St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir visited Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport, PA, on Sunday, November 22nd. The mission choir joined in the congregational singing of the responses during the Divine Liturgy and then offered a brief concert in the fellowship hall during coffee hour. Archpriest Daniel Kovalak (St. Tikhon’s Class of 1974) has been the pastor of this parish since it began as a mission. Archpriest Dennis Swencki, the seminary’s Chief Financial Officer, concelebrated with his classmate and preached the homily.
In reflecting on his visit, Fr. Dennis stated: “It was a personally jubilant and heartwarming experience to share the altar with my Brother and fellow classmate Fr. Daniel and experience firsthand his leadership in developing a startup mission Parish and for the past 38 years dedicate his life to his people and their Church. Fr. Dan continues to serve as a gifted example for our St. Tikhon’s Seminary students.” Fr. Daniel has taught seminarians in the area of mission development for the past twenty years, and presented at our fall lecture series in October.