St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Benefit Concert Featuring Compositions by Benedict Sheehan Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Well over 300 people attended this concert of both liturgical music and other music arising out of the Orthodox ethos and experience composed for &nbsp;concert performance, all from the hand of Benedict Sheehan! &nbsp;Benedict directed the St. Tikhon's Monastery Chamber Choir, a group of professional singers both in and beyond the Orthodox Church, as they sang selections from both types of compositions. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Among those attending the concert were His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of our Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan of the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. &nbsp;With them were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of the Monastery of St. Tikhon's, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary.</p> <p>The St. Tikhon's community is most grateful for the warm hopsitality offered by Fr. Richard D. Baker and the Church of St. John Nepomucene Church in New York City. &nbsp;Fr. Baker hosted a reception for benefactors in his rectory before the concert, and then a reception was held in their hall for all those attending the concert. &nbsp;He was presented with an Icon of Christ our Lord at the end of the concert in recognition of all his contributions toward this wonderful concert.</p> <p>Benedict Sheehan currently serves as the Director of the St. Tikhon's Monastery Choir, and both teaches liturgical music and leads our seminary choirs, including the Mission Choir that regularly visits parishes during the academic year. &nbsp;When we reference the synergy between St. Tikhon's Monastey and Seminary, Benedict himself actively reflects this synergy.</p> <p>St. Tikhon's is grateful for the many sponsors that made this program possible, and for the work of our new Director of Mission Advancement, Seraphim Danckaert, who put the concert plans together and sought the participation of our benefactors. &nbsp; Thank you also to the St. Tikhon's Bookstore Manager, Innocent Neal, who handled ticket sales and assisted with video and photographic coverage of the concert. &nbsp; Proceeds from this concert will benefit the seminary.</p> <p>Compact Discs of the Monastery Chamber Choir singing many of the hymns shared live at this concert are available from the Monastery Bookstore. &nbsp; You can click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span> to connect with the Bookstore website.</p> <p>Thank you to the singers of the Monastery Chamber Choir who brought these compositions to life for all those attending this evening's concert, and Benedict for his work to elevate Orthodox liturgical music here in North America!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week IV Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 27<sup>th</sup>, Archpriest Dan Kovalak shared the fourth and final segment of our Adult Education Series focused on Expanding the Mission, the theme of this past summer's All-American Council.</p> <p>Archpriest Daniel entered St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary right out of high school in greater Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated in 1974 from the undergraduate program.&nbsp; He married Myra (Pianovich) in 1976 and was ordained to the diaconate.&nbsp; For two years he served at the Christ the Savior Church in Miami where he assisted in the founding of new missions, and preparations for the founding the Diocese of the South itself.&nbsp; Following ordination in 1978 he began his tenure at Holy Cross Church, Williamsport, bringing the parish from mission to full parish status.&nbsp; He has served at virtually all levels of church life in the OCA as well as strong representation in his local community.&nbsp; Most recently he was a presenter at our newly established mission school.&nbsp; He has been adjunct faculty member here at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, teaching pastoral theology, for the past twenty years.</p> <p>Fr. Daniel shared, from the Exodus story, the Lord&rsquo;s command to Moses on Mount Sinai.&nbsp; &ldquo;Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me an offering; &hellip;&nbsp; And let them make me a <strong><em>sanctuary</em></strong>, that I may dwell in their midst.&rdquo; (Exodus 25:2, 8)&nbsp; Fr. Daniel spoke with great enthusiasm how the Lord of the Old Testament expressed such desire to dwell with His people. &nbsp;&nbsp;He then expanded this calling from the Old Testament, bringing it to our present age in calling upon those gathered to do all we can to build sanctuary for God to dwell with us, and for all those who are searching for life in the midst of our broken world can find refuge.</p> <p>To punctuate his presentation, Fr. Dan shared sobering statistics about how our nation is increasingly turning away from God, fueling the very call for sanctuary to be built.</p> <p>This has been a most meaningful lecture series for those able to attend.&nbsp; Please check back for updates as we hope to post the videos from each of the lectures in the coming weeks.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week III Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 20, the Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s community had the blessing of being visited by Archimandrite Tryphon, Abbot of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington State. A larger-than-usual crowd consisting both of members of the seminary community and visitors gathered in the monastery trapeza to hear Abbot Tryphon speak on his ministry on Vashon island and the surrounding area. Archimandrite Tryphon gave an account of his own journey to Orthodoxy from a background in psychology, as well as his work as a police and fire chaplain. He further recounted his work with youth on Vashon Island and the Pacific Northwest as a whole, and the growth of his electronic media presence leading to his current Ancient Faith podcast and blog, <em>The Morning Offering</em>. Fr. Tryphon also emphasised the necessity of involvement in the community at large for the expansion of our mission, as well as engaging people where they are in life. After the talk, Fr. Tryphon answered questions from the audience, and then tarried with a large group of the seminarians for some continued discussion. &nbsp;&nbsp;(<em>Reflection written by Seminarian Marshall Goodge</em>)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary New Website Tab for Videos Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Please see changes to our website that now features <span style="font-size: large; color: #800080;">Videos </span>related to seminary life! &nbsp;Find tab right between <strong>News and Events</strong>, and <strong>Contact Information</strong> or click <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/videos.html"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;Videos posted there were recently shot at St. Tikhon's Seminary. &nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Fall Lecture Series, Week II Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Tuesday, October 13<sup>th</sup>, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki continued on our theme of Expanding the Mission, through telling the story of the founding of the Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA. &nbsp;This leg of the lecture series is focusing on real outreach in the greater community.</p> <p>With a very engaging powerpoint presentation, Fr. Timothy shared how he began serving in Olyphant, PA while still completing his studies at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, and shortly after his graduation in 2005 was sent to this new mission.&nbsp; He chronicled both successful steps and struggles related with beginning a new mission parish that will be of great assistance to seminarians who may find themselves one day in a similar position. &nbsp;Among the strengths he outlined was the very real power of prayer, not only in liturgical worship, but at several critical junctures of the mission&rsquo;s journey that aided in important steps being taken.</p> <p>In the course of his presentation he also touched upon the parish&rsquo;s engagement of the greater community, not only with Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg that was in part responsible for the new mission getting started, but also in participating in community events. Such participation not only was in support of the greater community, but as very real outreach to those who might be searching for the fullness of the Orthodox Faith.</p> <p>Fr. Timothy&rsquo;s presentation was of great interest to seminarians and those gathered, not only as a recent graduate of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s, but also for the compelling story of mission parish life as an important dimension of healthy church life here in North America today!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary