Annual Picnic and Alumni Association Meeting to be held September 11, 2014
COME HOME PRAY FELLOWSHIP
The annual alumni picnic will be held on Thursday, 11 September at the seminary
The day will begin with lunch in the dinning room at 1220 PM
A gathering of the alumni will be at 2:00 PM
with updates from Bishop Michael Rector and Fr Steven Voytovich Seminary Dean. Vespers at the Monastery Church. Followed by the picnic in the Gymnasium. If you plan to attend the luncheon and or picnic Please RSVP by 8 September
via email to Fr Joseph Gallick at email@example.com
or Fr Ted Boback at firstname.lastname@example.org
and indicate what event you will attend in order that the appropriate amount of food will be prepared
Come home and walk the grounds where Saints have walked. where you walked with professors and fellow seminarians and friends and family. Enjoy the day of fellowship Pray at the church shrines and miraculous icons. Fellowship with the new seminarians faculty administration families and your classmates. Share your experiences. Stop at the cemetery to remember those who served and who studied at our seminary the monastery and church. Stop at the bookstore have a cup of coffee tea soda water and browse through the store and buy a gift or item for yourself or someone else. Come home to your alma mater on the 11th and pray fellowship share and take with you the renewed spirit to tell of the great things taking place at St Tikhon Seminary where we received and continue to receive nourishment. (Article by Alumni President V. Rev. Theodore Boback)
Married Student Housing Project Steps Up to the Ice Bucket Challenge
On August 21, 2014 the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project was named as part of a phenomena that is sweeping the country as individuals challenge friends, family members, and co-workers to take part in this social media fueled explosion.
The Seminary's Receptionist and latest administrative hiring, Sophia Pierce, answered the challenge issued to her by her son who had been challenged by another family member to provide a donation to ALS research, be doused with a large bucket of ice water or to do both. She opted for both but added her own challenge on behalf of the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project.
When asked why she decided to offer her challenges for Married Student Housing, Mrs. Pierce explained, "I wanted my challenge to be for something very near and dear to the community I am now a part of. St. Tikhon's has been working towards housing for its married students for some time and I wanted to do my part to help it along. I will make my donation to ALS but I believe that this is also a very worthy cause. For the last couple years, people have been watching the ones they love get drenched with ice water while also giving them the opportunity to support worthy charities, I saw this as a chance for the married student families to benefit from the trend.”
In her challenge Mrs. Pierce named St. Tikhon's Community members Christopher and Leslie Patton, Benedict and Maria Sheehan, as well as the Dean of the Seminary the Very Reverend Steven Voytovich to donate $100 or more to the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project, get the ice water, or to do both.
Feast of The Dormition of the Mother of God
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, / Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. / For being the Mother of Life, / She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
Bishop David Hosts Seminary Alumni Gathering at St. Innocent Cathedral in Alaska
Several St. Tikhon’s Seminary alumni and their families, together with around 50 of the faithful from local parishes, gathered on Tuesday, August 12, at St. Innocent Cathedral (OCA) in Anchorage AK, at the invitation of Seminary alumnus and Alumni Regional Coordinator for Alaska, His Grace, Bishop DAVID of Sitka and Alaska. The Regional Alumni Coordinators have newly been appointed by the Rector of the Seminary, His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, with the task of hosting gatherings for the local alumni in their respective regions to join St. Tikhon’s graduates and their families in Christian fellowship, renewed brotherhood, and personal sharing; and to enliven the relationship between the Seminary and its graduates.
A special guest of Bishop David’s for the event was His Grace, JOB, Bishop of Kashira and Administrator of the Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Canada, who had traveled to Alaska for the Pilgrimage of St. Herman. Along with Bishop David, the assembled St. Tikhon’s alumni included V. Rev. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, V. Rev. John Zabinko, V. Rev. Daniel Andrejuk, V. Rev. Christopher Stanton, Rev. Timothy Hojnicki, Rev. David Cowan, Rev. Matthew Howell, and Christopher Jones. The evening began with a Molieben of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David. The Bishop and others of the gathered graduates offered reflections on their journeys to and through seminary, and on the value and impact of St. Tikhon’s Seminary as a center for spiritual and liturgical formation and theological education. Other St. Tikhon’s alumni serving the Church in the Anchorage area include Rev. Vasili Hillhouse and Abraham Labrada. Energized by the announcement of this special event, the Sisterhood of St. Innocent Cathedral and other parishioners brought baked goods, fresh Alaskan seafood, and handmade Native Alaskan crafts, to auction off for the benefit of the Seminary. As a result, $3,500 was raised for the school – a most generous and welcome addition to the joy of an evening spent sharing fellowship and reflections on Seminary life.
Bishop Michael, learning of the success of the Anchorage gathering, remarked, “This is a tremendous achievement on the part of the Alumni Regional Coordinator, the Seminary graduates, and the faithful of the Alaskan Alumni Region. I am grateful to His Grace, Bishop David, and to all those who contributed their magnanimous generosity and enthusiasm to make the event so memorable. I encourage all of our new Regional Alumni Directors to follow His Grace’s lead and bring together their local fellow alumni for these gatherings. Not only will these occasions deepen the important bonds of brotherhood among our graduates, but they will deepen the relationship between the Seminary’s leadership in South Canaan and its alumni serving ‘in the trenches’, to the benefit of our beloved Seminary, its graduates, its future students, and the churches they will serve.”
(Article by Fr. David Cowan)
Alumni Pull Together in Support of Married Student Housing
Today another face was added to the ongoing story of Married Student Housing at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Inspired by the recent announcement by fellow alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) and his campaign to raise support for the Married Student Housing Program by running a half-marathon this fall, Dn. Mark and Mat. Christine Hoeplinger have responded in a big way.
When asked what inspired them to make such a strong show of support for the program, Dn. Mark replied “When I heard about the Run for Married Student Housing I remember thinking to myself this is exactly the type of initiative that not only our alumni organization but all of our faithful supporters need to get behind. We believe wholeheartedly in what Fr. Joseph is doing and why he is doing it. I am passionate about this program and I am determined to see it succeed!”
Dn. Mark is so determined that he has pledged to match dollar for dollar every new donation received on behalf of the Run for Married Student Housing. He added “Practically everyone can make a donation of some kind. If you sponsor the run at $10 a mile, that's only $131. Most can afford that. And I will Match everyone that does it. If you can afford to donate a thousand dollars a mile I will match that as well. Everyone needs to get behind Fr. Joseph and St. Tikhon’s so we can finally make this Married Student Housing Program a reality.”
Once again all sponsorships for the “Run for Married Student Housing” can be made via the YouCaring Website or by following the link provided here. There you can also track the progress of the giving campaign, as well as see each of the names of the contributors who have already given to this extremely important endeavor.
UPDATED Alumni Update: 2010 Graduate Takes a Run at Fundraising for the Married Student Housing Program
St. Tikhon's Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) is running a half-marathon this October in Cleveland Ohio to help raise money and awareness for the seminary's Married Student Housing Program.
"We all want to make a difference, but we are usually stopped by the thought, 'What can I do? I'm just one person.' However, the truth is that God can use each of us and the talents and skills He has given us - no matter how seemingly insignificant, like running. I don't know how much of a difference I can make with this race , but I'm going to give it my best effort and see what God can do with it." (Fr. Joseph McCartney)
If you'd like to sponsor Fr. Joseph and also help support the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Program you can visit the donation site at YouCaring.com.
Please consider giving to this very worthwhile project while at the same time providing for those who are willing to go the extra 13.1 miles to support our married student familes.
UPDATE: $7388 has been donated to sponsor Fr. Joseph McCartney and his "Run for Married Student Housing." Please consider donating to this Guaranteed Donation Match charity and help build the married students of St. Tikhon's Seminary and their families a place from which to begin their service to the Church.
Alumni Update: 2004 Graduate Leads Prayers as Local Community Marches for Peace
CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] —On Friday, July 25, 2014, members of Christ the Savior Church here joined community organizations and neighborhood residents in the city’s Little Village neighborhood to promote peace at a time when rates of violence in the Chicago are rising.
“On behalf of the Little Village community, we want to thank everyone who came out to the Peace March and who prayerfully supported the initiative,” said Kathryn Bocanegra. “It was a great success, with over 150 people participating in the march and many community residents who have been personally impacted by violence. We heard poems, reflections, and prayers from community mothers who lost their children to violence.”
Father John Baker (STOTS 2004), Rector and Dean of Christ the Savior Church, led prayers on two different street corners.
“Our parishioners carried icons throughout the streets,” said Father John. “The presence of our parishioners showed compassion and concern for the daily struggle of people in the Little Village neighborhood.”
Marchers met at Saint Agnes Catholic Church and made their way to Farragut High School, stopping along the way on four blocks on which there had been shootings and homicides.
The march will be featured on WTTW TV’s “Chicago Tonight Show” on Monday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m.
A photo gallery of the event can be viewed here.
(Article taken from the Diocese of the Midweat Website)
St. Tikhon's Seminary Begins Search for Development Director
[STOTS] [SOUTH CANAAN, PA]
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
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.