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St. Tikhon's Seminary Announces Fall Lecture Series - 09/19/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] St. Tikhon's Seminary announces its annual Fall Lecture Series.  This year's series is focused on "Back to Basics".  The series will run on Tuesday evenings:  October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory.  You can download a flyer to post here.

Marshall Goodge — “The Panagia: Our Mother and our Model”

Marshall Goodge (STOTS 2017) is serving as the Assistant to the Dean upon graduation from seminary with his M.Div. Degree. Marshall received Honors in Theology for his Thesis: “O Virgin Pure”: The Roman Catholic Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Sinlessness of the Virgin Mary, East and West.”

 Archbishop Michael, Ph.D. — “What is the Bible? An Orthodox Understanding”

His Eminence is the Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. He is Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology and Department Chair of Scripture at the seminary, and holds a Ph.D. Degree from Duquesne University.

Protopresbyter George Alexson “Perfecting the Shepherd”

Fr. George (STOTS 1969) has been a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for forty-eight years. He retired in 2010 from the Annunciation Cathedral, Atlanta, GA. Upon returning to Northern Virginia, he accepted an invitation to assist in developing Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, in Loudon County.

Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, Ph.D. — “Basics of Liturgical Music”

Dr. Jessica teaches at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam University, Potsdam, NY. She is currently on sabbatical and has recently returned from Greece. She is also an accomplished harpist in addition to her work in liturgical music.

To indicate your interest in attending, please contact the seminary: 

Alumni Update: Dn. Timothy Winegar Ordained to the Holy Priesthood - 09/14/17

Dn. Timothy Winegar (STOTS Class of 2016) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the Feat of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, September 14th.  His Eminence, Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West was the celebrant, and the ordination took place at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Sacramento, CA.  May God grant Fr. Timothy and Matushka Joni many blessed years as they begin this newest chapter of their vocational journey.

St. Tikhon's Seminary Announces new Director of Mission Advancement - 09/05/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  The St. Tikhon's Seminary community is pleased to have the Very Reverend Dr. David R. Fox join our staff as the new Director of Mission Advancement. Father David is the Rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph, NJ (OCA), and Director of Development at Bonnie Brae, a nationally recognized therapeutic residential school for at-risk youth in Liberty Corner, Bound Brook, New Brunswick, and Bridgewater, NJ. 

Previously, Fr. David served as Vice President of Development for Covenant House International, the world’s largest non-profit shelter program for homeless youth, and Director of Development for Covenant House New Jersey. Father David is credited with building two vibrant university model major gift development departments, at Covenant House New Jersey and at Bonnie Brae, and for overseeing successful capital campaigns at Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Churches. A graduate of Wake Forest (B.A.) and Drew Universities (M.Phil., Ph.D.), and Princeton (M.Div.) and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox (Th.M.) Theological Seminaries, Fr. David has taught World Religions, Introduction to Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, and Humanities courses variously at Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Montclair Universities. 

Father David was the first Pastoral Minister for Covenant House New Jersey in Newark, where he coordinated residential programs with social workers, attorneys and physicians and served staff and homeless youth as a street outreach worker, chaplain and educator. He is thankful to bring his pastoral, development and educational experience to his new role serving St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and asks for the help of all those dedicated to the Seminary’s important mission. Father David will be reaching out to St. Tikhon’s alumni, benefactors and Orthodox parishes in order to deepen the Seminary’s partnership with them.  He may be reached at  or at (570) 561-1818, extension 104.

St. Tikhon's Seminary Community Gathers for Labor Day Picnic - 09/04/17

St. Tikhon's Seminary community, students and families, administrative team members, and faculty members gathered together on Monday, September 4th, for an annual picnic as the new school year got underway.   As is evident from the photos, all who came together enjoyed the day, including a sumptuous feast that included pot luch dishes brought by those attending!  As this year's incoming class includes mostly married students, the day was filled with children making friends even as seminarians met one another.

Photos by Seminarian Robert West

St. Tikhon's Students Attend FOCA Convention - 09/03/17

As orientation for incoming and returning students came to an end on Friday, September 1, three second-year St. Tikhon’s seminarians made their way to the Harrisburg/Hershey Sheraton Hotel for the 91st Annual Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA). Accompanied by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, from Friday evening until Monday morning, Alexander Norton, Student Government Vice President, Bob West, Secretary, and FOCA Representative Isaac Lampart (FOCA Chapter 121), enjoyed three days of prayer, fellowship, and plenary sessions surrounded by friends familiar and new.

The Convention commenced on Friday evening with a reception.  After the reception Alexander, Bob, and Isaac helped Deacon Peter Ilchuk construct the portable iconostasis for the weekend’s services, which had been stored at the seminary.

The next day, FOCA’s National Spiritual Advisor, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, encouraged those gathered to take a deep look at the underlying questions facing us today as Orthodox Christians, and how FOCA may respond and contribute as an organization with a history and a heritage. Archbishop Michael followed His Beatitude by offering a heartfelt talk on married student housing, thanking FOCA for all of their generous work over the years to move this project, and described with great love the faithful student families of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and their children, whom FOCA would assist in housing. According to His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon: “We are closer to the end goal than we have been.”

On Saturday evening, seminarians were happy to reconnect with St. Tikhon’s Alumnus, Father Steven Vernak (STOTS 2007) and the parishioners of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Harrisburg, PA, who visited the hotel for Great Vespers. Afterwards, alongside Archbishop Michael and Bishop David of Alaska, Alexander, Bob, and Isaac enjoyed the Euro-Slavic music and dance performance by Duquesne University’s “Tamburitzans.” On Sunday morning, a Hierarchical Liturgy was officiated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, followed by an evening dinner banquet and dance.    

“Whenever we represent our seminary, whether at the Century Association or on Mission Choir trips, I always return to South Canaan with a full heart,” remarked FOCA Representative Isaac Lampart. “All the prayerful generosity which FOCA has offered to this school and its students over the years, and continues to offer, was made personally manifest by the joy with which we were greeted by FOCA at the conference this weekend. I believe I speak for all of us when I say we are humbly inspired by FOCA’s generosity to St. Tikhon’s future leaders of the Church. We are grateful! We hope that our seminary’s relationship with FOCA might deepen as the years go on, both for those currently enrolled here, and for alumni who have already graduated, now serving in their own parishes.”

Story by Seminaran Isaac Lampart, photos by Seminarian Robert West.

Alumni Update: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Alumni Gather at the Seminary - 08/31/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]

While the seminary was engaged in orientation for new and returning students, St. Tikhon’s Alumni came together for a series of events from Wednesday, August 30th through Friday September 1st.   Alumni Association leadership planned for an impromptu golf outing on Wednesday, followed by dinner.

On Thursday, alumni came together for lunch to meet new students. The Alumni Retreat then followed, with presentations by Drs. Ford.  Thursday’s seminar with Dr. Mary Ford, was focused on The Eternality of Marriage and A Case Study of Biblical Exegesis. Friday’s seminar with Dr. David Ford was titled:Sing to Your Soul” - A Festival of Wisdom on the Christian Life in the Writings of St. John Chrysostom. With special emphasis on dealing with despondency: the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia. A small group discussion followed the presentations, and all gathered at the Monastery Church to celebrate the beginning of the new liturgical year.

This is the second year that alumni have chosen to gather with returning students during orientation week. Among the highlights of this time together, the alumni hosted a barbecue on Thursday evening with opportunities for fellowship and sharing a meal together.

Fr. Patrick Burns, Alumni President said: We are grateful for our alumni returning home, both to celebrate their ongoing relationship to the seminary and monastery, and to assist new students in building this relationship as they begin their studies!”   May God bless the ministry of our seminary alumni who are serving around the world!

St. Tikhon’s Seminary begins new Academic Year - 08/29/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]

The new school year got underway on August 28 with orientation for new students. A total of sixteen new M.Div. students began orientation on Monday, along with two one-year special study students for a total of 18 new students! Members of the new class include 17 men and one woman, all but one of whom are married! Thirteen of our new students come from OCA parishes, two from the Antiochian Archdiocese, and one each: Bulgarian Patriarchate, ROCOR, and Serbian.   Several other applicants are delayed in arriving due to immigration-related concerns. All were heartily welcomed by the St. Tikhon’s community!

Orientation week included presentations from and opportunities to meet members of the administrative team and faculty.   Returning students joined the new students on Thursday for student-body orientation sessions. In addition, alumni came to the campus on Thursday and Friday for continuing education, an alumni barbecue, and to develop relationships with new and returning students. (See alumni retreat story here).

Of the photos accompanying this story, the first shows the new students upon arrival, and the second following their receiving a blessing to wear their cassocks following the Divine Liturgy on Thursday morning. His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and St. Tikhon’s Seminary Rector, was present through most of the week to welcome and meet with new students, and joined Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, in congratulating new seminarians on Thursday morning, indicating his encouragement that seminarians perceive the wearing of their cassocks as constant prayer.

The whole St. Tikhon’s community will gather for a Labor Day picnic before beginning classes on Tuesday, September 5th.   May God grant our new and returning seminarians a fruitful journey through this new academic year!

Alumni Update: Archimandrite Athanasius (Nos) Elected Bishop of Poznan, Poland - 08/28/17

Then Miroslav Nos came to St. Tikhon’s Seminary from Elevation of the Holy Cross Church, Jalovka, Poland. He was at St. Tikhon’s during the canonization of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, and graduated with his M.Div. Degree in May, 1995.  

Archimandrite Athanasius (Nos) currently has two obediences in the Church: he is the abbot of the famous monastery of St. Onuphrius in Jabłeczna, and the dean of all Orthodox monasteries in Poland. You can see an interview with Archimandrite Athanasius about his ministry here, dated in 2011.

Archimandrite Athanasius’ consecration is set for September 24, 2017. May God grant Archimandrite Athanasius many blessed years!

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Christ is Risen! - 04/19/14
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Work Week 2013 - 05/20/13
Pascha Party! - 05/05/13
Palm Sunday - 04/28/13
2012 Talent Show - 11/08/12
Christ is Risen! - 04/15/12
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Theophany 2012 - 01/07/12
2011 Talent Show - 10/26/11
Clean Week 2011 - 03/17/11
Alumni Picnic - 09/20/10
Pascha 2010 - 04/15/10
Triple Event! - 03/25/09
Marriage Retreat - 01/31/09
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Grand Banquet - 05/27/07
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