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Alumni Update: Archpriest Nicholas Timpko Elevated to the Dignity of Mitred Archpriest - 07/23/17

His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese gathered together with clergy and faithful from the CT Deanery, and New England Diocese to witness Archpriest Nicholas Timpko (STOTS 1962) receive a mitre, on Sunday afternoon, July 23rd.  Archpriest John Kreta, Chancellor, and Archpriest John Hopko, Deanery Dean, along with current Rector of Three Saints Church, in Ansonia, where Fr. Nicholas served for 27 years, Priest Patrick Burns, led the celebration with many diocesan priests, deacons, and faithful.  Many extended members of the Timpko family were present as well.

In bestowing the dignity of wearing the mitre to Archpriest Nicholas, Archbishop Nikon observed that he played a significant role in building the current spiritually vibrant nature of the CT Deanery, both as Deanery Dean, and Chancellor when Archbishop Nikon first came to the New England Diocese.  In recognition of Matushka Anastasia's role alongside her husband, a tiarra was given to her.

Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean shared a homily connecting the core of Fr. Nicholas' ministry as linked to that of the first saints of Rus, celebrated on this day, Sts. Boris and Gleb.  The saints suffered and died at the hands of their politically motivated brother, dying as innocent and voluntary victims in conscious imitation of Christ.  Fr. Nicholas endured many struggles personally and in his priestly ministry, and sought to spiritually transform, through God's grace, these experiences into further depth of ministry with those in need.  He also addressed all gathered, sharing in turn the gifts of ministry he experienced from Archbishop Nikon as he came to the Diocese of New England.

It was incredible to witness the whole deanery coming together for this celebration!  Archpriest Nicholas said that this award was not for him personally, but for all.  After the Vespers service was completed, all present gathered for festive dinner together in the church hall.  Nina Kosowsky, Parish Council President, shared greetings on behalf of the parish, and in her leadership role recognized Fr. Nicholas' role in establishing the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of CT (FORCC).

Axios to Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, and many years to Matushka Anastasia and all the members of their family!

Photos by Subdeacon Nektary Lukianov

St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp - 07/03/17

During the week of Summer Camp, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, welcomed those attending the camp on Sunday.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared with several groups of campers during the course of the week.  The focus this year was on the Mother of God.  Thanks be to God the weather was beautiful for the many outdoor activities that are part of the camp week. 

While daily prayers are offered in the pavilion during the week, all came together for Vespers on Friday at the monastery church, and Divine Liturgy on Saturday.   May those participating in the Summer Camp be renewed through this experience of fellowship, learning, and fun!

(Photos, Seminarian Robert West)

In Memoriam, Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak - Updated - 07/02/17

St. Tikhon’s Seminary received word early on Sunday, July 2nd, that Protodeacon Gregory Hatrak (STOTS, 1994) reposed in the Lord on the evening of July 1st. He was only 46 years old.

Dn. Gregory came to seminary from Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Minersville, PA, and graduated during the same Memorial Day weekend that St. Alexis was canonized. 

Dn. Gregory served as Bookstore Manager for St. Tikhon’s Seminary/Monastery for many years.  More recently he has served as Director of Marketing and Operations for St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press and Bookstore.

He married his wife Robyn (Alexander) on October 19, 2008.  Gregory was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by then Bishop Tikhon, on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at his home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Minersville, PA during the parish’s 100th anniversary celebration. (See photo)

Matushka Robyn began serving in 2016 as Director of Hospitality and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Most recently Deacon Gregory was elevated to Protodeacon on May 23, 2017.  Protodeacon Gregory leaves behind his wife, Matushka Robyn, his parents, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Valeria Hatrak, his brother Matthew and Lori (sister-in-law) Hatrak, and sister, Natalie Hatrak.

Memory eternal to the newly departed servant of God, Protodeacon Gregory.  

Funeral Service Schedule:

Wednesday, 5 July (St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY)

On Wednesday morning, July 5, at 10:00 a.m., a Panikhida for Pdn. Gregory will be served at St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Three Hierarchs Chapel. Prior to the Panikhida, at 9 a.m., a viewing will be held. Immediately following the Panikhida, a repast will be held in the Seminary’s Germack Building.

Wednesday, 5 July (St. Tikhon’s, South Canaan, PA)

There will be an opportunity for viewing in the monastery church when Protodeacon Gregory’s relics reach the monastery grounds.  Regular daily services will occur in the monastery church, beginning at 4:30pm.

7:30 PM — Funeral

Thursday, 6 July

9:30 AM — Divine Liturgy, followed by Last Kiss and Burial here in our cemetery.  The repast will be at St. Michael's Center, 403 Delaware Street, Jermyn, PA  18433. 

For those wishing to make a contribution in Protodeacon Gregory’s memory, a Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of Matushka Robyn. 

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