St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Latest News 60 St. Tikon’s Seminary Students Meet together with Local OCF Leadership Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">After several email correspondences over the past few years between the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Student Government and local OCF chapters, on Saturday, October 14th, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary received the blessing of hosting five Orthodox Christian college students of the local Orthodox Christian Fellowship to gather for a day of fellowship and pilgrimage. Scranton University senior and OCF area president Alaina N. Dimitriou and Wilkes University senior and OCF area secretary Eleni Moustardas were joined by Orthodox college students Gregory Yannes, Andrea Boosalis, and Alexandra Pavuk.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The sunny Fall day began at Ritter&rsquo;s Cider Mill. Dimitriou, Moustardas, Boosalis, and Yannes were joined by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s second-year Isaac Lampart and first-year Ephraim Tauck, the latter of whom was accompanied by his wife Athanasia Tauck, and their little Lucia and baby Nikolai. The friends shared Ritter&rsquo;s fresh cider donuts and enjoyed petting the farm animals with Lucia, after which all took part in a hayride through the farm and forest, crowning the morning with cold apple cider.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The students and seminarians convened at the Monastery Bookstore for coffee, where they were joined by Father Timothy Cremeens of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA, who accompanied the group to the Seminary Dining Hall for a generous brunch specially prepared by STOTS cook, Zena Hatez. During lunch, Director of Student Affairs Father Ignatius Gauvain welcomed the OCF students to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, and offered a pointed word on the seminary&rsquo;s unique role in the formation of servant leaders of the Orthodox Church in America, after which second-year Subdeacon Timothy Kolb of Wasilla, AK offered a thought-provoking and poignant thirty-minute presentation on his personal experiences of Orthodox Christianity in Alaska.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After lunch, Subdeacon Timothy Kolband and Seminarian Isaac Lampart escorted the students to the Monastery Refectory. St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Abbot, Father Sergius, offered a word on the life of the monastery for the Church, and lovingly encouraged the OCF students to endure in the Orthodox Christian life, even in college.&nbsp; Fr. Sergius stated: "Never be afraid to be an Orthodox Christian. You will never regret it.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following Father Sergius&rsquo; presentation, Monastery Igumen Father Gabriel kindly conveyed the group into St. Theodosios&rsquo; Chapel to venerate the Miracle Working Icon of St. Anna. Afterwards, Father Gabriel offered a tour of the Monastery Museum, accompanied the group on a walk to the Monastery&rsquo;s fresh-water spring, and invited all into the Monastery Church to venerate the holy icons and relics of the saints of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s and North America.</p> <p>The students departed with smiles and thanksgiving. &ldquo;Thank you very much for hosting us, St. Tikhon's!&rdquo; remarked Moustardas. &ldquo;It was such a blessing to receive your warm welcome and tour of the Monastery grounds.&rdquo;</p> <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Student Government looks joyfully forward to continued friendships with the local OCF chapter over the years to come.</p> <p>(Story and photos by Seminarian Isaac lampart)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association Holds Annual Meeting Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Founder's Day, October 8th, following a festive luncheon hosted by the seminary, the St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association held their annual meeting.&nbsp; Subdeacon John Lasichak, President, led the meeting, calling upon association leadership to report on successful fundraising activities through the course of the year.&nbsp; Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Chief Financial Officer, shared heartfelt gratitude, on behalf of the seminary, for all the efforts of the Century Association to support the seminary, including the wonderful annual event they host, Hospitality a la Russe!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Subdeacon John presented a check, on behalf of the Century Association, to Seminary Dean, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, totaling $7,000 as the meeting concluded.&nbsp; All shared in enjoying fellowship and deserts following the meeting.&nbsp; Century Association members support the seminary with annual gifts of at least $100.&nbsp; You can find out more about the Century Association here.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Community Celebrates Founder's Day Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, October 8th, St. Tikhon's Community gathered together to celebrate Founder's Day.&nbsp; This is the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Glorification of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, who founded the monastery.&nbsp; The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; Monastery Abbot, Archimandrite Sergius was the celebrant, together with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and clergy from the seminary and monastery.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archimandrite Sergius appealed to all gathered, during the homily, to continue pursuing the vision of St. Tikhon, with continual prayerful support of the mission of Orthodoxy in North America, modeled by the daily prayers of the monastery community.&nbsp; This year is a special year in that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Tikhon's elevation to the Patriarchate!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the Liturgy, the seminary invited all to come and participate in a festive luncheon.&nbsp; Fr. Steven thanked all of the members of the Fellowship of St. Tikhon and St. Nikolai for their support of the seminary.&nbsp; He then thanked the members of the Century Association, inviting Subdeacon John Lasichak to address those gathered for the luncheon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Century Association later held their annual meeting.&nbsp; To see this related story, please click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a style="color: #ff00ff;" href="">here</a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Photos by Seminarian Robert West)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Wives Gather Together Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the St. Tikhon's Wives Group had a very inspiring "Meet the Matushka" event via Skype with Mat. Kristen Smith in Florida. Mat. Kristen shared helpful advice she'd been given, spoke about her own experiences, and answered the thoughtful questions that many of those who attended had.. Altogether 13 wives attended and were able to enjoy a time of fellowship, as well as benefit from shared wisdom.</p> <p>(Photo and story submitted by Dr. Mary Ford)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Participates in Chancery's Patronal Feast Day Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Saturday, September 23rd, clergy and seminarians from St. Tikhon's Seminary traveled to our OCA Chancery in Syosset to participate in the annual celebration of the patronal feast day of the St. Sergius of Radonezh Chapel.&nbsp; Clergy and seminarians from St. Vladimir's Seminary particpated as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can see the write-up offered on the OCA website <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a style="color: #ff00ff;" href="">here</a></span> that includes the concelebrating hieararchs, and view some of our photos taken below.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Updates: Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris and Archpriest Theophan Buck Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the 50<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Anniversary of the founding of St. Innocent Bicentennial Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Alumnus, the Very Rev. Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris (STOTS &lsquo;61) was honored by His Grace, Bishop David of Alaska, with the right to wear the Miter. Father Nicholas and Matushka Anastasia had labored for more than three decades in the building of St. Innocent&rsquo;s Cathedral, making the honor bestowed upon him there at the celebration of the parish in Anchorage all the more appropriate. Many years to the newly Mitered Archpriest Nicholas &amp; Mat. Anastasia! &nbsp;</p> <p>(Story and photo received from Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS, 2005), Fr. Nicholas&rsquo; son-in-law)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Rev. Theophan Buck (STOTS, 2010), Matushka Elena, and their daughter Eliza were miraculously saved from harm as a 100-year-old tree nearly destroyed their home in the midst of Hurrican Irma&rsquo;s onslaught. They have moved into a rental home as work is undertaken to repair their home. Fr. Theophan is pastor of St. Innocent Orthodox Church, Macon, GA. Please keep them in your prayers.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Announces Fall Lecture Series Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] St. Tikhon's Seminary announces its annual Fall Lecture Series. &nbsp;This year's series is focused on "<em>Back to Basics</em>". &nbsp;The series will run on Tuesday evenings: &nbsp;October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory. &nbsp;You can download a flyer to post <a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/Fall-Lecture-Series-2017-II.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Marshall Goodge&nbsp;</strong>&mdash;&nbsp;&ldquo;<strong>The Panagia: Our Mother and our Model&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Marshall Goodge (STOTS 2017) is serving as the Assistant to the Dean upon graduation from seminary with his M.Div. Degree. Marshall received Honors in Theology for his Thesis: &ldquo;O Virgin Pure&rdquo;: The Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Sinlessness of the Virgin Mary, East and West.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Archbishop Michael, Ph.D.&nbsp;</strong>&mdash;&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;What is the Bible? An Orthodox Understanding&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>His Eminence is the Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. He is Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology and Department Chair of Scripture at the seminary, and holds a Ph.D. Degree from Duquesne University.</p> <p><strong>Protopresbyter George Alexson </strong>&mdash;<strong> &ldquo;Perfecting the Shepherd&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Fr. George (STOTS 1969) has been a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for forty-eight years. He retired in 2010 from the Annunciation Cathedral, Atlanta, GA. Upon returning to Northern Virginia, he accepted an invitation to assist in developing Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, in Loudon County.</p> <p><strong>Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Ph.D.&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;&ldquo;Basics of Liturgical Music&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Dr. Jessica teaches at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam University, Potsdam, NY. She is currently on sabbatical and has recently returned from Greece. She is also an accomplished harpist in addition to her work in liturgical music.</p> <p>To indicate your interest in attending, please contact the seminary: &nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary