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On Tuesday, October 20, the Saint Tikhon’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, The Morning Offering. 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.   (Reflection written by Seminarian Marshall Goodge)

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