St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is an institution of professional Orthodox Christian theological education, chartered by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with the Orthodox Church in America. In a rural environment conducive to spiritual growth and academic study, the Seminary nurtures the theological vocations of its students and faculty, who share the unique opportunity of learning and teaching Orthodox theology in the framework of their daily experience of a rich heritage of Russian Orthodox spiritual and liturgical tradition.
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The St. Tikhon’s Seminary community mourns the passing of Dn. Dr. Mark Hoeplinger, a devoted member of their Board of Trustees, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, and a deacon at St. George Orthodox Church (OCA) in Buffalo, NY.
Michael Herzak, Board Chair, shared his thoughts upon learning of the death of Dn. Mark: “His untimely repose has hit the St. Tikhon’s community very deeply. In the short time of his service as a board member, he has been such an energizing force in advancing St. Tikhon’s Seminary mission, most recently in working to fund the married student housing project so that future married students can count on housing in enrolling at the seminary.”
Dn. Mark will be sorely missed by the St. Tikhon’s Seminary community, and our prayers are with his family and parish family as they too grieve his passing. A Memorial Service was celebrated by the St. Tikhon Community upon learning of his repose. May the memory of Dn. Mark be eternal!
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