St. Tikhon’s Seminary Mission Choir offered a concert at Three Saints Church in Ansonia, CT, on Sunday afternoon, December 6th. This concert was hosted by the parish and co-sponsored by the CT Deanery of the Diocese of New England. The Mission Choir, including J.J. Kotalick (Class of 2015) who was visiting the seminary, was directed by Benedict Sheehan, sang a selection of liturgical hymns from Vigil and Divine Liturgy and music from the Christmas season. Benedict was also featured as a soloist in the Nativity Magnification by Dodonov. Fr. Steven and Fr. Patrick Burns, current pastor, both shared having first visited Three Saints Church during seminary choir trips, and Matushka Cindy Voytovich presently serves with Fr. Patrick as Choir Director for the parish.
Nearly 200 clergy and faithful from the area came to hear the concert during the Advent season! Fr. Steven thanked the many donors who made this concert possible, including the efforts of Fr. Patrick and faithful from Three Saints Church who offered delicious light sandwiches, finger-food-appetizers, and wine following the concert , and a number of local funeral directors and other donors contributing to the concert. Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement, announced during the reception that all donations made during the concert would be doubled! All the proceeds from the concert will go toward the work of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and in particular scholarships for mission choir members who commit to these regular parish visitations throughout the academic year.