St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Alumni Update: 2010 Graduate Takes a Run at Fundraising for the Married Student Housing Program Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon's Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) is running a half-marathon this October in Cleveland Ohio to help raise money and awareness for the seminary's Married Student Housing Program.</p> <p>"We all want to make a difference, but we are usually stopped by the thought, 'What can I do? I'm just one person.' However, the truth is that God can use each of us and the talents and skills He has given us - no matter how seemingly insignificant, like running. I don't know how much of a difference I can make with this race , but I'm going to give it my best effort and see what God can do with it." (Fr. Joseph McCartney)</p> <p>&nbsp;If you'd like to sponsor Fr. Joseph and also help support the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Program you can visit the donation site at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Please consider giving to this very worthwhile project while at the same time providing for those who are willing to go the extra 13.1 miles to support our married student familes.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 2014 Tikhonaire Now Available Online! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s is excited to announce that the 2014 Edition of the Tikhonaire is now available for viewing online! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">This very special issue, which includes stories donated to our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Historical Initiative. This initiative seeks to ensure that the stories we share with one another regarding the life and history of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community are preserved for all future generations.</p> <p dir="ltr">To access the Tikhonaire Digital Archive, follow the link below. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href=""></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community would like to extend its gratitude to all the generous sponsors of the Tikhonaire throughout its history who have made its continued printing possible, as well as those who undertook the monumental task of formatting, digitizing and compressing each volume for web publication. We hope that you will enjoy taking a walk through our Institution&rsquo;s rich history as you browse through each issue. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">There are still copies of the 2014 Tikhonaire available for purchase through the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Bookstore and can be ordered online by following the link provided below.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ff03bb94-5a49-32fa-fb21-2979618bdebb"><a href="">Purchase 2014 Tikhonaire</a></span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Update: Axios! 2013 Graduate Ordained to the Holy Priesthood Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Saturday, July 12 2014, Dn.&nbsp;Volodymyr Chaikivskyi (STOTS 2013) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop Michael at St. Spiridon Orthodox Chursh in Perth Amboy, NJ.</p> <div>St. Tikhon's would like to extend heartfelt congratulations and offer prayers for Fr. Volodymyr and his family as they begin this next stage of their public ministry.&nbsp;<br clear="all" /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Axios!</div> </div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Hosts PaTRAM Institute Summer Master Class with Vladimir Gorbik Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div> <p dir="ltr">From June 30 to July 3, 2014, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary opened its doors to welcome Vladimir Gorbik, choirmaster of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Moscow Representation Church and rector of the recently-founded Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music (PaTRAM) Institute, for a four-day intensive master class in Orthodox liturgical singing. The master class attracted more than 50 singers and student conductors from across the United States and Canada. Along with Maestro Gorbik, the master class faculty included Dr. Vladimir Morosan, head of Musica Russica and Benedict Sheehan, Instructor of Music at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. Among the student conductors were Dr. Nicholas Reeves and Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) (STOTS 2005) of the St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary faculty, as well as Paula Genis of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral (ROCOR) in Washington, DC, and Laryssa Doohovskoy of St. Xenia Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Methuen, MA.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the many fine singers who came to learn under Maestro Gorbik&rsquo;s expert hand, the choir was joined by special guest John Michael Boyer of Cappella Romana, and graduate of Holy Cross Seminary, who helped prepare a group of participants to sing portions of the master class services in Byzantine Chant, and by special guest and basso profundo Fr. Daniel Kovalak (STOTS 1974), rector of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport, PA, who has been a significant presence in Orthodox liturgical music in America for many years. The choir was also joined by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s own Dean, Fr. Steven Voytovich, who took part in the master class from beginning to end, and who said in his remarks at the culmination of the master class that he felt St. Tikhon of Moscow&rsquo;s vision for the Church in America was being realized in this event, in that it brought together so many devout Orthodox from so many ethnic backgrounds and jurisdictions to sing the praises of God, with both prayerfulness and excellence, under a single roof.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to six hours a day of intense rehearsals, the master class schedule included daily spiritual talks by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery&rsquo;s Abbot, Archimandrite Sergius, who spoke on the nature of liturgical music, its spiritual demands, and the importance of the Liturgy in one&rsquo;s spiritual life. The schedule also included a pilgrimage to St. George&rsquo;s Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA to venerate that church&rsquo;s miraculous myrrh-streaming icons of the Mother of God. Many of the master class participants had never witnessed a myrrh-streaming icon before, and all were deeply moved. After the participants had venerated the icons and been anointed with the fragrant oil that literally pours forth from the icons, St. George&rsquo;s priest Fr. Mark Leasure gave an edifying account of the history of the icons and of some of the miracles that had been worked through them. The next day, master class participants gathered in St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church to sing a moleben to the Mother of God and to receive pieces of cotton that had been soaked in myrrh from the Taylor icons. Fr. Vladimir Kantor of Syracuse, NY (STOTS 2011), a master class participant, presided at the service.</p> <p dir="ltr">The master class schedule culminated with an All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church in honor of St. John the Wonderworker of San Francisco. The services were presided over by His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York. In his homily during the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Michael enjoined master class participants to follow the example of St. John, rejoicing in whatever personal weaknesses they might have as opportunities for God to work through them. He went on to congratulate the choir for not settling for mediocrity, but for striving to increase the talent given them for the glory of God and the building up of the Church.</p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-e89f97e9-365c-ab3c-62fd-e11030d2a989">For more information about PaTRAM, and to find out about future events and offerings, please visit<a href=""></a></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day One</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Two</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Three</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Four</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>(Article by PAtram) (All photos courtesy or</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Register Now for the Annual St. Tikhon's Golf Benefit Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Arrangements have been made for the 17th Annual St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday August 16, 2014 at Jack Frost National Golf Course in White Haven, Pa. The event will start with registration and lunch at 12:00 P.M. and a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.<br /> <br />The cost is $100.00 per golfer, which includes lunch, green fees, cart, sleeve of balls, steak dinner, liquid refreshment, prizes and awards. There will also be skill prizes.<br /> <br />We are soliciting hole sponsors to raise funds in support of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. We ask you to consider being a hole sponsor to make this 17th year a great success. Donation categories include:<br />Tournament Sponsor - $100.00; Hole in One Donation - $50.00; Eagle Donation- $25.00; Birdie Donation- $15.00; Par Donation- $10.00<br /> <br />All donations will be welcomed and acknowledged in a Tournament Ad Booklet. Please make checks payable to St. Tikhon's Seminary and return by August 11, 2014 to Fr. David Shewczyk -- 401 E. Main St. Wilkes Barre, PA 18705<br /> <br />By God's grace there are many wonderful and exciting things happening at the Seminary. We ask you to consider making a donation to this fundraiser for the Seminary which has been coordinated by supporters of the Seminary for the last 16 years. Please understand that all donations go directly to the Seminary. No donation money is used for Tournament costs.</p> <p>If you would like to enter the Tournament, please contact Berny Golubiewski<br />email: Phone: 570-825-4780; cell: 570-417-8271<br /> <br />We thank you in advance for your kind consideration.</p> <p>Tournament Committee,<br />Fr. John Kowalczyk and Fr. David Shewczyk, Alumni Representatives (Class of 1975)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archbishop Joseph Elected Metropolitan of All North America Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community we would like to offer a very heartfelt AXIOS and Many Years to His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, newly elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. Metropolitan Joseph is a longtime supporter and friend of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community being awarded an honorary doctorate from the seminary in 2010 for his many years of dedicated leadership to the church in North America. Upon his recent visit in January of this year his Eminence remarked that he very much looks forward to his annual visit stating, "When I come to St. Tikhon's, I do not feel like a visitor. I feel like I am at home."</p> <p>The prayers of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community will be with His Eminence Joseph and the entire Antiochian Archdiocese as we rejoice in their recent election knowing that the entire Church will benefit greatly from his archpastoral leadership.</p> <p>Included below in it&rsquo;s entirety is the announcement from the <a href="">Antiochian Archdiocese</a>.</p> <p>[Taken from]<br />His Eminence <a href="">Archbishop Joseph</a> has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Axios!<br />His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He was consecrated with the title, Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius IV of blessed memory to America. Here in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. After self-rule status was awarded to our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004. On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch.</p> <p><a href="">Read A Message from Metropolitan Joseph today, with instructions for services.</a></p> <p><a href="">Read Metropolitan Joseph's full biography here.</a></p> <p><a href="">View photo galleries</a> of Metropolitan Joseph from the Diocese of the West, including the ongoing 2014 Parish Life Conference.</p> <p><a href="">Read the announcement from the Patriarchate of Antioch here.</a></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Development Director Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">[STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA]</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-342e6543-ba01-0715-1b8c-339f00688c20">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development. Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Director of Development</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Job Description</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Position:</strong>&nbsp; Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s continues to evolve and grow.&nbsp; Depending on experience and availability, the position can be part time leading to full time. Director will have the opportunity to build development functionality in the institution.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Responsibilities:</strong></p> <p>1) Develop and execute St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s annual fundraising plan.<br />2) Develop and execute St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary&rsquo;s periodic capital fundraising campaigns.<br />3) Secure financial support from individuals, parishes, foundations and corporations, and others.<br />4) Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.<br />5) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.<br />6) Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual, parish, foundation, and corporate donors.<br />7) Oversee organization of special events.<br />8) Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.<br />9) Work with Board Members for board development.</p> <p><br /><strong>Qualities:</strong></p> <p>1) Bachelors&rsquo; Degree (required), Master&rsquo;s Degree in area related to development (a plus).<br />2) Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.<br />3) Knowledge of computers and development-related software.<br />4) Ability to travel (especially weekends).<br />5) Certified Fundraising Executive (e.g. Association of Fundraising Professionals) (preferred).</p> <p>Salary commensurate with experience.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminarians and Alumni Offer Community Outreach Event at Local Coffeehouse Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">On Friday, June 20, the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> in Harrisburg, PA hosted an enjoyable evening that featured entertainment provided by one of the newest St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarians, Matthew Joyner, and a very moving lecture by one of our earliest Alumni, V. Rev. Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48).</p> <p dir="ltr">The evening began with an hour of live music provided by Matthew Joyner, while the baristas served coffee and pastries. One of the baristas, Fr. Steven Vernak (STOTS 2007), is a St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Alumnus and Manager of the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a>. Matthew and his wife, Ashley, arrived at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s last year from Kentucky. They are both talented musicians and regularly contribute those talents to the life of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community. Ashley sings with the monastery church&rsquo;s Sunday Liturgy mixed choir, and special service choirs, and Matthew is a member of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir and also volunteers as the unofficial &nbsp;&ldquo;sound equipment expert&rdquo; for the numerous special events throughout the year. He also recently assumed the responsibility of student director of &nbsp;<a href="">Elijah&rsquo;s Mantle</a>. Matthew played the guitar and sang a selection of music that included covers as well as original songs he had written during his time as a professional musician.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the musical opening to the evening, everyone made their way to the downstairs meeting room where Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS 2005) led the group in prayer. Then, Fr. Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) took a break from his barista duties to introduce Father Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48) and announce the theme of the talk &ldquo;Behind Bars: Memories of a Prison Chaplain."</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan began his talk with the passage from Matthew, &ldquo;Then the King will say to those on His right hand, &lsquo;Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.&rdquo; (25:34-36). He explained that very early in his ministry he felt particularly called by those words, and knew that he was being led to prison ministry.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan spoke for an hour, mostly telling stories from his prison ministry with no exposition. The stories he told needed no exposition; they stood alone as a poignant witness to the tragedy of the American prison system and the brokenness of those men and women who find themselves inside.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4d73c391-de30-d3f8-1e30-0164474b4f9d">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank the Agia Sophia Coffee House for hosting Seminarian Matthew Joyner and Alumnus Fr. Daniel Ressetar for such a wonderful and edifying evening as one of many ministry opportunities being continuously provided by the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> , and the clergy and faithful of the Harrisburg area. For more information about how you can support this vital and worthwhile ministry contact Fr. Stephen Vernak at <a href=""></a>.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 2014 Clergy Continuing Education Symposium Provides Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Renewal Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted their 2nd Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium. Over 60 participants traveled, from several OCA dioceses, &nbsp;to attend the lectures. Among the participants were clergy and monastics, men, women, seminarians and lay persons. Those attending received up to 18 of the 20 hours now required by the Department of Continuing Education.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, June 17 the Symposium opened with a Molieben in the Seminary Chapel. The group then proceeded to room 233 for a lecture by Dr. Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil. (Oxon.), Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary entitled &ldquo;Spiritual Life in Saint Silouan the Athonite.&rdquo; The second lecture presented was &ldquo;The Greeting of Mary and Elizabeth: The Sanctity of Life,&rdquo; by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Practice, Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, following Divine Liturgy and breakfast, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Lecturer in Spirituality at the Seminary, presented his talk on &ldquo;Prayer as Communion &ndash; Personal and Liturgical Prayer.&rdquo; During the afternoon session Mary Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary presented &ldquo;Orthodox Insights into the Book of Revelation.&rdquo; In the evening a banquet was held at the seminary dining hall. A toast was offered by the Rector of the seminary, His Grace Bishop Michael, in which he encouraged the visiting clergy to set aside time during the symposium to not only edify themselves by participating in each of the lectures, but to also take a moment to renew and deepen their relationships with one another. &ldquo;The priesthood is a difficult and unique calling in the life of the Church. It can seem like a very solitary responsibility at times. I encourage you to look around you. No one understands this reality better than your brothers sitting next to you.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday David Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, began the last day of the Symposium with his lecture, &ldquo;Encouraging People to Seek Help from the Saints in Times of Suffering.&rdquo; Finally, the Symposium was brought to a close with the talk &ldquo;Clergy Health &ndash; Achieving the Proper Balance,&rdquo; by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, D.Min., Dean and Associate Professor of Pastoral Arts and Practice at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. This course echoed the words of His Grace that were offered the previous evening and explored pastoral compassion and love as both renewable and precious resources that need to be carefully tended in our own life and within our family, in order that those resources may be available to the persons to whom we are called to minister.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the time spent in presentation sessions, the opportunity for worship and fellowship were important parts of the Symposium. On Wednesday and Thursday, Hierarchical Divine Liturgies were celebrated and each evening there was a break for Vespers at the Monastery Church. Many of those attending the program served and sang during liturgical services. As with all events that occur within the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community, each session as well as every meal began and ended in prayer. Wednesday evening there was also time set aside for fellowship during and after the dinner meal, with many of the attendees staying and talking long into the night following the banquet.</p> <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank all of the men and women who worked so hard to put this event together: the administration faculty, staff, and student volunteers who all worked tirelessly to ensure that this event was a worthwhile and edifying opportunity for pastoral and personal growth for all of the attendees. A very special thank you is to be offered to Matushka Larissa Gregory, who together with her husband Deacon Theodore and her son Nicholas prepared, cooked, served, and cleaned up each meal. Thank you as well to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Continuing Education Clergy Symposium, don&rsquo;t forget to mark your calendars for next year!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Children's Icon Course Yields Beautiful Works of Prayer Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Wednesdays during this Spring semester, Deacon Theophan Mackey, with the help of Khorea Mary Landino, taught a weekly iconography course to some of the children of the St. Tikhon's Community. They were instructed in the traditional technique of egg-tempra as well as in the symbolism and history of iconography itself. The children ranged in age from nine to twelve, and worked very diligently to create several beautiful icons. The icons produced were of Saint Michael Archangel, Saint Anthony of the Desert, Saint George, Saint Mary Magdalene, and Saint John Maximovich. &nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary