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October 9 - 10: St. Tikhon Patriarch of Moscow: His Life and Times symposium at HTS
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
announces that an academic symposium
Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow (1865-1925): His Life and Times
will take place on
Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, 2015, at Holy Trinity Monastery (ROCOR) in Jordanville, N.Y.

The symposium celebrates the 150th anniversary since the birth, and the 90th anniversary since the repose of Saint Tikhon (Bellavin), the first Patriarch of all Russia since the restoration of the patriarchate in 1917, who also served as a missionary bishop in North America from 1898-1907, and became a confessor of Orthodoxy during the time of the Bolshevik persecutions.

This conference features a diverse array of speakers, including pastors and scholars from North America and Europe, which will address manifold aspects of the life, work, and legacy of this monumental figure in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. Click here to view the full conference program in English or click here for program in Russian.


Dr. Scott M. Kenworthy, Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University (Ohio) will deliver the keynote address entitled Before the Patriarchate: The Life and Times of St. Tikhon until 1917 at 10 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015. This lecture will be in ENGLISH, FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Following the lecture, tours will be conducted for the public of the new Foundation of Russian History Museum and Holy Trinity Monastery Cathedral.

 Other speakers include:

  •        His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen)
  •        Dr David Ford (St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA)
  •        The Very Rev. Gregory Joyce (Chicago Pastoral School, ROCOR)
  •        Dr Sergei Firsov (St Petersburg, Russia)
  •        Dr Andrey Kostryukov (Moscow, Russia)
  •        Matthew Namee (The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas)
  •        Dr Alexander Gavrilin (Riga, Latvia), and others


Registration for the entire St Tikhon Symposium is $40. For college and university students, registration is $20.

The registration fee includes the attendance at all papers, meals in the Monastery refectory, and coffee breaks, but does NOT INCLUDE accommodations (see information below). 

In order to register for the conference, we recommend you use our online registration form on the Seminary website.  If you prefer to send your registration by email, you will have to submit your payment in person at the conference registration desk on October 10. Registration will also be available at the door (credit cards accepted).

If you have any problems with registration or would like more information about this event, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at  The full program of the Symposium will appear on the Seminary website shortly.


Holy Trinity Monastery kindly offers accommodations to speakers and guests of the conference at the Monastery Guesthouse at the usual price of $25 a night. If you would like to stay at the Guesthouse for the duration of the conference, please indicate this in your online registration form by making a note in the “Additional Comments” section.  You will be able to pay for your stay at the Guesthouse at the time of your departure.

The guests who register after October 1 and/or are unwilling to stay at the Guesthouse are welcome to explore the variety of lodging opportunities in the nearby towns (Herkimer, Richfield Springs, Cooperstown). 

Travel and Airport Information for those traveling from a long distance is available at the Monastery website (

We are looking forward to your visit and wishing you safe travels to Jordanville!

Click here to download the flyer in English and Russian

Online Registration
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Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
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Jordanville, N. Y. 13361
Telephone: (315) 858-0945