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Spring Events 2017
January & February  2017 

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Memoriam: Juliana Schmemann
Memory Eternal!
On January 29 our seminary community mourned the repose of our beloved mother in Christ, Matushka Juliana Schmemann, wife of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (+1983), long-time Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield and Dean Archpriest John Behr concelebrated with clergy and hierarchs, including Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and chair of the Board of Trustees at SVOTS, and His Grace Irinej, bishop of the Eastern American Diocese (Serbian Orthodox Church) and SVOTS alumnus, at her funeral at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers, NY. Alumnus Archpriest John Jillions offered a eulogy following the evening memorial service.

The Seminary is planning a Memorial Service for Matushka Juliana, to be held in Three Hierarchs Chapel on Friday, March 10, at 5 p.m.
one day following her 40th Day of repose.
Feast of the
Three Hierarchs 
On January 30 His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at SVOTS, presided at the
celebration of the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, patrons of our campus chapel. His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese (Serbian Orthodox Church) concelebrated with Metropolitan Tikhon, together with chapel clergy and guest clergy. 

During the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon tonsured Harrison Basil Russin, lecturer in Liturgical Music at SVOTS, to the order of Reader.  He also presided at the celebration of a Memorial for the newly departed Matushka Juliana Schmemann, wife of the late SVOTS Dean, Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, who had fallen asleep in the Lord one day earlier.

Additionally Metropolitan Tikhon held a reception for members of the student body, during which he reflected on the life of the Orthodox Church in America and fielded a variety of questions from the seminarians. That evening, Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishop Irinej attended the 34th annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr. Lewis Patsavos, titled “Reflections of a Canonist.” 

March for Life 2017
March for Life
In a show of solidarity to protect the rights of the unborn, students, administrators, and alumni from St. Vladimir’s Seminary joined in the 44th annual March for Life—with the theme “The Power of One”—in 
Washington, D.C. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Board of the Seminary, along with seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield, spoke on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) during the rally.
IOCC Build 2017
 New Orleans Rebuild
Over winter semester break Seminarians Dn. Andrew Honoré, Evan LeDoux, and Antwian (Anthony) Davis participated in an IOCC Action Team that helped rebuild homes in New Orleans, in cooperation 
with Habitat for Humanity. In this essay, Seminarian Davis shares his experience of ministering—and being ministered to!—in Louisiana, where Southern hospitality reigns amid lingering devastation from Hurricane Katrina one decade ago.
Campus Blessing 2017
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord

On the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, February 2,  our chapel clergy blessed with holy water all the buildings on our campus.
The blessing typically is held on or around the time of this feast instead of Theophany, because our seminarians and their families have returned to campus following their winter holiday.
Visit Fr. Chyrsostomos 2017
OISM Feb 2017
Mission Minded
On February 4 Archimandrite Chrysostomos Onyekakeyah from Nigeria visited our campus to enlighten our community about missionary work in Africa. In this essay, Seminarian Herman Fields talks about Fr. Chrysostom’s daily work in Nigeria: he serves in five parishes (which he reaches by bicycle), and typically baptizes 20–30 children during one service and takes 45 minutes to distribute Holy Communion during Divine Liturgy!  Fr. Chrysostom’s visit generated enthusiasm for training potential Nigerian priests at St. Vladimir’s, since, as the Gospel reminds us, “the harvest is great but the laborers few” (Luke 10.2).
Seminarians Christopher Rakowski, Stefan Johansson, and Rosy Luke, and Alumna Olga Kirilchenko participated in an Orthodox Christian Inter-Seminary Movement OISM) meeting at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY, February 3–5. Speakers at the gathering, Igumen Seraphim Bell and Protopresbyter Peter Heers, focused on missionary approaches and challenges, and especially offered insights into the spiritual and cultural life of the people in Nepal—a mission field “ripe for harvest,” as the Gospel again reminds us (John 4.35).
Deborah Belonick • Office of Communications

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Photography credit: Herman Fields, Rosy Luke, Joseph Olas, Subdeacon Roman Ostash, Alexandru Popovici, Archpriest Gregory Safchuk, Adrienne Soper

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