St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Memory Eternal Joseph Mikus Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>On Friday, April 11, 2014 former Board of Trustee Member and long time supporter of the St. Tikhon's Community Joseph C. Mikus fell asleep in the Lord. May God grant him rest and blessed repose and may his memory be eternal.</p> <p>(Obituary in its entirety from the&nbsp;Observer-Reporter Apr.&nbsp;12,&nbsp;2014)</p> <p>Joseph C. Mikus, 88, of Canonsburg, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, following an extended illness.He was born November 14, 1925, in Millvale, a son of the late Roc and Mary Rogina Mikus.Mr. Mikus served with the&nbsp;<a id="InlineMicrositeLink_Marines" class="MicrositeKeyword" title="Visit Marines Memorial Site to see similar profiles" href=";affiliateID=1600" target="_blank">U.S. Marine Corps</a>&nbsp;during&nbsp;<a id="InlineMicrositeLink_WWII" class="MicrositeKeyword" title="Visit WWII Memorial Site to see similar profiles" href=";affiliateID=1600" target="_blank">World War II</a>.He lived most of his life in the Canonsburg and Pittsburgh areas. He was a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was employed in his younger days as a funeral director at John F. Yoney Funeral Home in Canonsburg. He then graduated from Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and was a hairdresser.Mr. Mikus owned Mikus Beauty Salon in Washington for more than 30 years.Being a devout member of the Orthodox faith, he served on the board of St. Tikhon's Theological Seminary in South Canaan. He and his wife received the Orthodox Church in America Saint Innocent Award, which is the highest laymen's award in the Orthodox Church.On May 6, 1962, he married Olga Danyo, who survives.Also surviving are a sister, Anita Fraley of Wexford; a brother-in-law, Michael Oluich of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Steve, Roxy, Mike and Simon Mikus, and six sisters, Mary Robas, Jean Balkovec and Silvia, Eleanor, Catherine and Rose Mikus.Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Additional visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Monday, April 14, in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, North Strabane Township, with the Very Rev. Dimitri Ermakov, pastor of Holy Virgin Dormition Russian Orthodox Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by&nbsp;<a id="InlineMicrositeLink_VFW" class="MicrositeKeyword" title="Visit VFW Memorial Site to see similar profiles" href=";affiliateID=1600" target="_blank">Veterans of Foreign Wars</a>&nbsp;Post 191 honor guard. Panahida services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.To view or extend condolences, please visit&nbsp;<a href="" target="_new" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Memory Eternal Katherine Perkowetz Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Katherine Perkowetz fell asleep in the Lord Thursday, April 3, 2014. Katherine was a member of St. Andrew Church, Baltimore, MD. Her father, Archbishop Kiprian, was a rector of St. Andrew's prior to serving as the rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary and Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern PA. Funeral arrangements for Katherine are pending, and will be updated here as they are made.&nbsp;</p> <div>A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church( on Lombard and Chester Street) on Monday at 9:30 am. Interment: St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Online condolences may be made to<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>May God grant rest eternal to Katherine in His Heavenly Kingdom where there is neither sorrow nor sighing but life eternal. And may God grant His Grace, Comfort, and Peace to her family.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Memory Eternal!</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 2014 Tikhonaire Call for Submissions Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The theme for this year's Tikhonaire is "Stories" and will consist of a number of stories collected over the past year as part of our ongoing St. Tikhon's Historical Initiative. Many people have volunteered in both the recording and transcribing process to collect these oral historical treasures that might have otherwise been lost and forgotten.</p> <div>The stories can be of any variation, historical or personal, from any era. They can be your stories but it is preferred that they be "those well known or "famous stories" that get passed down from decade to decade and thereby take on almost a "legendary" or "fable" type quality in the rich tapestry that is the oral history of this most holy place.&nbsp;The stories can be as long or short as you would like. A good story can be told in as little as a few sentences to several pages.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>THE STORIES WILL ALL BE PUBLISHED ANONYMOUSLY</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The one caveat to this request for submissions is that the stories concentrate on building-up of one another and not the tearing down. The stories should all be edifying in some way and denote a positive and publishable character.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The submissions&nbsp;<span style="font-size: large;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>must be received by April 21, 2014</strong></span></span>&nbsp;to be consider for this year's Tikhonaire but the sooner as they can be sent in the better. All stories can be submitted to info@stots,edu or mailed to PO Box 130 South Canaan, PA 18459 (Attention STORIES).</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Annual Century Association Gala to be Held at St. John's Center in Mayfield, PA Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Century Association is pleased to announce its annual <strong><em>HOSPITALITY A LA RUSSE</em></strong><em>&nbsp;</em>event will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the St. John Center in Mayfield, PA. This is the single largest fundraising event of the entire year for the Century Association who donate over $40,000 each year to help support St. Tikhon's Seminary.</p> <p>Please consider attending this memorable and worthwhile fundraising endevor.&nbsp;</p> <p>$40.00 per Ticket Children (under 12) $10.00 per Ticket</p> <p>Doors Open at 3:00</p> <p>Reception &amp; Russian Table, Dinner &amp; Dessert</p> <p>5:30 Balalaika Orchestra</p> <p>7:00 Theme Basket Drawing</p> <p>**LIMITED SEATING****PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY**Enjoy a selection of traditional Russian delicacies starting with zakuski (appetizers) of potato pancakes, eggplant caviar, beet salad, stuffed grape leaves, peroshki, marinated mushrooms, herring, Russian meatballs, kielbasa and soup followed by a dinner of Chicken Kiev and, of course, dessert.</p> <p>Carbondale-Wilkes Barre Area (Mary Sernak): 570-357-7109</p> <p>Bethlehem-Allentown Area (Sarah Jubinski): 610-691-8777</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Memory Eternal Archpriest Alexander Atty (UPDATED) Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">It is with a profound sense of loss that the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community marks the passing of its former Dean, the Archpriest Alexander Atty. Fr. Alexander received his rest in the Lord early this morning, the Sunday of the Holy Cross, March 23, 2014, finally receiving rest from his many-year struggle with cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Alexander was Dean and Chief Operating Officer of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary from the summer of 2010 to February of 2013. For several years before this he was a devoted member of the Board of Trustees and beloved benefactor of the institution.</p> <p dir="ltr">In his 2 &frac12; all-too-short years as Dean, Fr. Alexander Atty would make a dramatic and indelible mark on the life of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s. Under his direction many improvements were made to the physical property including: remodeling of the entire front of the the administration building, updating nearly every office space and classroom, and construction of a new dining hall. Also under his tenure, the school would enjoy advances in it&rsquo;s networking and communications including a new phone system, upgrades to the website and student email communications system, the purchase of two new seminary vehicles, new heating systems for both the seminary building and for the monastery church.</p> <p dir="ltr">He will be remembered not only for his strong emphasis on campus renewal but also for the love and care that he and his beloved wife, Matushka Olga, took to ensure a certain quality of life for the student body of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. During their time here, Fr. Alexander and Matushka Olga, dedicated much of their efforts to ensure the seminarians and their wives and families were included in every aspect of community life. They instituted a family lunch program where wives and children were invited every day to come and join the seminarians, faculty, administration, and staff to share together in a common meal with one another. Each of these accomplishments, and others not mentioned, were accomplished by Fr. Alexander in 2 &frac12; years while undergoing very aggressive cancer therapy that would have by itself ended lesser men.</p> <p dir="ltr">He will be remembered by all as a dedicated churchman, a husband, a father, a friend, and a leader.</p> <p dir="ltr">He will be remembered by those of us in the Community of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s as a Dean with an uncompromising love of the beautiful and a steadfast desire to share that with each of us.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At this time the funeral arrangements are being announced as follows:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 25, Tuesday (Annunciation of the Theotokos)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">10:30 am&ndash;7:00 pm: Viewing (St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)</p> <p dir="ltr">7:00 pm: Funeral of a priest&nbsp;(St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 26, Wednesday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">11:00 am: Funeral Service for Fr. Alexander (following the 9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy)&nbsp;(St. Michael's in Louisville, KY)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 27, Thursday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">7:30 pm: Panikhida for Archpriest Alexander Atty at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 28, Friday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">1:00 pm: Service of Interment for Archpriest Alexander Atty at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Cemetery, South Canaan, PA 18459</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-43f87da2-f09f-f432-eaea-be90bb660f06"><br /><em><span style="font-size: large;">With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant the Archpriest Alexander Atty where sickness and sorrow are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.</span></em></span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary March 31 - April 2 Faculty Member Participates in Training Conference in Long Branch, NJ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>From Monday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 2, The Very Reverend John Kowalczyk and Very Reverend Nicholas Solak participated in the Annual ACCA North East Training conference, at the San Alphonso Retreat Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Fr. John and Fr. Nicholas both&nbsp;received 16 educational unit credit hours. Presentations were made for R.L.U.I.P.A, and P.R.E.A. and Chaplains, faith and the future, and "Best Practices &amp; Legislation"</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary May 1, 2014 Dr. Christopher Veniamin to Lecture in Jordanville, NY Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>On Thursday, May 1, 2014 Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon's Seminary will Lecture&nbsp;at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville NY.</p> <p>The Lecture will be entitled <em>"On Becoming Theologians"</em> and will begin at 5 pm.</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary