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Faculty Member Speaks to Ancient Faith Radio - 10/27/14

Recently Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, sat down to do an interview with Ancient Faith Radio about his newly released book "Wisdom for Today from the Early Church." 

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link here.

Community Bowling Night - 10/19/14

On Sunday Evening, October 19th, a large representation from the student body as well as others from the community, gathered at Valley Lanes in Carbondale, PA for a fun filled night of bowling and pizza.  

Students, faculty, administration, and their families enjoyed this time of fellowship by bowling for two hours and spanning 8 lanes of the bowling alley. This event was organized by the St. Tikhon’s Student Government and sponsored by several anonymous donations.
(Article by Dn. Gabriel Bilas, Student Government President.)

Seminary Community's Annual Trip to Ritter's Cider Mill - 10/18/14

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the St. Tikhon’s Community held its annual Fall Gathering at Ritter’s Cider Mill in Mt. Cobb.  The festivities included a petting zoo, an apple slingshot, watching the presses make delicious homemade cider, and a hayride. Everyone enjoyed the fresh cider and warm donuts, and all of the children got to take home a pumpkin.

The beautiful chilly fall weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for fellowship and fun.  The community wishes to extend its thanks to all who participated in the event.

Seminarians Travel to New York to Support St. Tikhon's Music Director and Enjoy a Performance of Mozart's Requiem - 10/17/14

On Friday, October 17, 2014 a group of  seminarians traveled from St. Tikhon's to Bard College in New York to attend a free concert of Mozart's Requiem.  The concert was performed by graduate and undergraduate students in the conservatory at Bard, including St. Tikhon's choir director Benedict Sheehan, who is currently pursuing a master's in conducting from Bard.

The concert was conducted by Hungarian conductor Maestro Adam Fischer, who took time off from conducting a run of performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera to conduct the Mozart Requiem at Bard. Students enjoyed a lovely fall evening on the beautiful grounds at Bard, a wonderful concert, and fellowship with each other.

Seminary Board of Trustees Participate in Retreat During Fall Session - 10/16/14

The Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon's Seminary held a board retreat at the seminary, on Thursday, October 16th, with consultants of the Zielinski Companies. Zielinski Companies assists and serves the management needs of religious institutions and other non-profit organizations with financial, planning, and management consulting services.  Greg Zielinski, Ph.D.  and Dawn Miller, CFRE, focused the 5 hour session on the responsibilities and duties of a not-for-profit board, fund development, and the role of trustees in fundraising and board self assessment.  Holding periodic retreats is also an important dimension of board and also faculty development. This is a critical juncture in terms of board development, as St. Tikhon's is currently in the midst of a self-study in preparation for an upcoming re-accreditation review with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).    

Mr. Michael Herzak, Board Chair, reflected on the retreat:  "The session was well received by the STOTS Board and will be invaluable going forward."

Annual Founder's Day Celebration - 10/12/14

Many members of the local community came to South Canaan this weekend to participate in the annual Founders Day celebration commemorating St. Tikhon Patriarch of Moscow, Enlightener of North America, and founder of the holy habitation of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. 
After the service a wonderful meal was offered in the monastery refectory that had been prepared by volunteers from the St. Tikhon’s Parish Community. St. Tikhon's would like to thank Mary Carol Ashley for her work in organizing the meal. 
This joyous feast concluded with the Century Association holding its annual meeting in the seminary dining hall. The constant and steadfast support of the Century Association helps ensure that  St. Tikhon’s Seminary continues to be able to fulfill its holy calling to educate and prepare the future leaders of the Orthodox Church, both in this country and around the world.

Run for Married Student Housing Crosses Finish Line and Continues to Gain Ground - 10/11/14

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) finished his 13.1 mile “Run for Married Student Housing,” successfully raising $16,639 to go towards the initial phase of the renovations necessary to begin construction. Fr. Joseph went forward with the race despite a number of obstacles including the cancellation of the originally planned venue, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, and also a terrible leg cramp that dramatically impeded the swiftness of his progress beginning around mile marker 9.

Nevertheless Fr. Joseph persevered, cheered on by family, friends, and loyal supporters of both his efforts and also of the St. Tikhon’s Married Student Housing Program. The donation page for the Run for Married Student Housing will be left active for another few days for those interested in making any last minute donations. In the words of Fr. Joseph, “If you were waiting to donate until you found out if I died en route, then now is your opportunity! Thanks everyone.”

As announced earlier this effort was made all the more remarkable when Board of Trustee member and graduate of the diaconate program Dn. Mark and his wife Mat. Christine Hoeplinger agreed to match all donations raised on behalf of the “Run for Married Student Housing.” That story can be viewed here.

That would bring the grand total to $33, 278 for the total project thus far. Hurry - because there is still time to have your donation count double. Please join with Fr. Joseph and Dn. Mark in helping to ensure a place for the future priests, leaders, and teachers of the Orthodox Church in this country.

On behalf of everyone in the St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Fr. Joseph for all his preparation and training leading up to the event, for all of his efforts in helping to promote the project, and most importantly for doing all of the literal “leg work” necessary to make this one of the most fruitful Married Student Housing fundraising projects to date.

Faculty Member Publication to be Translated into Romanian - 10/10/14

Dr. Harry Boosalis, Professor of Dogmatics at St. Tikhon's Seminary, has recently been notified that his book Orthodox Spiritual Life According to St. Silouan the Athonite is being translated into Romanian and will be published by the Holy Metropolis of Cluj. 

May the story of St. Silouan's life and service continue to be an inspiration to the faithful in Christ, here and through out the world.

LuAnn Motel Scholarship Fund to Support Female Students at St. Tikhon's Seminary - 10/08/14

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is very pleased to announce the LuAnn Motel Scholarship Fund established 2014 by the Motel family, husband Donald, sons, Dr. Peter Motel, Andrew Motel, Esq. and Stephen Motel, and daughter, Dr. Marta Motel Grewell in loving memory of their Wife and  Mother LuAnn. The scholarship is to aid one or more female students studying at St. Tikhon’s Seminary enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program. 

LuAnn’s life was a living tribute to the service of others in both her church life as one of the founding members and later church Warden of St. Herman’s Church, Gradyville, Pa and her professional life as an oncology nurse at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.  What set her apart much like the Myrrh bearing women was her incredible strength and lack of fear no matter what cross was laid before her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her  and the establishment of this scholarship Fund in her Memory is true testimony of the incredible love and respect of her family who will continue to honor her through helping others complete their studies at the Seminary and go on to serve the church.

Initial funding of this scholarship of $25,000.00 has been given by the Motel Family. Anyone can contribute to this fund as even the smallest gift will allow us to continue to help our female students and encourage more to consider attending the Seminary.

If you would like to establish your own scholarship to honor a special person please contact Fr. Dennis Swencki, CFO /Development Director at St. Tikhon’s Seminary 570-561-1818 ext 7.  The Seminarians truly welcome your gifts and your expression of love and care for them as they begin their life long service in our Holy Orthodox Church. 

V. Rev. Dennis Swencki

CFO St. Tikhon's Seminary

2014 Fall Appeal - 09/17/14

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.

St. Tikhon's Seminary Continues Search for Development Director - 09/14/14


St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA is now interviewing qualified people for the position of Director of Development. Those interested may send resume information to 178 St. Tikhon’s Rd. Waymart, PA 18472.


St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

 Director of Development

 Job Description


Position:  Reporting to and in partnership with the Dean and Rector, the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as St. Tikhon’s continues to evolve and grow.  Depending on experience and availability, the position can be part time leading to full time. Director will have the opportunity to build development functionality in the institution.


1) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s annual fundraising plan.
2) Develop and execute St. Tikhon’s Seminary’s periodic capital fundraising campaigns.
3) Secure financial support from individuals, parishes, foundations and corporations, and others.
4) Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
5) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
6) Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual, parish, foundation, and corporate donors.
7) Oversee organization of special events.
8) Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
9) Work with Board Members for board development.


1) Bachelors’ Degree (required), Master’s Degree in area related to development (a plus).
2) Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
3) Knowledge of computers and development-related software.
4) Ability to travel (especially weekends).
5) Certified Fundraising Executive (e.g. Association of Fundraising Professionals) (preferred).

Salary commensurate with experience.

Christ is Risen! - 04/19/14
Palm Sunday - 04/13/14
Work Week 2013 - 05/20/13
Pascha Party! - 05/05/13
Palm Sunday - 04/28/13
2012 Talent Show - 11/08/12
Pascha Party! - 04/15/12
Christ is Risen! - 04/15/12
Palm Sunday - 04/08/12
Theophany 2012 - 01/07/12
2011 Talent Show - 10/26/11
Clean Week 2011 - 03/17/11
Alumni Picnic - 09/20/10
Pascha 2010 - 04/15/10
Triple Event! - 03/25/09
Marriage Retreat - 01/31/09
Marriage Retreat - 01/26/08
Grand Banquet - 05/27/07
Holy Pascha - 04/08/07
Holy Week - 04/07/07
Holy Pascha - 04/23/06
Holy Week - 04/22/06
Christmas Play - 12/11/05
Grand Banquet - 05/29/05
Holy Pascha - 05/01/05
Holy Week - 04/30/05
Annunciation - 03/25/05
Benefit Concert - 02/13/05
March for Life - 01/23/05
St. Nicholas Day - 12/06/04
OISM Retreat - 11/21/04
Men's Retreat - 11/06/04

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