On Saturday, May 25, 2013 the St. Tikhon’s Community began the second day of its Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage with Liturgy in the Monastery Church. During the Liturgy Seminarian Ignatius (Robert) Gauvain was ordained to the Holy Diaconate as well as Seminarian Alexis Baldwin who was ordained to the Sub-diaconate.
Serving at the Liturgy were Metropolitan Tikhon, President of the Seminary; Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, representative of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow; Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco; Bishop Michael of the Diocese of New York & New Jersey, the Rector of the Seminary; Bishop Mark of Baltimore, the Administrator of the Diocese of Eastern PA; Archpriest John Jillions the Chancellor of the OCA; the Reverend Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Interim Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary; and Arch Priest John Kowalczyk, Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern PA and Director of Field Education for St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
Serving with them were representative from St. Tikhon’s Monastery, St. Tikhon’s Seminary as well as alumni and friends from the greater Orthodox Community.
After the Liturgy the hierarchs processed from the Seminary Chapel to the steps of the All-Saints of North America Bell-Tower Chapel for the graduation ceremony.
Directly following the graduation ceremony there was a banquet honoring the graduating class of 2013 at St. Michael’s Hall in East Jermyn, PA.