St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon’s Celebrates Patronal Feast Day Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>&nbsp;The St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community came to celebrate the Feast of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Patron Saint of both the monastery and seminary.&nbsp; &nbsp;The feast began with Novice Daniel Armstrong being tonsured a Riasaphore Monk at the end of the vigil.</p> <p>His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.&nbsp; With him was Archimandrite Sergius (Boywer), Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Igumen Gabriel (Nicholas), Archpriests John Kowalczyk and David Shewczyk, Seminary Field Education Director and Assistant Director, Fr. Theodore Petrides, pastor of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Seminary Director of Student Life, and Fr. Innocent Neal, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Bookstore Manager.&nbsp; Those serving as deacons included:&nbsp; Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak), Hierodeacon Maxim (Romanchak), Deacon Michael Pavuk, from St. John&rsquo;s Cathedral, Mayfield, and Deacon Matthew Joyner, seminarian.</p> <p>At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Sergius presented Mr. Alexander Bratic, J.D. with the Order of St. Tikhon in recognition of his very generous philanthropic support of the monastery and seminary over many years. He has graciously donated funds for many projects at St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary, and has served as a Board Member of the Seminary. &nbsp;A festive lunch followed where everyone enjoyed some fellowship.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photos by Deacon John Kennerk</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's to Hold Joint Retreat for Alumni and Seminarians Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>South Canaan, Pa. &mdash; The Alumni Association of St. Tikhon's Seminary is holding a 24-hour retreat on September 1-2.&nbsp;</p> <p>All alumni are welcome to attend at no cost, and there will be an opportunity for those who live far away to register for an online broadcast of the seminars and annual meeting.</p> <p>Featured speakers include Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick (STOTS '07) and Archimandrite Sergius [Bowyer] (STOTS '05), and participants in the full retreat will earn five continuing education credits.</p> <p>"We hope that alumni will take advantage of this opportunity to earn some of their required continuing education credits, to recharge spiritually, and also spend time with the current seminarians," Priest Patrick Burns, president of the association, said. "The alumni have sponsored a BBQ for seminarians around this time for many years, but holding a 24-hour retreat will provide everyone with an extended time to renew friendships and form closer bonds."</p> <p>Thursday's&nbsp;seminar with Fr. Andrew will focus on practical ideas&nbsp;to foster leadership, healing, and change in parish communities, and&nbsp;Friday's&nbsp;seminar with Fr. Sergius will discuss spirituality and prayer in the context of busy ministries. In addition to the seminars, there will be a small group discussion session, a panel discussion, and prayer in the monastery church.</p> <p>A flyer which includes the retreat's schedule is available for download and printing <strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Alumni/Alumni_Retreat2016-3.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span></strong>.</p> <p>"We hope this retreat, developed from a suggestion by our alumni, becomes a new tradition and helps foster deeper relationships among alumni and current seminarians," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, said.&nbsp;</p> <p>To inquire about the retreat or to register, contact Teresa Vaux-Michel at&nbsp;<a href="tel:570-561-1818%2C%20ext%20101">570-561-1818, ext 101</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"></span></a></span></strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Donations to support this new initiative are also welcome.</p> <p>"The Alumni Association plans to cover the cost of holding this event, including food, instruction, and the online component," Fr. Burns said. "To do so we need your support."</p> <p>Please send checks payable to "St. Tikhon's Seminary" to Fr. Patrick Burns at 59 Clifton Ave<br /> Ansonia, CT 06401-2203, or contact him with questions at&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"></span></a></strong></span>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Opens Parish Lay Leadership Training Program in Philadelphia, PA Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="3" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new program of studies developed for theological training of lay parishioners who are involved in various leadership activities in their parish. This program is an expansion of already existing Diaconal Formation program, which has been successfully offered off-campus for last 9 years. Just like the Diaconal Formation program, Parish Lay Leadership Training Program is comprised of 4 semesters (2 academic years) during which participants are enrolled in graduate level courses in theology, scripture, church history and liturgics. In addition to this, the new program will also offer courses that are specifically geared towards training students to be better assistants to the pastor in various areas of parish life, like catechetical and Sunday school instructions, liturgical services and parish management.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For 2016-2017 school year the new program will only be offered in Philadelphia location with plans to expand it to other locations and possibly add more topic areas in the future. &ldquo;The setting of the Diaconal Formation program proved to be very appealing to those who live within driving distance from our location and who can attend the program on Saturdays while holding full-time jobs&rdquo; remarked Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk, the administrator of Philadelphia location of the program. &ldquo;While we continue to give theological training to Diaconal candidates, we realize that there is a clear need to help parishes of our area by training those lay parishioners who desire to be actively involved in the lives of their communities and who could greatly benefit from structured coursework in such areas as Theology, Liturgy and Scripture.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary dean, shared his enthusiasm regarding the program development. &ldquo;With the solid foundation of the diaconal training program components already in place, this expansion will offer significant opportunities for motivated laypersons to more actively serve the Church by accessing this spiritually enriching formational training,&rdquo; stated Fr. Steven.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To access a flyer with more information, click <strong><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2016-Event-Files/Diaconal-and-Parish-Leadership-Training-Flyer.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span></strong>. To learn more about the details of new Diaconal Formation and Parish Lay Leadership Training program or to enroll in the program, please contact Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk by calling 215-745-3232 or emailing <a href=""></a> .</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary