His Grace, The Right Reverend David, Bishop of Sitka and the Diocese of Alaska, and His Grace, The Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, visited St. Tikhon's Seminary while attending the fall Holy Synod meeting that concluded on Friday, October 21st. His Grace Bishop David visited before the Holy Synod and returned after for several additional days. His Grace, Bishop Paul visited over the weekend following the Holy Synod meeting and remained into the early part of the following week.
During his visit, Bishop David visited his student, Reader Timothy Kolb, who traveled from Alaska with his wife Elisabeth in a Winnebago to begin the new school year after attending a vocations retreat in the Spring. Bishop David returned again after the Holy Synod meeting to further visit with members of the seminary community.
During his visit, Bishop Paul visited with his students from the Diocese of the Midwest here at the seminary. He also sat in on several classes.
Both hierarchs also met briefly with V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean. Fr. Steven briefly related how important these archpastoral visitations are: "It is very important for our seminarians to see their respective hierarch come to visit and encourage them on their formation journey. The whole seminary community also greatly benefits from the opportunity to interact with our hierarchs."
Photos with Bishop David: Reader Timothy and Elisabeth are both in the first photo. In the second photo, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, and Fr. Steven are with Bishop David and Reader Timothy just before class began.
Photo with Bishop Paul from left to right: Jonathan and Megan Lincoln, married earlier in October, making history as the first two St. Tikhon's students to be married at the seminary; Dn. Basil and Marina Ferguson, with their sons Elijah, Ephrem, and Gregory; Bishop Paul, Fr. Steven, Dn. Stephen Gresh; Dn. John and Michelle Kennerk, with Anthony (Inez not in photo).