On Tuesday, October 6th, His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary called a Town Hall Meeting to discuss important issues concerning the St. Tikhon's community.
His Grace offered congratulations on behalf of the entire community to Bishop-Elect of New York and New Jersey, our Dean, Fr. Michael Dahulich. His Grace commented that while we will all miss Fr. Michael very much, we should rejoice that he has been given such an awesome responsibility.
His Grace also congratulated Fr. Nilus Lerro on being vested as an Orthodox Priest at the OCA Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection in New York City. Fr. Nilus is the new Director of Student Affairs at St. Tikhon's Seminary.
In other matters, His Grace informed us that Fr. Michael's consecration to the Episcopacy will not take place until after Pascha, 2010. The delay in his consecration is the result of a need for Fr. Michael to continue his work as Dean of the Seminary to the end of the spring semester, until a suitable replacement is found. A search committee will be put in place shortly. A student asked His Grace to convey to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, that we pray the Synod will choose a date for Bishop-Elect Michael's consecration that is during the school year so that the students can come and participate in this historic event, and support their beloved dean.
Finally, His Grace shared with us that the Seminary has been working diligently to complete the self-study for continued accreditation by ATS
(The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada). Copies of the self-study were made available to the Board of Trustees and deposited in the library for the members of the community. Copies of relevant chapters were also distributed to the faculty and to the students. The community was invited to comment on the self-study. While St. Tikhon's is responsible for training many of the best Orthodox pastors in America, we realize that only One is perfect, and there could always be room for improvement.