St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 St. Tikhon’s Board of Trustees Holds Spring Meeting Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Board of Trustees met March 15 and 16 at the seminary.&nbsp; Board committees met on Thursday, bringing together all seminary constituencies with board members, and the full board met all day Friday.&nbsp; Among the agenda items was the acceptance of three new Board of Trustees Members!&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Jeffrey Carpenter is Chief of Surgery and Vice President for Surgical Services, Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Health System, serving as a teaching Vascular Surgeon.&nbsp; Dr. Jeff has held numerous faculty teaching roles.&nbsp; He holds numerous degrees:&nbsp; B.A. Degree from Amherst College, majoring in Chemistry, minor in Greek (1981); M.Div. and M.D. Degrees, Yale Divinity School (1986).&nbsp; He is married and has a son and daughter.&nbsp; Dr. Carpenter has been recognized on numerous occasions for his surgical expertise as a top doctor at the state level in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a leading doctor in the nation!</p> <p>Samuel Jacob is a life-long member of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain, Ohio.&nbsp; He has served in multiple roles in the parish (President, Vice President, and Chairman of Finance Committee) and the Diocese of the Midwest. Samuel has served as Superintendent for Water Plants in Lorain and Elyria, Ohio for more than twenty years.&nbsp; Samuel holds the following degrees:&nbsp; AS Degree in Chemical Technology from Lorain County Community College, and B.S. in Management (1994) and MBA (2004)&nbsp; from David Myers University in Cleveland.</p> <p>Attorney Anthony Frederick Chapekis is a Founding Partner of the Chapekis, Chapekis, Kardas, and Schmidt Law Group in Chicago.&nbsp; He is licensed for multiple state, appeal, and supreme courts, as well as multiple levels of the federal court system. Attorney Chapekis has been highly involved in the Greek Orthodox community in the Chicago area, serving as Chief Legal Counsel for the Chicago Metropolis.&nbsp; He has a keen interest in both Orthodox monasticism and theological education.&nbsp; He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Indiana University (1974), and a Juris Doctor Degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law (1977).</p> <p>May God grant our new board members many blessed years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Mission Choir Visits Allison Park Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Mission Choir, led by Assistant Director Paul Kappanadze, visited St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park, on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11.&nbsp; They sang the responses for the Vigil for the Sunday of the Most Precious Cross, and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.&nbsp; Mission Choir members, parishioners, and invited guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the home of Protodeacon Dr. Michael and Mat. Mary Wusylko on Saturday night.&nbsp; Many gathered together also for a luncheon on Sunday following Divine Services.&nbsp; The parish raised over $13,000 for the seminary!</p> <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, was asked to lead a parish retreat at the cathedral on Saturday, March 10th.&nbsp; The retreat theme was: &ldquo;Let us Draw Near in Faith and Love, and Become Communicants of Life Eternal&rdquo;.</p> <p>Fr. Steven shared how uplifting the love and hospitality of the cathedral community was for all visiting the parish during this weekend!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Celebrates the Sunday of Orthodoxy Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Sunday, February 25, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the children of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s celebrated the triumphal return of the icons at St. Tikhon's Monastery Church.&nbsp;&nbsp; Immediately following the Divine Liturgy, the children of the seminarians and parishioners held icons for the congregation to venerate right after the veneration of the Cross.&nbsp; With so many children presently attending services from the community and the seminary, this celebration was especially meaningful.</p> <p>A special thanks to all the parents who helped out, and to Seminarian Robert West for taking photos!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir Visits St. Andrew Church in Baltimore, MD Sun, 04 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The Mission Choir visited St. Andrew Church in Baltimore over the weekend of March 3rd and 4th.&nbsp; They sang the responses for Great Vespers on Saturday evening, followed by a wonderful supper with parishioners.&nbsp; In the morning the choir sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy, led by Archpriest Theodore Boback, parish rector, Military Chaplain Endorser, and former Alumni President for St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary.&nbsp; Each seminarian introduced himself during the luncheon that followed.&nbsp; The seminary is thankful for the parish&rsquo;s generosity, raising $5,000 during the weekend, in addition to ongoing monthly seminarian scholarship support.&nbsp;</p> <p>May God grant Archpriest Theodore, Dn. James, and parish faithful many blessed years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Metropolitan Tikhon Leads Clean Week Services at St. Tikhon’s Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited St. Tikhon&rsquo;s during the first week of Great Lent.&nbsp; During his visit he led the reading of the Canon of St. Andrew during Great Compline, celebrated the Presanctified Liturgy, and actively participated in other services.&nbsp; His presence was truly an inspiration to the St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery and Seminary communities as they came together to celebrate the full cycle of services throughout this first week of Great Lent!&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Eis polla eti Despota!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary now accepting applications for Fall 2018 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>St. Tikhon's Seminary is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.&nbsp; Many ask about application deadlines.&nbsp; We prefer having materials by early June, as it takes time to contact your references and to conduct a background check.&nbsp; Please know also that you do not need to wait to submit a completed packet.&nbsp; Sending in the application form is a good start, and we will work with you as you forward other materials.</p> <p>To assist you in the application process, please note the following resources here on the seminary website:</p> <p>Our admissions page, <a href="/admission.html">here</a>, offers general information for those applying.&nbsp; The application page, <a href="/application_materials.html">here</a>, offers all the essential information necessary for assembling application materials.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Seminary Bulletin for 2018-2020 is now available on the seminary website.&nbsp; View this document, <a href="/academicbulletin.html">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Please feel free to contact the Admissions Committee either by e-mail:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or for general questions, call the seminary at 570.561.1818.&nbsp; It is most helpful if you also send application materials in to the applicants e-mail address above.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary Dean Leads Retreats With Armenian Clergy Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Dean, was invited by Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar, to led retreats for clergy of the Eastern Diocese of the Patriarchal Armenian Church.&nbsp; The focus of these retreats was: Reflection on Lenten Themes, including, &ldquo;Come unto me all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Fr. Steven met with clergy of the New England (March 6) and Mid-Atlantic Regions (March 20).&nbsp; His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, was an active presence at both retreat sessions that were most effectively coordinated by Fr. Simeon.&nbsp;&nbsp; The focus of the sessions was to spark conversation and dialogue among the clergy on various topics.</p> <p>The Presentation sessions were interspersed with prayer, quiet time, and shared fellowship during meals.&nbsp; Fr. Steven shared with each group how meaningful it was to come and participate in this time of pastoral conversation and renewal of their respective regional clergy brotherhood. He also stressed the importance of these gatherings in maintaining and growing pastoral ministry among the clergy.</p> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary The Fords Speak in Chicago Sat, 03 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Drs. David and Mary Ford traveled to Chicago for three speaking engagements at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, at the invitation of the priest there, Fr. Nicholas Georgiou.&nbsp; During the Sunday Liturgy the next morning, Dr. David gave the homily, on God's Love as seen in the writings of the Old Testament Prophets, St. John Chrysostom, and especially St. Gregory Palamas, since it was St. Gregory Palamas Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That evening was the first of three evening gatherings celebrating the 35th annual Book Week of the Holy Apostles parish, an event which always includes vespers or compline, lectures (and book-signings), as well as an extensive display of Orthodox books. Dr. David highlighted the&nbsp;Letters of Saint John Chrysostom to Saint Olympia, which he translated, and which was published recently by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press as part of their highly acclaimed Popular Patristics series.&nbsp; He spoke specifically on the theme of "Persevering through Trials, Tribulations, and Despondency in the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to St. Olympia the Deaconess," giving many quotes from the Letters - including these rousing words in praise of the Three Holy Youths in the fiery furnace:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"For the fire became bound, and the bound ones were delivered; and the furnace became a temple of prayer, a fountain of dew more awesome than the courts of kings. And fire, radiantly blazing, more powerful than iron and stone, and holding mastery over every other substance, was conquered by the strands of their hair. And an all-harmonious choir stood on that very spot, as the holy ones summoned all of creation unto the marvelous melody. They sent up hymns of thanksgiving for having been bound and set on fire by their enemies, and for having been driven from their homeland, for having been made prisoners, for having been deprived of their freedom, for having been banished and made homeless wanderers, and for having to sojourn in a foreign and barbarous land &ndash; all of this was fitting for a prudent soul to be thankful for" (Letter 7.C).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then Monday evening, Dr. Mary spoke on "Persevering through Trials and Tribulations: Wisdom from the Book of Revelation." &nbsp;She highlighted how over one-fourth of the book is extremely positive and uplifting, reflecting the same teachings of the Saints through the ages on the most beneficial approach to persevering through suffering and trials.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Drs. David and Mary enjoyed seeing St. Tikhon's alumni Fr. Daniel Doss and Fr. Herman Kincaid, who came to the Sunday night gathering, as well as meeting many people from various parishes in the Chicago area at this wonderful, pan-Orthodox event - at which our own Dr. Harry Boosalis and Dr. Christopher Veniamin have spoken at in previous years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Tuesday morning, before their flight home, Drs. David and Mary were blessed to visit their old friends Fr. John and Presvytera Irene Rallis at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, in Des Plaines, Illinois, and to get a tour of the thriving K - 6 parochial day school that's run by this parish.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. David commented, "It was a truly glorious trip.&nbsp; Fr. Nicholas and his Presvytera Michelle, Fr, Paniyiotes and his Presvytera Nicolia, Deacon Perry and his wife Diaconessa Pat, Fr. John and Matushka Emma Cazabonne,&nbsp;and everyone we were with were tremendously hospitable and appreciative of what we had to offer.&nbsp; May our All-Gracious Lord bless them all mightily!"</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary