St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Latest News 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