On Tuesday, October 27th, Archpriest Dan Kovalak shared the fourth and final segment of our Adult Education Series focused on Expanding the Mission, the theme of this past summer's All-American Council.
Archpriest Daniel entered St. Tikhon’s Seminary right out of high school in greater Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated in 1974 from the undergraduate program. He married Myra (Pianovich) in 1976 and was ordained to the diaconate. For two years he served at the Christ the Savior Church in Miami where he assisted in the founding of new missions, and preparations for the founding the Diocese of the South itself. Following ordination in 1978 he began his tenure at Holy Cross Church, Williamsport, bringing the parish from mission to full parish status. He has served at virtually all levels of church life in the OCA as well as strong representation in his local community. Most recently he was a presenter at our newly established mission school. He has been adjunct faculty member here at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, teaching pastoral theology, for the past twenty years.
Fr. Daniel shared, from the Exodus story, the Lord’s command to Moses on Mount Sinai. “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me an offering; … And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.” (Exodus 25:2, 8) Fr. Daniel spoke with great enthusiasm how the Lord of the Old Testament expressed such desire to dwell with His people. He then expanded this calling from the Old Testament, bringing it to our present age in calling upon those gathered to do all we can to build sanctuary for God to dwell with us, and for all those who are searching for life in the midst of our broken world can find refuge.
To punctuate his presentation, Fr. Dan shared sobering statistics about how our nation is increasingly turning away from God, fueling the very call for sanctuary to be built.
This has been a most meaningful lecture series for those able to attend. Please check back for updates as we hope to post the videos from each of the lectures in the coming weeks.