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Dr. David Ford's Two-Stop Tour of Ohio - 08/12/19

On Friday evening, July 19, 2019, Dr. David spoke at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church (OCA) in Canton, Ohio, where St. Tikhon's Seminary graduate Fr. John Kennerk is the rector. Dr. David spoke on "Marriage in the Fathers through the Centuries", using an article in the book he helped to edit, called Glory and Honor: Orthodox Christian Resources on Marriage (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2016). 

Then, the next evening, after a brief visit to the St. Gregory Palamas Orthodox Monastery in Hayesville, Ohio, he spoke at St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church (OCA) in Columbus, Ohio, where Fr. Stephen Frase, another St. Tikhon's graduate, is the rector. For this talk, Dr. David spoke on "Dealing with Despondency through the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to St. Olympia". Dr. David has translated, in a first-time full English translation, all 17 of these wise, powerful, and tremendously inspiring letters, all written by St. John to his best friend and confidante, St. Olympia the Deaconesse, as he was enduring his totally unjust exile. The translation also was published by St Vladimir's Seminary Press in 2016, as part of their Popular Patristics Series. 

Dr. David remarked, "It's always a greay joy to visit parishes where the priest is one of our St. Tikhon's graduates, to see them in action, to reconnect with them and their families, and to share with and get to know some of their parishioners. May all our alumni and their families and parishioners be flourishing wonderfully in our Lord Jesus!'

Alumni Update: An Ordination in India - 07/13/19

On Saturday, July 13, 2019 Dn. Rony John (STOTS 2018) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Thomas’ Orthodox Syrian Church in Pune, Maharashtra, India, by the hands of His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of the Bombay Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The next morning he served his first Holy Qurbana, also at St. Thomas’ Church.

We wish Fr. Rony John and his wife Snehal many years!

Student and Alumni update: June and July Ordinations  - 07/11/19

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is pleased to receive word of the Ordinations to the Holy Priesthood of a recent graduate in June and a continuing student in July.

On June 22, 2019, Dn. John S. Parker (STOTS 2019) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the hands of His Eminence Archbishop Melchizedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Fr. John is assigned Acting Rector St. Nicholas Church in Donora, PA. We wish him and Matushka Nadia many years!

On July 7, 2019, Dn. Jesse Robinson was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the hands of His Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita and Mid-America of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It is expected that Fr. Jesse will graduate from St. Tikhon’s this coming May, after which he will go on to serve the Antiochian Archdiocese. We wish Fr. Jesse, Khouriyeh Xenia and their children many years!

St. Tikhon's Honors Fifteen Graduates of the 77th Graduating Class - 06/03/19

South Canaan, PA – On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary held its 77th Annual Commencement Exercises, conferring Master of Divinity degrees on 13 graduates and Certificates in Pastoral Formation on 2 others. The joyful assembly began with a procession into the filled, newly-renovated Convocation Center, which housed the very first All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America in 1970.

Presiding over the festivities was His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America and President of the Seminary. His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL of New   York and the Rector of the theological school, presented the candidates to His Beatitude for the conferral of degrees. Other hierarchs present included His Eminence, Archbishop MELCHISEDEK of Pittsburgh; His Eminence, Archbishop DAVID of Sitka; and His Grace, Bishop THOMAS of Oakland, Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese.  Each of the hierarchs “hooded” the Seminary graduates from their respective Dioceses.

Very Rev. Archpriest John Parker, Dean of the Seminary, introduced the Class Valedictorian Benjamin Cabe.  In his address, Ben reminded those assembled:  “Often when we think of graduate degrees in theology, we imagine a classroom full of people discussing theological ideas, but this is not the thrust of our education here. God is not an idea; He is a person – and a person can only be truly known through personal contact.” 

Seven current graduates and one recent graduate received certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from Very Rev. Archpriest Steven Voytovich, former Dean and director of CPE for the Seminary.  Father John Parker announced those who had graduated with honors:  Benjamin Cabe, with distinction in Theology, and George Davis, with distinction in Church History.

The Commencement Address was delivered by His Eminence, the recently-elevated Archbishop David, a 1997 St. Tikhon’s alumnus.  The ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Alaska exhorted the graduating seminarians to be ever prepared to witness to inquirers, recognizing  the “God Tests” in their lives:

You will have lots of  "God tests" in life, and while you may be done with the classroom, you’re not done with the ‘Living’ room. Every time you are approached by someone with a question about a life subject, you need to be ready to answer the test question.  It may be that you find yourself in a checkout line [and] they may notice you’re a priest….  You’re going to get a God test.  Be ready, be confident, but most of all, be humble.

His Eminence also  fulfill the instruction of St. Herman of Alaska: “From this day, from this hour, from this minute, let us strive above all else to love God and to do His Holy Will” and to keep in mind the words of St. Innocent of Alaska:

It is indeed a holy endeavor, one equal to that of the apostles, to leave your homeland and go to places that are remote, wild, and devoid of many of the comforts of life in order to convert to the path of Truth people who are still wandering in the darkness of ignorance and to illumine with the light of the Gospel those who still have not seen this saving light.  Blessed is he whom the Lord chooses and places in such service!  But especially blessed is he who with all fervor, sincerity, and love struggles to convert and to enlighten, enduring the labors and sorrows met in the course of his service, for great is his reward in the heavens.

During the gathering, St. Tikhon’s Student Government outgoing president Fr. Joseph Sharman presented the “Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Community Service Award” to retiring Chief Financial Officer Very Rev. Archpriest Dennis Swencki (STOTS 1974), a most beloved member of the St. Tikhon’s Community for many years.  Father Dennis offered a heartfelt and tearful response upon receiving the award, which was given with great love from the graduating class and the entire community he has served for so long.

The Commencement ceremony also included the presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, as chosen by the members of the Seminary’s Alumni Association.  It was announced by Alumni Association President, Rev. Patrick Burns (STOTS 2009) that this year the award was being presented to two venerable elder priests:  Mitred Archpriest Daniel Ressetar (STOTS 1948) and Very Rev. Archpriest Eugene Pianovich (STOTS 1950), both of whom have been blessed with more than half-a-century of faithful service to Christ’s Church in America.  Two days later, at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Monastery Memorial Day Pilgrimage, Metropolitan Tikhon awarded Fr. Pianovich the privilege to wear the miter. 

On Saturday evening, following the Vigil service at the Monastery Church, some two hundred persons attended a banquet, held at the Anthracite Center in Carbondale, honoring the 15 graduates of the St. Tikhon’s Class of 2019.  The speaking program focused on reflections by the students of their time together, being spiritually formed and theologically educated at the Monastery and Seminary.

We wish the St. Tikhon’s Class of 2019 “Many Years!”

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