St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 Archpriest John Kowalczyk Represents OCPM at GOA Clergy Laity Congress Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; From Monday, July 4th through Thursday, July 7th, The Very Rev. John Kowalczyk (STOTS Director of Field Education) and Matushka Kathy (Seminary Bursar) attended the Greek Orthodox Clergy and Lay Congress in&nbsp;Nashville, TN representing OCPM - Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.&nbsp;The Congress itself ran from July 3-8 at the famous Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. &nbsp;&nbsp;You can click&nbsp;<span style="color: #993366;"><strong><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></strong></span>&nbsp;for further congress details.</p> <p><strong>Photo L-R</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Fr. John Kowalczyk, Secretary of the Board of Directors and Matushka Kathy; Paul&nbsp;Polites, Director of Operations, with Vicki Haskopoulos; and&nbsp;Fr. Stephen Powley, Executive Director&nbsp;of OCPM, with Matushka Ashley.</p> <p>Fr. John answered questions and spoke on the work of OCPM at its conference booth.&nbsp; He also had <span style="color: #ffffff; background-color: #ffffff;">the</span> opportunity to speak with many of the Greek Orthodox Bishops and Clergy on Orthodox&nbsp;Prison Ministry and personally thank them for the tremendous Pan-Orthodox Support the organization is receiving under the leadership of the Director and Executive Officer of OCPM, the Very Rev. Stephen Powley.&nbsp;</p> <p>OCPM was the first agency under the Assembly of Canonical&nbsp;Orthodox Bishops in North America, headed by Archbishop Demetrius,&nbsp;to have the newly adopted By-laws to be approved and ratified&nbsp;by the Assembly of Bishops. &nbsp;Fr. John&rsquo;s signature was affixed to this document&nbsp;as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of OCPM.</p> <p>Last September,&nbsp;<em>"Leadership &nbsp;100 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese"</em>&nbsp;presented a grant to OCPM to have a series of teaching Videos ready for distribution to all the canonical parishes in the continental United States. This monumental task was completed with the filming of these Videos in September of 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.&nbsp;These teaching Videos can be downloaded from&nbsp;<em><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;"></span></a></span></strong>&nbsp;</em>the official site of OCPM, or click <strong><span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></span></strong>.&nbsp; During the Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress the clergy and lay delegates had an opportunity to view these videos again.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other agencies were&nbsp;also represented at the congress such as: OCF, OCMC, and IOCC. The Kowalczyks&rsquo; had the opportunity to attend the IOCC workshop on the Crisis in the Syria.</p> <p>Fr. John had this to say about attending the congress:&nbsp; &ldquo;The three days were filled with hours of interaction with the delegates and clergy, answering questions and sharing with them, the tremendous work the OCPM is accomplishing.&rdquo; &nbsp;Locally Fr. John also facilitiates STOTS seminarians in experiencing ministry to incarcerated persons at SCI Waymart, now as interns as of this year.</p> <p><a href="">&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Continuing Education Program Focuses on Youth Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] -- St. Tikhon's Seminary Annual Continuing Education Program was focused on Youth. &nbsp;The theme: &nbsp;<strong><em>Our Youth:&nbsp; a Precious Portion of Today&rsquo;s Church Community&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>in Great Need of</em></strong><em> Attention</em> was addressed by each presenter during the program running at the seminary from Tuesday, June 21 -- Thursday, June 23.</p> <p>Tuesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matushka Myra Kovalak (Director of Orthodox Christian Education Commission) quoting Jesus&rsquo; own admonition concerning children:<em>&ldquo;Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven</em>&rdquo;,&nbsp; (Matt. 9:14) &nbsp;shared with clergy attendees about their involvement in church school, assisting in building up relationships with their youth, in part through modeling, as an integral part of young persons&rsquo; developing their own relationship with Jesus Christ.</p> <p>Tuesday evening:&nbsp; 6:30pm&nbsp; Deacon&nbsp; Jason Ketz&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department, Wonder Blog) spoke on Bible Study with young people.&nbsp; His talk was entitled, &nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Have you never read in the scriptures...? Opening the Holy Texts to our Youth&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Wednesday morning 9:00am&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Archpriest Dennis Rhodes (OCA Albanian Archdiocese) talked about the reality of addiction both for young people and clergy themselves:&nbsp; &ldquo;<em>Protecting Ourselves and our Youth from the Scourge of Addiction&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Wednesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Solak&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department) addressed current efforts around Orthodox Campus Fellowship (OCF) outreach, as a very important connection for young adults going off to college. Her talk was entitled:&nbsp; "<em>Making Disciples and Mentoring Leaders: Campus Ministry from Start to Finish</em>"</p> <p>Thursday morning:&nbsp; 9:00am, Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic) addressed the attendees with his talk entitled:&nbsp; <em>&ldquo;Instructing your Spiritual Children for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus: &nbsp;The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Thursday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm Fr. John Malcom (St. Andrews Camp Director and now board member) talked about how clergy can support and encourage participation in church camps through his many years of experience.&nbsp; His presentation was entitled:&nbsp; <em>&ldquo;Ministering to Youth Through God's Creation: The Importance of Church Camp in Today's Society&rdquo;</em>.</p> <p>Those attending the program completed eighteen hours of continuing education. &nbsp;Each can self report through the OCA Department of Continuing Education, or by clicking <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, hosted the presenters at this year's program. &nbsp;Please watch for announcements about our fall lecture series coming up in October!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary