife Elizabeth and their children:&nbsp; Alexei, Xenia, and Veronika.&nbsp; Anna and Maximos were born while they were at seminary. &nbsp;He worked part-time while taking slightly less than a full semester course loads.&nbsp; He also served as Mission Choir Member, traveling with the choir on many weekends during his years of study.&nbsp; Fr. Ignatius was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on May 25, 2013, and to the Holy Priesthood on February 2, 2014, by Metropolitan Tikhon.&nbsp;</p> <p>While completing his studies, Fr. Ignatius began serving at St. Mary&rsquo;s Church, Coaldale. &nbsp;He graduated with his M.Div. Degree in May, 2014, and has since completed two years of pastoral service to this parish community.&nbsp; He also has served as Treasurer for the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.&nbsp;&nbsp; All during this time Fr. Ignatius continued to travel to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, serving vigil and Divine Liturgy weekly, as well as assisting both the seminary and monastery with information technology support.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven, seminary dean, had the opportunity to work with Fr. Ignatius on information technology needs during these past two years.&nbsp; He noted:&nbsp; &ldquo;Fr. Ignatius approached each situation with an unbiased sense of balance and resourcefulness that was most helpful in resolving even the most difficult challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius shared a brief reflection in taking up his new responsibilities:&nbsp; &ldquo;I and my family feel as if we have returned home, though in truth part of us never left; a piece of our hearts remained here even while we lived away. &nbsp;Brother and sisters, each of us can plant a small piece of our hearts like a seed in this fertile soil. &nbsp;Here that seed is tended by the saints and watered by the Spirit and yields much fruit.&nbsp; And for anyone whose heart is planted here, each return is a homecoming.&nbsp; Thank you for welcoming us home.&nbsp; &nbsp;May God bless us all!</p> <p>Please join us in welcoming Fr. Ignatius.&nbsp; You can contact Fr. Ignatius by phone at 570.561.1818, Extension 103, or by e-mail at:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Register now for the 19th Annual St. Tikhon’s Golf Tournament Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div>SOUTH CANAAN, PA -- The 19th Annual St. Tikhon's Golf Tournament will be held on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1363438223"><span class="aQJ">Saturday, August 20</span></span>&nbsp;at Jack Frost National Golf Course in White Haven, Pa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>"We are looking forward to another great opportunity for fellowship and fun during the golf tournament at Jack Frost, which has been rated as the best course to play in the state by Golf Advisor," Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, said. "Alumni, donors, and friends of St. Tikhon's have been coming to this&nbsp;tournament from all over Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey for many years. If you enjoy golf, or simply want to support the Seminary, we hope you will join us this year."<br /><br />The event begins with lunch at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1363438224"><span class="aQJ">12:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;and a shotgun start at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1363438225"><span class="aQJ">1:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;There will be an awards dinner at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1363438226"><span class="aQJ">6:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, green fees, cart, sleeve of balls, steak dinner, liquid refreshment, prizes and awards. There will also be skill prizes.<br /><br />To enter the tournament, either as a single player or with a group, please contact Berny Golubiewski at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;or by calling&nbsp;<a href="tel:570-825-4780" target="_blank">570-825-4780</a>, or click <a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/08-22-16-Alumni-Golf-Tournament-Forms/Golf_2016_SignUp.pdf"><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></span></strong></a> for a registration form.</div> <p>Individuals interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact Fr. David Shewczyk, STOTS Class of '75 and a member of the Tournament Committee. &nbsp;Please click <a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/08-22-16-Alumni-Golf-Tournament-Forms/Golf_Sponsorship_Letter2016.pdf"><span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></span></a> for more information on sponsorships.<br /><br />"By God's grace there are many wonderful and exciting things happening at the Seminary," Fr. David said. "We ask you to consider making a donation to this fundraiser for the Seminary, which has been coordinated by supporters of the Seminary for the last 18 years. Please understand that all donations go directly to the Seminary. No donation money is used for Tournament costs."<br /><br />Hole sponsorships are available for a donation of $100. Other sponsorship levels exist, and all donations will be welcomed and acknowledged in a Tournament Ad Booklet. Please make checks payable to St. Tikhon's Seminary and return by&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1363438227"><span class="aQJ">August 15, 2016</span></span>&nbsp;to Fr. David Shewczyk, 401 E. Main, St. Wilkes Barre, PA 18705.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary New Strategic Plan Posted on Seminary Website Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash;&nbsp;At its May 27, 2016, the St. Tikhon's Seminary Board of Trustees adopted&nbsp;a new Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. &nbsp;You can find the Strategic Plan under the "About Us" tab, or simply by clicking <span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></span>.</p> <p>This plan includes input from a broad spectrum of seminary constituencies. &nbsp;You can read the story of our World Cafe session devoted to developing the strategic plan in October of 2015 <span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven Voytovich, Chair of the Board's Strategic Planning Committee, shared the following comment: &nbsp;"I am grateful to all who have contributed to the development of this new strategic plan that will be a core document for planning and assessment in the coming years toward advancing the mission of the seminary!</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archpriest John Kowalczyk Represents OCPM at GOA Clergy Laity Congress Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; From Monday, July 4th through Thursday, July 7th, The Very Rev. John Kowalczyk (STOTS Director of Field Education) and Matushka Kathy (Seminary Bursar) attended the Greek Orthodox Clergy and Lay Congress in&nbsp;Nashville, TN representing OCPM - Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.&nbsp;The Congress itself ran from July 3-8 at the famous Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. &nbsp;&nbsp;You can click&nbsp;<span style="color: #993366;"><strong><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></strong></span>&nbsp;for further congress details.</p> <p><strong>Photo L-R</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Fr. John Kowalczyk, Secretary of the Board of Directors and Matushka Kathy; Paul&nbsp;Polites, Director of Operations, with Vicki Haskopoulos; and&nbsp;Fr. Stephen Powley, Executive Director&nbsp;of OCPM, with Matushka Ashley.</p> <p>Fr. John answered questions and spoke on the work of OCPM at its conference booth.&nbsp; He also had <span style="color: #ffffff; background-color: #ffffff;">the</span> opportunity to speak with many of the Greek Orthodox Bishops and Clergy on Orthodox&nbsp;Prison Ministry and personally thank them for the tremendous Pan-Orthodox Support the organization is receiving under the leadership of the Director and Executive Officer of OCPM, the Very Rev. Stephen Powley.&nbsp;</p> <p>OCPM was the first agency under the Assembly of Canonical&nbsp;Orthodox Bishops in North America, headed by Archbishop Demetrius,&nbsp;to have the newly adopted By-laws to be approved and ratified&nbsp;by the Assembly of Bishops. &nbsp;Fr. John&rsquo;s signature was affixed to this document&nbsp;as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of OCPM.</p> <p>Last September,&nbsp;<em>"Leadership &nbsp;100 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese"</em>&nbsp;presented a grant to OCPM to have a series of teaching Videos ready for distribution to all the canonical parishes in the continental United States. This monumental task was completed with the filming of these Videos in September of 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.&nbsp;These teaching Videos can be downloaded from&nbsp;<em><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;"></span></a></span></strong>&nbsp;</em>the official site of OCPM, or click <strong><span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></span></strong>.&nbsp; During the Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress the clergy and lay delegates had an opportunity to view these videos again.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other agencies were&nbsp;also represented at the congress such as: OCF, OCMC, and IOCC. The Kowalczyks&rsquo; had the opportunity to attend the IOCC workshop on the Crisis in the Syria.</p> <p>Fr. John had this to say about attending the congress:&nbsp; &ldquo;The three days were filled with hours of interaction with the delegates and clergy, answering questions and sharing with them, the tremendous work the OCPM is accomplishing.&rdquo; &nbsp;Locally Fr. John also facilitiates STOTS seminarians in experiencing ministry to incarcerated persons at SCI Waymart, now as interns as of this year.</p> <p><a href="">&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Continuing Education Program Focuses on Youth Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] -- St. Tikhon's Seminary Annual Continuing Education Program was focused on Youth. &nbsp;The theme: &nbsp;<strong><em>Our Youth:&nbsp; a Precious Portion of Today&rsquo;s Church Community&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>in Great Need of</em></strong><em> Attention</em> was addressed by each presenter during the program running at the seminary from Tuesday, June 21 -- Thursday, June 23.</p> <p>Tuesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matushka Myra Kovalak (Director of Orthodox Christian Education Commission) quoting Jesus&rsquo; own admonition concerning children:<em>&ldquo;Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven</em>&rdquo;,&nbsp; (Matt. 9:14) &nbsp;shared with clergy attendees about their involvement in church school, assisting in building up relationships with their youth, in part through modeling, as an integral part of young persons&rsquo; developing their own relationship with Jesus Christ.</p> <p>Tuesday evening:&nbsp; 6:30pm&nbsp; Deacon&nbsp; Jason Ketz&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department, Wonder Blog) spoke on Bible Study with young people.&nbsp; His talk was entitled, &nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Have you never read in the scriptures...? Opening the Holy Texts to our Youth&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Wednesday morning 9:00am&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Archpriest Dennis Rhodes (OCA Albanian Archdiocese) talked about the reality of addiction both for young people and clergy themselves:&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>Protecting Ourselves and our Youth from the Scourge of Addiction&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Wednesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Solak&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department) addressed current efforts around Orthodox Campus Fellowship (OCF) outreach, as a very important connection for young adults going off to college. Her talk was entitled:&nbsp; "<em>Making Disciples and Mentoring Leaders: Campus Ministry from Start to Finish</em>"</p> <p>Thursday morning:&nbsp; 9:00am, Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic) addressed the attendees with his talk entitled:&nbsp; <em>&ldquo;Instructing your Spiritual Children for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus: &nbsp;The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Thursday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm Fr. John Malcom (St. Andrews Camp Director and now board member) talked about how clergy can support and encourage participation in church camps through his many years of experience.&nbsp; His presentation was entitled:&nbsp; <em>&ldquo;Ministering to Youth Through God's Creation: The Importance of Church Camp in Today's Society&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Those attending the program completed eighteen hours of continuing education. &nbsp;Each can self report through the OCA Department of Continuing Education, or by clicking <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, hosted the presenters at this year's program. &nbsp;Please watch for announcements about our fall lecture series coming up in October!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary