On Monday, August 25, 2014 the new students began their collective seminary journey by participating in New Student Orientation. After three full days of instruction on campus life, seminary communications, library resources, campus stewardship, and community praxis, the new students, who until this time were clothed in the customary white dress-shirt and black pants, were blessed by the Dean of the Seminary, the Very Reverend Fr. Steven Voytovich, to begin wearing the black cassock. The cassock will remain their official uniform until the day they graduate.
On Thursday, August 28, 2014 the returning students joined their new classmates for the Beginning of the Year Retreat. 15 new students, all of which will be working towards their Masters in Divinity degrees, joined with 17 returning students to begin the 2013-2014 Academic Year.
The seminary community then enjoyed addresses by the Rector of the Seminary, His Grace Bishop Michael, the Dean of the Seminary, V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, the Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Igumen Sergius (Bowyer) and other members of the Seminary Faculty.
The 2013-2014 Academic Year promises to be a year of dynamic growth and continued self-reflection for St. Tikhon’s Seminary and for the entire St. Tikhon’s Community. The seminary is pleased to welcome this incoming class and looks forward to participating in their spiritual journey over the next few years.