by Fr. Gregory White
On Tuesday, the 25th of February, 2020, approximately twenty-five faithful people, consisting of clergy, seminarians, and catechumens from local parishes as well as from St. Tikhon’s Seminary, attended a presentation sponsored by Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where the priest is Fr. Gregory White, an alumnus of St. Tikhon’s. The event started as part of the parish’s weekly study group, and due to public interest it was offered to the surrounding community.
The guest speaker, Dr. David C. Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s, presented on the theme, “Gems of Wisdom from St. John Chrysostom in Brand-New Translation.” Everyone commented on Dr. David’s ability to bring the writings of St. John to life, while also conveying to the audience a welcomed contemporary context through his own new translations from the original Greek.
Multiple people remarked that they felt like St. John was actually present in the room with us. One Matushka said she never had a relationship with St. John, and now she has experienced him in a personal way and will be asking for his prayers and intercessions in her prayer life.
Many people felt the presentation served as a wonderful pre-Lenten kickoff, and are already looking forward to the addition of future events and guest speakers. The positive feedback was unanimous!
Dr. David’s zeal and love for God and His Church was evident to everyone present, and we all departed with a sense of God’s love and care for us through His Saints.