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Delegation Travels to Kerala India - 11/20/15

His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America, asked Archpriest John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, to accompany him to Kerala India, for the 200th anniversary of the Seminary in Kottayam!  They will be traveling together for a week, beginning Friday, Nov. 20th, between this historic seminary  and a sister seminary in Nagpur (also identified as STOTS!).  Please check back here for updates during the course of the week, and photographs as well!

The seminaries in Kottayam and Nagpur are part of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church.  Both St. Vladimir's and St. Tikhon's have had Malankara seminarians from this region studying here in North America, so we look forward to seeing alumni in the course of our trip!

Archpriest Joseph Martin celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ordination - 11/07/15

Archpriest Joseph Martin (Class of 1963), celebrated his 50th annivesary of ordination on Saturday, November 7th.  The celebration began with Divine Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral where he served for twenty years before retirement.  His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, presided at the Liturgy with both diocesan clergy and Archimandrite Sergius and Archpriest Steven Voytovich from St. Tikhon's.

At the end of the Liturgy he was given a Synodal Grammota, he and Matushka Gloria were given a Grammota from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.  He was also  given a pectoral cross from St. Tikhon's Seminary, in recognition of his years of active service on the seminary board (longest serving active member), and serving as spiritual advisor for the Century Association, that raises funds for the seminary.  Matushka Gloria has faithfully served on the Century Association with Fr. Joseph.

The celebration continued with a wonderful luncheon at Gennetti's in Wilkes-Barre.  Fellow chaplains from the VA Hospital that he serves with, many local clergy, family members, and many others came together to share in the joy of this anniversary.

May God grant Archpriest Joseph and Matushka Gloria many blessed years!  

Thank you to David Mills of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for the photos!

Fall Harvest Party - 11/01/15

On the evening of November 1st, the St. Tikhon's community gathered together for a Fall Harvest Party.  Seminarians, seminary families, faculty, and others gathered for an evening of fellowship, activities, and just plain fun, as shown in the photos below!

St. Tikhon's Seminary Hosts Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement Gathering - 10/23/15

From October 23rd - 25th, 2015, 30 students from five Orthodox seminaries joined the seminarians at St. Tikhon's for the bi-annual gathering of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM)!   Participating schools included:  St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, Holy Cross/Hellenic College, Brookline MA, Holy Trinity Seminary - Jordanville, NY, Christ the Savior Seminary - Johnstown, PA, and St. Herman's Seminary - Kodiak, AK.  

Founded in the 1960's and revived in 2003, OISM seeks to foster fellowship and cooperation among Orthodox seminary and theology students.  The event this weekend seemed to do exactly that, as students were encouraged by learning about and from each other through praying together, sharing meals, discussing pertinent issues, and experiencing the life at St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.

This fall's gathering focused on the theme of Expanding the Mission of the Orthodox Church.  The weekend began Friday evening with an opening Molieben for the OISM Gathering, celebrated by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, dean, with icons present in the seminary chapel from many of the participating schools.  This was followed by a talk from Archimandrite Sergius, the Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, on the spiritual life that necessarily forms the core of Church growth on any level.  Saturday's events began with Divine Liturgy for St. Demetrius Saturday.   Two discussion sessions followed, in which students shared ideas, insights, and questions with each other regarding parish growth, mission, and evangelism.  One session was facilitated by Dr. David Ford from St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and the second by Archpriest John Reeves from State College in PA. Discussions and sharing continued informally over meals and around a bonfire later that evening.   Many remained for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Monastery Church. 

It was encouraging to have such a large gathering, with representation from so many schools, and to see new friendships made and relationships grow over the course of the two days.  Students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and even countries – Australia, India, Russia, Serbian, Uganda, Canada and the U.S. – and found that they have common concerns and desires for the health and growth of Christ's Church.  This common ground gives hope for continued dialogue, collaboration, and spiritual fellowship.

Megan Haak, OISM Secretary, and co-facilitator of the weekend's events, shared her thoughts as the weekend concluded:  "I was greatly encouraged by the size of the group that came – this being the largest attendance for an OISM gathering in the past couple of years – and by the conversations that happened over the course of the weekend.  There was a feeling of warmth, respect, and eagerness for sharing and collaborating with each other that was wonderful to experience in a pan-Orthodox gathering like this." 

At the Sunday brunch for participants,  Fr. Steven thanked Megan and Timothy Winegar, current OISM President, both from St. Tikhon’s Seminary, for their many hours of work and preparation for this gathering, along with many others helping them.  Seminarians assisting in taking the many photos now available for this event included: Andrew Nelko, Andrew Bohush, and John Kennerk.

Strategic Planning Session held at St. Tikhon's Seminary - 10/15/15

During the board’s October meeting at the seminary (October 15 and 16), the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee organized a community-wide session to focus on the effort to initiate  discussion around the formation of a new strategic plan.  Board members, faculty, administrative team members, seminarians, and alumni, all came together for this session.

Seraphim Danckaert, our new Mission Advancement Director, organized the session in a World Café model.  Each of five tables had a specific draft focus area of the developing strategic plan, and successive groups comprised of all seminary constituencies engaged in discussing that topic, led by a facilitator who also took notes on all ideas raised.

All involved were energized by this session, with the hope that future similar sessions might be held to further the dialogue and indeed the energy created at this initial session.  The seminary is grateful for the board taking time out of its meeting schedule in order that this session could have the fullest potential constituency representation. 

Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean

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