Feast of the Ascension
Troparion — Tone 4
O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory, / Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. / Through the blessing they were assured / That You are the Son of God, / The Redeemer of the world!
Kontakion — Tone 6
When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, / and united earth to heaven: / You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, / not being parted from those who love You, / but remaining with them and crying: / “I am with you and no one will be against you!”
Metropolitan Leonty Symposium held at St. Tikhon’s Seminary
On Thursday, May 14th, St. Tikhon’s Seminary hosted a Symposium on the life, witness, and service of Metropolitan Leonty. The day began with Divine Liturgy, and a graveside Memorial Service celebrated by Metropolitan Tikhon at Metropolitan Leonty’s tomb. Fr. John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, read a eulogy written by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.
During the course of the day we had five presentations, that included:
“The Life and Legacy of Metropolitan Leonty,” by Mr. Alex Liberovsky, OCA Archivist
“Metropolitan Leontii and St. Tikhon of Moscow,” by Dr. Scott Kenworthy Dept. of Comparative Religion, Miami University, Oxford, OH
“The Diaries of 1917-1918,” by Mat. Tamara Turkevich Skvir, Princeton, NJ
“Metropolitan Leonty as a Man of Letters,” by Dr. Leonid Turkevich, Cincinnati, OH.
“The Metropolitan Leontii Papers at the Library of Congress: a Brief Introduction,” by Harold Leich, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Later in the evening, after Vespers, a reception and time of informal sharing followed in the Monastery Museum. Archpriests Sergei Glagolev, Daniel Hubiak, and John Nehrebecki shared their remembrances, along with Constantine Kallaur and many others. The evening ended with reflections and a prayer that had been written by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko before he reposed, read by Dr. David Ford.
Participants received individually numbered copies of a Homiletics Course that Metropolitan Leonty taught that were designed and produced in commemoration of the event. Clergy participants who registered and attended this symposium are approved for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit.
On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to thank each one of the presenters for being with us to share their contributions and reflections on this most beloved leader of our Orthodox Church in America. We would also like to thank each of the participants for traveling to be with us for this “Time of Holy Remembering.”
Finally we would like to thank the event committee: the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, the V. Rev. Dennis Swencki, Fr. Leonid Schmidt, David Ford, Sergei Arhipov, Christopher Patton, Teresa Vaux-Michel, as well as Innocent Neal for his contributions.
Video recordings of the event will be made available to the public in some form in the near future. Information will be forthcoming on the seminary website.
The following except is from the remembrance of Metropolitan Leonty by Archpriest Thomas Hopko on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Metropolitan’s Repose.
“Through his weakness, Your divine strength has established the Church in this land. Through his folly, Your divine wisdom has guided her destiny. Through his humility, You have exalted her with divine glory. Through his poverty, You have filled her with the riches of Your divinity. Through his obedience, You have granted her freedom from the powers of this world. Through his fidelity, You have counted her worthy to remain faithful to her calling to be the Kingdom of Heaven in the midst of the earth.
Celebration held for Archbishop Michael in Honor of His Consecration to Episcopacy
On Saturday, 9 May 2015, the Dean of the seminary, the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich together with V. Rev. Dennis Swencki, Chief Financial Officer traveled to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Passaic NJ to join with diocesan clergy in honoring His Eminence Michael (Dahulich), Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary on the 5th Anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy. His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy, and a festive luncheon followed in Patterson, NJ.
Then Fr. Michael began teaching here at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in 1993, and became dean in 2001. He served as dean until 2010 when he was elected for elevation to the Episcopacy for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Bishop Michael returned to St. Tikhon’s in 2012, being named Rector in the fall of 2013. Most recently, at the Spring 2015 session of the Holy Synod, Bishop Michael was elevated to Archbishop.
As part of the celebration His Eminence was presented with a new mitre on behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community.
May God grant His Eminence Michael good health and a long life and may He preserve him for many, many years.
St. Tikhon’s Alumni Phonathon Takes Initial Steps!
On Friday, May 8th, Regional Alumni Coordinators prepared to reach out to St. Tikhon’s Alumni in their respective geographical areas. While some scheduling difficulties prevented more from being able to check in on the course of this day, a wonderful unfolding occurred that you can now participate in.
Fr. John Baker, Rector of Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, Illinois, contacted nearly half of the alumni known to be in the greater Chicago area. With assistance from Fr. Ignatius Gauvain (Class of 2014) Fr. John and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, conducted a brief interview where he relayed reflections from his phone calls. You can view the interview here.
Other regional coordinators are encouraged to go ahead and reach out to alumni in their areas, and then contact Fr. Steven in order that similar brief recordings can be posted on our website. Besides reaching out to alumni, we are hoping to find alumni whose whereabouts are not currently known. As has happened several times this year, as Archbishop Michael and Fr. Steven travel around the country, they look forward to gathering with area alumni.
May God grant our seminary alumni many blessed years!
Archpriest Steven Voytovich
Women's Group Learn Valuable Life Skills
This year the St. Tikhon's Women's Group teamed up with the Carbondale YMCA to offer a CPR / First Aid class to Seminarians and their families. It was a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn responsiveness and preparation for a variety of emergency situations. Topics ranged from breathing and cardiac emergencies to first aid. We are thankful for the YMCA's remarkable willingness to work with us and facilitate our certification through the American Red Cross.
Annual St. Tikhon's Community Softball Game
On May 4, 2015 students gathered with members of the faculty and administration to open the spring season with the annual St. Tikhon's Community Softball game, organized by the student government. Bishop Paul of the Diocese of the Midwest joined the spectators, and Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, opened the game with the first at-bat and hit. Inning after vigorous inning, the game went until dusk, finally ending with a 9-4 victory for the off-campus student team. Everyone dined on standard ballpark cuisine from the grill and enjoyed the pleasant springtime change of scenery.
St, Tikhon’s would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s event. It was a wonderful opportunity for “off-campus” fellowship and friendly competition.
St. Tikhon’s Welcomes His Grace, Bishop Paul (Gassios)
On May 4, 2015 the St. Tikhon’s Community was pleased to have with us His Grace Bishop Paul (Gassios), Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest. His Grace met with the Dean of the seminary the V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, as well as seminarians from his diocese.
On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to thank His Grace, Bishop Paul and we look forward to him being able to visit with us again in the future.
Annual Century Association Event Continues to Provide Support for St. Tikhon's Seminary
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 VI on Sunday, May 3, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem. The festival featured a magnificent “Russian Table” with zakushki (appetizers) of potato pancakes, holodetz (pork in aspic), beet salad (vinaigrette), eggplant caviar, pierogi, kielbasi, Russian meatballs, marinated mushrooms, spinach and cheese puffs, Paska and Russian rye bread followed by a dinner with Baba’s chicken soup, Chicken Kiev, Novgorod potatoes, garden green beans, and a delicious ice cream sundae with home baked cookies. The renowned nine-member Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra played our favorite balalaika melodies. There were door prizes and a superb basket raffle with themes of Afternoon Tea, Cold Cash, Keurig Coffee Maker, and Vera Bradley. “HANYA’S KITCHEN: The Orthodox Herald Recipe Collection,” cookbook was available for purchase and The Treasures of Russia Gift Shop was open for shopping. All proceeds from the event benefit St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Director of Mission Advancement
St. Tikhon’s Seminary is seeking a full-time Director of Mission Advancement. Responsibilities include annual giving initiatives, major and planned giving programs, capital campaign efforts, administration, and reporting of department efforts to Dean, Rector, and Board of Trustees. Please see the attached job description for more information. To apply, forward resume firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Mission Advancement