St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Delegation Travels to Kerala India Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America, asked Archpriest John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, to accompany him to Kerala India, for the 200th anniversary of the Seminary in Kottayam! &nbsp;They will be traveling together for a week, beginning Friday, Nov. 20th, between this historic seminary &nbsp;and a sister seminary in Nagpur (also identified as STOTS!). &nbsp;Please check back here for updates during the course of the week, and photographs as well!</p> <p>The seminaries in Kottayam and Nagpur are part of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church. &nbsp;Both St. Vladimir's and St. Tikhon's have had Malankara seminarians from this region studying here in North America, so we look forward to seeing alumni in the course of our trip!</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archpriest Joseph Martin celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ordination Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Archpriest Joseph Martin (Class of 1963), celebrated his 50th annivesary of ordination on Saturday, November 7th. &nbsp;The celebration began with Divine Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral where he served for twenty years before retirement. &nbsp;His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, presided at the Liturgy with both diocesan clergy and Archimandrite Sergius and Archpriest Steven Voytovich from St. Tikhon's.</p> <p>At the end of the Liturgy he was given a Synodal Grammota, he and Matushka Gloria were given a Grammota from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. &nbsp;He was also &nbsp;given a pectoral cross from St. Tikhon's Seminary, in recognition of his years of active service on the seminary board (longest serving active member), and serving as spiritual advisor for the Century Association, that raises funds for the seminary. &nbsp;Matushka Gloria has faithfully served on the Century Association with Fr. Joseph.</p> <p>The celebration continued with a wonderful luncheon at Gennetti's in Wilkes-Barre. &nbsp;Fellow chaplains from the VA Hospital that he serves with, many local clergy, family members, and many others came together to share in the joy of this anniversary.</p> <p>May God grant Archpriest Joseph and Matushka Gloria many blessed years! &nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you to David Mills of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for the photos!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Harvest Party Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On the evening of November 1st, the St. Tikhon's community gathered together for a Fall Harvest Party. &nbsp;Seminarians, seminary families, faculty, and others gathered for an evening of fellowship, activities, and just plain fun, as shown in the photos below!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Hosts Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement Gathering Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>From October 23rd - 25th, 2015, 30 students from five Orthodox seminaries joined the seminarians at St. Tikhon's for the bi-annual gathering of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM)! &nbsp;&nbsp;Participating schools included: &nbsp;<strong>St. Vladimir's Seminary</strong>, Crestwood, NY, <strong>Holy Cross/Hellenic College</strong>, Brookline MA, <strong>Holy Trinity Seminary</strong> - Jordanville, NY, <strong>Christ the Savior Seminary</strong> - Johnstown, PA, and <strong>St. Herman's Seminary</strong> - Kodiak, AK.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Founded in the 1960's and revived in 2003, OISM seeks to foster fellowship and cooperation among Orthodox seminary and theology students.&nbsp; The event this weekend seemed to do exactly that, as students were encouraged by learning about and from each other through praying together, sharing meals, discussing pertinent issues, and experiencing the life at St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.</p> <p>This fall's gathering focused on the theme of Expanding the Mission of the Orthodox Church.&nbsp; The weekend began&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;evening with an opening Molieben for the OISM Gathering, celebrated by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, dean, with icons present in the seminary chapel from many of the participating schools.&nbsp; This was followed by a talk from Archimandrite Sergius, the Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, on the spiritual life that necessarily forms the core of Church growth on any level.&nbsp;&nbsp;Saturday's&nbsp;events began with Divine Liturgy for St. Demetrius Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Two discussion sessions followed, in which students shared ideas, insights, and questions with each other regarding parish growth, mission, and evangelism.&nbsp; One session was facilitated by Dr. David Ford from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, and the second by Archpriest John Reeves from State College in PA. Discussions and sharing continued informally over meals and around a bonfire later that evening. &nbsp; Many remained for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Monastery Church.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was encouraging to have such a large gathering, with representation from so many schools, and to see new friendships made and relationships grow over the course of the two days.&nbsp; Students came from a wide variety of backgrounds and even countries &ndash; Australia, India, Russia, Serbian, Uganda, Canada and the U.S. &ndash; and found that they have common concerns and desires for the health and growth of Christ's Church.&nbsp; This common ground gives hope for continued dialogue, collaboration, and spiritual fellowship.</p> <p>Megan Haak, OISM Secretary, and co-facilitator of the weekend's events, shared her thoughts as the weekend concluded: &nbsp;"I was greatly encouraged by the size of the group that came &ndash; this being the largest attendance for an OISM gathering in the past couple of years &ndash; and by the conversations that happened over the course of the weekend.&nbsp; There was a feeling of warmth, respect, and eagerness for sharing and collaborating with each other that was wonderful to experience in a pan-Orthodox gathering like this."&nbsp;</p> <p>At the Sunday brunch for participants, &nbsp;Fr. Steven thanked Megan and Timothy Winegar, current OISM President, both from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, for their many hours of work and preparation for this gathering, along with many others helping them.&nbsp; Seminarians assisting in taking the many photos now available for this event included: Andrew Nelko, Andrew Bohush, and John Kennerk.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Strategic Planning Session held at St. Tikhon's Seminary Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>During the board&rsquo;s October meeting at the seminary (October 15 and 16), the Board&rsquo;s Strategic Planning Committee organized a community-wide session to focus on the effort to initiate &nbsp;discussion around the formation of a new strategic plan.&nbsp; Board members, faculty, administrative team members, seminarians, and alumni, all came together for this session.</p> <p>Seraphim Danckaert, our new Mission Advancement Director, organized the session in a World Caf&eacute; model.&nbsp; Each of five tables had a specific draft focus area of the developing strategic plan, and successive groups comprised of all seminary constituencies engaged in discussing that topic, led by a facilitator who also took notes on all ideas raised.</p> <p>All involved were energized by this session, with the hope that future similar sessions might be held to further the dialogue and indeed the energy created at this initial session.&nbsp; The seminary is grateful for the board taking time out of its meeting schedule in order that this session could have the fullest potential constituency representation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven Voytovich, Dean</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Benefit Concert Featuring Compositions by Benedict Sheehan Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Well over 300 people attended this concert of both liturgical music and other music arising out of the Orthodox ethos and experience composed for &nbsp;concert performance, all from the hand of Benedict Sheehan! &nbsp;Benedict directed the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chamber Choir, a group of professional singers both in and beyond the Orthodox Church, as they sang selections from both types of compositions. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Among those attending the concert were His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of our Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan of the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. &nbsp;With them were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of the Monastery of St. Tikhon's, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary.</p> <p>The St. Tikhon's community is most grateful for the warm hopsitality offered by Fr. Richard D. Baker and the Church of St. John Nepomucene Church in New York City. &nbsp;Fr. Baker hosted a reception for benefactors in his rectory before the concert, and then a reception was held in their hall for all those attending the concert. &nbsp;He was presented with an Icon of Christ our Lord at the end of the concert in recognition of all his contributions toward this wonderful concert.</p> <p>Benedict Sheehan currently serves as the Director of the St. Tikhon's Monastery Choir, and both teaches liturgical music and leads our seminary choirs, including the Mission Choir that regularly visits parishes during the academic year. &nbsp;When we reference the synergy between St. Tikhon's Monastey and Seminary, Benedict himself actively reflects this synergy.</p> <p>St. Tikhon's is grateful for the many sponsors that made this program possible, and for the work of our new Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, who put the concert plans together and sought the participation of our benefactors. &nbsp; Thank you also to the St. Tikhon's Bookstore Manager, Innocent Neal, who handled ticket sales and assisted with video and photographic coverage of the concert. &nbsp; Proceeds from this concert will benefit the seminary.</p> <p>Compact Discs of the Monastery Chamber Choir singing many of the hymns shared live at this concert are available from the Monastery Bookstore. &nbsp; You can click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span> to connect with the Bookstore website.</p> <p>Thank you to the singers of the Monastery Chamber Choir who brought these compositions to life for all those attending this evening's concert, and Benedict for his work to elevate Orthodox liturgical music here in North America!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week IV Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 27<sup>th</sup>, Archpriest Dan Kovalak shared the fourth and final segment of our Adult Education Series focused on Expanding the Mission, the theme of this past summer's All-American Council.</p> <p>Archpriest Daniel entered St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary right out of high school in greater Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated in 1974 from the undergraduate program.&nbsp; He married Myra (Pianovich) in 1976 and was ordained to the diaconate.&nbsp; For two years he served at the Christ the Savior Church in Miami where he assisted in the founding of new missions, and preparations for the founding the Diocese of the South itself.&nbsp; Following ordination in 1978 he began his tenure at Holy Cross Church, Williamsport, bringing the parish from mission to full parish status.&nbsp; He has served at virtually all levels of church life in the OCA as well as strong representation in his local community.&nbsp; Most recently he was a presenter at our newly established mission school.&nbsp; He has been adjunct faculty member here at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, teaching pastoral theology, for the past twenty years.</p> <p>Fr. Daniel shared, from the Exodus story, the Lord&rsquo;s command to Moses on Mount Sinai.&nbsp; &ldquo;Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me an offering; &hellip;&nbsp; And let them make me a <strong><em>sanctuary</em></strong>, that I may dwell in their midst.&rdquo; (Exodus 25:2, 8)&nbsp; Fr. Daniel spoke with great enthusiasm how the Lord of the Old Testament expressed such desire to dwell with His people. &nbsp;&nbsp;He then expanded this calling from the Old Testament, bringing it to our present age in calling upon those gathered to do all we can to build sanctuary for God to dwell with us, and for all those who are searching for life in the midst of our broken world can find refuge.</p> <p>To punctuate his presentation, Fr. Dan shared sobering statistics about how our nation is increasingly turning away from God, fueling the very call for sanctuary to be built.</p> <p>This has been a most meaningful lecture series for those able to attend.&nbsp; Please check back for updates as we hope to post the videos from each of the lectures in the coming weeks.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week III Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 20, the Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s community had the blessing of being visited by Archimandrite Tryphon, Abbot of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington State. A larger-than-usual crowd consisting both of members of the seminary community and visitors gathered in the monastery trapeza to hear Abbot Tryphon speak on his ministry on Vashon island and the surrounding area. Archimandrite Tryphon gave an account of his own journey to Orthodoxy from a background in psychology, as well as his work as a police and fire chaplain. He further recounted his work with youth on Vashon Island and the Pacific Northwest as a whole, and the growth of his electronic media presence leading to his current Ancient Faith podcast and blog, <em>The Morning Offering</em>. Fr. Tryphon also emphasised the necessity of involvement in the community at large for the expansion of our mission, as well as engaging people where they are in life. After the talk, Fr. Tryphon answered questions from the audience, and then tarried with a large group of the seminarians for some continued discussion. &nbsp;&nbsp;(<em>Reflection written by Seminarian Marshall Goodge</em>)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary New Website Tab for Videos Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Please see changes to our website that now features <span style="font-size: large; color: #800080;">Videos </span>related to seminary life! &nbsp;Find tab right between <strong>News and Events</strong>, and <strong>Contact Information</strong> or click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/videos.html"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;Videos posted there were recently shot at St. Tikhon's Seminary. &nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week II Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 13<sup>th</sup>, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki continued on our theme of Expanding the Mission, through telling the story of the founding of the Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA. &nbsp;This leg of the lecture series is focusing on real outreach in the greater community.</p> <p>With a very engaging powerpoint presentation, Fr. Timothy shared how he began serving in Olyphant, PA while still completing his studies at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, and shortly after his graduation in 2005 was sent to this new mission.&nbsp; He chronicled both successful steps and struggles related with beginning a new mission parish that will be of great assistance to seminarians who may find themselves one day in a similar position. &nbsp;Among the strengths he outlined was the very real power of prayer, not only in liturgical worship, but at several critical junctures of the mission&rsquo;s journey that aided in important steps being taken.</p> <p>In the course of his presentation he also touched upon the parish&rsquo;s engagement of the greater community, not only with Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg that was in part responsible for the new mission getting started, but also in participating in community events. Such participation not only was in support of the greater community, but as very real outreach to those who might be searching for the fullness of the Orthodox Faith.</p> <p>Fr. Timothy&rsquo;s presentation was of great interest to seminarians and those gathered, not only as a recent graduate of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, but also for the compelling story of mission parish life as an important dimension of healthy church life here in North America today!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary