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.
The St. Tikhon’s Seminary Community was very pleased to welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, as Commencement Speaker for the 74th Graduation Exercises! He was joined at graduation by His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas, of the Pittsburgh Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Our Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and President of all three seminaries of the Orthodox Church in America, led the Commencement Exercises. His Eminence, The Most Reverend Michael, Seminary Rector and Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey was joined by His Eminence, the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America.
The Doctor of Divinity Degree, Honoris Causa, was conferred upon Archbishop Demetrios by Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Michael before Archbishop Demetrios offered the Commencement Address. Archbishop Demetrios shared very practical dimensions of ministry with the graduates, both with genuine warmth, and from the depth of his many years of service in our Lord’s vineyard.
Graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree were: Joseph Frangipani, Priest Theodore Gregory, and Erik Timothy Winegar. Priest David Gresham completed a Certificate in Pastoral Studies. Edward Dawson and Russell Komline completed the Diaconal Formation Certificate Program.
Timothy Winegar graduated with honors. He completed a thesis entitled: The Temple of His Body: Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Understanding of the Temple and Worship in Spirit and Truth in His Commentary of John.
Timothy, also having served as Student Government President, Presented the Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Award for Community Service to Archpriest Daniel Donlick for his decades of service to the seminary that continues to this day as he serves as confessor for many of the seminarians! The first set of photos reflects the graduation exercises.
Later in the evening, after Vespers, the graduates, their family members, and the community of St. Tikhon’s came together for the graduation dinner, held at Genetti Manor in nearby Dickson City. All the hierarch particpating in graduation remained to join in the celebration. Each graduate shared some reflections during the dinner, as did Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, and Metropolitan Tikhon.
Andrew Nelko, now President of Student Government, presented the graduates with an icon bearing the patron saints of all those graduating. This has been an initiative of Student Government. Dn. John Kennerk also shared a gift certificate, representing hearfelt gratitude by all the seminarians, with Matushka Lorissa Gregory, who has served as our cook for the past two years. The second set of photos cover the graduation dinner.
May God grant many years to Archbishop Demetrios, and all our St. Tikhon’s Seminary graduates!
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