St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Our Community Giving Back 60 Successful First Annual Memorial Day Young Singers’ Conference Sat, 28 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA, hosted&nbsp;PaTRAM's 1<sup>st</sup> Annual Young Singers' Conference this past Memorial Day weekend. This course provided participants with the opportunity to learn more about&nbsp;the beautiful tradition of Orthodox&nbsp;choral singing. &nbsp;The Conference was initiated as a 3-day hands-on, intensive classroom music workshop, but it was so much more than a choral workshop. Being a part of this course, with the opportunity to sing with the Chamber Choir in a monastery setting at a hierarchal service, and venerate the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos with St. Tikhon&rsquo;s monks and pilgrims is not an opportunity everyone is blessed with, especially for our youth!&nbsp;</p> <p>Under the direction of our faculty Dr. Peter Jermihov, Dr. Irina Raizanova, and Katya Lukianova, students worked together in faith and harmony to become one unified choir. This Memorial weekend&nbsp;marked&nbsp;the monastery's 112th pilgrimage. The Youth Choir debuted at the all-night vigil and Memorial Day Hierarchal Divine Liturgy under His Beatitude, Tikhon, Metropolitan of all America and Canada, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco, the Diocese of the West, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Seminary Rector and Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas, Bishop of&nbsp;Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic Diocese of the Antiochian Archdiocese.&nbsp;</p> <p>PaTRAM&rsquo;s workshop, with sessions held at St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary classrooms, allowed students to soak up important musical knowledge while appreciating the power of Orthodoxy with words from Archimandrite Sergius, St. Tikhon's Monastery Igumen, and lectures on "The Purpose of Singing in Divine Worship" by Fr. John Whiteford,&nbsp;<em>St. Jonah Orthodox Church, Spring, Texas</em> and "What is Prayerful Singing, and What Does It Sound Like?&rdquo; by Dr. Peter Jermihov.</p> <p>For more information on upcoming PaTram events, please click <span style="color: #993366;"><a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span></a></span> to view their website.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Chamber Choir Shares the Beauty of Orthodox Music with Growing Public Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p dir="ltr">A diverse crowd of about 300 people attended "Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania," a benefit concert for St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary sung by the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon's Monastery on Sunday, May 29 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to several hierarchs, dozens of clergy, and many Orthodox faithful, the concert attracted at least 100 attendees who were not Orthodox.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A husband and wife who were passing through the area on the day of the concert heard a recording of the Chamber Choir on WVIA, the NPR affiliate for Northeastern Pennsylvania," reported Benedict Sheehan, artistic director of the Chamber Choir and professor of Orthodox liturgical music at St. Tikhon's Seminary. "They were so taken with what they heard that they changed their plans, stayed in Wilkes-Barre, and ended up buying tickets. Many people received their first introduction to Orthodox sacred music, and perhaps even to Orthodoxy, because of this event."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Chamber Choir is a professional vocal ensemble whose members include some of the finest solo and ensemble singers in the New York area and throughout North America. Several of the singers are also members of Grammy Award-winning ensembles and appear as soloists with professional opera companies around the country. Six members have direct ties to St. Tikhon's Seminary, either as current students, alumni, or wives.</p> <p dir="ltr">The choir's debut album, "<a href="">Till Morn Eternal Breaks: Sacred Choral Music of Benedict Sheehan</a>," attracted the attention of the regional arts media, as well as various Orthodox media outlets, following its release in 2015 and a celebratory concert on November 12 in New York City.</p> <p dir="ltr">In December, ArtScene with Erika Funke, a radio program which brings attention to arts and cultural events in Pennsylvania, featured an <a href=";utm_campaign=wtshare&amp;utm_medium=Facebook&amp;">interview about the debut album</a> with Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, and the Sheehans. In March, Vladimir Morosan, a leading musicologist of Orthodox music, reviewed the album during an episode of his <a href="">podcast</a> on Ancient Faith Radio. Then, in April and May, WVIA featured two long-form broadcasts of the album itself, exposing the region's classical music fans to Orthodox sacred music.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Beauty, as Dostoevsky said, saves the world. Beauty is one of the things that the Church has to offer, and making that beauty available to a wide audience can open people's hearts to deeper realities," Archimandrite Sergius said. "That's why the monastery is committed to supporting this choir and a regular cycle of performances."</p> <p dir="ltr">A <a href="">five-minute video</a> from the concert is available on YouTube. It shows the program&rsquo;s very first piece and its very last: the final encore at the evening&rsquo;s conclusion.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We look forward to hosting more concerts like this in this region of the country, and maybe even beyond," Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, said. "The Chamber Choir is one of the ways that the monastery and the seminary work together for the life of the world and its salvation."</p> <p dir="ltr">The presenting sponsor for the evening was <a href="">Renovation Angel</a>, a national non-profit organization that recycles luxury kitchens and donates proceeds to charity. Other major sponsors included the Philadelphia Trust Company, the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute, and the Honesdale National Bank.</p> <p><strong id="docs-internal-guid-2ee50347-37aa-78ba-bc7f-9f8db195b827">Sponsorships for the choir's 2016-2017 season are now available. For more information please contact Benedict Sheehan at </strong></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 112th St. Tikhon's Monastery Pilgrimage Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Thanks be to God, the St. Tikhon's Community celebrated the 112th Monastery Pilgrimage on Monday, May 30th!</p> <p>The day began with early Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Archpriest T. Stephen Kopestonsky, along with Fr. Nicholas Gabriel and seminarians, including those graduating: &nbsp;Fr. Theodore Gregory, &nbsp;Fr. David Gresham, Timothy Winegar, and Joseph Frangipani, who took the photos for the pilgrimage day!</p> <p>Later on the main Divine Liturgy began with a procession from the seminary, with celebrants that included: &nbsp;His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence Mark, Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West, His Eminence, His Eminence, Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Seminary Rector. &nbsp;Many clergy came to concelebrate on this day!</p> <p>Photos are included here of those visiting the bookstore, eating lunch after Liturgy, and participating in the many services conducted during the course of the day. &nbsp; Thank you to everyone who participated in making this a wonderful day, and, thanks be to God, the rain held off until most were heading home!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Continuing Education Program UPDATED! Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] &ndash; St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Announces its annual Continuing Education Program, to be held at the seminary June 21-23, 2016.&nbsp; The program will begin at noon on Tuesday, and continue through Thursday afternoon.&nbsp; Registration cost for the program is $100, covering overnight accommodations in our dormitory, and meals.&nbsp; The program will be submitted for review for continuing education credit for our clergy.&nbsp; Interested lay persons are also welcome to attend!</p> <p><strong>Please register by June 15<sup>th</sup></strong> either by calling St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary:&nbsp; 570.561.1818, or by e-mailing Teresa Vaux-Michel:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary 2016 Continuing Education Program</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><em>Our Youth:&nbsp; a Precious Portion of Today&rsquo;s Church Community </em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #993366;"><em>&nbsp;in Great Need of Attention</em></span></strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs &ndash; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.&rdquo;&nbsp; (Romans 8:16-17)</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Program Presenters and Topics</span>:</strong></p> <p><strong>Tuesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matushka Myra Kovalak (OCEC)</strong></p> <p><em>Jesus said, </em><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; Matushka Myra will talk 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><strong>Tuesday evening:&nbsp; 6:30pm&nbsp; Dn. &nbsp;Jason Ketz&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department, Wonder Blog)</strong></p> <p><em>Have you never read in the scriptures...? Opening the Holy Texts to our Youth</em></p> <p><strong>Wednesday morning 9:00am&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Archpriest Dennis Rhodes (OCA Albanian Archdiocese)</strong></p> <p><em>Protecting Ourselves and our Youth from the Scourge of Addiction</em></p> <p><strong>Wednesday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Solak&nbsp; (OCA Youth Department)</strong></p> <p>"<em>Making Disciples and Mentoring Leaders: Campus Ministry from Start to Finish</em>"</p> <p><strong>Thursday morning:&nbsp; 9:00am &nbsp; &nbsp;Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><strong>Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic)</strong></p> <p><em>Instructing your Spiritual Children for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus: &nbsp;The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People</em></p> <p><strong>Thursday afternoon:&nbsp; 1:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fr. John Malcom (St. Andrews Camp)</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Ministering to Youth Through God's Creation: The Importance of Church Camp in Today's Society&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Please come and join us!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dr. Christopher Offers Commencement Address: Updated Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Patristics Professor at St. Tikhon's Seminary, will offer the Commencement Address, on Sunday, May 29th, during the Graduation Exercises at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY. &nbsp;Please check back to this story for updates once photos have been posted by Holy Trinity Seminary.</p> <p>To see article and photos from Holy Trinity Seminary, click <a href=""><span style="color: #993366;">here</span>.</a></p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary