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18224St. Vladimir’s Seminary Announces 75th Anniversary Autumn Events

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jul 19, 2013
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      *St. Vladimir�s Seminary Announces 75^th Anniversary Autumn Events*

      �This fall, as we conclude our 75^th Anniversary year, we will bring
      some innovative events to our campus,� remarked The Very Rev. Dr. John
      Behr, dean of St. Vladimir�s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY.
      �Our fall schedule is quite full, and it will hold some surprises, in
      honor of our Jubilee.

      �Most notably,� he continued, �Father John Erickson, former dean of our
      school and professor emeritus of history, will present our inaugural
      Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture in September; and in
      October, we will host a college conference with the theme �For the Life
      of the World,� titled after the phenomenal book by Father Alexander
      Schmemann.

      �With these two events,� he concluded, �we plan to give special honor to
      two former deans who had immeasurable impact upon our seminary during
      their tenures.�

      The Father John Meyendorff First Annual Memorial Lecture will take place
      on Sunday evening, September 15, 2013, and is free and open to the
      public. The Meyendorff Lecture will be held in conjunction with special
      �Alumni Days� scheduled for September 15�16, 2013, and alumni interested
      in further details about the entire event may contact Pdn. Joseph
      Matusiak by email: jmatusiak@... <mailto:jmatusiak@...>, or
      by phone: 914.961.8313 x328.

      The college conference, which will take place Saturday, October 5, 2013,
      will feature both The Rev. Christopher Foley (alumnus, �06), currently
      rector of Exaltation of Holy Cross Church, High Point, NC, and The Rev.
      Joel Weir, a graduate of St. Tikhon�s Seminary and currently rector of
      St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church, Crawfordsville, IN. Both
      priests were chosen as speakers due to their transformative spiritual
      encounters with Fr. Alexander�s writings, among them his book, /For the
      Life of the World/, which they claim set them upon the path to Orthodox
      Christianity and deepened their faith in Jesus Christ. The book
      celebrates its 50^th year of publication, the first edition having been
      printed in 1963 by the National Student Christian Federation.

      The college conference is being arranged by Pdn. Joseph Matusiak,
      director of Admissions and Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir's, who is
      issuing special invitations to several Orthodox Christian Fellowships on
      college and university campuses across the United States. �In this
      unique year,� said Pdn. Joseph, �our Events Committee decided to
      dedicate what normally is Orthodox Education Day to the spiritual growth
      of college and university students. Although because of the growing
      interest in the college conference we find that we will not be able to
      accommodate the general public to our campus for this special event, we
      will be podcasting the two talks by Father Christopher Foley and Father
      Joel Weir, and we hope our usual �Ed Day� patrons will listen in to
      these moving presentations and keep us in thought and prayer on that day.�

      The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, chancellor/CEO of the Seminary,
      commenting on the special fall schedule, added, �We have tried, during
      the next six months on our campus, to plan events that will accommodate
      a cross-section of Orthodox Christians, in keeping with our pledge to
      provide opportunities for educational and spiritual growth to all church
      members.

      �In addition to the Meyendorff Lecture and the /For the Life of the
      World /College Conference, our musical Octet will be visiting two
      distinguished parishes this fall: on November 10, 2013, at Kimisis Tis
      Theotokou Church
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=10f3982bd9&e=b9bd83fbb6>,
      Southampton, NY, served by The Very Rev. Alexander Karloutsos?and The
      Rev. Constantine Lazarakis; and on December 5, 2013, at Holy Trinity
      Orthodox Church
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=2212dde2da&e=b9bd83fbb6>,
      Stroudsburg, PA, where our alumnus, The Very Rev. Dr. Nicholas Solak, is
      the pastor.

      �And, our Seminary�s Chorale and Octet will join with a choir from St.
      Joseph Seminary (Dunwoodie) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New
      York, to present a joint a cappella concert, �Hymns to the Mother of
      God� at St. Jean the Baptiste Church in New York City on Monday evening,
      November 25, 2013.

      �The zenith of all our efforts and events will be our 75^th Anniversary
      Gala Benefit Banquet
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=a0ab5db37e&e=b9bd83fbb6>,
      which will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013, beginning at 6 p.m. at
      the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Our special guest speakers
      will be our esteemed alumnus His Grace Bishop Basil
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=4132a641a2&e=b9bd83fbb6>
      (Essey) of Wichita and Mid-America, of the Self-Ruled Antiochian
      Archdiocese of North America, and The Very Rev. Dr. John McGuckin
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=66c64ecb83&e=b9bd83fbb6>,
      an Orthodox Christian professor at Union Theological Seminary and
      Columbia University and one of distinguished authors at SVS Press.

      �Both the Dean and I hope that our friends and benefactors will pray for
      the success of these events during the next six months, and will
      celebrate our seminary�s glorious legacy of service to the Church, a
      legacy, which by God�s grace, we are endeavoring to continue.�

      Details on all events will be updated regularly on the Seminary�s
      Website
      <http://svots.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=c319f722b10ef615730420ba3&id=e4aa20aafb&e=b9bd83fbb6>,
      as planning continues.


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