St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Alumni Update: Two St. Tikhon’s Graduates Ordained on Ascension Feast Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Two St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Graduates were ordained on the Feast of Ascension!</p> <p><strong>Dn. Joseph Hazar</strong> was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 9, 2016, by His Grace, The Right Reverend Anthony, Bishop of Toledo and the Diocese of the Midwest, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.</p> <p>In this photo of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Alumni are, left to right: Fr. Gabriel Monforte (2013), Fr. Joseph Hazar (2011), Subdeacon Todd Mokhiber (2012), Fr. John Hogg (2012), and Deacon Paul McDonald (2013).</p> <p>Axios to Fr. Joseph and Khouria Jennifer as they begin a new phase of ministry!</p> <p><strong>Innocent Neal</strong> (Class of 2005), currently serving as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Bookstore Manager, was ordained to the Diaconate on Sunday, June 5, 2016, and to the Holy Priesthood on the Ascension Feast, June 9<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the OCA Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant at both ordinations, with the ordination to the priesthood occurring at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church.</p> <p>Fr. Innocent was also surrounded by classmates:&nbsp; Archimandrite Sergius, St. Tikhon Monastery Igumen (2005), Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (2005), and Fr. Stephen Vernak (2007), and Fr. Peter Henry (2006). &nbsp;Dn. Gregory Hatrack (1994) also served at the Festal ordination, along with deacons who are presently studying at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Axios to Fr. Innocent, Matushka Melania, and their family also!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 74th Graduation Exercises held at St. Tikhon's Seminary: Updated 6-23-16! Sat, 28 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The St. Tikhon's Seminary Community was very pleased to welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, as Commencement Speaker for the 74th Graduation Exercises! &nbsp;He was joined at graduation by His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas, of the Pittsburgh Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. &nbsp;Our Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and President of all three seminaries of the Orthodox Church in America, led the Commencement Exercises. &nbsp;His Eminence, The Most Reverend Michael, Seminary Rector and Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey was joined by His Eminence, the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America.</p> <p>The Doctor of Divinity Degree, <em>Honoris Causa</em>, was conferred upon Archbishop Demetrios by Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Michael before Archbishop Demetrios offered the Commencement Address. &nbsp;Archbishop Demetrios shared very practical dimensions of ministry with the graduates, both with genuine warmth, and from the depth of his many years of service in our Lord's vineyard. &nbsp;To read Archbishop Demetrios' Commencement address, click <a href=""><span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></span></a>. &nbsp;To see a posting of our graduation, in the most recent Greek Orthodox Observer, please click <a href=""><span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree were: &nbsp;Joseph Frangipani, Priest Theodore Gregory, and Erik Timothy Winegar. Priest David Gresham completed a Certificate in Pastoral Studies. &nbsp;Edward Dawson and Russell Komline completed the Diaconal Formation Certificate Program.&nbsp;<strong><br /></strong></p> <p>Timothy Winegar graduated with honors. &nbsp; He completed a thesis entitled: <em>&nbsp;The Temple of His Body: &nbsp;Saint Cyril of Alexandria's Understanding of the Temple and Worship in Spirit and Truth in His Commentary of John</em>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Timothy, also having served as Student Government President, Presented the Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Award for Community Service to Archpriest Daniel Donlick for his decades of service to the seminary that continues to this day as he serves as confessor for many of the seminarians! &nbsp;The first set of photos reflects the graduation exercises.</p> <p>Later in the evening, after Vespers, the graduates, their family members, and the community of St. Tikhon's came together for the graduation dinner,&nbsp;held at Genetti Manor in nearby Dickson City. &nbsp;All the hierarch particpating in graduation remained to join in the celebration. &nbsp;Each graduate shared some reflections during the dinner, as did Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, and Metropolitan Tikhon. &nbsp;</p> <p>Andrew Nelko, now President of Student Government, presented the graduates with an icon bearing the patron saints of all those graduating. &nbsp;This has been an initiative of Student Government. &nbsp; Dn. John Kennerk also shared a gift certificate, representing hearfelt gratitude by all the seminarians, with Matushka Lorissa Gregory, who has served as our cook for the past two years. &nbsp;The second set of photos cover the graduation dinner.</p> <p>May God grant many years to Archbishop Demetrios, and all our St. Tikhon's Seminary graduates!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Chamber Choir Shares the Beauty of Orthodox Music with Growing Public Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">A diverse crowd of about 300 people attended "Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania," a benefit concert for St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary sung by the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon's Monastery on Sunday, May 29 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to several hierarchs, dozens of clergy, and many Orthodox faithful, the concert attracted at least 100 attendees who were not Orthodox.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A husband and wife who were passing through the area on the day of the concert heard a recording of the Chamber Choir on WVIA, the NPR affiliate for Northeastern Pennsylvania," reported Benedict Sheehan, artistic director of the Chamber Choir and professor of Orthodox liturgical music at St. Tikhon's Seminary. "They were so taken with what they heard that they changed their plans, stayed in Wilkes-Barre, and ended up buying tickets. Many people received their first introduction to Orthodox sacred music, and perhaps even to Orthodoxy, because of this event."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir is a professional vocal ensemble whose members include some of the finest solo and ensemble singers in the New York area and throughout North America. Several of the singers are also members of Grammy Award-winning ensembles and appear as soloists with professional opera companies around the country. Six members have direct ties to St. Tikhon's Seminary, either as current students, alumni, or wives.</p> <p dir="ltr">The choir's debut album, "<a href="">Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan</a>," attracted the attention of the regional arts media, as well as various Orthodox media outlets, following its release in 2015 and a celebratory concert on November 12 in New York City.</p> <p dir="ltr">In December, ArtScene with Erika Funke, a radio program which brings attention to arts and cultural events in Pennsylvania, featured an <a href=";utm_campaign=wtshare&amp;utm_medium=Facebook&amp;">interview about the debut album</a> with Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, and the Sheehans. In March, Vladimir Morosan, a leading musicologist of Orthodox music, reviewed the album during an episode of his <a href="">podcast</a> on Ancient Faith Radio. Then, in April and May, WVIA featured two long-form broadcasts of the album itself, exposing the region's classical music fans to Orthodox sacred music.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Beauty, as Dostoevsky said, saves the world. Beauty is one of the things that the Church has to offer, and making that beauty available to a wide audience can open people's hearts to deeper realities," Archimandrite Sergius said. "That's why the monastery is committed to supporting this choir and a regular cycle of performances."</p> <p dir="ltr">A <a href="">five-minute video</a> from the concert is available on YouTube. It shows the program&rsquo;s very first piece and its very last: the final encore at the evening&rsquo;s conclusion.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We look forward to hosting more concerts like this in this region of the country, and maybe even beyond," Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, said. "The Chamber Choir is one of the ways that the monastery and the seminary work together for the life of the world and its salvation."</p> <p dir="ltr">The presenting sponsor for the evening was <a href="">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity. Other major sponsors included the Philadelphia Trust Company, the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute, and the Honesdale National Bank.</p> <p><strong id="docs-internal-guid-2ee50347-37aa-78ba-bc7f-9f8db195b827">Sponsorships for the choir's 2016-2017 season are now available. For more information please contact Benedict Sheehan at </strong></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 112th St. Tikhon's Monastery Pilgrimage Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Thanks be to God, the St. Tikhon's Community celebrated the 112th Monastery Pilgrimage on Monday, May 30th!</p> <p>The day began with early Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Archpriest T. Stephen Kopestonsky, along with Fr. Nicholas Gabriel and seminarians, including those graduating: &nbsp;Fr. Theodore Gregory, &nbsp;Fr. David Gresham, Timothy Winegar, and Joseph Frangipani, who took the photos for the pilgrimage day!</p> <p>Later on the main Divine Liturgy began with a procession from the seminary, with celebrants that included: &nbsp;His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West, His Eminence, His Eminence, Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Seminary Rector. &nbsp;Many clergy came to concelebrate on this day!</p> <p>Photos are included here of those visiting the bookstore, eating lunch after Liturgy, and participating in the many services conducted during the course of the day. &nbsp; Thank you to everyone who participated in making this a wonderful day, and, thanks be to God, the rain held off until most were heading home!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Continuing Education Program UPDATED! Thu, 09 Jun 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 Announces its annual Continuing Education Program, to be held at the seminary June 21-23, 2016.&nbsp; The program will begin at noon on Tuesday, and continue through Thursday afternoon.&nbsp; Registration cost for the program is $100, covering overnight accommodations in our dormitory, and meals.&nbsp; The program will be submitted for review for continuing education credit for our clergy.&nbsp; Interested lay persons are also welcome to attend!</p> <p><strong>Please register by June 15<sup>th</sup></strong> either by calling St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary:&nbsp; 570.561.1818, or by e-mailing Teresa Vaux-Michel:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary 2016 Continuing Education Program</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><em>Our Youth:&nbsp; a Precious Portion of Today&rsquo;s Church Community </em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><em>&nbsp;in Great Need of Attention</em></span></strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs &ndash; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.&rdquo;&nbsp; (Romans 8:16-17)</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Program Presenters and Topics</span>:</strong></p> <p><strong>Tuesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matushka Myra Kovalak (OCEC)</strong></p> <p><em>Jesus said, </em><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; Matushka Myra will talk 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><strong>Tuesday evening:&nbsp; 6:30pm&nbsp; Dn. &nbsp;Jason Ketz&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department, Wonder Blog)</strong></p> <p><em>Have you never read in the scriptures...? Opening the Holy Texts to our Youth</em></p> <p><strong>Wednesday morning 9:00am&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Archpriest Dennis Rhodes (OCA Albanian Archdiocese)</strong></p> <p><em>Protecting Ourselves and our Youth from the Scourge of Addiction</em></p> <p><strong>Wednesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Solak&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department)</strong></p> <p>"<em>Making Disciples and Mentoring Leaders: Campus Ministry from Start to Finish</em>"</p> <p><strong>Thursday morning:&nbsp; 9:00am &nbsp; &nbsp;Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><strong>Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic)</strong></p> <p><em>Instructing your Spiritual Children for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus: &nbsp;The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People</em></p> <p><strong>Thursday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fr. John Malcom (St. Andrews Camp)</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Ministering to Youth Through God's Creation: The Importance of Church Camp in Today's Society&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Please come and join us!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary