St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Latest News http://stots.edu/ 60 St. Tikhon’s Seminary welcomes Archpriest Moses Berry http://stots.edu/news_180425_4.html Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2018/04-23-18-Fr-Moses-Berry/IMG_9745.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Archpriest Moses Berry, Priest of Theotokos &ldquo;Unexpected Joy&rdquo; Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Missouri, visited St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary after having participated in the ordination of Dn. Samuel Davis to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, April 21st.&nbsp; He gave a talk to members of the seminary and monastery communities on Monday evening, April 23rd.&nbsp; He is an inspiring presenter to listen to, both in recounting the realities of slavery that he and family members encountered and lived with, and sharing his hopes and dreams for the African-American community within the Orthodox Church.&nbsp; He celebrated the newly ordained Fr. Samuel Davis as one of the next generation of African-American clergy, seminary trained, to lead his faithful forward!&nbsp; He shared that currently excavations are occurring on his homestead property that once included a safe-house for slaves, and how those traveling through the area would know whether the way was clear for them to dwell there.</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich thanked Fr. Moses for his presentation, and intoned many years for Archpriest Moses, his family and his flock, as well as the newly ordained Fr. Samuel, his family, and his flock.&nbsp; Many who attended his talk remained to talk further with Fr. Moses, and Seminarian Ephraim Tauck, who knows Fr. Moses, assisted in getting him to seminary from New Jersey, and again back to the airport for his return trip.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180425_4.html Mission Choir Celebrates Historic Visit to Lorain Ohio http://stots.edu/news_180425_3.html Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2018/04-22-18-Mission-Choir-Lorain/IMG_7680.jpg&archive=0&final_h=54&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The Mission Choir visited Sts. Peter and Paul Church, in Lorain, Ohio, on April 21-22.&nbsp;&nbsp; The parish was celebrating its 105th anniversary!&nbsp; Five years ago, the parish sought to celebrate their 100th anniversary, and Metropolitan Tikhon, who was to join Bishop Paul, was unable to come due to suffering from pneumonia.&nbsp; Now five years later both Bishop Paul and Metropolitan Tikhon were scheduled to participate in the divine services together.&nbsp; An &ldquo;All-Star&rdquo; version of the Mission Choir (including members who graduated in 2017 who attended Dn. Jonathan Lincoln&rsquo;s ordination earlier in the day) sang Great Vespers.&nbsp;</p> <p>An interesting reunion took place between the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, and Vespers.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kathy Jacob introduced Fr. Steven to her brother, John Slanta (STOTS 1979).&nbsp; At Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Fr. Steven also met Archpriest Yves Claude Babich (STOTS 1980), Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Lakewood Ohio.&nbsp; In perceiving that they were likely classmates, Fr. Steven brought the two together, who then began sharing their shared seminary experiences!</p> <p>After Vespers all traveled to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for a dinner and program prepared by Samuel Jacob, one of the newest members of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Board of Trustees.&nbsp; Protopresbyter Michael Gulgas, Parish Rector, was present for the evening&rsquo;s events.&nbsp; Fr. Andrew Bartek, Pastor of Holy Assumption Church in Marblehead, Ohio, closed his parish so he and faithful could participate in the weekend&rsquo;s events.&nbsp; A small ensemble of parish parishioners provided music during dinner.</p> <p>Parishioner Samuel Koukios was emcee for the evening.&nbsp; Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Paul, Michael Herzak (Seminary Board of Trustees Chair), and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, all offered comments.&nbsp; The Mission Choir also sang a short program of liturgical music celebrating the Paschal Feast.</p> <p>In the morning, Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishop Paul concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, with Fr. Joseph McCartney, Pairsh Rector, Archpriest Basil Stoyka, and Fr. Andrew Bartek.&nbsp; Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak served with Protodeacon Edward Kolenda.&nbsp;&nbsp; The church was packed, well in advance of greeting the hierarchs.&nbsp; Fr. Joseph presented Fr. Steven with contributions to the seminary that would total nearly $10,000.&nbsp; The whole parish with celebrants took a parish photo on the front steps of the church!</p> <p>After the Divine Liturgy, the Mission Choir joined Metropolitan Tikhon in traveling to Ridge Hill Memoral Cemetery.&nbsp; John Lachowyn responded to a challenge during the Mission Choir&rsquo;s visit in 2017, committing $1,000 to have the Mission Choir visit his home during this year&rsquo;s visit, to sing a short program.&nbsp; John passed away in January, so the Mission Choir sang the responses as Metropolitan Tikhon served a Litya at his graveside, with his wife Rosyln and many family members present.</p> <p>Later that afternoon all participating in the Divine Liturgy were invited to the home of Sam and Kathy Jacob for an afternoon of more food that they prepared, fellowship, and another short program of liturgical music.</p> <p>Fr. Steven commented on how moving it was to visit Sts. Peter and Paul Church, feeling their supportive embrace these past few years!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May God grant Fr. Joseph, Archpriest Basil, and parish faithful many blessed years as they look ahead to the next 105 years!</p> <p>(Photos by Seminarian George Davis)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180425_3.html Alumni Update: Ordination of Dn. Jonathan Lincoln to the Holy Priesthood http://stots.edu/news_180425_2.html Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2018/04-21-18-Lincoln-Ordination/IMG_7368.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Dn. Jonathan Lincoln (STOTS 2017) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, April 21st, at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. He was ordained by His Grace, Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest.&nbsp; Among the celebrants was Archpriest John Zdinak, Diocesan Chancellor. Fr. Jonathan will be assigned to St. Joseph Orthodox Church in Wheaton, Illinois, as 2nd priest.&nbsp; Matushka Megan (STOTS 2017) is finishing up a residency CPE year, and the Lincolns are expecting their first child.&nbsp; Axios to Fr. Jonathan and Mat. Megan!&nbsp;</p> <p>It was also incredible to see how many classmates came to be with Fr. Jonathan and Mat. Megan on this special day, captured in one of the photos.&nbsp; Frs. Mikel Hill, John Kennerk, and Andrew Nelko concelebrated, and Marshall Goodge, Assistant to the Seminary Dean, was also among the faithful.</p> <p>(Photos by Seminarian George Davis)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180425_2.html Ordination of Dn. Samuel Davis to the Holy Priesthood http://stots.edu/news_180425_1.html Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2018/04-21-18-Davis-Ordination/100_1303.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Dn. Samuel Davis, who enrolled in a one-year program of studies this fall, and quickly upon enrollment decided to complete the whole degree program, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.&nbsp; He was ordained in what has been a mission parish in the diocese, St. Simon of Cyrene Mission in New Brunswick, NJ.&nbsp; Among the concelebrants was Archpriest Moses Berry.&nbsp; The mission anticipates reaching out to the African-American and Hispanic communities in the local area, and Fr. Samuel&rsquo;s ordination will allow this mission to work toward a more complete liturgical life even while Fr. Samuel completes his studies.&nbsp; Axios!&nbsp; May God grant Fr. Samuel, Matushka Julitssa, and their children Isaac, Morgan, Ava, and Alexander, many years!</p> <p>(Photos by Seminarian Vjekoslav Jovičić)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180425_1.html St. Tikhon's Celebrates Holy Week and Pascha http://stots.edu/news_180415_1.html Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2018/04-08-18-Pascha/IMG_9569.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Christ is Risen!</p> <p>St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery communities came together to celebrate Holy Week and Pascha. This is not only the high point of the liturgical year for Orthodox Christians, it is the high point for the academic year!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Please take a few minutes to look at the two photo galleries, the first representing excerpts from Holy Week, and the second from Paschal Services, with gratitude to Seminarian Robert West who faithfully took photos in the course of all the services.&nbsp;&nbsp;Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi, Deputy Dean of the Patriarchal Seminary in Nairobi Kenya, was present for the whole of the Great Lenten journey, and is among those captured in the photo from the Paschal Procession.</p> <p>Indeed He is Risen!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180415_1.html In Memoriam: Mitred Archpriest John Nehrebecki: Updated http://stots.edu/news_180407_2.html Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/photos/Mission-Choir/20170207_161438-1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=56&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Archpriest John Nehrebecki (STOTS 1950), reposed in the Lord on Holy Saturday.&nbsp; He was known to especially anticipate the Divine Liturgy celebrated on this day.&nbsp; Please see the full obituary for Fr. John on the OCA website <a href="https://oca.org/in-memoriam/archpriest-john-nehrebecki">here</a>.&nbsp; Fr. John was father-in-law to the ever-memorable Archpriest Alexander Atty who served at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s as Dean from 2010-2013, and grandfather to Archpriest Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) among their children and grandchildren.</p> <p>Fr. John was a participant in the Metropolitan Leonty Symposium held at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in May of 2015, as one of three members of the delegation receiving the OCA&rsquo;s Tomos of Autocephaly.&nbsp;&nbsp; Their collective recollections helped to bring this formative time for our OCA alive for yet another generation!&nbsp;</p> <p>2017 was a year including many celebrations for the Nehrebecki family!&nbsp; Fr. John was granted the dignity of wearing the Miter by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Bishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.&nbsp; He and Mat. Eugenia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on May 22nd, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp; Earlier that spring, the Mission Choir visited Christ the Savior Church in Paramus (photo for this story), celebrating the ministry of Fr. Leonid Schmidt (STOTS, 2010) as current pastor, and Fr. John&rsquo;s legacy in having served the OCA with distinction in faith and in love.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, visitation will be from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Paschal Funeral service beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated. The interment will follow at 4:00 p.m. at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Cemetery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Father John&rsquo;s memory to Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 365 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey 07652</p> <p>Memory Eternal to the newly reposed Mitred Archpriest John.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180407_2.html Mission Choir Visits Ohio http://stots.edu/news_180401_3.html Sun, 25 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2018/03-25-18-Mission-Choir-Ohio-Trip/IMG_7119.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>The Mission Choir visited several churches over the weekend of March 24th &amp; 25th. They sang the responses for a full vigil for the feast of the Annunciation at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Canton Ohio, and were led by recent graduate and St. Tikhon's alumnus Fr. John Kennerk (STOTS 2017), who gave a wonderful and pastoral explanation of the vigil beforehand to his parishioners who are fairly new to vigil services. Following the service Fr. Mikel (classmate of Fr. John) and Matushka Rachel Hill hosted the Mission choir, as well as the Kennerks and several parish families, for a lovely home-cooked meal at their house.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Sunday&nbsp;Morning the Mission Choir sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore, Ohio, led by St. Tikhon's Alumnus Father Nicholas Wyslutsky (STOTS, 1989, currently serving as Alumni Treasurer). Each Seminarian, as well as Monastery Director of Music Benedict Sheehan, gave a brief talk at a fish fry following liturgy. &nbsp;St. Nicholas Church is celebrating its centennial this year!</p> <p>Finally, the Choir sang a concert with diverse repertoire at St. George's Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio, joined by Alumni Fr. Mikel Hill and Deacon Jonathan Lincoln (STOTS 2017), as well as Joachim Wyslutsky. The concert was well attended and there was a light reception afterwards. The concert itself and the music selection were organized by Fr. Mikel Hill, in conjunction with Benedict Sheehan.</p> <p>May God grant Fr. Nicholas Wyslutsky, Fr. John Kennerk, Fr. Mikel Hill, Dcn. Jonathan Lincoln, their families and their parish faithful many blessed years!</p> <p>(Story by Seminarian John Parker, photos by Seminarian George Davis)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180401_3.html St. Tikhon's Seminary now accepting applications for Fall 2018 http://stots.edu/news_180112_2.html Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/photos/students/InClass.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon's Seminary is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.&nbsp; Many ask about application deadlines.&nbsp; We prefer having materials by early June, as it takes time to contact your references and to conduct a background check.&nbsp; Please know also that you do not need to wait to submit a completed packet.&nbsp; Sending in the application form is a good start, and we will work with you as you forward other materials.</p> <p>To assist you in the application process, please note the following resources here on the seminary website:</p> <p>Our admissions page, <a href="/admission.html">here</a>, offers general information for those applying.&nbsp; The application page, <a href="/application_materials.html">here</a>, offers all the essential information necessary for assembling application materials.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Seminary Bulletin for 2018-2020 is now available on the seminary website.&nbsp; View this document, <a href="/academicbulletin.html">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Please feel free to contact the Admissions Committee either by e-mail:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:applicants@stots.edu">applicants@stots.edu</a>&nbsp;or for general questions, call the seminary at 570.561.1818.&nbsp; It is most helpful if you also send application materials in to the applicants e-mail address above.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://stots.edu/news_180112_2.html