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Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, recently announced that registration has been opened for its two-year Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program, slated to begin in September 2017. The program has been expanded to offer two tracks—one for men who hope to serve as deacons and the other for men and women who are actively involved in parish leadership. Classes will be held at Saint Stephen Cathedral, Philadelphia.
“The Parish Leadership Formation program—designed for laypeople who desire greater knowledge of our Orthodox Christian Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish—is geared toward those serving on parish councils, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Church School and leading youth activities and ministries, assisting with liturgical services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox theology, spirituality and liturgy,” said Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, Program Director. “We are very excited with the decision of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful to learn more about theology, scripture and liturgy. This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia. In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.”
The program will meet on Saturdays from September through May over the course of two years.