Several St. Tikhon’s Seminary alumni and their families, together with around 50 of the faithful from local parishes, gathered on Tuesday, August 12, at St. Innocent Cathedral (OCA) in Anchorage AK, at the invitation of Seminary alumnus and Alumni Regional Coordinator for Alaska, His Grace, Bishop DAVID of Sitka and Alaska. The Regional Alumni Coordinators have newly been appointed by the Rector of the Seminary, His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, with the task of hosting gatherings for the local alumni in their respective regions to join St. Tikhon’s graduates and their families in Christian fellowship, renewed brotherhood, and personal sharing; and to enliven the relationship between the Seminary and its graduates.
A special guest of Bishop David’s for the event was His Grace, JOB, Bishop of Kashira and Administrator of the Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Canada, who had traveled to Alaska for the Pilgrimage of St. Herman. Along with Bishop David, the assembled St. Tikhon’s alumni included V. Rev. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, V. Rev. John Zabinko, V. Rev. Daniel Andrejuk, V. Rev. Christopher Stanton, Rev. Timothy Hojnicki, Rev. David Cowan, Rev. Matthew Howell, and Christopher Jones. The evening began with a Molieben of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David. The Bishop and others of the gathered graduates offered reflections on their journeys to and through seminary, and on the value and impact of St. Tikhon’s Seminary as a center for spiritual and liturgical formation and theological education. Other St. Tikhon’s alumni serving the Church in the Anchorage area include Rev. Vasili Hillhouse and Abraham Labrada. Energized by the announcement of this special event, the Sisterhood of St. Innocent Cathedral and other parishioners brought baked goods, fresh Alaskan seafood, and handmade Native Alaskan crafts, to auction off for the benefit of the Seminary. As a result, $3,500 was raised for the school – a most generous and welcome addition to the joy of an evening spent sharing fellowship and reflections on Seminary life.
Bishop Michael, learning of the success of the Anchorage gathering, remarked, “This is a tremendous achievement on the part of the Alumni Regional Coordinator, the Seminary graduates, and the faithful of the Alaskan Alumni Region. I am grateful to His Grace, Bishop David, and to all those who contributed their magnanimous generosity and enthusiasm to make the event so memorable. I encourage all of our new Regional Alumni Directors to follow His Grace’s lead and bring together their local fellow alumni for these gatherings. Not only will these occasions deepen the important bonds of brotherhood among our graduates, but they will deepen the relationship between the Seminary’s leadership in South Canaan and its alumni serving ‘in the trenches’, to the benefit of our beloved Seminary, its graduates, its future students, and the churches they will serve.”
(Article by Fr. David Cowan)