St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Bishop Alexander Visits St. Tikhon's Seminary Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, visited St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary during orientation week on Wednesday, September 2nd.&nbsp; He first met with Seminarian Mikel Hill, who is a second-year student.&nbsp; Later, he visited the monastery church and toured both monastery and seminary grounds with Mikel and Fr. Steven, seminary dean.&nbsp; Upon returning to the seminary&rsquo;s main building he briefly addressed new seminarians preparing to engage their studies, while they were in the Saint Patriarch Tikhon Library with Sergei Arhipov, Seminary Registrar and Librarian.&nbsp; &nbsp;It is uplifting for both seminarians and the seminary community to have our bishops visit!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mark Your Calendars Now for Alumni Picnic Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The Annual Alumni Picnic will be held here at St. Tikhon's Seminary on <strong>Thursday, September 10th</strong>. &nbsp;Please click <strong><span style="color: #00ff00;"><a href="/files/Alumni/2015-Alumni-Picnic-letter-1.docx"><span style="color: #00ff00;">here</span></a></span></strong>&nbsp;to read a letter from our new Alumni President, Fr. Patrick Burns (Class of 2009). &nbsp;His letter contains a schedule for the day's events. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to join the seminary for lunch on that day (12:30pm), please contact Teresa Vaux-Michel, no later than September 5th at either 570.561.1818, or by <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">e-mail</span></a></strong></span>. &nbsp; &nbsp;Fr. Patrick asks that you <a href=""><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">e-mail</span></span></strong></a> him to RSVP no later than Sunday, September 7th, so they may prepare sufficient food and drink. &nbsp;</p> <p>Please plan to come and visit your seminary!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Board of Trustees Holds Early Fall Meeting Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Board of Trustees met at the seminary, August 20-21.&nbsp; Board committees met on Thursday, with the whole board meeting together on Friday.</p> <p>Board committees are comprised of board members, faculty, administrative team members, seminarians, and others.&nbsp; These meetings form a multi-disciplinary platform bringing together many voices across the community, especially important now while St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is in the midst of a Self Study, preparing for a re-accreditation review in 2016.</p> <p>Among the celebrations of the board meeting itself:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The board celebrated the completion of the $300,000 Married Student Housing pledge by the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA), announced during the All-American Council!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The board accepted a proposal from Peter and Sarah Jubinski to form the Peter and Sarah B. Jubinski Library Endowment!&nbsp; With initial funding pledged from Peter and Sarah, this endowment will be focused toward acquisitions for the Patriarch Saint Tikhon Library.&nbsp; This is an especially meaningful gift, as it follows 40+ years of support and direct engagement in the library by Sarah Jubinski.&nbsp; She has served there as librarian and has remained an ardent supporter of the Patriarch Tikhon Library!&nbsp; Sarah also serves as the Chair of the Seminary&rsquo;s Century Association, representing those offering annual financial stewardship gifts.&nbsp; May God grant Peter and Sarah many blessed years!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The board heard for the first time from new Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, and from Fr. Patrick Burns, new Alumni President, elected at the All-American Council.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Board members participated in a presentation focusing on their development efforts by Dawn Miller of Zielinski Company. Dawn has been our consultant that assisted us with development work and in hiring&nbsp; Seraphim.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The board also reviewed documentation that revealed a much stronger year financially in the fiscal year just ended.</li> </ul> <p>May God grant our trustees many blessed years!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary 18th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s &nbsp;Seminary Alumni and current Field Education Leadership Team, Archpriests John Kowalczyk and David Shewczyk, (Class of 1975 celebrating 40 years!), with fellow loyal planners, organized another very successful annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 22<sup>nd</sup>!&nbsp;&nbsp; The tournament was held at the Jack Frost National Golf Club in Blakeslee, PA, in the heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountain resort area.&nbsp; The weather was perfect for alumni and many others who have come annually to play golf on this beautiful course.</p> <p>According to Frs. John and David, this annual tournament has raised more than $60,000 over the past eighteen years!&nbsp; Golfers participate in challenges in certain holes, as they enjoy this day on the course.&nbsp; All Wanas of Alexander&rsquo;s Restaurant in Mayfield generously donates time and energy toward the meals for those golfing.&nbsp; Those viewing the photo album and feeling that they missed a wonderful opportunity, mark your calendars now for August 20, 2016!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s to Sponsor Premiere of New Sacred Music Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><em>Professional Vocal Ensemble Giving Benefit Concert in Manhattan on November 12</em></p> <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA (August 31, 2015) -&nbsp; The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will give a concert in New York City on November 12 at the Roman Catholic church of St. John Nepomucene at 66th and 1st Ave.</p> <p>The concert will celebrate the release of the choir&rsquo;s forthcoming debut album, &ldquo;Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan,&rdquo; and proceeds from the event will benefit St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary.</p> <p>The performance will consist of original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions by composer and conductor Benedict Sheehan, resident music director at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery.</p> <p>Several works on the program will be receiving their world premiere performances that evening, including Sheehan&rsquo;s <em>Triduum Paschalae</em>, a three-movement work for chorus and soloists based on medieval English poetry and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.</p> <p>Among those giving solo performances on the evening will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known for his work with Cappella Romana, and soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi of the Chatauqua Opera Festival and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.</p> <p>More information about the concert, which will begin at 7:30 PM on November 12, is available at <strong><span style="color: #3366ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #3366ff;"></span></a></span>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, observed that the upcoming concert is an example of the ongoing close cooperation between St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery, which have existed in a symbiotic relationship for the past 77 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;From the founding of the Monastery in 1905, and then together with the Seminary since its founding in 1938, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s has worked to put the Liturgy at the center of people&rsquo;s lives. One essential way we can do this is by dedicating ourselves to beautiful church singing, which is, par excellence, a sacramental offering of our time, our treasure, and our talents to God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archbishop Michael also noted that this concert, the first joint Monastery and Seminary effort of its kind, represents &ldquo;a deepening commitment on the part of both institutions to fostering excellence in the liturgical arts."</p> <p>Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, said that the concert and the CD it celebrates represent an important milestone in the development of Orthodox musical culture in America.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not only is this the first time that an established Orthodox institution such as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery has committed itself to cultivating sacred music-making at a professional level,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but it is also the first time that an entire album has been dedicated to the work of a single living Orthodox composer born and bred on American soil.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, shared his excitement about this joint effort in developing liturgical music.</p> <p>&ldquo;Benedict Sheehan (St. Tikhon's Class of 2011) continues to manifest an active commitment to both the seminary and monastery by equipping our seminarians in the area of liturgical music as a faculty member, leading the Seminarian Mission Choir that travels to parishes across the country, while also training and directing the monastery choir in singing the responses in the daily cycle of services,&rdquo; Fr. Steven said. &ldquo;We celebrate his dedication to elevating and developing Orthodox liturgical music in North America.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> <p>Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement</p> <p>570-561-1818, ext. 104</p> <p><a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary