With the orientation complete, both new and returning students began the opening retreat for this historic 75th Academic Year.
After three full days of introductory instruction on campus life, seminary communication and email system, library resources, campus stewardship, and community praxis, the new students who until this time were clothed in the customary white dress-shirt and black pants, were blessed by the dean of the seminary the Very Reverend Fr. Alexander Atty to begin wearing the black cassock. The cassock will serve as the official uniform for the duration of their stay at the seminary.
‚ÄúThe cassock is both a magnet and a target,‚ÄĚ Fr. Alexander cautioned. ‚ÄúPeople will be drawn to you because of it, but also it will require you to be vigilant at all times. You represent Christ and His Church. This is very apparent when you are wearing the cassock so please be mindful of this.‚ÄĚ
The speakers for this year‚Äôs retreat include the rector of the seminary His Grace Bishop Michael (Dahulich), the Dean V. Rev. Alexander Atty, Dean of Students Fr. Nilus Lerro, as well as two guest speakers V. Rev. John Nehrebecki and Fr. Alexander Goussetis.