St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 St. Tikhon's Announces Fall Lecture Series With Abbot Tryphon Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div><strong>Annual Fall Lecture Series to Further Examine "How to Expand the Mission"</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The annual fall lecture series at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary will focus on "How to Expand the Mission," continuing discussions started at the 18th All-American Council &nbsp;held in Atlanta over the summer. &nbsp;Presenters will include Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island,&nbsp;Washington.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>The series is open to the public and features four lectures&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212067"><span class="aQJ">on Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evenings at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212068"><span class="aQJ">7:00 p.m.</span></span>&nbsp;throughout the month of October. Click to either <span style="color: #008000;"><a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/2015-Fall-Lecture-Series-View.pdf"><span style="color: #008000;">view</span></a></span> or <a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/2015_Fall_Lecture_Series_Flyer.pdf">print</a> a fall lecture series poster to share the schedule.</p> <div>"The enthusiasm expressed at the All-American Council for expanding the Church's ministry and witness on this continent was an inspiring thing for our seminarians to see," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's, said. "We hope our annual fall lecture series this year will continue to inspire prayerful reflection on what it means to actually be 'for the life of the world and its salvation' in this day and age."</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212069"><span class="aQJ">October 6</span></span>, Dr. Constantine Kallaur&nbsp;will discuss times in recent history when the Orthodox Church in North America exemplified its missional calling, and also offer suggestions for the future.&nbsp;Dr. Kallaur, a&nbsp;parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow, NY, is Professor Emeritus of Russian language at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY, serves as a member of the Department of External Affairs of the OCA, and was a member of the delegation which received the Tomos of Autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church. &nbsp;</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212070"><span class="aQJ">October 13</span></span>, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki&nbsp;will share from his own experience as the pastor of a growing mission parish, and talk about lessons learned in reaching out to the larger community. Fr. Timothy is a 2005 graduate of St. Tikhon's and Pastor of Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA.</div> <br />On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212071"><span class="aQJ">October 20</span></span>, Abbot Tryphon<strong>&nbsp;</strong>will offer a spiritual perspective on expanding the mission, discussing how to engage modern-day culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. Abbot Tryphon is the author of the "Morning Offering" blog, podcast, and book from Ancient Faith Publishing. &nbsp;Click <span style="color: #800080;"><a href="/files/Fall-Lecture-Series/Abbot-Tryphon-PA-TOUR-DRAFT-081015.pdf"><span style="color: #800080;">here</span></a></span> to see Abbot Tryphon's itinerary during his visit to the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.<br /><br /> <div>On&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212072"><span class="aQJ">October 27</span></span>,&nbsp;Archpriest Daniel Kovalak will reflect on the ideas raised by the previous speakers and also look forward toward next steps in expanding the mission of the Orthodox Church in the greater North American context. Fr. Daniel is a 1974 graduate of St. Tikhon's, Adjunct Faculty Lecturer in Evangelism and Mission at the Seminary, and Pastor of Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Williamsport, PA. &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the public, as well as groups from area parishes, are encouraged to attend. Admission for the entire lecture series is $10 per person or $100 for a group of 10 or more. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVP by<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1927212073"><span class="aQJ">October 5</span></span>&nbsp;to Teresa Vaux-Michel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at&nbsp;<a href="tel:570-561-1818%20ext.%20101" target="_blank">570-561-1818 ext. 101</a>&nbsp;or at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s to Sponsor Premiere of New Sacred Music Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><em>Professional Vocal Ensemble Giving Benefit Concert in Manhattan on November 12</em></p> <p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA (August 31, 2015) -&nbsp; The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, a professional vocal ensemble under the auspices of America&rsquo;s oldest Orthodox monastery, will give a concert in New York City on November 12 at the Roman Catholic church of St. John Nepomucene at 66th and 1st Ave.</p> <p>The concert will celebrate the release of the choir&rsquo;s forthcoming debut album, &ldquo;Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan,&rdquo; and proceeds from the event will benefit St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary.</p> <p>The performance will consist of original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions by composer and conductor Benedict Sheehan, resident music director at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery.</p> <p>Several works on the program will be receiving their world premiere performances that evening, including Sheehan&rsquo;s <em>Triduum Paschalae</em>, a three-movement work for chorus and soloists based on medieval English poetry and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.</p> <p>Among those giving solo performances on the evening will be Portland-based baritone John Michael Boyer, known for his work with Cappella Romana, and soprano Laura Soto-Bayomi of the Chatauqua Opera Festival and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.</p> <p>More information about the concert, which will begin at 7:30 PM on November 12, is available at <strong><span style="color: #3366ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #3366ff;"></span></a></span>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and Rector of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, observed that the upcoming concert is an example of the ongoing close cooperation between St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary and Monastery, which have existed in a symbiotic relationship for the past 77 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;From the founding of the Monastery in 1905, and then together with the Seminary since its founding in 1938, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s has worked to put the Liturgy at the center of people&rsquo;s lives. One essential way we can do this is by dedicating ourselves to beautiful church singing, which is, par excellence, a sacramental offering of our time, our treasure, and our talents to God.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archbishop Michael also noted that this concert, the first joint Monastery and Seminary effort of its kind, represents &ldquo;a deepening commitment on the part of both institutions to fostering excellence in the liturgical arts."</p> <p>Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery, said that the concert and the CD it celebrates represent an important milestone in the development of Orthodox musical culture in America.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not only is this the first time that an established Orthodox institution such as St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery has committed itself to cultivating sacred music-making at a professional level,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but it is also the first time that an entire album has been dedicated to the work of a single living Orthodox composer born and bred on American soil.&rdquo;</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, shared his excitement about this joint effort in developing liturgical music.</p> <p>&ldquo;Benedict Sheehan (St. Tikhon's Class of 2011) continues to manifest an active commitment to both the seminary and monastery by equipping our seminarians in the area of liturgical music as a faculty member, leading the Seminarian Mission Choir that travels to parishes across the country, while also training and directing the monastery choir in singing the responses in the daily cycle of services,&rdquo; Fr. Steven said. &ldquo;We celebrate his dedication to elevating and developing Orthodox liturgical music in North America.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> <p>Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement</p> <p>570-561-1818, ext. 104</p> <p><a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary