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Hospitality A La Russe VIII -- a Wonderful Success! - 06/07/17

Members of St. Tikhon’s Seminary Century Association, clergy, matushki, seminarians, and friends enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of food and fellowship at Hospitality ala Russe VIII on Sunday, May 7, at St. Nicholas Church Center, in Bethlehem, PA.  Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, was able to join those gathered to share in the afternoon's program, along with Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Chief Finanial Officer, and Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement.  The South River Balalaika Orchestra, directed by Dimitri Kauriga provided the afternoon's incredible entertainment!

Many seminarians were also present to witness the Century Association community and those invited coming togethetr to support them in their pastoral formation.  All enjoyed a wonderful meal and program through the course of the afternoon.On behalf of the Association members and friends, Subdeacon John Lasichak, President, presented Archbishop Michael with a check for $20,000 for the Seminary.  

Many thanks to the Century Association leaderhsip and all those who worked to prepare for and celebrate this joyous event, and again to the St. Nicholas Parish community for hosting.  God grant you many blessed years!

Alumni Update: Several STS Graduates to receive Mitres - 06/04/17

[STOTS Communication, South Canaan, PA]  The Holy Synod restored the awarding of mitres during their Spring 2017 meeting.  Several STOTS graduates are slated to receive mitres:

Archpriest John Nehrebecki (STOTS class of 1950, celebrated his 65th anniversary of marriage on May 21, 2017, with an archpastoral visit of His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of New York, and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Archbishop Michael, also the Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, blessed Fr. John with the right to wear the mitre during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

Archpriest Igor Soroka, (STOTS Class of 1946) was granted the right to wear the mitre on Pentecost Sunday (see photos).  He was recently recognized for 58 years of ministry in his one and only parish, as well as serving as a church musician.  See that story here.  His Eminence, Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western PA awarded him this right.

Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, (STOTS Class of 1962) has also been identified to receive the right to wear the mitre by His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, though this event has not yet occurred.  

May God grant many years to the faithful servants of God, Archpriests John, Igor, and Nicholas!

Dn. Stephan Gresh Ordained to the Holy Priesthood - 06/03/17

Dn. Stephan Gresh, who returned to seminary this year after attending classes thirty years ago (1985-1987), was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Holy Resurrection Church, in Belle Vernon, PA.  His Eminence, Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania was the ordaining hierarch.  Fr. Stephan will be assigned to this parish in the fall upon the retirement of Archpriest Samuel Smolcic, current rector.

Concelebrating at the Liturgy were:  Archpriest William Evansky, Diocesean Chancellor, Archpriest Samuel Smolcic, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean, Archpriest Andrew Nelko, Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan, Fr. Andrew Nelko, and Deacon Peter Ilchuk.  Many of Fr. Stephan's classmates (from 30 years ago, and now!) were present for the oridnation.

At the dinner following the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Stephan was presented a handcross from the parish, and a wooden pectoral cross from Fr. Andrew Nelko, newly graduated Student Government President.  This was likely his last act in this role, and Student Government has sought to present each seminarian ordained to the Holy Priesthood a wooden pectoral cross from their classmates.  Fr. Stephan is the seventh ordained priest among seminarians finishing their studies this year, in addition to an ordained deacon, all going forth into the Orthodox Church in America.

May God grant Fr. Stephan and Matushka Denise many blessed years!

(Photos by Seminarian Joseph Clark)

Memorial Day Pilgrimage - 05/29/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  The 113th Memorial Day Pilgrimage began with the early Divine Liturgy at 7:30am, in the Monastery Church.  This is traditionally the Liturgy at which the graduating class gathers together to sing and serve.  This year, with all the ordained senior seminarians, this Liturgy was quite full.  Seminarians served with Hieromonk Herman, served in the altar, and assisted in singing the responses for this Liturgy.  The graduating class gathered together at the conclusion of the Liturgy for one more photo together.  May God grant them many years of fruitful service in our Lord's vineyard!

The main Liturgy began with a procession to the Bell Tower Church for 10am.  His Beatitude led the concelebrating hierarchs, clergy, and faithful in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.  As on Sunday, St. Tikhon's Choir and the PaTram Choir sang the responses.  Please see the full story on the day's events on our OCA website, here.  

The second photo is of Archimandrite Pimen of the Diocese of Khust and Vinohradova of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who traveled to the United States for the pilgrimage to venerate Saint Alexis’ relics.  Metropolitan Tikhon presented relics of St. Alexis for him to take back to Metropolitan Mark, and remarked how wonderful it is that visitors come here to venerate the relics of Saints here in America!

Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, shared his reflections during the Divine Liturgy, that in the midst of the rain coming down, those present surely were not "fair weather Christians!"  Those gathered participated in events throughout the course of the day.  

Thanks be to God for a most successful and meaningful weekend of St. Tikhon's Seminary's 75th graduation, and the 113th Monastery Pilgrimage!

Benedict Sheehan Tonsured Reader during Pilgrimage Weekend - 05/28/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  During the Hours before Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 28th, Benedict Sheehan, Director of Music for St. Tikhon's Seminary, and Director of the Monastery Choir, was tonsured a reader by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who led the services of the Pilgrimage weekend.

The responses for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday and Monday were sung by St. Tikhon's Choirs and participants in the PaTram Choir Conductor and Singer Workshop, led Maestro Dr. Peter Jermihov.  He and other faculty worked with these participants through the course of the weekend that included particpation in these divine services.  Particicpants also attended the St. Tikhon's Chamber Choir concert Sunday evening.

(Photos, Seminarian Bob West, and Reader Andrew Bohush)

St. Tikhon's Seminary Celebrates its 75th Commencement Exercises - 05/27/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  On May 27th, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, St. Tikhon's Seminary celebrated its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises!

In his introductory remarks, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared again the good news of the seminary's positive reaccreditation review with the Association of Theological Schools, and thanked all those who offered time and talent toward this goal.

Graduates recognized during graduation included those completing the M.Div. Degree Program, Diaconal Certificate Program, and one completing a one-year Certificate of Pastoral Studies.  

Dn. Stephan Gresh completed the Certificate of Pastoral Studies.  

Scott Anderson, Lawrence Barlow, Ivan Bazárov, Gleb Ivanóv, Stephan Karlgut, Steven Orr, Hierodeacon Maximus (Romanchak), Michael Speck, and Scott Staller, all completed the Diaconate Certificate Program.

Those graduating with their Master of Divinity Degree included:  Reader Andrew Bohush, Priest Basil Ferguson, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Subdeacon Marshall Goodge, Megan Haak Lincoln,  Priest Michael Hill, Priest Matthew Joyner, Reader Paul Kappanadze, Priest John Kennerk, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, Nazar Lukashóv, Priest Andrew Nelko, and Veljko Pejović.  

Later in the commencement program, Metropolitan Tikhon made special mention that four graduates:  Stephan Karlgut, Andrew Bohush, Paul Kappanadze, and Fr. Andrew Nelko were all sons of clergy currently serving the church.  Their fathers and family were all present for this graduation!

Of those completing M.Div. studies, eight graduated "with honors" by completing a thesis or project:  Andrew Bohush, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Marshall Goodge, Priest Matthew Joyner, Paul Kappanadze, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, andVeljko Pejović, who was also recognized for his thesis by the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM).  Priest Mikel Hill, who was among the honors graduates, also was the class Valedictorian and addressed those gathered.

Fr. Andrew Nelko, Outgoing President of the Student Government, presented the Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Award for Community Service, to Archimandrite Sergius, for the many ways he has supported the seminarians and their family members. He was presented an icon, painted on stone, of Jesus washing the feet of His Disciples.  Archimandrite Sergius expressed gratitude for this recognition.

Fr. Patrick Burns, Alumni President, addressed the graduates, and also initiated an annual "Alumni of the Year" Award.  Archpriest Joseph Martin was the inaugural recipient after decades of service to the seminary and greater church, including being the longest serving member of the board of trustees.  Fr. Joseph was quite moved by this award.

Archbishop Michael presented His Grace, Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Midatlantic Diocese of the Antiochian Archdiocese, both through his own reflections and reading the Citation by which he would be awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree, Honoris Causa.  Bishop Thomas, after Metropolitan Tikhon placed his doctoral hood, gave the Commencement Address.  You can read the text here.  

Early in the Commencement Program in his comments, Archpriest StevenVoytovich, Seminary Dean, shared that Sergei Arhipov was retiring from his service as Librarian and Registrar, after decades of service to the seminary, the national church, and beyond. Metropolitan Tikhon, in the midst of his closing comments, presented Sergei with a Primatial Gramota.  Sergei was likwise moved to receive this recognition.  This is especially true as Sergei later recalled being at the seminary when His Beatitude first arrived as a new seminarian and monastic, as one of those full circle moments!

Before ending this brief account of graduation, it is important to draw attention to this particular class of M.Div. graduates.  They were identified by those addressing them as being as shining examples of graduates to go out into the Church, and not just individually, but as a class forming deep bonds with one another.  

May God grant many blessed years of ministry in our Lord's Vineyard to all this year's St. Tikhon's Seminary graduates!

Photos, Seminarian Moses Cabe, and others.

Graduation Day Divine Liturgy - 05/27/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  St. Tikhon's 75th seminary annual commencement day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  Metropolitan Tikhon was joined by Archbishop Michael and Bishop Thomas, who were also present for the beginning of the pilgrimage on Friday afternoon.  Seminary clergy, ordained seminarians, alumni, board members, monastery brotherhood members, and others came together for this Divine Liturgy celebrated during the Feast of Ascension.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, was the homilist.  

Following the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Sergius provided a generous luncheon for all attending, before graduation exercises got underway at 1pm.  Please see separate write-up on graduation.

Photos by Reader Andrew Bohush, and Seminarian Bob West.

113th St. Tikhon's Monastery Pilgrimage begins - 05/26/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  On Friday afternoon, May 26th, the St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary community gathered together to begin the 113th Monastery Pilgrimage.  The Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God Icon, held by Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, upon its arrival, was greeted by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Grace, Bishop Thomas of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic Diocese of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of New York City, the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Seminary Rector.  All present then processed to the Monastery Church for a Molieben to the Most Holy Mother of God, and were anointed with myrrh streaming from the wonder-working icon.  

The Iveron wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God will be present for all the services during the course of the pilgrimage and seminary graduation.


Photos, Reader Andrew Bohush


St. Tikhon's Board Meets In Advance of Graduation - 05/26/17

[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA]  St. Tikhon's Board of Trustees met at the seminary on Thursday afternoon and Friday, May 25-26.  Several committees met after the Ascension Feast Divine Liturgy, and the full board met on Friday.  

The board passed the resolutions related to those graduating, as recommended by the faculty.  In addition, a new board member was affirmed:  Dn. John (Russell) Komline.  All present posed for a photo before returning to further work.  

May God grant Dn. John and St. Tikhon's Board members many blessed years!

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