The mission choir traveled on April 9th (5th week of Great Lent) to Clifton New Jersey to sing the responses for a Presanctified Liturgy. This was to be a special Presanctified in that Bishop Michael was celebrating as diocesan hierarch, and several area parishes were represented from the local deanery. Besides the Assumption Church faithful with their pastor V. Rev. Stephen Evanina, Fr. Matthew Brown and faithful came from Holy Apostles Church, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, and Fr. Igor Kseniuk and faithful traveled from St. John the Baptist Church, Passaic, New Jersey. All three priests are graduates of St. Tikhon’s!
Following a meaningful celebration of Presanctified Liturgy, a wonderful dinner was served, during which time Fr. Steven was asked to share about the life of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Well after 10pm those gathered were still sharing fellowship with one another and purchasing items from the seminary bookstore!
On a personal note, this was an especially meaningful visit for Fr. Steven as dean of St. Tikhon’s, as he was assigned to this parish as a seminary intern 25 years ago! He was invited to address those gathered in reflecting on having been part of the parish for nine months and thanking them again for this opportunity.. He was especially moved to greet several of his former church school students who are now adults and an integral part of the parish community!