St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 Registration Open for Memorial Day Conductors' & Singers' Workshop Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] The St. Tikhon's community is pleased to be hosting once again a wonderful opportunity organized by PaTRAM for church musicians, The Memorial Day Conductors&rsquo; &amp; Singers&rsquo; Workshop, on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_384544140"><span class="aQJ">Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29, 2017</span></span>.<br /><br />This year's program includes workshops for both conductors and singers, working independently and in tandem with Maestro Peter Jermihov and other faculty, and culminating in singing at the hierarchical services celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence Archbishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and other hierarchs and clergy who will be visiting for the seminary's graduation ceremonies and the weekend's other traditional liturgical festivities.<br /><br />"PaTRAM is engaged in an ongoing effort to build up the quality of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada," Benedict Sheehan, Director of Music at St. Tikhon's Seminary and a workshop leader at the PaTRAM event, said. "In workshops like this one, they give Orthodox musicians of varying levels of experience the opportunity to work with first-class educators and to do so in a spiritual atmosphere."<br /><br />In addition to enjoying a very full weekend of instruction and singing, participants in the workshop will receive complimentary tickets to St. Tikhon's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";q=;source=gmail&amp;ust=1492956566508000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHcyqZyeZsXY9LzIA9076UByTwzzw">memorial concert featuring Tchaikovsky</a>, of which PaTRAM is a major sponsor.&nbsp;</p> <div>To find out more about the workshop, and to register, please click <span style="color: #008000;"><a href=""><span style="color: #008000;">here</span></a></span>.&nbsp;</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Director of Mission Advancement Visits St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] In addition to hosting the Mission Choir, (you can view the mission choir visit story and photos <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>) St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral hosted a Lenten Retreat&nbsp;on Saturday&nbsp;morning and afternoon, featuring a presentation and discussion session with Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's, on the topic: "Why Young People Are Leaving the Church and What to Do About It."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through the course of the weekend parishioners commented on all they received from the retreat. Archpriest Michael Senyo, Cathedral Dean, shared his gratitude for St. Tikhon&rsquo;s contribution to the fullness of this special Sunday of the Most Precious Cross.&nbsp; Seraphim later joined in an evening of fellowship with parish faithful and Mission Choir members at the home of Protodeacon Michael and Mat. Mary Wusylko.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary New Short Film Released: "Holding St. Tikhon's Close to My Heart" Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] St. Tikhon's Seminary has released a new short film that has attracted more than 22,000 views since its posting on Facebook and YouTube on April 10. &nbsp;The 10-minute film tells the story of Father John and Matushka Michelle Kennerk, who reflect on their three years at St. Tikhon's, and share how their time in seminary has prepared their entire family for their next step: ministry in the Orthodox Church.</p> <p>"You start seeing how the Lord opens up paths for you to come here. He opens up paths for you to remain here," Fr. John says in the film. "And I think that's one of the most powerful things that has ever happened to me in my life."</p> <p>The new film, "Holding St. Tikhon's Close to My Heart," is a follow up to another short film the seminary produced about the Kennerks last year, in which they very engagingly tell the story of how it was they ended up coming to St. Tikhon's.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Watching both of these films together, you see the providential nature of the Kennerks whole journey," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, said. "At all stages of their discernment process, from visiting the seminary to living in this community to accepting God's call to ordination, they have engaged fully in the opportunities for pastoral formation offered here at St. Tikhon's."</p> <p>Most of the film's views have taken place on Facebook, where a wide variety of people have responded to the Kennerk's story.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Quite a few people have told me they have teared up watching this film," Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement, said. "It's simply beautiful. When you put most people in front of a camera, they try to say the 'right' thing. They try to sound eloquent or present themselves with more polish than normal. The Kennerks, however, simply become a more transparent and honest version of who they really are: they open up and share from their hearts."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Both of the films about the Kennerks, and a number of other short films about seminary life at St. Tikhon's, are available on the&nbsp;seminary's <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">website,</span></a></span>&nbsp;<a href="">YouTube,</a> and&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Facebook</span></a></span>&nbsp;pages.&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Archbishop Michael Visits Kerala India Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop Michael traveled to Kerala, India on February 2 to be the Keynote Speaker and the Guest of Honor at the Centennial of the Diocesan Convention of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the Diocese of Thumpamon.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presiding over the five-day convention was His Holiness, Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and the Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was assisted by numerous Metropolitans of the Holy Synod of the Indian Church.&nbsp;&nbsp;His Holiness is the successor to Saint Thomas the Apostle, who brought the Gospel to India in the mid-first century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is one of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, which separated from the Eastern Orthodox Church in the mid-fifth century over the doctrine of the two natures of Christ, promulgated at the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon (451 A.D.).&nbsp;&nbsp;The Oriental Churches do not accept the dogmatic teaching that Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with two distinct natures, one divine and one human.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Even though our Churches are not in sacramental communion, the Orthodox Church in America and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church have a special relationship.&nbsp;&nbsp;Many of the Indian Orthodox clergy have been educated either at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary or St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary. And Zechariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast Diocese of the Indian Church, meets frequently with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, as the Indian Orthodox Centre is in Muttontown, NY, not at all far from the OCA headquarters in Syosset.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Centennial Convention is an annual gathering of the Catholicos, hierarchs, clergy and faithful from all over a given area of India to renew their Orthodox Faith through divine services, Scripture study, presentations on the teachings of the Church, and Christian fellowship.&nbsp;&nbsp;This theme of this year&rsquo;s Convention was &ldquo;Christ in You&rdquo; &ndash; from St. Paul&rsquo;s Epistle to the Colossians&nbsp;1:27&nbsp;&ndash; and the gathering drew thousands of people from Kerala, the southwest region of India.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Convention was hosted by His Grace, Kuriakose Mar Clemis, the Metropolitan of the Diocese of Thumpamon.&nbsp;&nbsp;It took place at the spacious complex of St. Stephen&rsquo;s Cathedral in Makkamkunnu, Pathanamthitta.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the Sunday morning Hierarchical Liturgy, which was concelebrated by five metropolitans of the Indian Church, with hundreds of clergy and nearly 5,000 faithful in attendance, Archbishop Michael was given the honor of opening the Centennial Convention by lighting the traditional ceremonial candle.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the course of the Convention, His Eminence offered three presentations on the theme &ldquo;Christ in You&rdquo; &ndash; a Scriptural analysis, a patristic commentary, and a practical application &ndash; the final one addressed to a crowd of almost 12,000 faithful.&nbsp;&nbsp;His Holiness, the metropolitans, the clergy and faithful were very receptive to his reflections, which will be published in Malayalam, the language of the Indian Orthodox Church, in the Commemorative Journal marking the Centennial Convention.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An interesting detail of the Convention is that it was held during the time when we observe the Week of the Publican and Pharisee and do not fast.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Indian Church does not have that practice of a fast-free week, and then a week of giving up meat, and then finally giving up dairy.&nbsp;&nbsp;At the same time as we observe the Week of the Publican and Pharisee, they observe a &ldquo;mini Lent&rdquo; &ndash; a time of strict fasting, penitential services and prostrations, in honor of the prophet Jonah and the fasting and repentance of the Ninevites.&nbsp;&nbsp;During the time of the Convention, no meat, fish or dairy products were eaten.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout the rest of his week-long stay, Archbishop Michael traveled to various centers of the Orthodox Church in India.&nbsp;&nbsp;His schedule was set up by Fr. Abraham Thomas, the Secretary of the Department of Ecumenical Relations for the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was personally assisted by Deacon Kuriakose (Alex) Abraham.&nbsp;&nbsp;Both Fr. Abraham and Dn. Alex are graduates of St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Eminence was able to visit the headquarters of the Church, the residence and office of the Catholicos, in Kottayam.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was the guest of the senior hierarch of the Holy Synod of India, His Grace, Thomas Mar Athanasios, the Metropolitan of Chengannur, at his diocesan residence and headquarters.&nbsp;&nbsp;Archbishop Michael visited two men&rsquo;s monasteries and one women&rsquo;s monastery.&nbsp;&nbsp;All three have schools and orphanages attached to them, where not only Orthodox boys or girls are taught and cared for, but Hindus and Muslims as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the highlights of Archbishop Michael&rsquo;s travels was his veneration of the relics of Saint Thomas, the Apostle to India.&nbsp;&nbsp;Known by most as the &ldquo;doubter&rdquo; among the disciples, it was Saint Thomas who made the greatest profession of faith; he was the first to call Christ &ldquo;God&rdquo; &ndash; &ldquo;My Lord and My God&rdquo; (John&nbsp;20:28).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The other highlight of His Eminence&rsquo;s travels was his visit to the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, where he addressed the faculty and students.&nbsp;&nbsp;He spoke on the important need for the spiritual formation and theological education of clergy in today&rsquo;s world; he encouraged the students to work hard and seek the will of God in their service of Him.&nbsp;&nbsp;After his presentation, he fielded questions from the 140 seminarians in residence. He also had an opportunity to share dinner with the Seminary community and to speak to a number of the students individually.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His Eminence is grateful for the kindness and hospitality of the hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Indian Orthodox Church over the course of his week-long stay in Kerala.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was the recipient of numerous awards and gifts, but most importantly the prayers of countless individuals whom he met.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Story submitted by Archpriest David Cowan (STOTS Class of 2007), Secretary for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Drs. Ford Lead Retreat in Rochester Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] Drs. David and Mary Ford led a Lenten Retreat&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_920899826"><span class="aQJ">on Saturday</span></span>&nbsp;afternoon, April 1, at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church (OCA) in Rochester, New York.&nbsp; Dr. David spoke on "The Home as a Little Church: The Wisdom of St. John Chrysostom"; and Dr. Mary spoke on "Growing Spiritually in a Family." &nbsp;They also made available for purchase the various books they have written and/or edited.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">"The very warm reception we received from Fr. Ken Stavresky and the whole parish was deeply heartwarming," reported the Fords, who also stayed over to attend the Divine Liturgy the next day.&nbsp; Friday evening they spent with Cindy Heise, who used to be part of the St. Tikhon's Monastery parish for many years, and her husband Jeremy and children; and&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_920899827"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span>&nbsp;night they spent with our Board of Trustees member, Mitch VanDuyn, and his wife Jan. &nbsp;</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Century Association Invites All To Attend Hospitality A La Russe VIII Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;St. Tikhon's Century Association invites all to attend Hospitality A La Russe, to be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 980 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, PA, on Sunday May 7th. &nbsp;You can view an announcement flyer by clicking <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/Hospitality-A-La-Russe-VIII.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;Doors open at 2:30pm, and wonderful ethnic music will be provided by the South River Balalaika Orchestra, directed by Dimitri Kauriga.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you would like to learn more about the Century Association or are interested in becoming a member, please see their page on our website by clicking <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/friends.html"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's memorial concert to feature Tchaikovsky Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir of <a href="">Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery</a>, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will sing a memorial concert of sacred music, including Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s Nine Sacred Pieces, at Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM.</p> <p dir="ltr">Proceeds from the concert, titled &ldquo;Blessed Remembrance,&rdquo; will benefit <a href="">Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</a> [STOTS].</p> <p dir="ltr">The concert will be the second annual Memorial Day Concert by the Chamber Choir, and will honor departed loved ones. The program will include two a cappella choral works: Stepan Smolensky&rsquo;s deeply contemplative Memorial Service for Tsar Alexander III (1904), scored for male chorus, and presented in a new English transcription by Benedict Sheehan; and seven of Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s seminal Nine Sacred Pieces (1885), performed in the original Church Slavonic.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;One of the distinguishing features of Orthodox Christianity is the extent to which the departed are held in continual remembrance,&rdquo; says artistic director Benedict Sheehan. &ldquo;There is literally no service in the Orthodox Church that does not at some point remember those who have fallen asleep, often by name. This phenomenon witnesses to the fact that living believers see themselves as but a small part of that great &lsquo;cloud of witnesses&rsquo; who have gone before, and which we ourselves will ultimately join. This depth and timelessness, this sense of being connected to an eternal reality, runs through Orthodox sacred music. Our concert is an attempt to present some of that reality, and to invite others to participate in it by remembering their own departed loved ones.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to commemorating the departed in Smolensky&rsquo;s Memorial Service, the choir will present seven of Tchaikovsky's Nine Sacred Pieces.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;While only one of Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s pieces expressly refers to the departed,&rdquo; says Sheehan, &ldquo;all of them partake in that sense of the nearness of eternity that characterizes the best examples of Orthodox music. They also formed an artistic foundation for the immense flowering of Russian sacred choral music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s triumphant chorus, Blessed Are They Whom Thou Hast Chosen (Блажени, Яже Избрал).</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery is composed of some of the finest solo and ensemble singers in the New York area and around North America.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among those appearing with the ensemble during this concert will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known internationally for his work with Cappella Romana; and mezzo-soprano Tynan Davis, whose voice may be heard in Grammy award-winning ensembles Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth and who recently appeared in the cast of the North American Tour of Phantom of the Opera. The choir will also be joined once again by renowned American basso profundo Glenn Miller, a veteran of numerous recordings and concert stages, including Robert Shaw&rsquo;s seminal recording of Rachmaninoff&rsquo;s All-Night Vigil (1990), Conspirare&rsquo;s Grammy award-winning Sacred Spirit of Russia (2014), and Clarion Choir&rsquo;s recent Grammy-nominated Passion Week (2016).</p> <p dir="ltr">Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.</p> <p dir="ltr">Memorial gifts and concert sponsorships are welcome, and the names and photographs of departed loved ones will be featured during the performance, as well as commemorated during the weekend&rsquo;s Divine Liturgies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Corporate sponsors of the event include <a href="">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity, and the <a href="">Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute</a>, which is holding a<a href=""> weekend training seminar</a> for Church singers and conductors that overlaps with the benefit concert. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Please contact Seraphim Danckaert, STOTS Director of Mission Advancement, at 570-561-1818, ext. 104 for more information, or to make a memorial gift in honor of loved ones you would like remembered during the concert.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary