St. Tikhon's Seminary Welcomes ATS Site Visit Team
Our Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Barbara Mutch, and a Site Visit Team from The Association of Theological Schools visited St. Tikhon's Seminary from November 20-23 for a periodic re-accreditation review.
ATS DIRECTOR: BARBARA MUTCH, PH.D.
Institutional Accreditation Director, Association of Theological Schools; Ordained Minister and Preacher; Baptist Union of Western Canada.
Barbara Mutch was appointed to the ATS staff as director, accreditation and institutional evaluation in September 2015. Her work includes facilitating accrediting reviews, providing education and support to member schools about the process of accreditation, and providing staff support to the work of the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting. This is the first time St. Tikhon’s Seminary has welcomed our new accreditation liaison.
Site Visit Committee Chair: DR. LELAND ELIASON Former Dean Dean and Provost -Bethel University and Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
PRESVYTERA EUGENIA CONSTANTINOU, PH.D.
Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Franciscan School of Theology, Oceanside, CA; Teaching Fellow, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego; Podcast Contributor, Ancient Faith Radio.
SR. MARY MCCORMICK, OSU, PH.D. Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology, Wickliffe, OH.
DR. BARRY MORRISON Pastor, Wolfville Baptist Church, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The site visit began with an introductory dinner on Sunday, November 20th. Over the course of the next few days, site team members met with: Rector, Dean, administrative leadership, faculty, seminarians, alumni, and board members. They also undertook a document review related to the various meetings, and to confirm compliance with standards. Team members participated in services at the monastery church during the review. From the seminary’s vantage point, the team was well-prepared for this visit, directly touching upon the most salient points in each session they conducted.
Though we will need to wait until the final report is issued in February to publicize the accreditation review findings, the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community is grateful to our new accreditation liaison and the site visit team for a very meaningful and genuine engagement.
Photos are included from our opening reception, meetings with seminarians, alumni, board members, and field education representatives (including leadership members from SCI Waymart, Wayne Woodlands Manor, and Wayne Memorial Hospital).
The photo accompanying this story is of Dr. Barbaa Mutch, offering an introduction at the opening reception.
Bishop Thomas meets with Antiochian Seminarians
During the recent ATS re-accreditation site visit, The Right Reverend Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic Diocese of the The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, met with his seminarians currently studying at St. Tikhon's Seminary on Tuesday, November 22nd. Bishop Thomas is also a member of the Board of Trustees.
Antiochian Seminarians seated include Marshall Goodge, Joseph Clark, and they were joined by Yazen Fakhouri. Sitting with them during lunch was Archpriest David Cowan, who participated in the Alumni Session, and has been integrally involved in the Self Study over the past two years.
St. Tikhon's Seminary Posts 2016 Audit
St. Tikhon's Seminary posted its unqualified 2016 Audit results as of November 15th. You can either go to the audited financials page by clicking here, or see the 2016 audit by clicking here.
Mission Choir Visits St. Herman Orthodox Church in Gradyville, PA
The Mission Choir, along with Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Chief Financial Officer, Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Director of Student Life, and Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement, visited St. Herman Church on Sunday, November 13th.
Archpriest John Perich, Rector, and Deacons Nicholas Edwards and Gregory Hubiak, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Archpriest James Dougherty, who was attached to the parish, returned to concelebrate along with Fr. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Fr. Dennis, and Fr. Ignatius. This visit coincided with the parish's festival.
The Mission Choir, led by Benedict Sheehan, was even more complete with several members of the St. Tikhon Monastery Chamber Choir. The choir traveled to Eastern College for a concert later in the afternoon (see separate story).
Fr. Steven preached the sermon, and Fr. Dennis spoke to the congregation about the work of the seminary. This was all the more meaningful in that Fr. Dennis founded St. Herman Church as a Mission, and served as its first pastor.
Thank you to Fr. John and parish faithful for your hospitality on this celebratory day!
Mission Choir Visits Holy Cross Church in Williamsport, PA
The St. Tikhon's Mission Choir visited Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport on Sunday, November 13th. Archpriest Daniel Kovalak, Rector, was the celebrant. Concelebrating were Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and Fr. James Chuta who is attached to the parish.
After the Divine Liturgy with responses sung congregationally, the Mission Choir sang a brief program of liturgical music in the parish hall. Fr. Steven thanked the parish for sharing Fr. Daniel with the Seminary, as he has been a lecturer at the seminary for many years in Mission-related ministry.
The seminary thanks Fr. Daniel and the parish for their warm hospitality!
Photos by Seminarian Veljko Pejovic
Vocation's Retreat Held at St. Tikhon's Seminary
St. Tikhon's Seminary held its Vocation's Retreat from November 11-12. Twelve participants came together to share their respective journeys along with several current seminarians, pray together, and join in the celebration of the ordination of Dn. Matthew Joyner to the Holy Priesthood.
The theme of the retreat was Saint John Chrysostom: Champaion of the Priesthood. Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Director of Student Life, offered a presentation on Saint John Chrysostom as related to the retreat participants; vocational discernment. Also, during the brunch following the ordination, Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History, shared some translations of Saint John Chrysostom's correspondence with Deaconess Olympia, of Constantinople, during his exile. These translations will soon be published.
The Vocation's Retreat, traditionally held on Lazarus Saturday, was moved back to the fall both to seek greater participation, and to offer more time for those attending who subsequently decide to apply, to complete application materials. From these vantage points, and from the feedback from participants, this move was certainly worthwhile.
May God continue to bless the lives of those particpating in the vocation's retreat!
Ordination of Deacon Matthew Joyner to the Holy Priesthood
Dn. Matthew Joyner, a third-year seminarian, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, November 12, 2016. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant. Dn. Matthew had been his driver for the past two years, traveling throughout the diocese. Clergy from the seminary, monastery, and the diocese concelebrated.
The ordination took place during the seminary's Vocations Retreat, so participants were able to witness the ordination in the context of the retreat. Diocesan faithful planned a retreat weekend here as well before learning that they would be present for both the retreat and the ordination.
A festive luncheon was held for all in the seminary refectory following the ordination. Fr. Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, welcomed everyone, and Dr. David Ford shared some of his translations of St. John Chrysostom's writings as part of a forthcoming publication with all present.
Axios and many years to Fr. Matthew and Matushka Ashley!
Photos by Seminarian Andrew Bohush and Mat. Jessica Fuhrman
90th Birthday of Ann Dahulich, Mother of Archbishop Michael
On Thursday, November 10th, The Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York, and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, his brother George, and their sister Barbara, invited family, friends, and members of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and St. Tikhon's Seminary, to come and celebrate the 90th birthday of their mother, Mrs. Ann Dahulich.
The evening began with a Moleben, celebrated at St. Michael's Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Binghamton, NY. This is the church where Archbishop Michael was baptized and raised in, after his parents were also married in the same church! Archbishop Michael offered a most heartwarming homily of the "love of a mother", referring of course to the Mother of God for her Son Jesus Christ, in referencing his expereince of his mother's love. Following the Moleben, all gathered then moved to the church hall for a festive dinner.
In lieu of gifts, the Dahulich family requested that donations be made either to St. Michael's Church Iconography Fund, or St. Tikhon's Seminary Married Student Housing, reflecting His Eminence's ongoing efforts to see this project through to completion. A highlight of the evening was Father David Cowan, NY/NJ Diocean Secretary, and his family singing some show tunes. Archbishop Michael has enjoyed taking his mother to Broadway shows over the years. They sat together in front of those gathered to listen to the talented Cowan family.
May God grant Ann and her children, Archbishop Michael, George, and Barbara, and the Dahulich family many blessed years! Thank you for sharing your family's loving celebration with so many others who know and love you.
Photos by Archpriests Steven Voytovich and Alexey Karlgut
St. Tikhon's Seminary Celebrates Molieben for Guatemalan Missionaries
Two years ago, Jesse Brandow came to St. Tikhon’s Seminary to talk about his impending missionary journey to Guatemala. Since that time the Student Government has been sending monthly donations to aid in funding Jesse’s ministry. Two weeks ago Student Government leadership asked for a Molieben to be celebrated, in order to pray for those involved in this missionary work. Jesse in turn asked for several “informal seminarians” to also be remembered.
In addition, Archimandrite Juvenal, formerly of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, has been raising funds in order to join this missionary effort. Both the current missionaries and Archimandrite Juvenal were prayed for during the Molieben, celebrated on Thursday, November 10th.
This is just one example of our St. Tikhon’s Seminary Student Government making a difference!