St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Latest News 60 2015 March for Life Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">On Thursday, January 22, 2015, representatives from the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community traveled to Washington DC to support the 42th Annual March for Life. The theme for this year&rsquo;s March was &ldquo;Every Life is a Gift,&rdquo; and had a special focus on babies diagnosed in utero with fetal abnormalities, 85% of which are currently aborted in the US.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday morning began with a visit by members of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community to the March for Life expo hall. While there, they attended a talk given by Senator Rick Santorum, who is the parent to a child with a chromosomal disorder, trisomy 18, and by Joshua Duggar, pro-life advocate. They also got a chance to spend time exploring the large expo hall, where various political, religious, and social organizations had booths. Some of these booths were handing out informational pamphlets, others were selling books or souvenirs, and others were providing information on how to become more involved in the pro-life movement, from becoming more politically active to helping to foster a &ldquo;culture of life&rdquo; within our own communities.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision made abortion on demand the law of the land, millions of innocent children have died, their lives snuffed out while still in their mothers' wombs. And for over four decades, hundreds of thousands of marchers have gathered annually in Washington, DC in mid-January to protest this decision and proclaim the sanctity of life. This year was no different, and once again the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s community joined with groups from St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary and from local Orthodox churches to present a unified presence in the 42th Annual March for Life.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Hierarchs from the Orthodox Church of America who joined with Hierarchs from other jurisdictions in leading the Orthodox presence during the long walk from the Mall to the Capitol Building were His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon (STOTS 1993) and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. Graciously carrying the Icon of the Visitation from St. Michael&rsquo;s parish in Jermyn, PA, as well as the groups large standards through the pressing crowds for this year were seminarians from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, which included: Jonathan Lincoln, Subdeacon Marshall Goodge, Khader Baramki, Michael Danhofer, Veljko Pejovic, Timothy Winegar, Megan Haak, Mikel Hill, and Joel Brady. Also attending the March were representatives from St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, including Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History; V. Rev. John Kowalczyk (STOTS 1975), Director of Field Education and one of the earliest initiators of the Orthodox Church&rsquo;s presence at the March for Life; V. Rev. Theodore Boback (STOTS 1972), Alumni President; Rev. Ignatius Gauvain (STOTS 2013); as well as representatives from St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary, and families, friends and loved ones from both institutions, as well as a large representation from the various parish communities throughout the East Coast.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the conclusion of the March, a memorial service was offered for the millions of unborn who have lost their lives through abortion.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the evening of the March for Life was the 33rd Annual Rose Banquet. This dinner serves as the conclusion of the activities for the March for Life event, and provides an opportunity for March supporters and planners to discuss the past year&rsquo;s events and take a look forward to the expectations for the next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following welcoming remarks, the Invocation was offered by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon (STOTS 1993). His invocation reminded all present that even when faced with the tragedy of abortion, we can take solace in Christ&rsquo;s victory over death and corruption.</p> <p dir="ltr">The keynote address was offered by Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, who spoke of the myth in our society that pregnant women are presented with an honest choice during their pre-procedure counseling. He explained that one of the ways that the Knights of Columbus are combating that myth is by providing ultrasound machines to clinics throughout the country so that pregnant women who may be considering abortion can see clear, life-like, 3D imaging of their unborn children.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among those in attendance at the dinner were His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey; V. Rev. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary; V. Rev. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of Saint Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary; V. Rev. John Jillions, Chancellor of the OCA; V. Rev. Eric G. Tosi; Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer; V. Rev. John Kowalczyk (STOTS 1975), &nbsp;Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern PA and Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary; Christopher Patton (STOTS 2005), Office and Community Resource Coordinator at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, with his wife Leslie Patton; Seminarian Michael Pierce, with his wife Sophia Pierce; Rev. David Cowan (STOTS 2007) from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers, NY; Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, Director of Admissions of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary; Matushka Alexandra Safchuk from St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD; and Daria Petrykowski from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, OH.</p> <p dir="ltr">(Article by Sophia Pierce)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Memory Eternal Matushka Mildred Kluchko Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Matushka Mildred Kluchko, wife of Archpriest John Kluchko (STOTS 1962), fell asleep in the Lord here on Monday, January 26, 2015.<br /><br />Fondly known by many as &ldquo;Millie,&rdquo; she faithfully served the Church along side her husband for decades.&nbsp; Their last parish assignment before Father John&rsquo;s retirement was Holy Resurrection Church, Belle Vernon, PA.<br /><br />Additional information and service times will be posted as they are received.<br /><br />May Matushka Mildred&rsquo;s memory be eternal!</p> <p>(Announcement taken from</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Memory Eternal Archpriest Paul White (STOTS 1970) Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Sunday, January 25, Archpriest Paul White reposed in the Lord. Fr. Paul faithfully served the Church in America as Rector of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. His Matushka, Pauline White reposed in the Lord in 2010.</p> <p><strong>Schedule of Services for the Newly-Departed Archpriest Paul White</strong></p> <p>Thursday, January 29 -&nbsp;<strong>Office of the Funeral for the Priest - 7:00pm</strong></p> <p>Friday, January 30 -&nbsp;<strong>Divine Liturgy for the Departed - 9:30am</strong></p> <p><em>followed by internment in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetary, Centralia PA</em></p> <p>All Divine Services will be held at</p> <p>St. Nicholas Church<br />58 Seneca Street<br />Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 19702</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary West Coast Tour Proves to be Tremendous Success Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr"><strong>Dean's Journal: Update from South Canaan</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We returned home safely! &nbsp;Thank you for your prayers aiding this happening. &nbsp;Please take time to enjoy further photos that are still being posted from our trip. &nbsp;I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who offered time, talent, and treasure to make this trip happen. &nbsp;Please do not read the list as hierarchical in terms of significance: &nbsp;that those near the top of the list gave more than those appearing further onward.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thank you to:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Bishop Michael for his blessing as Rector for us to undertake this trip.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All our seminarians who took time from their winter break schedules to make this trip! &nbsp;In particular: &nbsp;JJ for doing most the 1500 miles of driving, Mikel for doing the lion&rsquo;s share of choir directing, and Andrew for taking most of the photos that have been posted. &nbsp;It should be noted that most of our Mission Choir seminarians have completed one semester of studies before making this trip! &nbsp;It was wonderful to see our seminarians skills shine forth in various ways as we made this trip, visiting parishes in at least four different jurisdictions!</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">LOVES Van Program from our OCA Los Angeles Cathedral who offered their van to transport us to all our appointed rounds.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Michael Tassos for all of his efforts to coordinate our schedule in California, and for his Parish of St. Luke&rsquo;s Antiochian Church, in Garden Grove, for hosting us for a significant portion of our trip as we arrived and between other stops. &nbsp;You opened your church office for our use (thank you Anna for all your help!), offered several meals while we prepared for our visit, and for the kindness of your office staff and parishioners. &nbsp;The closing barbeque was wonderful with Anna and her family!</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Alll the parishes willing to host the Mission Choir. &nbsp;Thank you to all who offered their homes for us to stay in who were so generous in terms of hospitality! &nbsp;Thank you to Archpriest Alexander Federoff of St. Johh of Damascus Church, Poway, Archpriest Nicholas Boldireff of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles, and Fr. Simeon Corona of St. Greogory of Nyssa in El Cajon for wonderful meals in the context of our visits! &nbsp;It was great to meet the newly consecrated Bishop Apostolos at St. Gregory&rsquo;s Church.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Yousuf Rassam for not only hosting the mission choir at St. Innocent in Tarzana, including a wonderful steak dinner on the Theophany Feast, but also for providing a place for our alumni gathering that occurred during our visit and reaching out to area alumni.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Sergius, the Monastery brotherhood, and everyone at the seminary for praying for us during our trip.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Christopher Patton for diligently posting our photos and updates from the road so that so many could follow us on our trip. &nbsp;He also pulled together promotional materials we took with us.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Sophia Pierce for taking care of all our packaging needs including printing out address labels for our trips out and back. &nbsp;Also, Sophia processed all the letters I sent her while on the road so that most of you should have received acknowledgements of your donations by the time this update is posted! &nbsp;Thank you to her husband Michael for driving us to/from the Philadelphia Airport.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Benedict Sheehan for the skype session at the beginning of our trip. &nbsp;Our seminarians had been on break, so with his assistance we got ourselves together as a singing group on the Saturday of our arrival. Benedict directed Theophany Services at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church so that they would be celebrated well.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Archbishop Benjamin for his prayers along with Bishop Apostolos, and clergy gathered &nbsp;as we celebrated the Great Blessing of Waters in La Jolla Cove, and later Vespers.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Archpriest Dennis Swencki for all of his efforts to contact the local clergy to arrange for this visit. &nbsp;His efforts began early this fall, and included very regular communications with Fr. Michael Tassos during our visit.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you to all who were so gracious in various ways as we visited a number of churches in the San Francisco area as we sought to visit St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">For our St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Bookstore for furnishing the brochures that we distributed during our tour. &nbsp;Hopefully you have received many orders as so many were looking for cd&rsquo;s!</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">For anyone I have inadvertently forgotten to list here, please know of our heartfelt gratitude! &nbsp;Thanks be to God for all things!&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c306e4-f4f6-1f80-486c-665618b4c7ff">Thanks be to God for all things!</span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Gathers for Blessing to Begin New Semester Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 the members of the seminary administration, faculty, and student body gathered together to mark the beginning of the new spring semester and to bless the main seminary building. Later this week both men and women's dormitories will be blessed as well. The blessing service was offered by the Dean of the seminary, V. Rev Steven Voytovich, with the responses sung by all in attendance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Update: Alaska Region Meets for Alumni Regional Gathering Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16c07664-cae5-93fb-b9d4-5219153e49bf">Several alumni of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary gathered together at St. Herman&rsquo;s Antiochian Orthodox Church to celebrate the patronal feast of St. Herman of Alaska on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Fr. Matthew Howell (STOTS 2011), pastor of St. Herman&rsquo;s, welcomed His Grace David (STOTS 1997), Bishop of the Diocese of Alaska, as well as Fr. Vasili Hillhouse (STOTS 2007) and Abraham Labrada Santiago (STOTS 2011). Pictured are the four Alumni with an icon of St. David of Wales, which was presented to the parish by His Grace Bishop David.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Reserve Your Place in this Year's Tikhonaire! Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">This year the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community remembers the holy and exemplary life of</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">His Eminence Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich)</span></p> <p dir="ltr">In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of his repose, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary&nbsp;will be hosting an Academic Symposium May 14, 2015 honoring the life and work&nbsp;of this beloved servant of God who will also be featured in this year&rsquo;s Tikhonaire.</p> <p dir="ltr">Please consider supporting this historically rich publication with a sponsorship ad.</p> <p dir="ltr">All proceeds for advertisements will go directly toward the printing of this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;Tikhonaire and include the shipping cost of your complimentary copy of the publication.&nbsp;As an added bonus the Tikhonaire is now made <a href="">available online</a>&nbsp;at the Seminary website ( where it will be viewed&nbsp;by the thousands of people who visit the website every week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Each year loyal supporters reconfirm their commitment to ensure&nbsp;the long-term sustainability of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community.&nbsp;That is because the story of each of our lives has been joined unalterably to the story of this most holy place&nbsp;where saints have lived and walked, and prayed and taught.</p> <p dir="ltr">Please accept our invitation to once again join the story of your life to the story of our life so that together we might have the opportunity to share the story of us with the world.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: large;">Please keep in mind that Tikhonaire ads must be recieved this year by April 10th.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: medium;">You can now reserve your place online by completing the form below. There is no</span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Orthodox Christian Journal Highlights Recent Efforts for St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The most recent Orthodox Christian Journal features several articles on the recent efforts to fund St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing. Included is an article describing the efforts of &nbsp;stots alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) whose <a href="">"Run for Married Student Housing"</a> raised a little over $20,000 this past year. &nbsp;The feature article was written by Board of Trusttee Member and project spokesman Dn. Mark Hoeplinger whose matching grant for Fr. McCartney's effort brings the total to just over $40,000 raised for this one project.</p> <p>In the article Dn. Mark explains why the Married Student Housing Project has become for him the single most important effort in his life and why he has chosen to champion this cause on behalf of St. Tikhon's. Dn. Mark goes on to explain why this effort should be important to everyone in the Church and what each individual can do to help.</p> <p>The entire journal can be read free of charge <a href="">here</a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary