St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/ 60 St. Tikhon'sSeminary Celebrates Staffing Changes http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_3.html Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/Promo-Photos/STS-seal.png&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>St. Tikhon's Seminary is pleased to announce the following staff changes:</p> <p>Marshall Goodge (STOTS Class of 2017) is beginning his new role as Administrative Assistant to the Dean.</p> <p>Dr. Paul Witek, (STOTS Class of 2000) who had been Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs, has been promoted to Director of Academic Affairs, including the role of Registrar.</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, stated: "I am excited about these changes that are already making a difference in the life of the Seminary!"</p> <p>We also offer prayerful best wishes to those who are leaving their positions at the seminary:</p> <p>Sergei Arhipov retired after graduation in May. &nbsp;Though he will no longer be Registrar, he will continue on a part-time basis as Librarian.</p> <p>Teresa Vaux Michel moved across the street to begin her duties at St. Tikhon's Monastery Bookstore.</p> <p>Seraphim Danckaert left the seminary in July to become the Executive Director of FOCUS.</p> <p>May God grant many years to the servants of God Paul and Marshall, and Godspeed to Sergei, Teresa, and Seraphim toward their next endeavors.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_3.html St. Tikhon's to Hold Joint 2nd Annual Retreat for Alumni and Seminarians http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_1.html Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/seminary/St-Tikhons-drawing.jpg&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>South Canaan, Pa. &mdash; The Alumni Association of St. Tikhon's Seminary is holding a 24-hour retreat on August 31 &ndash; September 1.&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 Drs. David and Mary Ford; participants in the full retreat will earn five continuing education credits.</p> <p>&ldquo;As with last year&rsquo;s hugely successful retreat, we are once again hoping alumni will take advantage of this opportunity to earn continuing education credits, catch up with fellow alumni, participate in the Monastery services, and spend time with current and incoming seminarians,&rdquo; said Fr. Patrick Burns, president of the association, said. &ldquo;This year we will be having an informal round of golf prior to the start of events at the seminary, all in the hopes of bolstering more alumni fellowship.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thursday&rsquo;s session with Dr. Mary Ford will be:&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>The Eternality of Marriage and a Case Study of Biblical Exegesis&rdquo;</em>.&nbsp; Friday&rsquo;s session with Dr. David will be:&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>Sing to Your Soul - A Festival of Wisdom on the Christian Life in the Writings of St. John Chrysostom, with special emphasis on dealing with despondency: the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia</em>&rdquo;.&nbsp; In addition to the seminars, there will be a small group discussion session, and prayer in the monastery church.</p> <p>A flyer which includes the retreat's schedule is available for download and printing <a href="/files/Alumni/Alumni-Retreat-2017-Flyer-Final.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>"We hope this retreat, developed from a suggestion by our alumni, is now on its way to becoming a new tradition, fostering deeper relationships among alumni and current seminarians over time," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, said.&nbsp;</p> <p>To inquire about the retreat or to register, contact Marshall Goodge at 570.561.1818, ext. 101 or by e-mail: &nbsp;<a href="mailto:mgoodge@stots.edu">mgoodge@stots.edu</a>&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;<a href="mailto:pnevmaticmotives@gmail.com">pnevmaticmotives@gmail.com</a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_1.html Alumni Update: Archpriest Nicholas Timpko Elevated to the Dignity of Mitred Archpriest http://www.stots.edu/news_170724_1.html Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/07-23-17-Timpko-Mitre/20170723_173731.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese gathered together with clergy and faithful from the CT Deanery, and New England Diocese to witness Archpriest Nicholas Timpko (STOTS 1962) receive a mitre, on Sunday afternoon, July 23rd. &nbsp;Archpriest John Kreta, Chancellor, and Archpriest John Hopko, Deanery Dean, along with current Rector of Three Saints Church, in Ansonia, where Fr. Nicholas served for 27 years, Priest Patrick Burns, led the celebration with many diocesan priests, deacons, and faithful. &nbsp;Many extended members of the Timpko family were present as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In bestowing the dignity of wearing the mitre to Archpriest Nicholas, Archbishop Nikon observed that he played a significant role in building the current spiritually vibrant nature of the CT Deanery, both as Deanery Dean, and Chancellor when Archbishop Nikon first came to the New England Diocese. &nbsp;In recognition of Matushka Anastasia's role alongside her husband, a tiarra was given to her.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean shared a homily connecting the core of Fr. Nicholas' ministry as linked to that of the first saints of Rus, celebrated on this day, Sts. Boris and Gleb. &nbsp;The saints suffered and died at the hands of their politically motivated brother, dying as innocent and voluntary victims in conscious imitation of Christ. &nbsp;Fr. Nicholas endured many struggles personally and in his priestly ministry, and sought to spiritually transform, through God's grace, these experiences into further depth of ministry with those in need. &nbsp;He also addressed all gathered, sharing in turn the gifts of ministry he experienced from Archbishop Nikon as he came to the Diocese of New England.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It was incredible to witness the whole deanery coming together for this celebration! &nbsp;Archpriest Nicholas said that this award was not for him personally, but for all. &nbsp;After the Vespers service was completed, all present gathered for festive dinner together in the church hall. &nbsp;Nina Kosowsky, Parish Council President, shared greetings on behalf of the parish, and in her leadership role recognized Fr. Nicholas' role in establishing the Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of CT (FORCC).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Axios to Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, and many years to Matushka Anastasia and all the members of their family!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Subdeacon Nektary Lukianov</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170724_1.html Archpriest John Kowalczyk, STS Field Education Director and OCPM Board Secretary, Visits Antiochian Archdiocesan Assembly http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_2.html Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/07-24-17-OCPM-FL/OCPM-July-2017-Florida.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">The staff of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) participated in the 53rd Annual Antiochian Archdiocesan Assembly in Miami, Florida, from July 24th to July 28th, spreading the message of the Orthodox Prison Ministry. God's blessings to all the participants: Fr. John Kowalczyk (Secretary of the OCPM Board of Directors), Paul Politis (Director of OCPM Operations), Fr. Stephen Powley (Executive Director of OCPM), Matushka Katherine Kowalczyk, Vicki Haskopoulos, and Presbytera Ashley Powley.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170808_2.html St. Tikhon's to Host 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 19 http://www.stots.edu/news_170621_1.html Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Promo-Photos/Golf-Tournament/jack_frost.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993366;">St. Tikhon's Seminary will host its&nbsp;<strong>20th Annual Golf Tournament</strong>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Saturday, August 19, 2017&nbsp;at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="color: #993366;"> The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at&nbsp;1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at&nbsp;6:00 PM&nbsp;at the course.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship.&nbsp;The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at&nbsp;570-825-4780&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="mailto:bernygober@comcast.net"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">bernygober@comcast.net</span></a>&nbsp;</span>to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/StTikhonsGolf.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a special event in the life of the seminary, and we hope to reach a target of $20,000! &nbsp;If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information <a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/20th-Annual-Golf-Tournament-02.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></span></a>, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170621_1.html St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Enrollment into Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program http://www.stots.edu/news_170616_1.html Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.stots.edu/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/Promo-Photos/Diaconal-Lay-Training-Philadelphia/Diaconal_Flyer.png&archive=0&final_h=51&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>[STOTS Communications, Philadelphia, PA]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is announcing open enrollment into an expanded Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation program!&nbsp; The program is currently structured to satisfy the educational requirements of laymen who would like to pursue ordination into the Diaconate.&nbsp; It is also intended for faithful men and women, who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.&nbsp; The expanded program now consists of two educational tracks: one for those who intend to serve as Deacons in the Orthodox Church and another for those who are actively involved in parish leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Parish Leadership Formation program is designed for laypeople who would like to seek greater knowledge of our Orthodox Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish. The program will be helpful for those: serving on parish council, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Sunday School, and leading youth activities, assisting with church services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, the director of the program, remarked: &ldquo;We are very excited with the decision of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful of our area to learn more about Theology, Scripture and Liturgy.&nbsp; This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia.&nbsp; In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The program meets on Saturdays over the course of two years from September to May at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in North-East Philadelphia, PA. &nbsp;To download a copy of the flyer, click <span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/Diaconal-Training/Diaconal_Training_Flyer.pdf"><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;For any questions about the program, please contact Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk at 215-745-3232 or <a href="mailto:dean@ststephenscathedral.org">dean@ststephenscathedral.org</a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary http://www.stots.edu/news_170616_1.html