St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon's Celebrates Alumni Homecoming as New Academic Year Begins Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><strong>Seminary Alumni Gather at St. Tikhon's</strong></p> <p>On Thursday, September 10th, Alumni gathered together at St. Tikhon's. &nbsp;In the course of the day alumni joined the seminary community for lunch, held a meeting in the afternoon, celebrated Vespers at the Monastery Church, and then hosted a picnic for the seminary community.</p> <p>Fr. Patrick Burns, new Alumni President, welcomed all the alumni who came together. &nbsp;He especially thanked Archpriest Theodore Boback for his service as Alumni President for the past nine years! &nbsp;Together with Archpriest Stephen Evanina, Vice President, Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky, Treasurer, and Archpriest Andrew Nelko, Secretary, alumni discussed how they could strengthen ties among alumni, and again between alumni and current seminarians as mentors and guides. &nbsp;</p> <p>Alumni received greetings from Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of St. Tikhon's Monastery and seminaryAlumn. &nbsp;They also heard a report on seminary life in the new academic year from Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, &nbsp;and an update on current fundraising projects, including married student housing, by Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement.</p> <p>Following the meeting, Archpriest Theodore Boback celebrated a memorial service in the Monastery Church for Archpriest Vladimir Borichevsky, in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of his repose. &nbsp;Alumni joined current mission choir members for the rare opportunity to sing under the direction of Archimandrite Sergius for Vespers! &nbsp;His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania came to the Monastery Church, and blessed the food for the picnic following.</p> <p>Alumni leadership served a picnic dinner to members of the seminary community. &nbsp;Those gathered were treated to music by Dr. Harry and the Dogmatics. &nbsp;Later, Fr. Patrick facilitated a brief program of sharing by alumni to those just beginning their studies in the new year.</p> <p>All in all this was truly a day of fellowship with our alumni. &nbsp;We are most grateful that they have taken time from their full schedules as parish pastors, some driving over six hours to participate in the days events, and we hope to build on the momentum of this day in the weeks and months ahead!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's 78th Academic Year Begins with Feast and Picnic Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon's Seminary began its 78th academic year with the Feast of the Nativity of the Thetokos. &nbsp;Seminarians, faculty, administrative team members gathered with Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen, and the monastic brotherhood to celebrate the feast with Vigil and Divine Liturgy.</p> <p>Following Divine Liturgy was a picnic for seminarians and their families together with the whole St. Tikhon community to continue a more informal time of fellowship. &nbsp;Those attending were also entertained by Dr. Harry Boosalis and the Dogmatics, made up of our talented seminarians, who played music through the course of the afternoon. &nbsp;With the weather cooperating, this was a wonderful beginning of the new academic year. &nbsp; Classes and regular schedule began the following day. &nbsp;May God grant us a fruitful year of prayer, worship, study, and service.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Announces Fall Lecture Series With Abbot Tryphon Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div><strong>Annual Fall Lecture Series to Further Examine "How to Expand the Mission"</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The annual fall lecture series at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary will focus on "How to Expand the Mission," continuing discussions started at the 18th All-American Council &nbsp;held in Atlanta over the summer. &nbsp;Presenters will include Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island,&nbsp;Washington.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>The series is open to the public and features four lectures&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212067"><span class="aQJ">on Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evenings at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212068"><span class="aQJ">7:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;throughout the month of October. Click to either <span style="color: #008000;"><a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/2015-Fall-Lecture-Series-View.pdf"><span style="color: #008000;">view</span></a></span> or <a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/2015_Fall_Lecture_Series_Flyer.pdf">print</a> a fall lecture series poster to share the schedule.</p> <div>"The enthusiasm expressed at the All-American Council for expanding the Church's ministry and witness on this continent was an inspiring thing for our seminarians to see," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's, said. "We hope our annual fall lecture series this year will continue to inspire prayerful reflection on what it means to actually be 'for the life of the world and its salvation' in this day and age."</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212069"><span class="aQJ">October 6</span></span>, Dr. Constantine Kallaur&nbsp;will discuss times in recent history when the Orthodox Church in North America exemplified its missional calling, and also offer suggestions for the future.&nbsp;Dr. Kallaur, a&nbsp;parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow, NY, is Professor Emeritus of Russian language at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY, serves as a member of the Department of External Affairs of the OCA, and was a member of the delegation which received the Tomos of Autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church. &nbsp;</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212070"><span class="aQJ">October 13</span></span>, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki&nbsp;will share from his own experience as the pastor of a growing mission parish, and talk about lessons learned in reaching out to the larger community. Fr. Timothy is a 2005 graduate of St. Tikhon's and Pastor of Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA.</div> <br />On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212071"><span class="aQJ">October 20</span></span>, Abbot Tryphon<strong>&nbsp;</strong>will offer a spiritual perspective on expanding the mission, discussing how to engage modern-day culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. Abbot Tryphon is the author of the "Morning Offering" blog, podcast, and book from Ancient Faith Publishing. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #800080;"><a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/Abbot-Tryphon-PA-TOUR-DRAFT-081015.pdf"><span style="color: #800080;">here</span></a></span> to see Abbot Tryphon's itinerary during his visit to the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.<br /><br /> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212072"><span class="aQJ">October 27</span></span>,&nbsp;Archpriest Daniel Kovalak will reflect on the ideas raised by the previous speakers and also look forward toward next steps in expanding the mission of the Orthodox Church in the greater North American context. Fr. Daniel is a 1974 graduate of St. Tikhon's, Adjunct Faculty Lecturer in Evangelism and Mission at the Seminary, and Pastor of Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Williamsport, PA. &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the public, as well as groups from area parishes, are encouraged to attend. Admission for the entire lecture series is $10 per person or $100 for a group of 10 or more. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVP by<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212073"><span class="aQJ">October 5</span></span>&nbsp;to Teresa Vaux-Michel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at&nbsp;<a href="tel:570-561-1818%20ext.%20101" target="_blank">570-561-1818 ext. 101</a>&nbsp;or at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s to Sponsor Premiere of New Sacred Music Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><em>Professional Vocal Ensemble Giving Benefit Concert in Manhattan on November 12</em></p> <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA (August 31, 2015) -&nbsp; The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will give a concert in New York City on November 12 at the Roman Catholic church of St. John Nepomucene at 66th and 1st Ave.</p> <p>The concert will celebrate the release of the choir&rsquo;s forthcoming debut album, &ldquo;Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan,&rdquo; and proceeds from the event will benefit St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary.</p> <p>The performance will consist of original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions by composer and conductor Benedict Sheehan, resident music director at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery.</p> <p>Several works on the program will be receiving their world premiere performances that evening, including Sheehan&rsquo;s <em>Triduum Paschalae</em>, a three-movement work for chorus and soloists based on medieval English poetry and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.</p> <p>Among those giving solo performances on the evening will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known for his work with Cappella Romana, and soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi of the Chatauqua Opera Festival and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.</p> <p>More information about the concert, which will begin at 7:30 PM on November 12, is available at <strong><span style="color: #3366ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #3366ff;"></span></a></span>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, observed that the upcoming concert is an example of the ongoing close cooperation between St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery, which have existed in a symbiotic relationship for the past 77 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;From the founding of the Monastery in 1905, and then together with the Seminary since its founding in 1938, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s has worked to put the Liturgy at the center of people&rsquo;s lives. One essential way we can do this is by dedicating ourselves to beautiful church singing, which is, par excellence, a sacramental offering of our time, our treasure, and our talents to God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archbishop Michael also noted that this concert, the first joint Monastery and Seminary effort of its kind, represents &ldquo;a deepening commitment on the part of both institutions to fostering excellence in the liturgical arts."</p> <p>Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, said that the concert and the CD it celebrates represent an important milestone in the development of Orthodox musical culture in America.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not only is this the first time that an established Orthodox institution such as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery has committed itself to cultivating sacred music-making at a professional level,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but it is also the first time that an entire album has been dedicated to the work of a single living Orthodox composer born and bred on American soil.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, shared his excitement about this joint effort in developing liturgical music.</p> <p>&ldquo;Benedict Sheehan (St. Tikhon's Class of 2011) continues to manifest an active commitment to both the seminary and monastery by equipping our seminarians in the area of liturgical music as a faculty member, leading the Seminarian Mission Choir that travels to parishes across the country, while also training and directing the monastery choir in singing the responses in the daily cycle of services,&rdquo; Fr. Steven said. &ldquo;We celebrate his dedication to elevating and developing Orthodox liturgical music in North America.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> <p>Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement</p> <p>570-561-1818, ext. 104</p> <p><a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Faculty Recently Engaged in the Greater the Community Sun, 06 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><strong>Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector</strong>&nbsp;and <strong>Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristic Studies</strong>&nbsp;were presenters at the Antiochian House of Studies 35th anniversary gathering just as this new academic year got underway, September 6-8th.</p> <p><strong>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean,&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Dr. Paul Witek</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Accreditation Liason</strong>, and <strong>Lecturer in Homiletics</strong> will be attending an ATS workshop for institutions, including St. Tikhon's Seminary, who are preparing for accreditation reviews in the coming year&nbsp;near its Pittsburgh headquarters on September 14-15.</p> <p>Fr. Steven also celebrated a Panikhida in the Monastery Church on September 2nd, the&nbsp;<strong>25th anniversary of the repose of Archpriest Vladimir Borichevsky, former Dean of Faculty</strong>, for him and for many others who have taught and mentored seminarians in past years who have since reposed. &nbsp;The seminary will be planning a more formal recognition of this anniversary later in the academic year.</p> <p><strong>Dr.&nbsp;<span class="il">Mary</span>&nbsp;<span class="il">Ford, Associate Professor of New Testament and Spirituality,</span></strong>&nbsp;will be speaking to the Metropolitan Council at the Chancery for the morning section of their pre-meeting retreat on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212123"><span class="aQJ">Sept. 21, 2015</span></span>. The subject of her talk is "<span style="font-size: medium;"><em>Whom Shall We Fear?: Key Themes From the Revelation of St. John</em></span>."</p> <p>Your prayers are asked for <strong>Archpriest David Shewczyk, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Praxis</strong> as he recovers following his recent surgery. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary