St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 In Memoriam: Fr. Walter Smith -- Updated Sat, 14 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Fr. Walter Smith, Class of 2004, reposed in the Lord on the evening of May14, 2016 at the rectory of Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury CT.&nbsp;</p> <p>A native of the state of Montana, Fr. Walter&rsquo;s first career was as a professor of art history and art gallery curator/director. He has taught and directed art galleries in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Mississippi. A convert, he was received into the Orthodoxy at Holy Trinity Church of Kansas City, Kan., in 1996. In 2001, he took up full-time study at Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in South Canaan, Pa. Smith was ordained a priest in 2003, and graduated from the Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2004.</p> <p>Since his ordination, Fr. Walter served in several parishes: Holy Trinity Church, McAdoo Pennsylvania, Holy Trinity Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church back in Missoula, Montana, and most recently began serving at Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury, CT.</p> <p>Presbytera Nancy Smith, who received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago in 2000, taught art history at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2006. She has also trained as a painter and iconographer, producing icons for Holy Trinity Church in Moose Jaw. &nbsp;Father Walter and Presbytera have one adult daughter, Flora.</p> <p>Visitation will begin at the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, 3125 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302291"><span class="aQJ">4:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302292"><span class="aQJ">Friday, May 20</span></span>. The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302293"><span class="aQJ">6:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302294"><span class="aQJ">Saturday, May 21</span></span>, the Divine Liturgy and a Panikhida will be celebrated at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1470302295"><span class="aQJ">9:30 a.m.</span></span>, followed by interment in the parish cemetery.</p> <p>May Fr. Walter&rsquo;s memory be eternal.&nbsp; Please remember Presbytera Nancy, Flora, and the faithful of The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in your prayers.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Matthew Fuhrman Ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Tikhon on St. Alexis Feast Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, to lead the celebration of the Feast of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre on Bright Saturday, May 7th.&nbsp; During the hierarchical Divine Liturgy His Beatitude tonsured Matthew Fuhrman, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarian, Rassophore Monk Maxim and Hesychios Webb from the Monastery brotherhood, readers.&nbsp; Rassaphore Monk Maxim was subsequently ordained to the Subdiaconate, as was Matthew, who was then ordained to the Diaconate!</p> <p>Priests concelebranting at the Liturgy included: Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon's Monastery; Igumen Gabriel; Archpriest Steven Kopestonsky; Seminarian Priest Theodore Gregory; deacons included: Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak; Deacon Alexander Cadman from State College where Matthew previously studied; and Seminarian Deacons Matthew Joyner, John Kennerk and Basil Ferguson.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the Liturgy a Molieben was celebrated before St. Alexis&rsquo; relics.&nbsp; &nbsp;St. Alexis is remembered for leading many Eastern Rite Catholics to the Orthodox Church, beginning with congregations in Minneapolis MN, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, and many others who followed.&nbsp; You can read more about St. Alexis at our OCA Website by clicking <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=";Saint=Alexis"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Axios to Deacon Matthew and Mat. Jessica, who continues to serve as part of the website team for our Orthodox Church in America!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Great and Holy Pascha celebration at St. Tikhon's Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>With great joy the St. Tikhon's community came together to celebrate Nocturne, Matins, and Divine Liturgy of Great and Holy Pascha! &nbsp;Matins includes the singing of the canon of St. John of Damascus. &nbsp;Following this are the Paschal Verses during which we sing:</p> <p>This is the day of resurrection.</p> <p>Let us be illumined by the Feast.</p> <p>Let us embrace each other.</p> <p>Let us call "brothers" even those that hate us,</p> <p>and forgive all by the resurrection...</p> <p>The Sermon of St. John Chrysostom, originally composed as a baptismal instruction, is retained as so much of the Paschal Services recalls the Sacrament of Baptism. &nbsp;(texts above taken from introduction of Paschal Services by Archpriest Paul Lazor)</p> <p>We remain grateful for our seminarian photographers including on Pascha, Joseph Frangipani.</p> <p>Thank you also to our choirs who led the singing of the responses all through Holy Week and Pascha: &nbsp;Benedict Sheehan and both the Mission and Mixed Choirs, and Brother Daniel and the Monastery Choir!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Drs. Ford Travel to Alaska Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Drs. David and Mary Ford will be in the Diocese of Alaska in May. &nbsp;Dr. David will be participating in the St. Herman Seminary Graduation exercises on May 15th.</p> <p>Drs. David and Mary Ford will be leading a Diocesan Clergy Wives and Family Life Retreat at St. Innocient Cathedral in Anchorage, May 20-21. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span> to see a brochure for the marriage retreat they will be leading.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archbishop Demetrios to be Commencement Speaker at St. Tikhon's Graduation Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>With great joy,&nbsp;the Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary announces that the Commencement Speaker for this year&rsquo;s 74<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Commencement will be His Eminence, the Most Reverend Archbishop&nbsp;DEMETRIOS, Geron of America, and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Graduation will be held at the Outdoor Chapel on the grounds of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, beginning at&nbsp;1:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;During the festivities, His Eminence, Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios, will be the recipient of the Degree, Doctor of Divinity,&nbsp;<em>honoris causa,&nbsp;</em>in recognition of his yeoman service to Orthodox theological education, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and World Orthodoxy in general.</p> <p>Archbishop Demetrios' Biography:</p> <p>His Eminence, Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;(Trakatellis), Geron of America was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1950 he graduated with distinction from the University of Athens School of Theology. He was ordained a deacon in 1960, and a priest in 1964.</p> <p>He was elected Bishop of Vresthena in 1967, auxiliary to the Archbishop of Athens, responsible for the theological education of the clergy. From 1965 to 1971, he studied New Testament and Christian Origins at Harvard University, and was awarded a Ph.D. &ldquo;with distinction&rdquo; in 1972. He earned a second doctorate in Theology from the University of Athens &ldquo;with distinction&rdquo; in 1977. From 1983 to 1993, he was the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also taught at Harvard Divinity School as Visiting Professor of New Testament. He was inducted in 2003 into the Academy of Athens as a member who resides abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p>In August 1991 he was elevated to be the Titular Metropolitan of Vresthena. &nbsp;He was elected Archbishop of America on August 19, 1999 by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and enthroned on September 18, 1999 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.</p> <p>During his ministry as the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, he has touched and inspired the lives of thousands of people with his incessant, methodical and loving archpastoral ministry.</p> <p>As Archbishop of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and head of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese, ArchbishopDemetrios&nbsp;has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and globally, officiating at services, consecrating churches, ordaining clergy, extending the scope of the work of the Church in America, and sharing in the vitality and accomplishments of the people and the parishes.</p> <p>Throughout his ministry Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;has led the Church in responding to national and international needs and crises, including the tremendous ordeals confronting the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 and the destruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Macedonian issue, and the Cyprus issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;He has led the philanthropic responses to natural disasters including the mudslides in California, the tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, and the appeal for aid to Greece after the devastating fires. In 2012, when the financial crisis in Greece took immense proportions, the Archbishop initiated a rigorous campaign for humanitarian assistance to the people of Greece, which is channeled through the Church of Greece.&nbsp;A similar effort was also initiated in 2013 for humanitarian assistance for the people of Cyprus who were faced with a severe financial crisis.&nbsp;&nbsp;Both are ongoing efforts that continue to offer significant assistance. In recognition of his efforts for a just resolution in Cyprus, he received the highest honor of the Republic of Cyprus, the medal of the Great Cross of the Order of Archbishop Makarios III.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was also bestowed with the Great Cross of the Order of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Phoenix, the highest honorary distinction of the Hellenic Republic.</p> <p>An Orthodox hierarch for nearly&nbsp;half a century, a theologian, statesman, and biblical scholar of international recognition, His Eminence has faithfully demonstrated the healing power of Christ&rsquo;s truth and compassion. His message has been one of unity, genuine relationships, and an ever-increasing commitment to God and to service in the name of Christ.&nbsp;&nbsp;He has manifested the effectiveness of God&rsquo;s grace in establishing peace, tranquility, stability and trust both within the Church and throughout the world.&nbsp;&nbsp;On November 26, 2015, by unanimous decision, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate bestowed upon Archbishop&nbsp;Demetrios&nbsp;the high title of&nbsp;<em>Geron&nbsp;</em>(&ldquo;Elder&rdquo;) in recognition of his &ldquo;invaluable services to the Mother Church, the entire Orthodoxy and the Theological Literature.&rdquo;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Announces 112th Pilgrimage Schedule Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon's Monastery announces the schedule for the upcoming Memorial Day Pilgrimage Weekend:&nbsp; May 27-30.&nbsp; <strong>Please join us!</strong></p> <p>The weekend will begin with welcoming the&nbsp;Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon on Friday afternoon, at 3:30pm.&nbsp; On Saturday, at 1pm will be St. Tikhon's Seminary 74th Annual Commencement.&nbsp; Vigil follows at 4pm, as does the Graduation Dinner.</p> <p>Special concerts and program will be occurring on Sunday.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to go to our webpage for the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chorale concert Sunday evening.</p> <p>The 112 Monastery Pilgrimage will take place on Monday, with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am, followed by a day filled with activities and prayer.&nbsp; Please click <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff0000;">here</span></a></span> to see the full schedule, along with invitation letter and hotel information.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary