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Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will host its annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 16-18, 2015. The seminary is pleased to provide this symposium to assist OCA priests and deacons fulfill their 20 hours of continuing education studies mandated each year by the Holy Synod of Bishops.

This year’s program is focused most intensively on theological foundations for and the practice of pastoral care by our clergy in parish life.

The list of speakers and topics to be included in this year’s symposium includes the following:

  1. “Practical Issues in the Life of an Orthodox Priest with Guidance from the Holy Fathers” by Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, Professor of Scripture - Tuesday afternoon, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. We will explore specific aspects of the Holy Priesthood, with direction gleaned from the writings of pastoral theology by Saint Ambrose of Milan, Saint Gregory the Great and Saint John Chrysostom.

  1. “The Concept of Healing as Found in the Dynamic of the Treatment Team Model” by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and Chaplain at SCI Waymart - Tuesday evening, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. We will examine the concept of healing as found in the dynamic of the Treatment Team Model and how the various disciplines working together interface in a harmonious way and bring care for the total person. We will review and bring examples of how this treatment model can bring healing for the priest in his personal life and pastoral work.

  1. “Palliative Care” by Dr. George Giokas, Physician specializing in: Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative medicine in Schenectady, NY - Wednesday, June 17, at 9:00 a.m. Palliative Care is a specialty of medicine caring for seriously ill people using an interdisciplinary team approach. The presenter, a practicing palliative care physician, will provide a medical perspective of current challenges to caring for adults with life-threatening illnesses. We will also explore issues related to advance care planning including advanced directives.

  1. “Pastoral Care in the Lives of the Saints” by Fr. Joseph Frawley, St. Martin Chapel at West Point Academy - Wednesday, June 17, at 1:00 p.m. We will examine Pastoral Care from two perspectives:  first, as reflected in the Lives of the Saints (i.e. the various categories of saints); and then as exemplified in the lives of more contemporary God-pleasers.

  1. “Caring for the Elderly and Disadvantaged” by Mat. Marion Swencki, Director of Long Term Care, Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA - Thursday, June 18, at 9:00 a.m. We will discuss the following topics: Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; simple solutions to major problems; person centered care and the corresponding right to dignity and respect; multi-pharmacy and effects on well being; Medicare, Medicaid, Private insurance, Managed Care, and Supplemental Insurance; Elder Abuse -- identification, prevention, and reporting.

  1. “Pastoral Counseling in the Parish” by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, Associate Professor of Pastoral Arts and Praxis, St. Tikhon’s Seminary - Thursday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. We will consider some topics related to parish life that will include grief and loss, marriage, addictions, and family system orientation helpful for family counseling, and other topics of interest to participants;  also considerations given to referrals.

All courses are available for Clergy Continuing Education credit, as approved by Archpriest Ian Pac-Urar. The cost, which includes lecture registration, room and board (in the Metropolitan Leonty Dormitory), is $100.00 per person. For an additional charge, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Pioneer Plaza Hotel in Carbondale, PA. Please contact the seminary directly for any questions or to make reservations at at the seminary’s main number 570-561-1818 or by e-mail to teresa.vauxmichel@stots.edu.

2015 CLERGY CONTINUING EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Tuesday, June 16:

11:00 a.m. Registration in the Seminary Office

12:15 p.m. Lunch in the Seminary Refectory

1:00 p.m.    Opening Moliben in the Seminary Chapel

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Lecture: “Practical Issues in the Life of an Orthodox Priest with Guidance from the Holy Fathers”by Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and Professor of Scripture.

4:30 p.m. Vespers in the Monastery Church

5:30 p.m. Dinner in the Seminary Refectory

6:30 p.m. Evening Lecture: “The Concept of Healing as Found in the Dynamic of the Treatment Team Model” by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and Chaplain at SCI Waymart.

Wednesday, June 17:

7:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in the Monastery Church

8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Seminary Refectory

9:00 a.m.  Morning Lecture: “Palliative Care” by Dr. George Giokas, Physician specializing in: Geriatric Medicine, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine in Schenectady, NY.

12:15 p.m. Lunch in the Seminary Refectory

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Lecture: “Pastoral Care in the Lives of the Saints” by Archpriest Joseph Frawley, St. Martin Chapel at West Point Academy.

4:30 p.m. Vespers in the Monastery Church

6:00 p.m. Banquet and Fellowship, in the Seminary Refectory

Thursday, June 18:

7:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in the Monastery Church

8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Seminary Refectory

9:00 a.m. Morning Lecture: “Caring for the Elderly and Disadvantaged” by Mat. Marion Swencki, Director of Long Term Care, Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA.

12:15 p.m. Lunch in the Seminary Refectory

1:00 p.m.   Afternoon Lecture: “Pastoral Counseling in the Parish” by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean, Associate Professor of Pastoral Arts and Praxis, St. Tikhon’s Seminary.

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