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St. Tikhon's Seminary Celebrates its 75th Commencement Exercises - 05/27/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  On May 27th, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, St. Tikhon's Seminary celebrated its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises!

In his introductory remarks, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared again the good news of the seminary's positive reaccreditation review with the Association of Theological Schools, and thanked all those who offered time and talent toward this goal.

Graduates recognized during graduation included those completing the M.Div. Degree Program, Diaconal Certificate Program, and one completing a one-year Certificate of Pastoral Studies.  

Dn. Stephan Gresh completed the Certificate of Pastoral Studies.  

Scott Anderson, Lawrence Barlow, Ivan Bazárov, Gleb Ivanóv, Stephan Karlgut, Steven Orr, Hierodeacon Maximus (Romanchak), Michael Speck, and Scott Staller, all completed the Diaconate Certificate Program.

Those graduating with their Master of Divinity Degree included:  Reader Andrew Bohush, Priest Basil Ferguson, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Subdeacon Marshall Goodge, Megan Haak Lincoln,  Priest Michael Hill, Priest Matthew Joyner, Reader Paul Kappanadze, Priest John Kennerk, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, Nazar Lukashóv, Priest Andrew Nelko, and Veljko Pejović.  

Later in the commencement program, Metropolitan Tikhon made special mention that four graduates:  Stephan Karlgut, Andrew Bohush, Paul Kappanadze, and Fr. Andrew Nelko were all sons of clergy currently serving the church.  Their fathers and family were all present for this graduation!

Of those completing M.Div. studies, eight graduated "with honors" by completing a thesis or project:  Andrew Bohush, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Marshall Goodge, Priest Matthew Joyner, Paul Kappanadze, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, andVeljko Pejović, who was also recognized for his thesis by the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM).  Priest Mikel Hill, who was among the honors graduates, also was the class Valedictorian and addressed those gathered.

Fr. Andrew Nelko, Outgoing President of the Student Government, presented the Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Award for Community Service, to Archimandrite Sergius, for the many ways he has supported the seminarians and their family members. He was presented an icon, painted on stone, of Jesus washing the feet of His Disciples.  Archimandrite Sergius expressed gratitude for this recognition.

Fr. Patrick Burns, Alumni President, addressed the graduates, and also initiated an annual "Alumni of the Year" Award.  Archpriest Joseph Martin was the inaugural recipient after decades of service to the seminary and greater church, including being the longest serving member of the board of trustees.  Fr. Joseph was quite moved by this award.

Archbishop Michael presented His Grace, Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Midatlantic Diocese of the Antiochian Archdiocese, both through his own reflections and reading the Citation by which he would be awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree, Honoris Causa.  Bishop Thomas, after Metropolitan Tikhon placed his doctoral hood, gave the Commencement Address.  You can read the text here.  

Early in the Commencement Program in his comments, Archpriest StevenVoytovich, Seminary Dean, shared that Sergei Arhipov was retiring from his service as Librarian and Registrar, after decades of service to the seminary, the national church, and beyond. Metropolitan Tikhon, in the midst of his closing comments, presented Sergei with a Primatial Gramota.  Sergei was likwise moved to receive this recognition.  This is especially true as Sergei later recalled being at the seminary when His Beatitude first arrived as a new seminarian and monastic, as one of those full circle moments!

Before ending this brief account of graduation, it is important to draw attention to this particular class of M.Div. graduates.  They were identified by those addressing them as being as shining examples of graduates to go out into the Church, and not just individually, but as a class forming deep bonds with one another.  

May God grant many blessed years of ministry in our Lord's Vineyard to all this year's St. Tikhon's Seminary graduates!

Photos, Seminarian Moses Cabe, and others.

St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Enjoys 75th Anniversary Celebration - 10/10/13

The St. Tikhon’s Community gathered on Thursday, October 10, 2013, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.  The event began in front of the Seminary Building with a solemn re-dedication of the flagpole.  Directed by Archpriest Joseph J. Gallick (STOTS 1970), Archpriest Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), and Archpriest James Jadick (STOTS 1976) a flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol building was raised on the newly re-dedicated pole and Memory Eternal was intoned for the community’s departed alumni, faculty, and administration.  Presiding at the service were His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, His Grace Bishop Michael, and His Grace Bishop Nikon.
Following the dedication of the flagpole, the community processed, lead by the Holy Cross, to the Monastery Church, where they held a Panikhida for the departed members of the St. Tikhon’s Community as well as a Moliben for the health and continued success of the current members of the Board of Trustees, Seminary Administration, Faculty, and Staff. Immediately following the service, Archpriest Steven Voytovich was installed as Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  Fr. Steven was presented with the pectoral cross of former Dean, Archpriest Basil Stroyen by His Grace, Bishop Michael, the Seminary’s Rector.  
The culmination of the anniversary celebration was a Grand Banquet held at Fiorelli’s in Peckville, PA.  The banquet began with a musical performance by Harry and the Dogmatics. Matushka Nancy Gilbert, Co-Chair of the 75th Anniversary Committee gave a spirited introduction for the Toastmaster of the Evening, Archpriest George Alexson (STOTS 1969).  After brief remarks by Fr. George, attendees enjoyed a beautiful choral performance of traditional Russian hymns and folk songs lead by director Gabriel Monforte.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman (Retired OCA) gave a moving and heartwarming speech recounting the rich history of the Seminary and the tireless effort of those who have worked for its care and advancement over the past 75 years.  
The second speaker of the evening was Archimandrite Nathaniel (Symeonides) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  Archimandrite Nathaniel expressed congratulations on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who was unable to attend due to a prior engagement oversees.  Further words were shared by His Grace Bishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s, who reminded the community that in this time of remembrance, we must always be mindful of the future, “pressing on to the next level, seeking after a greater goal, working toward the next accomplishment, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.’”  
The next presenter, Igumen Sergius Abbot of the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Brotherhood expressed his thanks and congratulations to the Seminary on this most joyous occasion and asked for the continued prayers and support of everyone present for both the monastery and seminary community.  The newly-installed Dean, Archpriest Steven Voytovich shared remarks thanking everyone once again for the honor of being able to serve as Dean of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary and for the warm welcome he has received from the community. “Though I have only been here for a short time, I still feel like a man who has come through a long journey to finally arrive at the place he knows to be home.” 
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon delivered closing remarks in which he stressed the importance of each person within the life of the community, regardless of their particular role. He explained that “...everyone’s life is a dash between two numbers.The story that is told of us at the end of our lives will be made up of many events that occur on this dash.” He added, “The story of St. Tikhon’s is similarly a rich collection of stories occurring on a dash between two numbers. The dash is a symbol that only begins to express our collective history and future. May we all strive to introduce as many  prayer-filled and grace-filled moments as possible into our lives and the lives of those around us.”
The St. Tikhon’s Community wishes to express its deepest thanks to everyone who helped plan and organize the 75th Anniversary Celebration, especially those on the 75th Anniversary Committee: Co-Chairs Mat. Nancy Gilbert and Leda Dzwonczyk, His Grace Bishop Michael, The Very Reverend Archpriest Theodore Boback, and Christopher Patton.  We would like to include a very special appreciation to the Banquet Chairman, the Very Reverend Vasily Gilbert (STOTS 1979). 
St. Tikhon’s Seminary would also like to remember  everyone who played a part in each of the 75th Anniversary events that occurred over this past year of celebration. May God continue to enliven and sustain the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Community as it continues to fulfill its sacred charge of producing the future pastoral leaders of the Orthodox Church. May this offering to the people of God continue as it always has, quietly, in the remote stillness of South Canaan, PA. Where our common life continues to be offered “For the Life of the World and its Salvation.”

75th Anniversary Banquet and Commemorative Book (UPDATED) - 09/12/13

Just a reminder that on Thursday October 10th the 75th Anniversary Grand Banquet will be held at Fiorelli's Banquet Hall in Peckville, PA. Reservations for the event are being taken by Fr. Vasily Gilbert (STOTS 1979) at 978-239-3382 or can be sent by mail to 1 Lafayette Place Salem, MA 01970. Please make checks payable to St. Tikhon's Seminary. The cost for the Grand Banquet is $50.00 per person.

To place an ad or remembrance in the 75th Anniversary Commemerative book please send in the information no later than September 15th to Leda Dzwonczyk 3210 Rosalie Ave. Baltimore, MD 21234. A full page is $125, half page is $75, quarter page is $40, and a 2 line micro-listing is $20. 



Below is listed the current event schedule for the 75th Anniversary Celebration to be held at St. Tikhon's on October 10, 2013.

1:00 PM  Rededication of the Flag Pole
1:20 PM  Procession  to Monastery Church
1:30 PM  Panikhida for departed servants of the Seminary family
2:00 PM  Molieben for the health of the Seminary family
2:30 PM  Installation of Very Rev. Steven Voytovich as Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary
4:30 PM   Reception, Fiorelli’s, Peckville
5:30 PM   Grand Banquet, Fiorelli’s, Peckville
During the evening there will be musical selections provided by  Harry & The Dogmatics and a choral ensemble.

2013 75th Anniversary Commemorative Tikhonaire is now available online! - 07/18/13

St. Tikhon’s is excited to announce that the 2013 75th Anniversary Commemorative Double Edition of the Tikhonaire is now available for viewing online!   

This very special issue, which includes a photographic account of the Seminary’s entire history includes photos of each Graduate, Faculty Member, and Administrator who has lived and worked at St. Tikhon’s since the Seminary’s opening in 1938.

In addition, we have digitized our Tikhonaire Historical Archive!  Each  issue of the Tikhonaire has been digitally scanned and restored and can now be viewed online in its entirety.

To access the Tikhonaire Digital Archive, follow the link below.

The St. Tikhon’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’s rich history as you browse through each issue.  

There are still copies of the 2013 Tikhonaire available for purchase through the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Bookstore and can be ordered online by following the link provided below.

75th Anniversary Year-Long Lecture Series Continues - 05/13/13

On Monday May 13, 2013 the seminary was pleased to have The V. Rev. Fr. Edward Hughes, Vicar General of the Antiochian Western Rite Vicariate as a guest of the Seminary.
Fr. Edward celebrated Matins and the Divine Liturgy according to the Western Rite usage in the school chapel. He also provided a thoughtful lecture on the place of the Western Rite for Orthodoxy in America.
The seminary would like to thank all who participated in the services and attended the lecture. The seminary would especially like to thank Fr. Edward for making the trip to South Canaan, PA to speak to us.

75th Anniversary Commencement Speaker Announced - 04/29/13

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 .

75th Anniversary Tikhonaire Ad Sponsorship Reminder - 04/19/13

This weekend April 20-21, 2013 is the last opportunity that you or your parish community will have to have your sponsorship included in this years 75th Anniversary Tikhonaire. If you have not already mailed in your sponsorship but whould still like to have your name included in this very special anniversary edition, you may email your request at this time to

Be sure to include how you would like your sponsorship listed. Remeber there is an eighty character limit as there has been for the last several years however this year the adds will be appearing not only at the bottom of the sponsored page but also listed in the Benefactors and Beautifiers section at the end of the volume.

75th Anniversary Event: Seminary Community Enjoys Lunchtime Lecture by Fr. Theodore Petrides - 04/09/13

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 our Seminary community had the honor and blessing to hear the practical wisdom and experience the calm presence of Fr. Theodore Petrides, the Greek Orthodox priest of Holy Cross Church in Stroudsburg, PA, as he spoke in two classes and at lunch.  
At the invitation of Dr. David Ford, in the America and Orthodoxy course, Fr. Theodore spoke about his experiences growing up in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the 1960s and '70s, attending Holy Cross Seminary in the '80s, and serving as the parish priest in Stroudsburg for the past 17 years.
Then in the Parish Administration/Canon Law, Fr. Theodore spoke about how the canons of the Church have impacted his priestly ministry, and how he sees them as highly beneficial in pastoral ministry when their spirit is followed therapeutically on a case by case basis.
Then at lunch, at the invitation of our Interim Dean, Fr. Sergius, Fr. Theodore spoke about prayer as being "a mirror of the soul."  He encouraged us to let God's light and truth illumine our inner being, to help us to see our sins more clearly and to be cleansed of them through forthright, thorough confession.
We thank Fr. Theodore for the wisdom he shared and for the grace of his presence among us, and we look forward to his next visit to St. Tikhon's.
(Article By Dr. David Ford Proffessor of Church History, St. Tikhon's Seminary)

75th Anniversary Event: St. Tikhon’s Hosts Lecture by Author Klaus Kenneth - 03/26/13

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 the St. Tikhon’s Community was honored to host world-renowned author and lecturer Klaus Kenneth.  
Mr Kenneth, whose books have been translated into nine languages, delivered an impassioned speech detailing his spiritual journey that took him through several different religions and systems of thought and eventually lead to his discovery of Orthodox Christianity.  
More information about his conversion can be found in his highly acclaimed book, Born to Hate, Reborn to Love offered by Mt. Tabor Publishing and available for order via the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Bookstore.

75th Anniversary Event: UPDATED: New Masters Class Concert Video Available - 03/07/13

A new video featuring hightlights from the recent Masters Class Concert has been published by STOTSMEDIA.

Recently a review of the Masters Class by one of the participants appeared on the websiteOrthodox Arts Journal.



75th Anniversary Event: UPDATED: Master Class Concert Receives Rave Reviews - 03/05/13

Hundreds of faithful from PA, NY, NJ, MD, OH, and VA poured into St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA this past Sunday, March 3, 2013 to participate in this much anticipated event.
This historic vocal ensemble assembled in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of both St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries and featuring singers from both schools as well as singers from Holy Trinity (Jordanville), who are celebrating their 65th Anniversary, and the St. Tikhon’s Monastery Community. This event marks the first time that singers from each of these institutions have collaborated musically, but as St. Tikhon’s Choir director Benedict Sheehan remarks, “We hope that the success of this event will mark a new era of cooperation between the music departments of all three seminaries.”
The choir was led by renowned music instructor and choir director Vladimir Gorbik who in his closing remarks thanked everyone for their participation in the Masters Class and for all the hard work put forth by the participants. In the days leading up to the concert, the students participated in a grueling rehearsal schedule, meeting three times daily, as well as singing for the Vigil and Liturgy Services at the monastery church.
Vladimir Gorbik (b. 1970) began his musical studies in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and continued them at the Moscow State Conservatory, completing a specialization in choral conducting in 1998 and in orchestral conducting in 2000. Since 1996 he has served as the choral director at the Moscow Representation Church (Metochion or Podvorye) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, and since 1998 has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional men’s chorus formed at the Metochion. With this choir he has made over a dozen outstanding recordings of both liturgical services and concert programs. The choir has on numerous occasions sung at Patriarchal services in the Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin, and accompanied Patriarch Alexy II on his trip to the Holy Land. The repertoire of the Metochion’s Men’s Chorus cultivates the finest repertoire and interpretive traditions of the Moscow School and the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Videos of their choral performances may be seen on YouTube: TSL Podvorye CHOIR. In September of 2012, Vladimir was appointed to the Conducting Faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory. (Taken from
Closing remarks were offered by the Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. In praising the choir under the direction of Maestro Gorbik, His Grace said how incredible it was for 25 individual male voices, in 4 separate parts, to join "in harmony" to produce such a masterpiece of a concert.  He added that it reminds us how together our three distinct seminaries can work together "in harmony" to promote Orthodox theological education in our country and to spiritually form the future leaders of our Holy Church. 
The concert performance received five standing ovations and the singers were called back to give four encores during this live recording event that is slotted to be released as a live recording on CD sometime in the near future. 
Video of the event is currently being processed and uploaded and will be added to this post as it becomes available.

75th Anniversary Event: Master Class Hard at Work in Preparation for Big Event - 03/02/13

The Master class has been following a rigorous schedule of practices in preperation for Sundays event. This anticipated concert being held in connection with St. Tikhon's and St. Vladimir's 75th, and Holy Trinity's 65th, Anniversary Celebrations will occur this Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at St. Tikhon's Monastery Bookstore.

All are invited to St. Tikhon's Monastery Church tonight for Vigil. There will be a short meal after and then a public lecture with Vladimir Gorbik. Tomorrow the Master class choir will sing the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and then all will meet in Wilkesbarre for the concert.

This is a history-in-the-making-event which will feature singers from St. Tikhon's, St. Vladimir's, and Holy Trinty (Jordanville) Seminaries all coming together under the direction of renowned russian choir master Vladimir Gorbik.

Recently, in preperation for the event, a represenative from the St. Tikhon's Community sat down with the local public radio feature "ArtScene" at WVIA to discuss the significance of this historic concert production.


75th Anniversary Event: March 26, 2013 Author Klaus Kenneth to Speak at St. Tikhon's Seminary - 03/01/13

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Klaus Kenneth, author of Born to Hate Reborn to Love, will give an Open Talk to the community, entitled "My Spiritual Odyssey from Head to Heart", in the Auditorium of St Tikhon's Seminary.

75th Anniversary Alumni Pilgrimage - 02/01/13

In honor of the 75th Anniversary Celebration for the founding of the seminary, the Alumni Association of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA is sponsoring a pilgrimage and education tour to Israel and Jordan May 12-25, 2013.

The 13-day pilgrimage includes visits to holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Galilee; desert monasteries; and important archeological sites. In addition, the Association is sponsoring a comprehensive cultural tour and religious pilgrimage to Russia June 23 through July 6, 2013, which will include visits to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Valaam and Novgorod.

Seminary rector, His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, will lead both trips.

For additional information or to register, please contact Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky at or 607-797-1058, and/or visit

75th Anniversary Scholarship Program - 12/11/12

In the first board meeting of the 2012 academic year the Very Rev. Alexander Atty announced his intentions to raise $7500 per student for work study scholarships in honor of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the seminary.  These scholarships will then be made available to students actively involved in the work of the seminary community. 

We are pleased to announce that in under a month 4 individuals or groups of individuals have come forward to provide the resources necessary for the $7500 work study scholarships.

We would like to thank the following on behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community:

Anonymous (California)

Holy Apostles Mission, Mechanicsburg, PA

Anonymous (Kentucky)

Anonymous (Maryland)

At this time Fr. Alexander is still looking for 46 additional scholarships to meet the goal of providing for each and every student for the 75th Anniversary year. If you or your parish community would be able to contribute to this herculean effort please contact the Office of the Dean at 570-561-1818 Ext. 1.

75th Anniversary Event: Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) Provides Lecture at Villanova Icon Exhibition - 12/06/12

On Thursday, December 6, 2012, feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, Titular Bishop of the Archdiocese of Thyateira in Great Britain (Ecumenical Patriarchate) was the guest speaker at the Connelly Center on the Campus of Villanova University. The talk was part of the two month exhibition entitled “Icon: The Way to the Kingdom”.

The opening prayer was offered by the rector of the seminary, His Grace, Bishop Michael to a nearly capacity crowd including representatives from both St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimir’s seminaries.

His Eminence Kallistos offered a lively, captivating, and entertaining presentation on the meaning of the Holy Icon as a doorway into the Kingdom. During his talk Metropolitan Kallistos touched on many topics as they related to the place of Holy Icons within the Orthodox Tradition including: the grace communicated by icons to those praying before them; the necessity for employing good art for writing icons (classical Byzantine style); and how the style of iconography employed does not necessarily hinder the participatory quality in the icon.

At the end of the talk Board of Trustee member Very Reverend John Perich, organizer of the Villanova event and curator of the Metropolitan Museum, presented His Eminence with a reliquary case containing the relics of both St. Sergius of Radonezh and St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite.

A video recording of the lecture in its entirety has been provided below.

75th Anniversary Event: Fr. Demetrius Nicoloudakis Speaks on Extending the Life of the Church Beyond Four Walls - 12/04/12

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Fr. Demetrius Nicoloudakis from St. Matthew Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, PA spoke at length to the student body. He emphasized the importance of the Church doing the work of Christ on earth and “the necessity of the people of God to not be content with sitting in the pews but that we must go into the highways and byways to reach the lost.”

Fr. Demetrius is actively involved in many forms of social outreach including prison ministry, outreach to both the homeless population in and around Reading, PA as well as helping young men with substance abuse issues and made an open invitation to the seminarians to consider St. Matthew’s as an internship opportunity for those interested in serving the Church of Christ and their fellow man in a real and impactful way.

“Save the Date” Thursday, October 10, 2013 75th Anniversary Grand Banquet - 12/04/12

On Thursday, October 10, 2013 the 75th Anniversary Celebration will conclude with a Grand Banquet in honor of this historical year of remembrance.

There will be a Panikhida for the departed Administration, Staff, Faculty and Alumni followed by a Molieben for the health of the Administration, Staff, Faculty and Alumni on the afternoon of October 10, 2013.

There will be a Grand Banquet at Fiorelli’s in Peckville, Pennsylvania with a reception beginning at 4:30PM. Please make your reservations as soon as possible to assist with the planning.

Reservations and scheduling are being coordinated by Fr. Vasily and Matushka Nancy Gilbert at 978-239-3382 or by email at

75th Anniversary Event Reminder - St. Tikhon's Villanova Exhibition to Feature Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) Thursday Dec. 6 - 12/03/12

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 the exhibit currently on display at Villanova University entitled Icon: The Way to the Kingdom which includes holy icons, relics and liturgical items from the Metropolitan Museum located above the St. Tikhon's Monastery Bookstore will feature the guest speaker and renowned author Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). 

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


75th Anniversary Fall Luncheon Lecture Series is Pleased to Host Dr. Maria Khoury - 11/16/12

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 the fourth and final lecture in the Fall Luncheon Lecture Series was provided by Dr. Maria Khoury, author and human rights champion for the Palestinian Christian Communities suffering at the hands of the current Israeli government.

Dr. Khoury gave an impassioned plea for all Americans to please be mindful of where and how their tax dollars are spent and to please remember their fellow Orthodox Christians currently under persecution, not only in Palestine, but throughout the world.

75th Anniversary Fall Luncheon Lecture Series Continues With the Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield - 11/06/12

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 the third of four lectures being held in conjunction with the seminary’s 75th Anniversary Celebration featured the Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield Chancellor/CEO of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Missiology.
Fr. Chad reminded us of some of the unsettling trends in the declining numbers of Orthodox Christians, not only in this country but throughout the world. He stressed how vital it is for the survival of our Church to recommit ourselves to becoming more “mission-minded” and that we are living in a day and age in which ignoring this subject as merely one subject among many is no longer an option for the health and longevity of our Church.
The instructions of Christ to, “Go forth to all nations” is no longer a call to the mission field that is experienced only by some but is a mandate by God to all that must be approached as if the survival of the Orthodox Tradition depended on our actions.  

75th Anniversary Event: Villanova Exhibition Begins with Beautiful Opening Ceremony - 10/26/12

 On Friday, October 26th, 2012 the two month exhibition entitled Icon: The Way to the Kingdom began at the Villanova University Art Gallery located in Connelly Center on the prestigious campus of Villanova University.
The entire event schedule can be viewed here courtesy of the Villanova University website.
Two seminary choirs, an archbishop, a bishop, the abbot of a monastery, a miracle-working icon and a Roman Catholic cardinal were just some of the dignitaries in attendance.
The event is being held in connection with the 75th Anniversary Celebration being held throughout the school year and into the beginning months of the next academic year here at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
The list of contributors and benefactors for this endeavor is lengthy and can be viewed in its entirety here, however, most significantly for his efforts the seminary would like to thank Archpriest John Perich for his continued vigilance on the Board of Trustees and for organizing this spectacular event featuring many of the treasures housed in the St. Tikhon’s Museum and Icon Repository as well as pieces from other distinguished collections.
We would also like to thank His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon of the Diocese of Eastern PA, His Grace, Bishop Michael of the Diocese of New York & New Jersey, Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Tatiana Guba and the other distinguished members of the board of trustees of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, Dn. Gregory Hatrak at St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press and all the dedicated benefactors and supporters at Villanova University.
Additionally, we would like to thank Sdn. John E. Pusey, Graphic Design Coordinator for supplying the promotional materials and technical support to ensure the opening occurred with little or no interruptions.
We would also like to thank Benedict Sheehan (STOTS 2011), Director of the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir as well as Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) (STOTS 2005), Director of the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Choir for their collective efforts in providing the music for the opening molieben.
The event continues until December 16, 2012. For more information regarding gallery times and upcoming associated events please refer to the Villanova University website here.

75th Anniversary Fall Luncheon Lecture Series Encourages Recommitment to Orthodox Education - 10/25/12

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 the second of four lectures being held in cooperation with the seminary’s 75th Anniversary Celebration featured Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and author of the book The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way.
Dr. Vrame gave a moving lecture and encouraged the those present to remember the significance of Orthodox education in the life of their future parishes. He also stressed the significance of adult education for the future stability of the church in the United States.
In July Dr. Vrame also spoke at length on some of the issues facing Orthodox Religious Education at the Antiochian Archdiocese 2012 Clergy Symposium. That lecture is provided here courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio.

75th Anniversary Fall Luncheon Lecture Series Welcomes Seminary Alumnus Fr. John Diamantis - 10/08/12

In connection with our 75th Anniversary Celebration, the Fall Luncheon Lecture Series began this past Monday, October 8, 2012 with a lecture by St. Tikhon’s alumnus Fr. John Diamantis (STOTS 2007).
Fr. John Diamantis was the first of four speakers  for the lecture series. Speaking in his capacity as District Chaplain of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) and Chairman of the Department of College Ministry at Orthodox Church in America; Diocese of New York & New Jersey, his lecture focused on the central role campus ministry needs to begin taking in the life of our Churches and the steps necessary for a parish community to begin an OCF chapter in neighboring colleges or universities.
For more information or to find out how your parish can set up an OCF chapter please refer to the organization's website via the link provided here.
Our next event in the Fall Luncheon Lecture Series will be Thursday, October 25, 2012.
The Speaker will be Anton Vrame, Ph.D. He is the Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and author of the book: The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way (Holy Cross Orthodox Press)
The event begins at 12:30 and is open to the public.

75th Anniversary Event: Fall Luncheon Lecture Series - 10/03/12

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is pleased to announce the following lecture dates in connection with the Fall Luncheon Lecture Series being held in the months of October and November.
Monday, October 8, 2012 Deacon John Diamantis
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Dr. Anton Vrame
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Archpriest Chad Hatfield
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Dr. Maria Khoury
The event is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP for reservations for lunch to 570-561-1818. Lectures begin at 12:30. For additional details please see attached promotional flyer.

Historic 75th Academic Year Begins at St. Tikhon’s Seminary - 08/14/12

On Sunday, August 26, 2012 the 75th academic year gets underway at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. This year promises to be a historic one with special activities planned throughout the 2012/2013 school year.

Stay tuned to for a list of exciting opportunities as the plans for this year’s memorial day celebration become finalized.



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   Post Office Box 130
   South Canaan, PA 18459

   Phone:  570-561-1818
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