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St. Tikhon’s Participates at 19th All-American Council

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A team of volunteer students from St. Tikhon’s Seminary attended the Orthodox Church in America’s 19th All American Council, held in conjunction with the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America’s 92nd Annual Convention, at the historic Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO from July 20 to 27. Several St. Tikhon’s Seminarians,were joined by volunteers from St. Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak, AK, as well as volunteers from our sister seminary, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, located in Crestwood, NY. This assembled team of seminarian volunteers received various assigned tasks throughout the week, among which were, most importantly, assisting in setting up and taking down the full iconostas that was in place throughout the week in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, assisting in the scanning of delegates’ and observers’ badges at the Council’s many Plenary Sessions (to ensure an accurate count of voting members), and assisting in various liturgical and ecclesial responsibilities throughout the week.

The 19th All American Council was full of highlights, including the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on the mornings of five of the seven days the Council was held. Of particular note was the awarding of scholarships that occurred during the first banquet of the week, on Sunday night – as part of the 92nd Annual FOCA Convention. Two seminarians who were both present at the banquet: Alex Norton, from St. Mark’s Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD, and Robert West, hailing from Holy Apostles Mission Church in Lansing, NY, both received scholarship awards designated specifically for seminarians. This was a proud moment for St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and will serve to strengthen the already solid relationship St. Tikhon’s has with the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America.  

The schedule was full of activities to better serve the smooth operation of the Council, but the St. Tikhon’s volunteers still found time for fellowship and socializing during the brief windows of free time, as well as at the Alumni Reception Tuesday night (07/24) generously sponsored by the Alumni Association. It was a joy to hear from alumni young and old, about their current parish ministries, about how the Seminary has changed over the years, and any words of wisdom they had to share.

At the next day’s Plenary Session, another highlight of the entire week occured in the presentation on Monastic Life in the OCA, delivered by Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. Fr. Sergius invited all attendees at the Council to come and visit St. Tikhon’s, as it is a treasure in the life of the OCA as a whole. After his rousing presentation, the council was receptive to a new video on life at the Seminary, after which the Seminary’s new Dean, Fr. John Parker, spoke about his impressions of the Seminary, and what he hopes to bring to his role as Dean. It was inspiring and exciting to see such a great showing for St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary at the 19th All American Council, and hopefully the attendees will be inspired to make pilgrimage here, become supporters of the Monastery and Seminary.

The final highlights of the 19th AAC took place Friday, in the form of two different but related events. The first was a video presentation by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., featuring interviews with Fr. Mark, a Hierodeacon at St. Tikhon’s Monastery, about the monastic vocation, and with Alex Norton, about the calling to attend Seminary. Later that morning, in the final Plenary Session of the Council, the Youth made a presentation to the AAC, led by St. Tikhon’s very own Miriam Sheehan, the daughter of Music Director Benedict Sheehan. Their speech, contributed to the spontaneous fundraising drive that marked this last day of the Council, leading to raising over $87,000 for the employment of a full time Director for the Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry.

It  was a joy to serve the needs of the OCA by volunteering at this blessed Council, and all the seminary volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to pray, work, and serve with their counterparts from the other OCA Seminaries in the United States, all to the glory of God and the building up of His Holy Church. We are already looking forward to the 20th All American Council in 2021!

(Write-Up by Seminarian Alex Norton. Photo Credit to Seminarian Herman Garrison)

Holy Cross Diaconate Program Completes Twelfth Successful Summer

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The Diaconate Program is alive and well and recently completed its twelfth consecutive year of service to the Church in building up the body of Christ. For nine days in late June, twenty-four candidates for the diaconate participated in the annual summer session of the Diaconate Program.

Opening of the New 2018-2019 Academic Year

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15 September, 2018 – Official Opening of the New 2018-2019 Academic Year at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary

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Join the Faculty and Students of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary for the Opening of the New Academic Year

In Memoriam: Very Rev. Archimandrite Seraphim Poulos

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27 July 2018 • In Memoriam

Alumnus Very Reverend Archimandrite Seraphim Poulos (John Poulos) fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, July 27, in his hometown of Ithaca, NY. Fr. Seraphim, who had battled cancer, was 68.

Fr. Seraphim was born in Groton, NY on May 26, 1950, and at the age of 2 his family moved to Ithaca. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1969 and attended St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1971 to 1974 in what was then known as the Collegiate Division. During those years he also worked on his bachelor’s degree at Iona College. Fr. Seraphim later obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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St. Helen’s Pilgrimage 2018

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St. Helen’s Pilgrimage is an annual rite of passage for our School of Theology juniors and seniors that visits holy sites in four countries: Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Turkey, and Greece. This year, through the generous support of the St. Helen’s Pilgrimage benefactors, 25 students made the trip, which began on May 20.

Dr. Grammenos Karanos Ordained to the Holy Diaconate

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By the grace of God and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Dr. Grammenos Karanos, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, was ordained to the holy diaconate by his Eminence Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis on July 26, 2018, during the feast of St. Paraskevi.

Dr. Ionut-Alexandru Tudorie named academic dean of SVOTS

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20 July 2018 • Yonkers, NY

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) has appointed Dr. Ionuţ-Alexandru Tudorie to the position of academic dean. The Seminary’s Board of Trustees selected Tudorie, a native of Romania, on July 18 after the Academic Dean Search Committee had narrowed down the list of possible candidates to two. The announcement concludes an extended and carefully-undertaken search process that began at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

“There is no doubt that Dr. Tudorie brings with him extraordinary gifts and achievements that will benefit the seminary greatly,” said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of SVOTS. “Coming from Europe, he follows in a long-standing SVOTS tradition of importation of ‘rising stars’ from abroad.”

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26th Annual Golf Classic a Great Success

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The 26th annual Hellenic College Holy Cross Nicholas J. Bouras Memorial Golf Classic is always a much-anticipated highlight of the summer and this year’s sold-out event may well have been the very best ever.

St. Tikhon’s to Host 21st Annual Golf Tournament on August 18

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary will host its 21st Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at 6:00 PM at the course. 

The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship. The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at 570-846-1225 or bernygober@comcast.net to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download here.

 If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information here, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!

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