St. Tikhon's Community Featured in Local Publication
Recently the St. Tikhon's Community was featured in a Philadelphia area newspaper named "The Spirit." The article can be viewed by following the link provided here.
Annual Alumni Picnic
The Annual Alumni Picnic was held this past Thursday, September 11, 2014.
A special thanks to Fr. Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), Fr. Joseph Gallick (STOTS 1970) and the St. Tikhon's Alumni Association for providing the food and drinks for what has become one of the most beloved social activities of the school year.
This year each of the returning alumni were asked to share something about themselves and their journey both to and from the seminary as well as offer words of encouragement to the seminarians, their families, and to the entire St. Tikhon’s Community as this new academic year begins.
Earlier in the day the Alumni Association met for its annual fall meeting. Many things were discussed including several upcoming initiatives, fundraising ideas, and the appointment of new regional coordinators. Most notably, in an almost unanimous decision, the motion was passed to allow for the use of electronic communication technology in all future meetings of the Alumni Association in an effort to ensure that even those separated by thousands of miles can still participate in annual meetings and that their collective voices can help shape the future direction of the association.
We would like to thank the Alumni Association for all that they do in helping to ensure that the St. Tikhon's Seminary Community is not one limited by walls and stone and acreage but that it is a relationship, constantly realized, and is not bound by place, age or circumstance.
St. Tikhon's Women's Group Meets for First Gathering of the Year
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 the St. Tikhon’s Women’s Group met for their first meeting of the year with the rector of the seminary, His Grace Bishop Michael. It was a time for fellowship and introductions.
The women’s group meets several times a year and serves as a valuable support structure for the wives of seminarians and other women in the St. Tikhon’s Community.
After meeting with his Grace Bishop Michael, the wives discussed the planning of this year’s Women’s Group events including guest speakers, dinners, children’s costume parties, and many other activities that are to be held throughout the academic year.
Memory Eternal Leda Dzwonczyk
It is with heavy hearts, that the St. Tikhon's community mourns the loss of the handmaid of God, Leda Dzwonczyk. She was a dedicated board member, trusted supporter, and devoted friend of the community.
She offered many years of dedicated service as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, September 9 at 3:15 PM after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 9:30 AM at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
May God grant rest and a blessed repose to the Handmaid of God Leda, and may her memory be eternal.
Memory Eternal Fr. John Bohush
The Orthodox community mourns the loss of a dedicated churchman, a St. Tikhon’s Alumnus, and beloved friend.
May his prayers assist us all and may his memory be eternal.
Priest John Bohush, Associate Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, September 8, 2014.
Father John was well-known and beloved throughout the Diocese of New York and New Jersey for his extensive travels and labors assisting parishes during times of pastoral need, especially in the New York State Deanery.
Additional information and funeral arrangements will be posted as they are received.
May Father John’s memory be eternal!
(Article from oca.org)
Also a moving reflection about Fr. John’s life and work appears on the St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp webpage. It highlights Fr. John’s dedication to helping young people understand their faith and just one of the many ways he helped support the St. Tikhon’s Community over the years. A link to the article has been provided below.
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Your nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe. The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos. By annulling the curse he bestowed a blessing. By destroying death he has granted us eternal life. (Troparion)
By your nativity, O most pure virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness; Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you: The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our Life. (Kontakion)
Faculty Member Releases New Book to Rave Reviews
New Title from St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press – Wisdom For Today From The Early Church – Addresses 10 Important Themes From The Early Church Relevant To Orthodox Christians Today
Announcing a new title from St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, Wisdom for Today from the Early Church: A Foundational Study. The new title by Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary, provides a fascinating, inspiring, and eye-opening entranceway into the theological and spiritual riches of Christ’s Church in the first five centuries of the Christian era. It makes clear how these insights are highly relevant for our life as Orthodox Christians today, and how they can not only inspire us in our personal relationship with our LORD and all His Saints, but also how they can equip us for living and proclaiming the historic Faith in the midst of our increasingly
anti-Christian society and culture.
The book addresses ten of the most important themes of the life of the Early Church including: An Orthodox Understanding of the Book of Acts; The Apostolic Fathers Teach and Encourage the Faithful; The Apologists Explain and Defend the Faith to the Surrounding Society; St. Irenaeus Meets the Challenge of the Gnostics; The Church Meets the Challenge of the Montanists; Tertullian and the Dangers of the Sectarian Mind-Set; The Canonization of the New Testament: The Church Decides;
The Rise of Papal Presumption; The Holy Martyrs Live and Die for Christ; The Rise of Monasticism, the New Martyrdom; and the Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Advanced Praise for Wisdom for Today from the Early Church:
“[Wisdom for Today from the Early Church] offers a patrological resource for us to have the apostles, prophets, fathers, martyrs and the saints of Orthodoxy to whisper in our ears to keep us connected to and aligned with the continuity with the early Church and, more importantly, with the Church Triumphant.”
His Grace, Bishop THOMAS, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston,
Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic (Antiochian Archdiocese)
“Dr. Ford pulls back the curtain on the historic Church of the first centuries, and in the process he convincingly dispels many erroneous notions that are held by sincere but uninformed or misinformed Christians in Christendom today about how the Church as the Body of Christ has matured and adapted while remaining faithful the Gospel of Christ over the centuries.”
Fr. Theodore Petrides, Priest of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church,
“This ten-chapter journey is by no means a dry read. He literally re-lives the moments that he is teaching, with all their drama, joys, and sorrows. He makes the pages of Church History come alive in his classroom – and it is no different in this book.”
His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, Bishop of the Diocese of New York and
New Jersey (OCA)
Dr. David C. Ford is also the author of Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom, published by St. Tikhon's Seminary Press. And he and his wife Dr. Mary Ford have coauthored the widely popular Marriage As a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints. The revised and expanded, 20th Anniversary edition of this book has been recently published by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press. For more information, to place your order, or to request your review
copy contact Innocent Neal at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press.
ST. TIKHON’S MONASTERY PRESS, 175 ST. TIKHON’S ROAD, WAYMART
Seminary Continues to Accept Submissions for Spring Symposium
St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery would like to announce again a call for papers for an Academic Symposium to be held in honor of Metr. Leonty (1876 - 1965) at our Seminary and Monastery on Thursday, May 14, 2015, which will be the 50th anniversary of his repose in the Lord. The Symposium will include a panikhida service at his grave, located behind the Monastery Church.
We welcome any proposals related to Metr. Leonty's life and work. Please submit a brief description of what you would like to present at the Symposium to Dr. David C. Ford, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 30, 2014.
Annual Beginning of the Year Celebration
On Monday, September 1, 2014, the St. Tikhon's community gathered at the homes of Michael and Sophia Pierce, and Matthew and Ashley Joyner for the Annual Beginning of the Year Labor Day Celebration.
There was a tremendous turnout as good food and fellowship were shared by all. Many thanks to the Pierces and the Joyners for hosting the event, as well as all those who assisted with the setup and cleaning. A very special thank you is due to the newest member of the unofficial St. Tikhon’s Bluegrass Band, first year student and fiddler extraordinaire Mikel Hill for rounding out an already amazing ensemble.
Alumni Update: 2008 Graduate Receives Local Media Attention
2008 St. Tikhon's graduate Fr. Seraphim Majmudar is interviewed for the local paper in Tacoma, WA.
2014 Opening Retreat
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.
Married Student Housing Project Steps Up to the Ice Bucket Challenge
On August 21, 2014 the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project was named as part of a phenomena that is sweeping the country as individuals challenge friends, family members, and co-workers to take part in this social media fueled explosion.
The Seminary's Receptionist and latest administrative hiring, Sophia Pierce, answered the challenge issued to her by her son who had been challenged by another family member to provide a donation to ALS research, be doused with a large bucket of ice water or to do both. She opted for both but added her own challenge on behalf of the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project.
When asked why she decided to offer her challenges for Married Student Housing, Mrs. Pierce explained, "I wanted my challenge to be for something very near and dear to the community I am now a part of. St. Tikhon's has been working towards housing for its married students for some time and I wanted to do my part to help it along. I will make my donation to ALS but I believe that this is also a very worthy cause. For the last couple years, people have been watching the ones they love get drenched with ice water while also giving them the opportunity to support worthy charities, I saw this as a chance for the married student families to benefit from the trend.”
In her challenge Mrs. Pierce named St. Tikhon's Community members Christopher and Leslie Patton, Benedict and Maria Sheehan, as well as the Dean of the Seminary the Very Reverend Steven Voytovich to donate $100 or more to the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project, get the ice water, or to do both.
Alumni Pull Together in Support of Married Student Housing
Today another face was added to the ongoing story of Married Student Housing at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Inspired by the recent announcement by fellow alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) and his campaign to raise support for the Married Student Housing Program by running a half-marathon this fall, Dn. Mark and Mat. Christine Hoeplinger have responded in a big way.
When asked what inspired them to make such a strong show of support for the program, Dn. Mark replied “When I heard about the Run for Married Student Housing I remember thinking to myself this is exactly the type of initiative that not only our alumni organization but all of our faithful supporters need to get behind. We believe wholeheartedly in what Fr. Joseph is doing and why he is doing it. I am passionate about this program and I am determined to see it succeed!”
Dn. Mark is so determined that he has pledged to match dollar for dollar every new donation received on behalf of the Run for Married Student Housing. He added “Practically everyone can make a donation of some kind. If you sponsor the run at $10 a mile, that's only $131. Most can afford that. And I will Match everyone that does it. If you can afford to donate a thousand dollars a mile I will match that as well. Everyone needs to get behind Fr. Joseph and St. Tikhon’s so we can finally make this Married Student Housing Program a reality.”
Once again all sponsorships for the “Run for Married Student Housing” can be made via the YouCaring Website or by following the link provided here. There you can also track the progress of the giving campaign, as well as see each of the names of the contributors who have already given to this extremely important endeavor.
UPDATED Alumni Update: 2010 Graduate Takes a Run at Fundraising for the Married Student Housing Program
St. Tikhon's Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) is running a half-marathon this October in Cleveland Ohio to help raise money and awareness for the seminary's Married Student Housing Program.
"We all want to make a difference, but we are usually stopped by the thought, 'What can I do? I'm just one person.' However, the truth is that God can use each of us and the talents and skills He has given us - no matter how seemingly insignificant, like running. I don't know how much of a difference I can make with this race , but I'm going to give it my best effort and see what God can do with it." (Fr. Joseph McCartney)
If you'd like to sponsor Fr. Joseph and also help support the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Program you can visit the donation site at YouCaring.com.
Please consider giving to this very worthwhile project while at the same time providing for those who are willing to go the extra 13.1 miles to support our married student familes.
UPDATE: $7388 has been donated to sponsor Fr. Joseph McCartney and his "Run for Married Student Housing." Please consider donating to this Guaranteed Donation Match charity and help build the married students of St. Tikhon's Seminary and their families a place from which to begin their service to the Church.
St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Development Director
[STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA]
St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development. Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon’s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.
St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
Director of Development
Position: Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon’s continues to evolve and grow. Depending on experience and availability, the position can be part time leading to full time. Director will have the opportunity to build development functionality in the institution.
1) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s annual fundraising plan.
2) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s periodic capital fundraising campaigns.
3) Secure financial support from individuals, parishes, foundations and corporations, and others.
4) Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
5) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
6) Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual, parish, foundation, and corporate donors.
7) Oversee organization of special events.
8) Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
9) Work with Board Members for board development.
1) Bachelors’ Degree (required), Master’s Degree in area related to development (a plus).
2) Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
3) Knowledge of computers and development-related software.
4) Ability to travel (especially weekends).
5) Certified Fundraising Executive (e.g. Association of Fundraising Professionals) (preferred).
Salary commensurate with experience.