In honor of our 75th Anniversary Celebration the Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon's Seminary in cooperation with the Administration, Faculty, and Staff, is pleased to announce that this year's Commencement speaker will be alumnus Archpriest Daniel K. Donlick (STOTS 1965).
Father Daniel's achievements during his time as Academic Dean of our seminary include on particularly outstanding success: his great labor which in large measure contributed to our seminary being granted the right to bestow the Master of Divinity degree, as well as much of the labor and preparation that went towards readying the seminary to recieve its eventual full membership status from the of the Association of Theological Schools in 2004.
Father Daniel worked many hours for weeks on end in order to prepare the seminary for the evaluations that led to the above achievements. However, he did not feel that this was his most important work, but that his efforts towards fulfilling the seminary's stated mission - namely the preparation of young men to serve the Church in the holy priesthood and as church workers - was his most important duty, more important even than the work towards academic credentials. As he saw it, his duty as Academic Dean was to help students in any way possible - whomever God might send to the school - to be successful in their desire to serve the Lord and His Holy Church. This was the essence of his approach to his work and in this he encourages all to continue.
Father Daniel's service to the seminary began long before his time as Academic Dean. He served as Director of Admissions, and as part-time faculty member from 1971 to 1977. From 1978, he was the Seminary Registrar and was appointed Academic Dean in 1988.
Father Daniel also served the faithful of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. In 1965, he was assigned to St. Nicholas Church in Olyphant. This followed shortly after his marriage to Delores Marie Bowers and his ordination by Bishop Kiprian. In 1971, he began serving St. Michael's Church in Jermyn, and under his direction, the Good Samaritan Society was organized for the purpose of promoting Christian growth and development through education and charitable projects and programs within the parish and in the community. He also served as Orthodox chaplain at Fairview State Hospital in Waymart, Pa. He was elevated to Archpriest in 1975 by Archbishop Kiprian. In 1978, ill health forced him to relinquish parish duties. He was assigned, however, as rector of the Holy Trinity Mission in Stroudsberg, which he served until 1986, when once again for health reasons, he was compelled to take a leave of absences from this post. (Biographical information taken from 1994 Tikhonaire)
Fr. Daniel continues to serve the St. Tikhon's Community, faithfully contributing to the spiritual formation and growth of the young men and women who come to offer their lives at the feet of Christ's Holy Church. It is this same offering of self for the needs of the faithful that Fr. Daniel has made his life's work .