On Saturday October 30th in a short Moliben (service of thanksgiving) at St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Fr. Alexander Atty was installed as the seventh Dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
The Service was presided over by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah. Also in attendance for this historical event were His Grace Bishop Tikhon of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and His Grace Bishop Michael of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.
The service was followed by a reception in Fr. Atty’s honor where those present spoke about this unprecedented historical event and how it marks the passing of one period in the life of the St. Tikhon’s Community and the beginning of another. Our very own Dr. Harry Boosalis asked those in attendance to not downplay the significance of this event. He added, “Today we commemorate not only the installation of our new dean, but indeed the inauguration of a new era – the new Atty Era.”
Later in the speech Dr. Boosalis would add this exhortation to the seminary community, “And to our humble and hurting seminary community, which only now is finally feeling the healing powers of our Lord, after a difficult past few years, we again have hope, under his new and inspiring leadership.”
“A new era has indeed begun, and a new energy is palpable on our campus, with an unknown excitement vibrant within our classrooms and hallways.”
His inspiring words do not come without caution though as he explains, “Yet the rejuvenation of St. Tikhon’s will not be achieved by Fr. Atty alone. It will succeed only through the collective efforts of all the elements that make up our seminary community…we all have our own unique roles to play, as we all work together and contribute to the rebuilding and the rebirth of our beloved school.”
If you would like to know how you can help with this revitalization please contact the Office of the Dean.