It is truly a blessing to be able to reinstate the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) Chapter, 121, here at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. FOCA has been really gracious to the seminary and the families throughout the years. We restarted the chapter in order to show our support and recognition for all the work they do and to help grow the FOCA so that they can continue their dedication to serving and assisting the Orthodox Church in America.
The St. Tikhon’s FOCA Chapter hosted a dinner for the local parishes in the Wilkes-Barre Deanery on January 24, 2016. The dinner began with a Moleben for beginning of a charitable work at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, PA. After the Moleben all were invited to St. Michael’s Center for a lovely dinner. A band consisting of seminarians and professors called the Dogmatixs entertained the faithful before several guest speakers spoke regarding their time at St. Tikhon’s and the FOCA chapter during their time. St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir also sang.
We were truly blessed to have the Very Rev. Eugene Pianovich, a 1950 Alum of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, speak. Fr. Eugene’s class was the first class to begin a FOCA chapter at St. Tikhon’s back in 1947. I can’t think of any better way to restart the chapter at St. Tikhon’s than a Moleben and having one of the people responsible for starting the chapter almost 65 years ago in attendance.
Nearly $500 was collected at the dinner which will be used toward the work of the chapter!
We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the starting of our new FOCA chapter at St. Tikhon’s!
Andrew Nelko, STOTS FOCA President