St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 In Memoriam: Fr. Walter Smith -- Updated Sat, 14 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Fr. Walter Smith, Class of 2004, reposed in the Lord on the evening of May14, 2016 at the rectory of Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury CT.&nbsp;</p> <p>A native of the state of Montana, Fr. Walter&rsquo;s first career was as a professor of art history and art gallery curator/director. He has taught and directed art galleries in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Mississippi. A convert, he was received into the Orthodoxy at Holy Trinity Church of Kansas City, Kan., in 1996. In 2001, he took up full-time study at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in South Canaan, Pa. Smith was ordained a priest in 2003, and graduated from the Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2004.</p> <p>Since his ordination, Fr. Walter served in several parishes: Holy Trinity Church, McAdoo Pennsylvania, Holy Trinity Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church back in Missoula, Montana, and most recently began serving at Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury, CT.</p> <p>Presbytera Nancy Smith, who received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago in 2000, taught art history at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2006. She has also trained as a painter and iconographer, producing icons for Holy Trinity Church in Moose Jaw. &nbsp;Father Walter and Presbytera have one adult daughter, Flora.</p> <p>Visitation will begin at the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, 3125 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302291"><span class="aQJ">4:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302292"><span class="aQJ">Friday, May 20</span></span>. The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302293"><span class="aQJ">6:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302294"><span class="aQJ">Saturday, May 21</span></span>, the Divine Liturgy and a Panikhida will be celebrated at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302295"><span class="aQJ">9:30 a.m.</span></span>, followed by interment in the parish cemetery.</p> <p>May Fr. Walter&rsquo;s memory be eternal.&nbsp; Please remember Presbytera Nancy, Flora, and the faithful of The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in your prayers.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Matthew Fuhrman Ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Tikhon on St. Alexis Feast Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, to lead the celebration of the Feast of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre on Bright Saturday, May 7th.&nbsp; During the hierarchical Divine Liturgy His Beatitude tonsured Matthew Fuhrman, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarian, Rassophore Monk Maxim and Hesychios Webb from the Monastery brotherhood, readers.&nbsp; Rassaphore Monk Maxim was subsequently ordained to the Subdiaconate, as was Matthew, who was then ordained to the Diaconate!</p> <p>Priests concelebranting at the Liturgy included: Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon's Monastery; Igumen Gabriel; Archpriest Steven Kopestonsky; Seminarian Priest Theodore Gregory; deacons included: Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak; Deacon Alexander Cadman from State College where Matthew previously studied; and Seminarian Deacons Matthew Joyner, John Kennerk and Basil Ferguson.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the Liturgy a Molieben was celebrated before St. Alexis&rsquo; relics.&nbsp; &nbsp;St. Alexis is remembered for leading many Eastern Rite Catholics to the Orthodox Church, beginning with congregations in Minneapolis MN, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, and many others who followed.&nbsp; You can read more about St. Alexis at our OCA Website by clicking <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=";Saint=Alexis"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Axios to Deacon Matthew and Mat. Jessica, who continues to serve as part of the website team for our Orthodox Church in America!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Great and Holy Pascha celebration at St. Tikhon's Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>With great joy the St. Tikhon's community came together to celebrate Nocturne, Matins, and Divine Liturgy of Great and Holy Pascha! &nbsp;Matins includes the singing of the canon of St. John of Damascus. &nbsp;Following this are the Paschal Verses during which we sing:</p> <p>This is the day of resurrection.</p> <p>Let us be illumined by the Feast.</p> <p>Let us embrace each other.</p> <p>Let us call "brothers" even those that hate us,</p> <p>and forgive all by the resurrection...</p> <p>The Sermon of St. John Chrysostom, originally composed as a baptismal instruction, is retained as so much of the Paschal Services recalls the Sacrament of Baptism. &nbsp;(texts above taken from introduction of Paschal Services by Archpriest Paul Lazor)</p> <p>We remain grateful for our seminarian photographers including on Pascha, Joseph Frangipani.</p> <p>Thank you also to our choirs who led the singing of the responses all through Holy Week and Pascha: &nbsp;Benedict Sheehan and both the Mission and Mixed Choirs, and Brother Daniel and the Monastery Choir!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Holy Friday and Saturday at St. Tikhon's Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The services of Holy Week continue with Vespers with placing of the Winding Sheet Friday afternoon, followed by Matins of Holy Saturday. &nbsp;The latter service includes a procession with the Epitaphion. &nbsp;This "is not a funeral procession. &nbsp;It is the Son of God, the Holy Immortal, who proceeds through the darkness of Hades, announcing to '<em>Adam of all generation</em>' the joy of the forthcoming resurrection. &nbsp;'<em>Rising early from the night</em>," He proclaims, '<em>The dead shall arise, those in the tombs shall awake, and all those on earth shall greatly rejoice.</em>'" &nbsp;(From the preface written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann in the Matins of Holy Saturday service book).</p> <p>On Holy Saturday we celebrate a Vesperal Divine Liturgy revealing the first announcement of the Resurrection to the Myrrhbearing Women! &nbsp;Please take a moment to review the slideshows from both Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, with gratitude to our seminarian photographers.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Metropolitan Visits St. Tikhon's During Holy Week Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited St. Tikhon's during Holy Week. &nbsp;He served the Hours and Presanctified Liturgy on Holy Wednesday, as well as Matins of Holy Thursday. &nbsp;On Holy Thursday he led the celebration of the Vesperal Divine Liturgy, and Matins of Holy Friday with the reading of the Twelve Gospels. &nbsp;Please take time to review the two photo slideshows representing services for each day.</p> <p>Thank you to Seminarian Andrew Nelko and those with him who took photos during these services.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Drs. Ford Travel to Alaska Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Drs. David and Mary Ford will be in the Diocese of Alaska in May. &nbsp;Dr. David will be participating in the St. Herman Seminary Graduation exercises on May 15th.</p> <p>Drs. David and Mary Ford will be leading a Diocesan Clergy Wives and Family Life Retreat at St. Innocient Cathedral in Anchorage, May 20-21. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span> to see a brochure for the marriage retreat they will be leading.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archbishop Demetrios to be Commencement Speaker at St. Tikhon's Graduation Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>With great joy,&nbsp;the Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary announces that the Commencement Speaker for this year&rsquo;s 74<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Commencement will be His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop&nbsp;DEMETRIOS, Geron of America, and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Graduation will be held at the Outdoor Chapel on the grounds of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, beginning at&nbsp;1:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;During the festivities, His Eminence, Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios, will be the recipient of the Degree, Doctor of Divinity,&nbsp;<em>honoris causa,&nbsp;</em>in recognition of his yeoman service to Orthodox theological education, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and World Orthodoxy in general.</p> <p>Archbishop Demetrios' Biography:</p> <p>His Eminence, Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;(Trakatellis), Geron of America was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1950 he graduated with distinction from the University of Athens School of Theology. He was ordained a deacon in 1960, and a priest in 1964.</p> <p>He was elected Bishop of Vresthena in 1967, auxiliary to the Archbishop of Athens, responsible for the theological education of the clergy. From 1965 to 1971, he studied New Testament and Christian Origins at Harvard University, and was awarded a Ph.D. &ldquo;with distinction&rdquo; in 1972. He earned a second doctorate in Theology from the University of Athens &ldquo;with distinction&rdquo; in 1977. From 1983 to 1993, he was the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also taught at Harvard Divinity School as Visiting Professor of New Testament. He was inducted in 2003 into the Academy of Athens as a member who resides abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p>In August 1991 he was elevated to be the Titular Metropolitan of Vresthena. &nbsp;He was elected Archbishop of America on August 19, 1999 by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and enthroned on September 18, 1999 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.</p> <p>During his ministry as the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, he has touched and inspired the lives of thousands of people with his incessant, methodical and loving archpastoral ministry.</p> <p>As Archbishop of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and head of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese, ArchbishopDemetrios&nbsp;has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and globally, officiating at services, consecrating churches, ordaining clergy, extending the scope of the work of the Church in America, and sharing in the vitality and accomplishments of the people and the parishes.</p> <p>Throughout his ministry Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;has led the Church in responding to national and international needs and crises, including the tremendous ordeals confronting the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 and the destruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Macedonian issue, and the Cyprus issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;He has led the philanthropic responses to natural disasters including the mudslides in California, the tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, and the appeal for aid to Greece after the devastating fires. In 2012, when the financial crisis in Greece took immense proportions, the Archbishop initiated a rigorous campaign for humanitarian assistance to the people of Greece, which is channeled through the Church of Greece.&nbsp;A similar effort was also initiated in 2013 for humanitarian assistance for the people of Cyprus who were faced with a severe financial crisis.&nbsp;&nbsp;Both are ongoing efforts that continue to offer significant assistance. In recognition of his efforts for a just resolution in Cyprus, he received the highest honor of the Republic of Cyprus, the medal of the Great Cross of the Order of Archbishop Makarios III.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was also bestowed with the Great Cross of the Order of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Phoenix, the highest honorary distinction of the Hellenic Republic.</p> <p>An Orthodox hierarch for nearly&nbsp;half a century, a theologian, statesman, and biblical scholar of international recognition, His Eminence has faithfully demonstrated the healing power of Christ&rsquo;s truth and compassion. His message has been one of unity, genuine relationships, and an ever-increasing commitment to God and to service in the name of Christ.&nbsp;&nbsp;He has manifested the effectiveness of God&rsquo;s grace in establishing peace, tranquility, stability and trust both within the Church and throughout the world.&nbsp;&nbsp;On November 26, 2015, by unanimous decision, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate bestowed upon Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;the high title of&nbsp;<em>Geron&nbsp;</em>(&ldquo;Elder&rdquo;) in recognition of his &ldquo;invaluable services to the Mother Church, the entire Orthodoxy and the Theological Literature.&rdquo;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Announces 112th Pilgrimage Schedule Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon's Monastery announces the schedule for the upcoming Memorial Day Pilgrimage Weekend:&nbsp; May 27-30.&nbsp; <strong>Please join us!</strong></p> <p>The weekend will begin with welcoming the&nbsp;Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon on Friday afternoon, at 3:30pm.&nbsp; On Saturday, at 1pm will be St. Tikhon's Seminary 74th Annual Commencement.&nbsp; Vigil follows at 4pm, as does the Graduation Dinner.</p> <p>Special concerts and program will be occurring on Sunday.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to go to our webpage for the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chorale concert Sunday evening.</p> <p>The 112 Monastery Pilgrimage will take place on Monday, with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am, followed by a day filled with activities and prayer.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to see the full schedule, along with invitation letter and hotel information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary STOTS concert to feature pieces by American composers Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] -- The Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will sing a benefit concert of sacred music by American composers at Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA on <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1412980015"><span class="aQJ">Sunday, May 29, 2016 &nbsp;at 7:30 PM</span></span>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Proceeds from the concert, titled &ldquo;Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania,&rdquo; benefit Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary [STOTS]. &nbsp;Please click <span style="color: #800080;"><a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/ChamberChoirPoster-2.1.pdf"><span style="color: #800080;">here</span></a></span> to download a flyer to post.<br />&nbsp;<br />The performance, part of a series of events that will take place during the 112th annual Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Memorial Day Pilgrimage, will feature a selection of original compositions by American Orthodox composers Benedict Sheehan, Richard Toensing, Nazo Zakkak, and Kurt Sander.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m overjoyed to see a surge of interest in Russian Orthodox choral music over the past twenty years," said Benedict Sheehan, resident music director at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery. &nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m even more delighted to say that this profound tradition is not simply a relic of the past, but is an artistic tradition that is alive and well today. With this concert, we hope to present the living voice of Orthodox sacred music, as embodied in the works of several American composers.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />The first half of the program will include a world premiere of the striking new Canon of Saint Andrew by Nazo Zakkak, a 28-year-old composer from San Diego, CA, as well as works by the late Richard Toensing (1940-2014), recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a commission from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Kurt Sander, an award-winning composer who teaches at Northern Kentucky University.<br />&nbsp;<br />The second half of the program features music by Benedict Sheehan, including the world premiere of his new composition, Opening Psalm, and a performance of Triduum Paschale, a three-movement work about the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ that met with enthusiastic acclaim when premiered at a benefit concert in New York last November.<br />&nbsp;<br />Among those giving solo performances during the concert will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known internationally for his work with Cappella Romana; soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi of the Chautauqua Opera Festival and 2015 finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions; and mezzo-soprano Tynan Davis, whose voice is regularly heard in Grammy award-winning ensembles Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth and who last year joined the cast of the North American Tour of <em>Phantom of the Opera. </em>The choir will also be joined by renowned basso profundo Glenn Miller, a veteran of numerous recordings and concert stages, including Robert Shaw&rsquo;s seminal recording of Rachmaninoff <em>All-Night Vigil </em>(1990) and Conspirare&rsquo;s recent Grammy award-winning <em>Sacred Spirit of Russia </em>(2014).<br />&nbsp;<br />Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. See the <a href="" target="_blank">concert&rsquo;s website</a> for more information.<br />&nbsp;<br />Corporate sponsors of the event include <a href="" target="_blank">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute</a>, which is holding a <a href="" target="_blank">weekend training seminar</a> for Church singers that overlaps with the benefit concert.&nbsp; Additional corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Seraphim Danckaert, STOTS Director of Mission Advancement, at <a href="tel:570-561-1818%2C%20ext.%20104" target="_blank">570-561-1818, ext. 104</a> for more information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary