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.