St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon’s Community Celebrates Successful ATS Site Visit Thu, 11 May 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, PA]&nbsp; The St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Community gathered together for dinner at Caf&eacute; Rinaldi in Old Forge, on May 11<sup>th</sup>, to celebrate the strong re-accreditation report from the Association of Theological Schools.&nbsp;&nbsp; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s was given a seven-year re-accreditation interval, with no notations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The host of the evening's celebratory dinner was Archbishop Michael. &nbsp;Students, faculty, administrative team members, alumni, and family members spent the evening together.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks be to God for the wonderful review outcome, and for this opportunity to celebrate together!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archbishop Michael was also recognized in celebrating the seventh anniversary of his elevation to the episcopate, with a cake during the dinner. &nbsp;May God grant our Seminary Rector many blessed years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Members’ Recognized for Their Ministry Tue, 09 May 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, PA] On Tuesday, May 9<sup>th</sup>, all the members of the Mission Choir were invited for dinner in celebration of their service!&nbsp; Archbishop Michael hosted the dinner to give thanks for the time, energy, and outreach that these Mission Choir members offered during the course of the academic year over and above their coursework and community service.&nbsp; Contributions from mission choir outings are applied to scholarship those who make this very meaningful sacrifice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This celebration was especially important for the majority of Mission Choir members that are now senior seminarians.&nbsp; These seminarians traveled as far as California and Florida. In addition, they sing many of the services of the early portion of Holy Week each year, and participated in the recent recording, as well!</p> <p>May God grant our Mission Choir members many years of fruitful service in our Lord&rsquo;s Vineyard!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Visits Lorain, Ohio Sun, 30 Apr 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, PA] St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Mission Choir visited Sts. Peter and Paul Church, in Lorain, Ohio.&nbsp; His Grace, Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest made a pastoral visit to the parish the same weekend.&nbsp; The mission choir sang the responses for Vespers. After Vespers a fundraising dinner was held.&nbsp; The Mission Choir sang a brief program of music, led by Benedict Sheehan, Director of Music, as part of the dinner.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The following morning Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS Class of 2010), Parish Rector, was awarded the Gold Cross by Bishop Paul.&nbsp; After Divine Liturgy Sam and Kathy Jacob hosted a wonderful luncheon for the choir members.&nbsp; May God grant Fr. Joseph, Protodeacon Edward, and parish faithful many blessed years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Spring Appeal Letter Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p class="Default"><em><span style="font-size: 13.0pt; font-family: Georgia; color: #232d32;">The children at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s gather under the flowering trees after Divine Liturgy. Your Lenten gift helps these families prepare for ministry in the Orthodox Church. Thank you so much for your support!</span></em></p> <p>Beloved in the Lord,</p> <p>Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!</p> <p>When you think about Lent, what comes to mind? For many of us, we might think immediately about the serious ascetic tasks of increasing our prayer life, more rigorous fasting, and attending more services.</p> <p>But Fr. Thomas Hopko paints a very different picture in his famous book <em>The Lenten Spring</em>. He begins by saying:</p> <p>&rdquo;The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation&hellip;with the enthusiasm of a child&hellip; The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, we are so blessed to be reminded of the &ldquo;enthusiasm of a child&rdquo; during our Lenten journey, precisely because we are surrounded by children in every service. Right now, there are over 40 children in our seminary community, with another 5 on the way this year!</p> <p>It&rsquo;s only because of your generosity that these families are able to attend St. Tihkon&rsquo;s and prepare to become leaders of the Church.</p> <p>Your past donations have helped cover tuition for these families, and even helped them cover emergency costs like medical expenses and car repairs. St. Tikhon&rsquo;s is a faithful steward of your investment, and we do everything possible to help seminarians and their families when they need it. Thank you for making that generosity possible!</p> <p><strong>During Lent, will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s?</strong></p> <p>Your generosity makes such a difference to the seminarians here &mdash;and to their families.</p> <p>The children have watched their parents leave extended family and careers behind, come to a new place, and sacrifice so much to follow God&rsquo;s calling to serve the Church.</p> <p>Yet these same children also get to experience your generosity and love. They see that Orthodox Christians like you around North America care enough about the future of the Church to support their parents during seminary. What an amazing gift you provide!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Seeing Your Gift Make a Difference</span></p> <p>Thanks to your support, we have celebrated 7 ordinations since December. <strong>And</strong> <strong>I&rsquo;m so happy to share with you that the Seminary's accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Association of Theological Schools for seven years with no notations!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>This amazing accomplishment is a tremendous validation of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s effectiveness. Our sole focus is practical preparation for ministry, rooted in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church. Thank you for standing with us in this sacred mission!<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How We Say Thank You&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Will you consider a new gift of $100, $250, or more to help the seminarians at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s during Lent?</strong></p> <p>By sending a new gift, you are re-committing to a special community of prayer and faith. We look forward to sending you pictures of the young families you are helping, and would like to remember you and your family by name in prayer during our daily Divine Liturgy.</p> <p>Please use the enclosed reply envelope to send your prayer list and your contribution today. Thank you so much for your support, and may God bless you!</p> <p>Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey,</p> <p><strong>Archpriest Steven Voytovich</strong></p> <p>Dean of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary</p> <p>P.S. Your generous support in the past has made St. Tihkon&rsquo;s what it is today. Please join us once again this Lent by sending in your Lenten gift today. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/donate.html"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here </span></a></span>to go to our online donation page. &nbsp;Thank you so much!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary to host 75th Annual Commencement; His Grace, Bishop Thomas (Joseph) to be Honored and Deliver Commencement Address Fri, 12 May 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, PA)]It is with great joy that Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary announces that it will hold its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27, 2017&nbsp; with His Grace, Bishop Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese serving as commencement speaker. The graduation exercises will be held in front of the All Saints Belltower Chapel on the grounds of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Prior to giving the commencement address, Bishop Thomas will receive from the Seminary an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of His Grace&rsquo;s dedicated service to Christ&rsquo;s Holy Church, his passionate commitment to Orthodox Youth, and his contributions to Orthodox Education both here and abroad. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Official Biography of His Grace, Bishop Thomas</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of Blessed Memory in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1984, Metropolitan Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Subdeacon Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida, near St. Petersburg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; and past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bishop Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University. His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including "The Sanctification of Our Parish Life," "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars," "Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians," "An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians," "Sanctified Schooling: Working out Salvation Within Education," "Instructing Your Spiritual Children for Salvation," and the "Orthodox Christian Witness" series. He also co-authored "The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America," and has given presentations for the St. Tikhon's 2016 Continuing Education program including "Instructing your Spiritual Children for Salvation Through Faith in Christ Jesus: The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People" and "Introduction to Orthodox Homeschooling." Other articles include "Orthodox Christian Witness Through a Vibrant Parish Spiritual Life," "Holy Hierarch Nicholas: Patron of Children and Model for Parents," "Sacred Music in the Holy Orthodox Tradition," "Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem: The Spiritual Benefit of Frequent Communion," and "Seeking First the Kingdom of God."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bishop Thomas also served as the Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011. Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Joseph in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Archdiocesan Christian Education and Youth Departments, and the Antiochian House of Studies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since 2011, Bishop Thomas has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA.&nbsp; In May 2014, His Grace was appointed Assistant to the President of the Balamand University in charge of Student Recruitment in North America. Since May 2015, His Grace has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dr. Mary speaks at a conference at St. Nina's Georgian Monastery in Union Bridge, Maryland Sun, 07 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Mary Ford, New Testament professor at St. Tikhon's Seminary, spoke at a conference on May 6-7, 2017, held at St. Nina's Georgian women's Monastery in Union Bridge, Maryland.&nbsp; The conference featured five professional Orthodox women speaking about how their faith informs their work.&nbsp; Each of the speakers shared amazing stories of how God has worked through them in their professional and personal lives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Mary's recently published book,&nbsp;<em>The Soul's Longing: An Orthodox Perspective on Biblical Interpretation&nbsp;</em>(St. Tikhon's Monastery Press, 2015), was highly acclaimed by Abbess Aemiliane, the abbess of &nbsp;St. Nina's Monastery, during the conference. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Their entire time at the monastery was a great blessing for Dr. Mary and Dr. David, as they connected with old friends and made many new ones.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary