St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>During the week of Summer Camp, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, welcomed those attending the camp on Sunday.&nbsp; His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared with several groups of campers during the course of the week.&nbsp; The focus this year was on the Mother of God.&nbsp; Thanks be to God the weather was beautiful for the many outdoor activities that are part of the camp week.&nbsp;</p> <p>While daily prayers are offered in the pavilion during the week, all came together for Vespers on Friday at the monastery church, and Divine Liturgy on Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp; May those participating in the Summer Camp be renewed through this experience of fellowship, learning, and fun!</p> <p>(Photos, Seminarian Robert West)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary In Memoriam, Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak - Updated Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary received word early on Sunday, July 2<sup>nd</sup>, that Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak (STOTS, 1994) reposed in the Lord on the evening of July 1<sup>st</sup>. He was only 46 years old.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dn. Gregory came to seminary from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Minersville, PA, and graduated during the same Memorial Day weekend that St. Alexis was canonized.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dn. Gregory served as Bookstore Manager for St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary/Monastery for many years.&nbsp; More recently he has served as Director of Marketing and Operations for St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary Press and Bookstore.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He married his wife Robyn (Alexander) on October 19, 2008.&nbsp; Gregory was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by then Bishop Tikhon, on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at his home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Minersville, PA during the parish&rsquo;s 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration. (See photo)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matushka Robyn began serving in 2016 as Director of Hospitality and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary. Most recently Deacon Gregory was elevated to Protodeacon on May 23, 2017. &nbsp;Protodeacon Gregory leaves behind his wife, Matushka Robyn, his parents, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Valeria&nbsp;Hatrak, his brother Matthew and Lori (sister-in-law)&nbsp;Hatrak, and sister, Natalie&nbsp;Hatrak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Memory eternal to the newly departed servant of God, Protodeacon Gregory. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Funeral Service Schedule</span>:</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, 5 July (St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, Crestwood, NY)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Wednesday morning, July 5, at 10:00 a.m., a Panikhida for Pdn. Gregory will be served at St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s Three Hierarchs Chapel. Prior to the Panikhida, at 9 a.m., a viewing will be held. Immediately following the Panikhida, a repast will be held in the Seminary&rsquo;s Germack Building.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, 5 July (St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, South Canaan, PA)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be an opportunity for viewing in the monastery church when Protodeacon Gregory&rsquo;s relics reach the monastery grounds.&nbsp; Regular daily services will occur in the monastery church, beginning at 4:30pm.</p> <p>7:30 PM&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Funeral</p> <p><strong>Thursday, 6 July</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">9:30 AM&nbsp;&mdash; Divine Liturgy, followed by Last Kiss and Burial here in our cemetery. &nbsp;The repast will be at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware Street, Jermyn, PA &nbsp;18433.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For those wishing to make a contribution in Protodeacon Gregory&rsquo;s memory, a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1499259858101000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGPDvIAy1NL8N-nVF2g9vuj4nhVIQ">Memorial Fund</a>&nbsp;has been established for the benefit of Matushka Robyn.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Continuing Education Program at St. Tikhon’s Seminary Concludes Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan] &nbsp;This year&rsquo;s continuing education program was focused on the theme:&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>With the Saints Give Rest, O Christ, to the Soul of Thy Servant</em>&rdquo;.&nbsp; The program ran from Tuesday-Thursday, June 20-22.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presentations were offered from various vantage points related to this theme.&nbsp; Fr. Ian Pac Urar, Director of the OCA&rsquo;s Department of Continuing Education, presented an interactive focus on ending one&rsquo;s pastorate, including preparation for and entering into retirement.&nbsp; Exercises with participants were helpful to highlight some of the points Fr. Ian offered.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Excerpts from Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann&rsquo;s course (tape recorded) on The Liturgy of Death, provided a theological foundation for the program.&nbsp; At that time, Fr. Alexander shared that he could find no research having been done on the services related to the Liturgy of Death that he then proceeded to outline.&nbsp; Clergy now a generation or two away from Fr. Alexander&rsquo;s time heard his review of the services, and his effort to untangle seeming contradictions in the instructions within the services as rendered in the Hapgood Service book.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wednesday&rsquo;s portion of the program focused on preparation for burial.&nbsp; Dr. Irene Kacandes, who was preparing for a trip to Europe and was still open to participating in this program, pre-recorded both a presentation reflecting the ongoing work of her parish, and again a demonstration of preparing someone for burial.&nbsp; Then, via Skype, the group had the opportunity to interact with her directly in following up from those presentations.&nbsp; &nbsp;In the afternoon, Archpriest Michael Senyo presented on preparing clergy for burial, in having served in this capacity on numerous occasions.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Thursday the participants had the opportunity to hear from Joseph Scotchlas, a local Funeral Director, after he also sat through most of the previous sessions.&nbsp; Joseph was quite engaging and reflective not only on the work of the funeral director, but clarifying how our Orthodox community can still be engaged with local funeral homes even in the process of preparing the newly departed for burial.&nbsp; He also shared some information on pre-planning, and clarified the law related to dimension of the burial process.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Steven Voytovich offered the final presentation that sought to weave a tapestry covering patristic and other resources in reflecting on the ministry of those who suffer, a review of the early church&rsquo;s effort to redirect Christian burial from pagan practices that were in place including cremation, advance care planning, divorce as a type of death less recognized in the life of the church, and a brief reflection on the services related to the funeral in light of the Fr. Alexander&rsquo;s research.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants of the program related that this year&rsquo;s program was more focused and practical, and that for the registration fee of $100 was a bargain to complete most of the required annual continuing education.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thank you to all our presenters, and to Zena for the wonderful meals (within the realm of the fast!) that were also very well received.&nbsp; We are also grateful for Silouan and Gloria Burns for assisting in many ways during the course of these days as Silouan prepares to enter seminary here this fall!&nbsp; Finally, we are grateful for the opportunity for participants to participate in daily services at the monastery church during the course of the program.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dean Attends Inauguration and blessing of Malankara Retreat Center Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, Dalton, PA]&nbsp; His Grace, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, welcomed His Holiness, Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, representatives from the Orthodox and Catholic Church communities, and many clergy and faithful from the Northeast American Diocese in the inauguration of their new Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, in Dalton, PA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Holiness led those gathered in prayer in blessing the new retreat center, purchased from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton.&nbsp; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Diocesan Bishop, was present.&nbsp; Comments by the hierarchs present shared the story of how the facility was transferred to the Malankara Church.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Dean, was present for the blessing.&nbsp; He had previously accompanied His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon in visiting the Indian State of Kerala with our Metropolitan Tikhon and Archpriest John Behr in November, 2015 to celebrate the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Kottayam Seminary.&nbsp; His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, traveled to Kerala in February of this year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Steven shared greetings from the Seminary Rector, the Board of Trustees, and the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary community.&nbsp; He presented an icon to His Holiness, and in doing so offered a brief prayer:&nbsp; &ldquo;May God richly bless the ministry to be carried out through the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center.&nbsp; Just as Jesus&rsquo; disciples were profoundly moved in witnessing the light of Christ on Mount Tabor, may those coming to this place in retreat be transformed by Jesus&rsquo; light and love, receiving healing and restoration.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Christopher (STOTS Faculty) and Anna Veniamin were also present for the inauguration.&nbsp; Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary was also present.&nbsp; He shared a copy of a new book on marriage by Fr. George Koshy, newly published.&nbsp; All were invited for some refreshments and fellowship upon the completion of the blessing service.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's to Host 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 19 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993366;">St. Tikhon's Seminary will host its&nbsp;<strong>20th Annual Golf Tournament</strong>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Saturday, August 19, 2017&nbsp;at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="color: #993366;"> The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at&nbsp;1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at&nbsp;6:00 PM&nbsp;at the course.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship.&nbsp;The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at&nbsp;570-825-4780&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"></span></a>&nbsp;</span>to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/StTikhonsGolf.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a special event in the life of the seminary, and we hope to reach a target of $20,000! &nbsp;If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information <a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/20th-Annual-Golf-Tournament-02.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></span></a>, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary The Fords' Speaking Tour in the Pacific Northwest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">From June 10 through June 21, 2017, our professors Drs. David and Mary Ford toured the Pacific Northwest, speaking in six parishes, in each of which the priest is a St. Tikhon's Seminary graduate.&nbsp; Altogether, the six parishes are in four jurisdictions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In Bozeman, Montana, where Fr. David Morrison (IMG 4535) is the priest of the St. Anthony the Great OCA parish, Dr. David spoke on Saturday, June 10, on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries"; and Dr. Mary spoke on "Dealing with&nbsp;<em>Logismoi</em>&nbsp;in Marriage and Other Relationships."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">On the evening of the next day, June 11, at the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Church in Kallispell, Montana, where Fr. Daniel Kirk is the pastor, they both spoke on "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Book of Revelation and the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435235"><span class="aQJ">On Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 13, at the Holy Myrrh-Bearers Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, where Fr. Gregory Horton is the pastor, Dr. David spoke on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries." &nbsp;Then the next day Dr. Mary spoke on the theme of "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Book of Revelation," followed by Dr. David speaking on "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435236"><span class="aQJ">On Friday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 16, at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, Washington, where Fr. Seraphim Majmudar is the priest, Dr. David spoke on "Dealing with Despondency: Wisdom from the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">On Saturday, June 17, at the Annunciation OCA parish in Milwaukie, Oregon (a suburb of Portland), where Fr. Athanasius Shaw is one of the assistant priests, Dr. David spoke on the topic "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435237"><span class="aQJ">On Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 20, at the Archangel Gabriel OCA parish in Ashland, Oregon, where Fr. Andreas Blom is the pastor, Dr. David again spoke on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Along the way, the Fords visited five of our great National Parks - Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Glacier, Olympic, and Crater Lake.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">"It was an amazing and glorious trip, filled with wonderful Christian fellowship and spectacular natural beauty," the Fords said. &nbsp;"The whole trip was a great blessing in many ways!"</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Enrollment into Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, Philadelphia, PA]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is announcing open enrollment into an expanded Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation program!&nbsp; The program is currently structured to satisfy the educational requirements of laymen who would like to pursue ordination into the Diaconate.&nbsp; It is also intended for faithful men and women, who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.&nbsp; The expanded program now consists of two educational tracks: one for those who intend to serve as Deacons in the Orthodox Church and another for those who are actively involved in parish leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Parish Leadership Formation program is designed for laypeople who would like to seek greater knowledge of our Orthodox Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish. The program will be helpful for those: serving on parish council, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Sunday School, and leading youth activities, assisting with church services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, the director of the program, remarked: &ldquo;We are very excited with the decision of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful of our area to learn more about Theology, Scripture and Liturgy.&nbsp; This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia.&nbsp; In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The program meets on Saturdays over the course of two years from September to May at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in North-East Philadelphia, PA. &nbsp;To download a copy of the flyer, click <span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/Diaconal-Training/Diaconal_Training_Flyer.pdf"><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;For any questions about the program, please contact Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk at 215-745-3232 or <a href=""></a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary