2014 St. Tikhon's Fall Lecture Series Featured on Ancient Faith Radio
The 2014 St. Tikhon's Fall Lecture Series is now being featured on Ancient Faith Radio.
Each of the lectures can be viewed absolutely free of charge.
This year's lecture series featured Fr. Stephen Freeman, author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe and the popular blog Glory to God for All Things as well as three St. Tikhon's graduates Fr. John Oliver (STOTS 2004), Fr. Joel Weir (STOTS 2010), as well as Fr. Andrew Damick (STOTS 2007).
Please take time to enjoy these moving and thought provoking lectures from what has been described as one of the best lecture series in recent memory, brought to you compliments of St. Tikhon's Seminary and Ancient Faith Radio.
2014 St. Tikhon's Lecture Series
Reserve Your Place at the 78th Annual Novogodny Ball
On Sunday evening, January 18, 2015, St. Stephen's Orthodox Catholic Fellowship, Chapter #82 of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (F.O.C.A.) will proudly host the 78th Novogodny Ball. The Ball will once again be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A wide variety of music to please all ages will be provided by the Kauriga Orchestra. Many of our patrons will also join us for a delicious dinner at the hotel prior to the evening of fun,dancing, and renewing old friendships.
Chapter#82 has always been a faithful supporter of St. Tikhon's Seminary. 2014 was the eighth consecutive year the chapter has participated in the Seminarian Gift Program. And as in previous years, a portion of the net proceeds from the Ball will be donated toward the F.O.C.A.'s $300,000 fundraising goal for the Married Seminarian Housing Project at St. Tikhon's. Novogodny Ball tickets are available by reservation only. For additional information or to request a reservation, please contact Paul Fedoronko, Co-Chairman, at 610-328-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual St. Nicholas Day Celebration
On Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, following the Divine Liturgy, the St. Tikhon’s Community gathered together for the Annual Saint Nicholas Day Celebration. Following a potluck lunch, we enjoyed a visit from St. Nicholas who brought gifts of coins, candy, and oranges for all of the children! His entrance to the party was marked by Seminary Dean, Fr. Steven Voytovich, and Professor of Church History, Dr. David Ford, leading the group in the singing of “O Who Loves Nicholas the Saintly.” St. Nick also donated some of his precious time by sitting for a photo with each of the children.
Leslie Patton, Rachel Hill, Seminarian Timothy Winegar, and several other Seminarians helped entertain the children with Christmas crafts and games. The music was a medley of live music from members of the community and extended community as well as recorded selections from the album “Please Joyne Us for Christmas” by Seminarian Matthew Joyner and his wife Ashley; and caroling, led by Maria Sheehan.
A wonderful time was had by all those present. Each year this event provides an important opportunity for the community to gather together for a fun time before finals week and Christmas break.
On behalf of the entire Saint Tikhon's community we would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible but especially for Sophia Pierce and Leslie Patton for planning and organising this truly spectacular holiday celebration.
FOCA Continues to Support St. Tikhon’s Seminary
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, representatives from the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) visited St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. While here, they shared with the students during lunch some of the organization's history including many of their philanthropic activities. FOCA has supported St. Tikhon’s for many years, most notably through their recent support of the Married Student Housing Project (MSHP), towards which they have pledged $300,000. Due to the efforts of FOCA and others, the married Seminarians also enjoy gifts from “Saint Nicholas” for themselves and their children each year, through FOCA’s Christmas Wish List program.
Representing FOCA was Michael Steffaro, who spoke to the students about the MSHP; Carol Derikson; Fr. Theodore Boback, Spiritual Advisor to FOCA; and Marge Kovach, FOCA Vice President, who spoke about FOCA’s history. The seminary’s rector, His Grace, Bishop Michael (Dahulich), also shared a story with the students of a time when FOCA assisted a church that was in need, and how much that help meant to the faithful that were there. He then urged all of the Seminarians to join with FOCA in support of the Seminary.
St. Tikhon’s Seminary would like to thank FOCA for their visit, and for all of the support that they have provided over the years, and continue to provide, to ensure the long term sustainability of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
St. Tikhon's Community Welcomes Archimandrite Justin from the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai
On Friday, November 21, 2014, the St. Tikhon's Community was honored to receive Archimandrite Justin of Mt. Sinai. Archimandrite Justin, who is the librarian of the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai, offered a fascinating presentation at the Metropolitan Museum in which he presented The Tabernacle of Ancient Israel as a Type of the Modern Orthodox Sanctuary. He graciously agreed to answer questions after the lecture and shared some of his experiences living at the ancient monastery of St. Catherine.
The St. Tikhon's community extends its warmest thanks to Archimandrite Justin for taking the time to share his experiences and knowledge.
Bishop Thomas Visits St. Tikhon's Community
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic visited St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. His Grace has been a long-time supporter of St. Tikhon’s and came to visit with the students as well as to meet with Fr. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean.
While here, His Grace also took a tour of the Seminary and Monastery and spoke to the student body during the lunch hour. During the talk he announced “I always enjoy coming to St. Tikhon’s because every time I visit I see people who are filled with joy!” He continued by reminding those assembled of the importance of remaining joyful, and then instructed them to take that same joy out into the world and be ambassadors for Christ.
Annual Community Fall Celebration
On Thursday, October 30, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Seminary hosted the Annual Fall Festival Talent Show and Costume Gala. This year was marked by a new addition to the event which was the first ever STOTS chili cook-off. The evening also included the musical talent of several seminarians and children of St. Tikhon’s staff as well as games for both the adults and children. St. Tikhon’s would like to thank everyone who donated their talent and time to once again make this year’s event a success!
(Article by Leslie Patton)
2014 Fall Appeal
As we begin this new academic year, a new incoming class of seminarians likewise begins their journey of formation Included in this enthusiastic class are men and women, sons of ordained clergy previously completing studies at St. Tikhon’s, and those who have been inspired by God and prepared by compassionate parish priests to enter the Orthodox Faith, who all desire to serve as priests, teachers, and leaders. Our returning students continue with them on this journey.