St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 St. Tikhon's Monastery Releases New 360 Degree Virtual Tour! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>This 360 Degree Virtual Tour has been provided by the good people at <a href="">Orthodox Web Solutions</a> who host both the Monastery and Seminary websites. Follow the link below to be taken directly to the Virtual Tour page on the Monastery website.</p> <p><a href="">St. Tikhon's Monastery 360 Degree Virtual Tour</a></p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminarians and Alumni Offer Community Outreach Event at Local Coffeehouse Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">On Friday, June 20, the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> in Harrisburg, PA hosted an enjoyable evening that featured entertainment provided by one of the newest St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminarians, Matthew Joyner, and a very moving lecture by one of our earliest Alumni, V. Rev. Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48).</p> <p dir="ltr">The evening began with an hour of live music provided by Matthew Joyner, while the baristas served coffee and pastries. One of the baristas, Fr. Steven Vernak (STOTS 2007), is a St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Alumnus and Manager of the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a>. Matthew and his wife, Ashley, arrived at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s last year from Kentucky. They are both talented musicians and regularly contribute those talents to the life of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community. Ashley sings with the monastery church&rsquo;s Sunday Liturgy mixed choir, and special service choirs, and Matthew is a member of the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Mission Choir and also volunteers as the unofficial &nbsp;&ldquo;sound equipment expert&rdquo; for the numerous special events throughout the year. He also recently assumed the responsibility of student director of &nbsp;<a href="">Elijah&rsquo;s Mantle</a>. Matthew played the guitar and sang a selection of music that included covers as well as original songs he had written during his time as a professional musician.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the musical opening to the evening, everyone made their way to the downstairs meeting room where Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS 2005) led the group in prayer. Then, Fr. Stephen Vernak (STOTS 2007) took a break from his barista duties to introduce Father Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 48) and announce the theme of the talk &ldquo;Behind Bars: Memories of a Prison Chaplain."</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan began his talk with the passage from Matthew, &ldquo;Then the King will say to those on His right hand, &lsquo;Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.&rdquo; (25:34-36). He explained that very early in his ministry he felt particularly called by those words, and knew that he was being led to prison ministry.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fr. Dan spoke for an hour, mostly telling stories from his prison ministry with no exposition. The stories he told needed no exposition; they stood alone as a poignant witness to the tragedy of the American prison system and the brokenness of those men and women who find themselves inside.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4d73c391-de30-d3f8-1e30-0164474b4f9d">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank the Agia Sophia Coffee House for hosting Seminarian Matthew Joyner and Alumnus Fr. Daniel Ressetar for such a wonderful and edifying evening as one of many ministry opportunities being continuously provided by the <a href="">Agia Sophia Coffeehouse</a> , and the clergy and faithful of the Harrisburg area. For more information about how you can support this vital and worthwhile ministry contact Fr. Stephen Vernak at <a href=""></a>.</span></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 2014 Clergy Continuing Education Symposium Provides Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Renewal Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 St. Tikhon's Seminary hosted their 2nd Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium. Over 60 participants traveled, from several OCA dioceses, &nbsp;to attend the lectures. Among the participants were clergy and monastics, men, women, seminarians and lay persons. Those attending received up to 18 of the 20 hours now required by the Department of Continuing Education.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, June 17 the Symposium opened with a Molieben in the Seminary Chapel. The group then proceeded to room 233 for a lecture by Dr. Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil. (Oxon.), Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary entitled &ldquo;Spiritual Life in Saint Silouan the Athonite.&rdquo; The second lecture presented was &ldquo;The Greeting of Mary and Elizabeth: The Sanctity of Life,&rdquo; by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Practice, Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, following Divine Liturgy and breakfast, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Lecturer in Spirituality at the Seminary, presented his talk on &ldquo;Prayer as Communion &ndash; Personal and Liturgical Prayer.&rdquo; During the afternoon session Mary Ford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary presented &ldquo;Orthodox Insights into the Book of Revelation.&rdquo; In the evening a banquet was held at the seminary dining hall. A toast was offered by the Rector of the seminary, His Grace Bishop Michael, in which he encouraged the visiting clergy to set aside time during the symposium to not only edify themselves by participating in each of the lectures, but to also take a moment to renew and deepen their relationships with one another. &ldquo;The priesthood is a difficult and unique calling in the life of the Church. It can seem like a very solitary responsibility at times. I encourage you to look around you. No one understands this reality better than your brothers sitting next to you.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday David Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, began the last day of the Symposium with his lecture, &ldquo;Encouraging People to Seek Help from the Saints in Times of Suffering.&rdquo; Finally, the Symposium was brought to a close with the talk &ldquo;Clergy Health &ndash; Achieving the Proper Balance,&rdquo; by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, D.Min., Dean and Associate Professor of Pastoral Arts and Practice at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. This course echoed the words of His Grace that were offered the previous evening and explored pastoral compassion and love as both renewable and precious resources that need to be carefully tended in our own life and within our family, in order that those resources may be available to the persons to whom we are called to minister.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the time spent in presentation sessions, the opportunity for worship and fellowship were important parts of the Symposium. On Wednesday and Thursday, Hierarchical Divine Liturgies were celebrated and each evening there was a break for Vespers at the Monastery Church. Many of those attending the program served and sang during liturgical services. As with all events that occur within the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Community, each session as well as every meal began and ended in prayer. Wednesday evening there was also time set aside for fellowship during and after the dinner meal, with many of the attendees staying and talking long into the night following the banquet.</p> <p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary would like to thank all of the men and women who worked so hard to put this event together: the administration faculty, staff, and student volunteers who all worked tirelessly to ensure that this event was a worthwhile and edifying opportunity for pastoral and personal growth for all of the attendees. A very special thank you is to be offered to Matushka Larissa Gregory, who together with her husband Deacon Theodore and her son Nicholas prepared, cooked, served, and cleaned up each meal. Thank you as well to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Continuing Education Clergy Symposium, don&rsquo;t forget to mark your calendars for next year!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Hosts PaTRAM Institute Summer Master Class with Vladimir Gorbik Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div> <p dir="ltr">From June 30 to July 3, 2014, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary opened its doors to welcome Vladimir Gorbik, choirmaster of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Moscow Representation Church and rector of the recently-founded Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music (PaTRAM) Institute, for a four-day intensive master class in Orthodox liturgical singing. The master class attracted more than 50 singers and student conductors from across the United States and Canada. Along with Maestro Gorbik, the master class faculty included Dr. Vladimir Morosan, head of Musica Russica and Benedict Sheehan, Instructor of Music at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary. Among the student conductors were Dr. Nicholas Reeves and Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) (STOTS 2005) of the St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary faculty, as well as Paula Genis of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral (ROCOR) in Washington, DC, and Laryssa Doohovskoy of St. Xenia Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Methuen, MA.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the many fine singers who came to learn under Maestro Gorbik&rsquo;s expert hand, the choir was joined by special guest John Michael Boyer of Cappella Romana, and graduate of Holy Cross Seminary, who helped prepare a group of participants to sing portions of the master class services in Byzantine Chant, and by special guest and basso profundo Fr. Daniel Kovalak (STOTS 1974), rector of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport, PA, who has been a significant presence in Orthodox liturgical music in America for many years. The choir was also joined by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s own Dean, Fr. Steven Voytovich, who took part in the master class from beginning to end, and who said in his remarks at the culmination of the master class that he felt St. Tikhon of Moscow&rsquo;s vision for the Church in America was being realized in this event, in that it brought together so many devout Orthodox from so many ethnic backgrounds and jurisdictions to sing the praises of God, with both prayerfulness and excellence, under a single roof.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to six hours a day of intense rehearsals, the master class schedule included daily spiritual talks by St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery&rsquo;s Abbot, Archimandrite Sergius, who spoke on the nature of liturgical music, its spiritual demands, and the importance of the Liturgy in one&rsquo;s spiritual life. The schedule also included a pilgrimage to St. George&rsquo;s Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA to venerate that church&rsquo;s miraculous myrrh-streaming icons of the Mother of God. Many of the master class participants had never witnessed a myrrh-streaming icon before, and all were deeply moved. After the participants had venerated the icons and been anointed with the fragrant oil that literally pours forth from the icons, St. George&rsquo;s priest Fr. Mark Leasure gave an edifying account of the history of the icons and of some of the miracles that had been worked through them. The next day, master class participants gathered in St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church to sing a moleben to the Mother of God and to receive pieces of cotton that had been soaked in myrrh from the Taylor icons. Fr. Vladimir Kantor of Syracuse, NY (STOTS 2011), a master class participant, presided at the service.</p> <p dir="ltr">The master class schedule culminated with an All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery Church in honor of St. John the Wonderworker of San Francisco. The services were presided over by His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York. In his homily during the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Michael enjoined master class participants to follow the example of St. John, rejoicing in whatever personal weaknesses they might have as opportunities for God to work through them. He went on to congratulate the choir for not settling for mediocrity, but for striving to increase the talent given them for the glory of God and the building up of the Church.</p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-e89f97e9-365c-ab3c-62fd-e11030d2a989">For more information about PaTRAM, and to find out about future events and offerings, please visit<a href=""></a></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day One</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Two</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Three</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Day Four</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>(Article by PAtram) (All photos courtesy or</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary