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The St. Tikhon’s Community came to celebrate the Feast of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Patron Saint of both the monastery and seminary. The feast began with Novice Daniel Armstrong being tonsured a Riasaphore Monk at the end of the vigil.
His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. With him was Archimandrite Sergius (Boywer), Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Igumen Gabriel (Nicholas), Archpriests John Kowalczyk and David Shewczyk, Seminary Field Education Director and Assistant Director, Fr. Theodore Petrides, pastor of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Seminary Director of Student Life, and Fr. Innocent Neal, St. Tikhon’s Bookstore Manager. Those serving as deacons included: Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak), Hierodeacon Maxim (Romanchak), Deacon Michael Pavuk, from St. John’s Cathedral, Mayfield, and Deacon Matthew Joyner, seminarian.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Sergius presented Mr. Alexander Bratic, J.D. with the Order of St. Tikhon in recognition of his very generous philanthropic support of the monastery and seminary over many years. He has graciously donated funds for many projects at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary, and has served as a Board Member of the Seminary. A festive lunch followed where everyone enjoyed some fellowship.