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Young Adult Initiative Announces Fourteen Pilot Parishes

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The Telos Project, a five-year initiative at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) exploring the spiritual and religious lives of young adults ages 23-29, is pleased to announce the fourteen pilot parishes that will assist in field research.

Antonios Papathanasiou Named Interim Dean of Students

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Antonios A. Papathanasiou, a graduate of both Hellenic College (BA 1998) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MDiv 2017), has been appointed interim Dean of Students. He brings to the position a deep knowledge of and love for the institution, along with a multitude of talents and impressive credentials.

New 2017-2018 Academic Year

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Join Us for the Official Openeing of the New 2017-2018 Academic Year at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary

Trustees Adhere to Synodal Statements on Human Sexuality

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At their meeting on July 24, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Seminary affirmed that the Seminary, in its teaching of theology on the issues of marriage and human sexuality, is guided by the document titled, “Synodal Affirmations on Marriage, Family, Sexuality, and the Sanctity of Life,” originally issued by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in 1992.

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St. Sophia Seminary Youth Certification Program

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The Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a Youth Ministry Certification program. Delegates of the UOC-USA Youth Sobor have repeatedly offered resolutions requesting advanced education for youth workers; we developed this course to address their requests and to help support this ministry that is so vital to the health of our parishes.

A Fond Farewell to Dean of Students Rev. Fr. Nicholas Belcher

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Today, Hellenic College Holy Cross bids farewell to longtime Dean of Students Rev. Fr. Nicholas Belcher with equally great regret and gratitude because of his lasting contributions to the life and sacred mission of this institution. Fr. Nick will be leaving to become the assistant to Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America beginning on August 15.

Seminary President Paves Way for African Students

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Seminarian Simon, Fr. Chad, with Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala and All UgandaSeminarian Simon, Fr. Chad, with Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala and All UgandaJuly 26-August 06, 2017 • Nigeria & Uganda,  East Africa

There’s an Ugandan proverb: “The path to your heart’s desire is never overgrown.”

Over the summer, seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield has been proving that maxim. Through recruitment efforts in both Nigeria and Uganda, he’s been clearing the path for more African students to attend St. Vladimir’s Seminary—fulfilling a desire recently arisen in his heart.

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St. Tikhon’s to Hold Joint 2nd Annual Retreat for Alumni and Seminarians

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South Canaan, Pa. — The Alumni Association of St. Tikhon’s Seminary is holding a 24-hour retreat on August 31 – September 1. 

All alumni are welcome to attend at no cost, and there will be an opportunity for those who live far away to register for an online broadcast of the seminars and annual meeting.

Featured speakers include Drs. David and Mary Ford; participants in the full retreat will earn five continuing education credits.

“As with last year’s hugely successful retreat, we are once again hoping alumni will take advantage of this opportunity to earn continuing education credits, catch up with fellow alumni, participate in the Monastery services, and spend time with current and incoming seminarians,” said Fr. Patrick Burns, president of the association, said. “This year we will be having an informal round of golf prior to the start of events at the seminary, all in the hopes of bolstering more alumni fellowship.”

Thursday’s session with Dr. Mary Ford will be:  “The Eternality of Marriage and a Case Study of Biblical Exegesis”.  Friday’s session with Dr. David will be:  “Sing to Your Soul – A Festival of Wisdom on the Christian Life in the Writings of St. John Chrysostom, with special emphasis on dealing with despondency: the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia”.  In addition to the seminars, there will be a small group discussion session, and prayer in the monastery church.

A flyer which includes the retreat’s schedule is available for download and printing here.

“We hope this retreat, developed from a suggestion by our alumni, is now on its way to becoming a new tradition, fostering deeper relationships among alumni and current seminarians over time,” Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, said. 

To inquire about the retreat or to register, contact Marshall Goodge at 570.561.1818, ext. 101 or by e-mail: 

Donations to support this new initiative are also welcome.

“The Alumni Association plans to cover the cost of holding this event, including food, instruction, and the online component,” Fr. Burns said. “To do so we need your support.”

Please send checks payable to “St. Tikhon’s Seminary” to Fr. Patrick Burns at 59 Clifton Ave
Ansonia, CT 06401-2203, or contact him with questions at

Archpriest John Kowalczyk, STS Field Education Director and OCPM Board Secretary, Visits Antiochian Archdiocesan Assembly

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The staff of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) participated in the 53rd Annual Antiochian Archdiocesan Assembly in Miami, Florida, from July 24th to July 28th, spreading the message of the Orthodox Prison Ministry. God’s blessings to all the participants: Fr. John Kowalczyk (Secretary of the OCPM Board of Directors), Paul Politis (Director of OCPM Operations), Fr. Stephen Powley (Executive Director of OCPM), Matushka Katherine Kowalczyk, Vicki Haskopoulos, and Presbytera Ashley Powley.

St. Tikhon’sSeminary Celebrates Staffing Changes

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary is pleased to announce the following staff changes:

Marshall Goodge (STOTS Class of 2017) is beginning his new role as Administrative Assistant to the Dean.

Dr. Paul Witek, (STOTS Class of 2000) who had been Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs, has been promoted to Director of Academic Affairs, including the role of Registrar.

Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, stated: “I am excited about these changes that are already making a difference in the life of the Seminary!”

We also offer prayerful best wishes to those who are leaving their positions at the seminary:

Sergei Arhipov retired after graduation in May.  Though he will no longer be Registrar, he will continue on a part-time basis as Librarian.

Teresa Vaux Michel moved across the street to begin her duties at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Bookstore.

Seraphim Danckaert left the seminary in July to become the Executive Director of FOCUS.

May God grant many years to the servants of God Paul and Marshall, and Godspeed to Sergei, Teresa, and Seraphim toward their next endeavors.

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