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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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