On May 12th, the Mission Choir, together with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, visited Holy Apostles Church, Mechanicsburg, PA, now in their new church space! After singing the responses for Great Vespers, the parish hosted a wonderful dinner for all present. The new church space is quite beautiful. Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS 2005), parish pastor, reflected on being present as a subdeacon on May 8, 2004, when St. Alexis Church, in Clinton, CT, was consecrated, where Fr. Steven was then serving. Fr. Steven in turn celebrated the wonderful steps now taken by Holy Apostles Church, and expressed his hope to attend consecration services one day!
On May 13th, the Sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha, the St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir visited the community of Christ the Saviour and sang the responses at the Divine Liturgy. Archpriest Stephen Vernak (STOTS, 2007) shared that it was a special joy to welcome back their former choir director, Rdr. James Latimer, and his growing family! Sunday was also Mother's Day, and the parish "O" Club sponsored gifts for all of the women attending church today. Glory to God for all things! Christ is Risen! Archpriest Daniel Ressetar (STOTS, 1948), pastorl emeritus, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy! Fr. Stephen wore a set of his grandfather's vestments, the Mitred Archpriest John Nehrebecki, as he asked for prayers for his 40th day of repose.
Several Photos at Christ the Savior Church, in Harrisburg, PA, Courtesy of PhotoJENNic Imagery
On the weekend of May 11-13, St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary hosted this year’s Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) event. OISM is a Pan-Orthodox organization focused on building bridges between the different seminaries. This year's focus was Orthodox missions and talks were offered by three of the seminary’s faculty, Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak) Lecturer in Liturgical Theology, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean and Chair of Department of Pastoral Arts and Praxis, and Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History. In addition to stimulating and informative presentations, the seminarians where able to participate in services at St. Tikhon's Monastery, and spend time getting to know each other and build friendships. It is hoped that the seeds planted here will one day bear fruit for Christ’s Church.
Among the seminary's represented were: Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA, St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY. Those attending this event had time to share in fellowship outside of the scheduled formal sessions, and attend services in the monastery church.
Story by Seminarian Joseph Clark
Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education, welcomed visitors from our institutional partners who came to honor seminarians completing field education during this past academic year. Seminarians were honored by: Michael Freund, Director of Long-Term Care, Donna Getts-Marich, Admissions, Social Services, from Wayne Woodlands Manor; Mary Burgio, Social Work Manager, together with The Rev. Ed Erb, The Rev. Maria McKiernan from Wayne Memorial Hospital; and Norm Demming, Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services, from SCI Waymart, as shown in each respective group photo. Archpriest Stephen Powely, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, also spent time with students during the course of the day and addressed the gathered group.
Joseph Sharman, Student Government President, presented newly ordained priests John Segvich and Samuel Davis with wooden pectoral crosses on behalf of the student body. This is a practice that has continued over the past several years.
Congratulations to all our seminarians completing field education, some participating in the regular field education program, and somecompleting additional hours of visitation and group time toward Clinical Pastoral Education credit. Thank you to all our institutional partners who have contributed so much to our seminarians’ pastoral formation!
Many clergy and faithful gathered together at St. Michael's Center, in Jermyn, PA, for Hospitality a la Russe IX! The main photo shows seminarians and their families, and seminary administrative team members who also participated in this wonderful event hosted by St. Tikhon's Seminary Century Association. All those gathered were treated to wonderful music by the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra during the course of the evening!
Subdeacon John Lasichak, President of the Century Association Board, led the program for the course of the evening. Archpriest Joseph Martin, Spiritual Advisor, offered the invocation before the meal was served. Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, welcomed all who attended, and invited the seminarians to look around the room to see all those gathered to support their commitment to complete their studies in pastoral formation.
Subdeacon John presented Fr. Steven with a commitment from the Century Association, including proceeds from this event, in the amount of $15,000! Fr. Steven thanked those present, as did Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Seminary CFO.
May God grant many years to Subdeacon John and all the members of the Century Association for a wonderful evening together! Thank you to Archpriest John Kowalczyk, Pastor of St. Michael's Church, for making the Center available for this event.
(Thank you to Barry Bretz, Parishioner of St. Nicholas Church in Bethlehem, PA, who took photos for the evening, featured for this story.)
Student Government met for elections on April 24th. The 2018-19 Student Government Executive Board members are Joseph Sharman, President; Dn. Michael Shepherd, Vice President; Silouan Burns, Treasurer; Justin Griffing, Secretary; Robert West, Dormitory Representative; Ephraim Tauck, Off-Campus Representative.
The 2017-18 Executive Board members were Joseph Sharman, President; Robert West, Vice President; Augustine Lewton, Treasurer; Isaac Lampart, Secretary; Rony John, Dormitory Representative; Timothy Kolb, Off-Campus Representative. Gratitude was expressed to those completing their term of office, for their service.
In addition to electing new officers, the spring 2018 Student Government General Assembly approved a number of updates and corrections to the bylaws, and it voted to sell 80th anniversary t-shirts and mugs at the 2018 St. Tikhon's Monastery Pilgrimage.
Student Government sponsors get-togethers for seminarians and families, such as a bowling night in the fall and a softball game in the spring. Additionally, this year Student Government sponsored a gathering with seminarians and local OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) college students, participated in the annual FOCA (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America) conference, set up a a small recycling effort on-campus, encouraged students to raise funds from their home parishes for St. Tikhon's, and worked to build stronger lines of communication between the student body and the Board of Trustees.
Story by Seminarian Joseph Sharman, Student Government President