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 Welcomes new Director of Student Life Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is pleased to welcome Fr. Ignatius Gauvain in the role of Director of Student Life.&nbsp; He began serving in this role on July 1<sup>st</sup>.</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius (then Robert) completed coursework in Mathematics and Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska, before completing his Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Liberal Arts from St. Thomas Aquinas College in California in June 2000.&nbsp; He married his wife Elizabeth in July, 2001.</p> <p>With his preliminary teaching certificate, Robert taught math courses, grades 9-12, for at-risk students.&nbsp; He completed a Teacher&rsquo;s Secondary Certificate in Mathematics at California State University in Northridge California (2005).&nbsp; &nbsp;While there he also tutored other students in math and science.</p> <p>Before coming to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, Fr. Ignatius attended St. Herman Church in Minneapolis, MN.&nbsp; While in Minnesota he served as Vice-President of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce in the midst of building his own computer business supporting individuals and businesses.</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius came to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary in 2010 with his wife Elizabeth and their children:&nbsp; Alexei, Xenia, and Veronika.&nbsp; Anna and Maximos were born while they were at seminary. &nbsp;He worked part-time while taking slightly less than a full semester course loads.&nbsp; He also served as Mission Choir Member, traveling with the choir on many weekends during his years of study.&nbsp; Fr. Ignatius was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on May 25, 2013, and to the Holy Priesthood on February 2, 2014, by Metropolitan Tikhon.&nbsp;</p> <p>While completing his studies, Fr. Ignatius began serving at St. Mary&rsquo;s Church, Coaldale. &nbsp;He graduated with his M.Div. Degree in May, 2014, and has since completed two years of pastoral service to this parish community.&nbsp; He also has served as Treasurer for the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.&nbsp;&nbsp; All during this time Fr. Ignatius continued to travel to St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, serving vigil and Divine Liturgy weekly, as well as assisting both the seminary and monastery with information technology support.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven, seminary dean, had the opportunity to work with Fr. Ignatius on information technology needs during these past two years.&nbsp; He noted:&nbsp; &ldquo;Fr. Ignatius approached each situation with an unbiased sense of balance and resourcefulness that was most helpful in resolving even the most difficult challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fr. Ignatius shared a brief reflection in taking up his new responsibilities:&nbsp; &ldquo;I and my family feel as if we have returned home, though in truth part of us never left; a piece of our hearts remained here even while we lived away. &nbsp;Brother and sisters, each of us can plant a small piece of our hearts like a seed in this fertile soil. &nbsp;Here that seed is tended by the saints and watered by the Spirit and yields much fruit.&nbsp; And for anyone whose heart is planted here, each return is a homecoming.&nbsp; Thank you for welcoming us home.&nbsp; &nbsp;May God bless us all!</p> <p>Please join us in welcoming Fr. Ignatius.&nbsp; You can contact Fr. Ignatius by phone at 570.561.1818, Extension 103, or by e-mail at:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></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