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HTOS 2018 Commencement will host Fr Patrick Viscuso as keynote speaker – June 3, 2018

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Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary’s 2018 commencement will take place on the Sunday of All Saints, June 3. The day will begin at 9am with the entrance of his Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah followed by Hierarchal Divine Liturgy. After lunch, commencement will begin at 2pm with a procession to the monastery cathedral for a molebien of Thanksgiving, followed by the academic procession to the main hall in the Dean Nicholas N Alexandrov Seminary Building for the commencement exercises themselves, which will be followed by a reception for those in attendance. This year’s commencement speaker will be Reverend Fr Patrick Viscuso.

The Reverend Patrick Viscuso is a Professor of Canon Law at the Antiochian House of Studies and the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-Atlantic, an Orthodox canonist, and a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  His doctorate in historical theology from The Catholic University of America concentrated on Byzantine and Oriental canon law, patristic studies, and church history. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and five books: A Quest for Reform of the Orthodox Church (2006), Orthodox Canon Law: a Casebook for Study (2007, 2011 2nd edition), Sexuality, Marriage, and Celibacy in Byzantine Law: the Alphabetical Collection of Matthew Blastares (2008), Guide for a Church under Islam, The Sixty-Six Canonical Questions Attributed to Theodoros Balsamon (2014), and The True Significance of Sacred Tradition and Its Great Worth by St. Raphael Hawaweeny, A Nineteenth-Century Orthodox Response to Roman Catholic and Protestant Missionaries in the East (2017).  Father Viscuso has spoken in a number of domestic and international venues, most notably the Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium and the North American Patristic Society.  He has been president of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America, and serves as a member of the Orthodox Delegation to the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation.  

The seminary community invites all of our alumni, supporters and friends to join us for this exciting day.

20 graduates make up SVOTS Class of 2018; 3 honorary doctorates awarded

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The Class of 2018 with visiting hierarchs and seminary President Chad HatfieldThe Class of 2018 with visiting hierarchs and seminary President Chad Hatfield19 May 2018 • On Campus
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At its Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 19, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) conferred degrees upon twenty graduates, including thirteen Master of Divinity, five Master of Arts, and two Master of Theology students, and also awarded three honorary doctorates. Nine graduates of the Class of 2018 have been ordained to holy orders to serve in both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox jurisdictions.

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Spring Semester 2018: Ordinations, Receptions, Elevations

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During Spring Semester 2018, three new priests have been added to the ranks of our Student Body and Alumni fellowship, as well as three new deacons. Additionally, Alumnus and faculty member Fr. Daniel Findikyan was elected primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

Ordinations, receptions, and elevations from Fall Semester 2017 can be viewed here. Three members of the Class of 2018 were ordained before the start of Fall Semester 2017. Details from their ordinations can be found here.

We keep them in prayer as they continue in their ministries. Axios


HOLY PRIESTHOOD

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In Memoriam: Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak

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Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak (photo: OCA.org)Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak (photo: OCA.org)16 May 2018 • In Memoriam

Alumnus Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak, 80, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of the Leavetaking of Pascha, Wednesday, May 16, in Shoreline, WA. Fr. Vadim was Pastor Emeritus of Saint Spiridon Cathedral, Seattle, WA, and former Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the West.

Fr. Vadim attended St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1973 until 1976 in the Theological Division, the predecessor of what is now the seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. He also studied at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA.

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Great Vespers and Stavrophoria Friday

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All are invited and encouraged to attend Great Vespers in our Holy Cross Chapel tomorrow at 3:30pm. During the service, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, will present a special cross to each of this year’s graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

The clergy shortage and the future of SVOTS

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14 May 2018 • Houston, TX

In the face of a clergy shortage affecting all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in North America, St. Vladimir’s Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield sat down to discuss the future of vocations and the vision for the seminary moving forward.

Fr. Chad was recently interviewed by Adam Lowell Roberts of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America’s Department of Missions and Evangelism. In this two-part interview, Fr. Chad addresses the clergy shortage and also details SVOTS’ Vision 2020, a plan for the future of formation and education at the seminary, which could take effect as early as fall 2018.

Watch the entire two-part interview below.

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Mission Choir Visits Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg, PA

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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!

Several Photos at Christ the Savior Church, in Harrisburg, PA, Courtesy of PhotoJENNic Imagery

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) Gathers at St. Tikhon’s

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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. 

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St. Tikhon’s Celebrates Field Education Graduation

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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!

All Invited to 114th Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery

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Pilgrimage Schedule follows below.  To post a copy, click here.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

3:30 pm       Official Opening of the 114th Pilgrimage with Molieben to the

Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God

4:00 pm       Vespers and Matins for the Departed in the Monastery Church.

Priests and deacons are invited to assist with reading the names of the departed during Matins.

All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the monastery dining hall following the services.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 – SOUL SATURDAY

9:00 am       Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

A meal for all pilgrims in the monastery dining hall following service.

1:00 pm       75th Academic Commencement of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

4:00 pm       Resurrection Vigil in the Monastery Church

Dinner for all pilgrims in the monastery dining hall following the service.

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 – HOLY PENTECOST

9:00 am       Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost (Please bring Green Vestments!)

A meal for all pilgrims in the monastery dining hall following service.

   4:00 pm       Matins in the Monastery Church

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 – DAY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

7:30 am       Divine Liturgy — Monastery Church (Please bring Green Vestments)

10:00 am       Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

12:15 pm       Veterans’ Panikhida and Memorial Service, All Saints Bell Tower

1:30 pm       Akathist to St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre — Monastery Church

2:15 pm       Molieben to the Most Holy Theotokos and Anointing of the Sick,

Infirm and all Pilgrims at the Monastery Bell Tower

4:00 pm       Vespers and Matins in the Monastery Church

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