St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon's Community celebrates the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">on February 1-2, St. Tikhon's celebrated the Feast of the Meetin of the Lord in the Temple. &nbsp;Most all of the recently ordained seminarians participated in celebrating the Feast, that included the blessing of candles following the Divine Liturgy. &nbsp;Classes are cancelled on major feast days so seminarians can fully particiapte in festal services.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Those seminarians who have been recently ordained have, as part of their formation supported by the St. Tikhon's Monastery community, celebrate all the services in the course of the week: &nbsp;Vespers and Matins or vigil in the afternoon, and Midnight Office and Divine Liturgy early in the morning (6am), unless feast days occur, where they serve Proskemedia and then concelebrate with clergy gatheirng for the feast. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon's Seminary is grateful to the monastery community for their continued active support of seminarians ordained while at seminary.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Blessed Feast Day!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Update: STOTS Graduates and Students in the News Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Several STOTS graduates were in the news recently. &nbsp;Two students have reposed in the Lord: &nbsp;Fr. Ignatius Crockett, and Leon Volkoff. &nbsp;One of our graduates Archpriest Joseph Woodill retired, and was recognized well for his many years of service.</p> <p><strong>Fr. Ignatius Crockett</strong> fell asleep in the Lord on January 12, 2017. &nbsp;You can view the write-up on <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;He was a student at St. Tikhon's Seminary from 1988-1991. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Archpriest Joseph Woodill</strong> (STOTS Class of 1981) was celebrated well at his retirement. &nbsp;He most recently taught Ethics here at St. Tikhon's Seminary. &nbsp;You can read the write-up of his retirement celebration <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Most recently, <strong>Leon Volkoff</strong> (STOTS Class of 1954) fell asleep in the Lord on January 14th. &nbsp;Leon, born in Poland on January 14, 1930, moved with his family to Germany &nbsp;during WWII. &nbsp;In Salgau, St. Michael Church was formed. &nbsp;This parish of Russian Immigrants relocated to Paterson, NJ in 1951. &nbsp;Leon went on from seminary to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1961, and was employed at Picatinny Arsenal as a project manager for 32 years. &nbsp; He was predeceased by his wife Lydia. &nbsp; Leon was a friend of our Librarian and Registrar, Sergei Arhipov, visiting the seminary on occasion. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Memory eternal to Fr. Ignatius and Leon. &nbsp;May God grant Archpriest Joseph and Matushka Charlotte many blessed years!</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Mission Choir Visits Paramus, NJ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon's Mission Choir visited Christ the Savior Church, in Paramus, NJ, on Sunday, February 5th. &nbsp;This was a wonderful visit on multiple levels. &nbsp;Fr. Leonid Schmidt, (STOTS Class of 2010) began as pastor there early in 2015. &nbsp;His move there meant in part leaving his teaching responsibilities here at St. Tikhon's Seminary. &nbsp; Seminarians had the opportunity to sit in on Fr. Leonid's adult education session before the Divine Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It was also meaningful to make this visitation in order that our current seminarians could have the opportunity to interact with Archpriest John Nehrebecki (STOTS Class of 1950). &nbsp;Fr. John participated in the Symposium on Metropolitan Leonty, held in May of 2015, and before that was a member of the delegation traveling to Russia to receive the Tomos of Autocephaly in 1970. &nbsp;Fr. John also initiated a number of mission parishes in the area. &nbsp;He and Matushka Eugenia remain actively involved in the parish.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Mikel Hill, senior seminarian, was the homilist at the Liturgy, and has had a meaningful relationship with Christ the Savior Parish during his course of studies at the seminary. &nbsp; The Mission Choir was treated to a sumptuous luncheon, after which a short concert of liturgical music was shared.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May God bless Christ the Savior parish, with gratitude for their very real support of the seminary through donations, and through their support of Fr. Mikel.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Participates in March for Life: Updated Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Washington, D.C. [STOTS Communication] &nbsp;St. Tikhon's Seminary participated in the March for Life on Friday, January 27th. &nbsp;To see the story posted on our OCA website, click <a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span>.</a> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Metropolitan Tikhon concelebrated with OCA Hierarchs: His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek, His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, His Eminence, Arcbishop Michael, St. Tikhon's Seminary Rector, and His Grace, Bishop Dimitrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, His Grace, Bishop John of Brooklyn of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and&nbsp;His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho. Archbishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America and Canada in chanting a&nbsp;Service of Prayer for the Victims of Abortion before the march stepped off. Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St.&nbsp;Tikhon's Seminary, were also present. According to Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak):&nbsp; "over thirty seminarians and faculty from four Orthodox seminaries: St. Vladimir&rsquo;s and St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, as well as Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, New York, and Christ the Savior Seminary, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, participated in the March."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Later all the seminarians gathered at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. for a dinner hosted by the parish. &nbsp;Thank you to Hieromonk Herman for coordinating the seminarians participation in the services and the march, and to all who came together to witness to our Orthodox Faith in support of the right to life!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Seminarian Robert West.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Ordination of Dn. Mikel Hill to the Holy Priesthood Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">Alliance, Ohio. [STOTS Communications] &nbsp;Dn. Mikel Hill was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Nikolai of Zhicha Church on Saturday, January 28th. &nbsp;His Grace, the Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Dallas, the South, and the Bulgarian Diocese celebrated the ordination. &nbsp;Concelebrating with him were: &nbsp;Archpriest Don Freude, Chancellor of the Bulgarian Diocese, Archimandrite Joseph (Morris), Abbot of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, Hayesville, Ohio, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean, Fr. John Boddecker, Rector of Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church, Buffalo, NY, and Fr. John Kennerk, seminary classmate. &nbsp;Protodeacon James Gresh has been administering the parish, and led Dn. Mikel as the ordination began. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Mikel is to be assigned to St. Nikolai Parish upon graduation, so many parish faithful attended the ordination, along with preparing a festive luncheon afterward. &nbsp;Many seminarians came from St. Tikhon's to participate in services, some staying over to witness Fr. Mikel's first Divine Liturgy at the parish on Sunday. &nbsp;It is also remarkable that St. Nikolai Mission only began in 2013, and has enjoyed robust growth and development. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Axios! &nbsp;May God bless Fr. Mikel, Matushka Rachel, and their children as he prepares to undertake parish ministry upon graduating from the seminary in May!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Dn. Andrew Nelko</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dn. Stephen Muse to Visit St. Tikhon's Monastery Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Deacon Stephen Muse will give a talk on "Understanding Salvation in the Modern World", on&nbsp;<strong>Friday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.&nbsp;in the monastery trapeza (dining hall).</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It is open to the public, and all are welcome. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He will be holding a retreat with the Monastery Brotherhood on Saturday, February 18th. &nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's to Host Symposium in Honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">SOUTH CANAAN, PA&nbsp;&mdash; St. Tikhon's Monastery will be the site of the sixth annual "Florovsky Symposium" on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_281961177"><span class="aQJ">February 24-25, 2017</span></span>, featuring a keynote lecture by&nbsp;Hieromonk Nikolai Sakharov from the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England.<br /><br />The symposium is an annual tradition started by a scholarly society at Princeton University and&nbsp;attracts scholars, clergy, and laity from around the world who are interested in combining serious scholarly inquiry with faithfulness to the Tradition of the Church.<br /><br />This year's gathering, "Steppingstone to Contemplation: Asceticism and Theology in Scripture and Tradition," takes its theme&nbsp;from St. Gregory the Theologian, who writes in Oration 20: "Do you wish to become a theologian some day, and worthy of the divinity? Keep the commandments; walk on the path of the precepts. For practical virtue is the steppingstone to contemplation. Labor to cultivate your soul by means of the body."</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Other featured speakers include Mary Ford&nbsp;(St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary),&nbsp;Brian Dunkle, S.J. (Boston College), and&nbsp;Nicholas Marinides (Holy Cross School of Theology).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The symposium will start in the evening on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_281961178"><span class="aQJ">Friday, February 24</span></span>&nbsp;and end in time for Vigil on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_281961179"><span class="aQJ">Saturday, February 25</span></span>&nbsp;in the late afternoon.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The schedule features lectures, discussion, prayer, and time for fellowship. Registration is required and costs&nbsp;$30, which includes refreshments, continental breakfast, lunch, and program tuition.<br /><br />Further information and online registration is available <a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></span></a>.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary