The activities of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary women are as varied as the group itself. Composed of female Seminarians, the wives of the married students, faculty members, wives of faculty members, staff members and staff members’ wives, we are young and old, born Orthodox and convert, some of us have adult children, some of us have young children, some of us are employed outside the home and some are not, some of us homeschool our children and some of us send our children to school each morning. The thing that binds us together is that we are Orthodox Christian who “live, teach, learn, and work” at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
At the beginning of each school year, we have a Meet and Greet activity where we formally meet our newest members and they meet us, the rector, the administrators, and faculty and staff members. Throughout the year, the women get together formally and informally for many activities, including retreats, choir directing classes, meal exchanges, book club, clothing exchanges, monastery visits, church school retreats, and social activities where we have the opportunity to just relax and enjoy being in each other’s company.The women also assist the Seminary with community events like the Saint Nicholas Day celebration, the fall celebration, and the pre-Lenten party.
We are here together for just a short period of time. It is a time in which we face many challenges and, often, life-changing events. It is also a time to be spiritually nourished and to grow together into the women that God has intended us to be.