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Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov's 90th Birthday Celebration - 01/03/18

On the weekend of December 16-17, 2017, the Feast Day of the Holy Great Martyr Barbara, a large delegation from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY, traveled to St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ, to honor Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov on the occasion of his 90th birthday.


Bishop Nicholas Ordains Two Alumni - 01/09/18

On Tuesday, December 27/January 9, 2018, the third day of the Feast of the Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ and the Feast of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen, Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky) of Manhattan paid an Archpastoral visit to Holy Trinity Monastery & Seminary.

 


Orthodox Clergy and Laity Take Stand Against Deaconesses - 01/16/18

WASHINGTON — Fifty-six Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church.


Jordanville's Pochaev Icon Visits the Parish of the New Martyrs and Confessors in Brooklyn, NY - 02/04/18

Deacon Michael Pavuk, HTOS Director of Development, brought the Jordanville Pochaev Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, with the blessing of Archimandrite Luke and at the invitation of Archpriest Serge Lukianov, Rector, to the parish of the New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, for their patronal feast, which occurred this year on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.


February 25, 2018: Seminary Dean and Choir to participate in Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St Basil's OCA Parish in Watervliet, NY

At 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Choir, directed by Deacon Nicholas Kotar, will sing the responses at the Pan-Orthodox "Lenten Mission" Vespers for the Albany, NY, area hosted by St Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church (OCA) in Watervliet, NY.  Archpriest Alexander F.C. Webster, Ph.D., Seminary Dean and Professor of Moral Theology, will lead the HTOS delegation and preach the homily.  Deacon Michael Pavuk, Director of Development, will accompany the delegation. The entire free-will offering will be donated to the Seminary fund. We thank the host rector, Archpriest Peter Olsen, and Priest Matthew Markewich, Rector of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA), Ballston Lake, NY, for coordinating the even and extending the invitations.


February 26, 2018: Presentation at HTOS entitled "The Many Hats of Alyona Kojevnikova"

On February 26, 2018, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary will host a presentation titled, “The Many Hats of Alyona Kojevnikova: Reflections on Russian Orthodox Life Around the World”. The presentation was arranged and will be moderated by Rev Deacon Andrei Psarev, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Russian Church History at HTOS and editor of the ROCOR Studies website.  Ms Kojevnikova’s biography may be found at

http://www.rocorstudies.org/ 2014/08/17/invariably-the- russianness-is-going-to- dissipate-with-every- congregation/

This event will be live-streamed on both the HTOS and ROCOR Studies Facebook pages, and a Q & A will follow. Please join us for this unusual presentation.


Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Patronal Feast Day - 02/12/18

With God's grace, the help of our generous benefactors, and the diligence of our faculty and staff, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary was once again blessed to celebrate our patronal feast day of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. On February 11 and 12, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the monastic community, the seminarians, faculty, staff, and friends gathered to praise God the Holy Trinity, honor those great saints of the fourth century, and extol the virtues of the Seminary.

 


HTOS Director of Development speaks at Antiochian Orthodox Clergy Retreat in Wichita Kansas - 02/14/18

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Basil (Essey), Deacon Michael Pavuk, the Seminary’s Director of Development traveled to Wichita Kansas in mid-February to address the attendees at the clergy retreat of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid America of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.


March 3-4, 2018: HTOS Choir to travel to St John the Baptist Cathedral, Washington DC

The HTOS choir, with the blessing of Archmandrite Luke, Rector, will travel to St John the Baptist Cathedral, Washington, DC, on the weekend of March 3-4, 2018. Mitred Archpriest Victor Patapov, cathedral rector, has invited our choir to join the cathedral’s choir at the bi-lingual All Night Vigil on Saturday evening and invited our seminary choir to sing the responses at the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil on the second Sunday of the Great Fast commemorating our Father among the Saints, Gregory of Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica.  Deacon Nicholas Kotar, seminary choir director and lecturer in Church Music, will lead the Seminary Choir at both the English and Church Slavonic Divine Liturgies. Accompanying the choir will be Deacon Michael Pavuk, Director of Development, who will assist the cathedral clergy at the services and speak to the faithful on behalf of the Seminary.


Clean Week for Holy Trinity Seminarians - 02/17/18

Following Russian tradition, monastics, faculty, seminarians, and staff began their Lenten purgation with an intensive week saturated with between 9 and 10 hours of church services each day, including Midnight Office, Matins, a Panikhida for all the names submitted to the Monastery for memorials, the four Canonical Hours, Vespers, Typica, and Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew, spiritual readings and councils.


UPDATED 3-21-18 HTOS Dean and Seminary Choir attend Pan Orthodox Vespers at St Basil’s in Watervliet, NY - 02/25/18

A delegation from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (HTOS) traveled to St Basil’s Orthodox Church (OCA) on February 25 to participate in a Pan-Orthodox Vespers to commemorate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The delegation was led by Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, Dean and Professor of Moral Theology.


Seminary Professor Publishes Book, Presents Research at Moscow Conference - 02/28/18

Elena Nelson’s recent book, Tradition and Innovation in Russian Church Slavonic Hymnography, was published by Academica Press in November 2017. The publisher designated it a Featured Book.  


Seminary Choir travels to St John the Baptist Cathedral, Washington, DC - 03/03/18

The Seminary choir travelled to Washington, DC, during the first weekend in March, with the blessing of Archimandrite Luke, Rector, and at the invitation of Mitred Archpriest Victor Potapov, Rector of St John the Baptist Cathedral in DC. The choir sang the responses during both the English and Church Slavonic Divine Liturgies under the direction of Deacon Nicholas Kotar, Seminary Choir Director and Lecturer in Church Music. Priest Ephraim Willmarth, Asst. Dean and Director of Admissions, and Deacon Michael Pavuk, Director of Development, led the delegation, which was accompanied by Dr. Vitaly Permiakov, Asst. Professor of Dogmatic and Liturgical Theology.


Seminary meets Giving Tuesday goal! - 03/08/18

Christ is in our midst!
 
I am delighted to announce that Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, has met our goal of raising a record $91,000 in contributions to our Giving Tuesday campaign! 


10th Anniversary of the Repose of Met. Laurus - 03/16/18

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the repose of our beloved Met. Laurus (Škurla), clergy from across the United States and Canada joined Bishop Nicholas at Holy Trinity on Friday, March 16, 2018, for a Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy & Pannikhida.

After the Liturgy, monastics, clergy, seminarians, and guests continued the commemoration with a shellfish feast in the trapeza. That special, festive meal was followed by a two-hour Pannikhida in the cathedral.

A decade ago, Vladyka Laurus reposed on the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, a symbol of his life-long struggle to preserve the true faith while maintaining harmony within the Church. That difficult and delicate work culminated with his successful efforts to bring ROCOR back into communion with the Moscow Patriarchate through the Act of Canonical Communion, which he and Patriarch Alexei II signed in Moscow.

Vladyka Laurus served as dean of our Seminary, as well as the First Hierarch of ROCOR and the abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery. In fact, he was so beloved by the students that a majority of the clergy who came to Jordanville for the weekend's festivities are Seminary alumni, ranging from the class of 1964 to the class of 2014.

Click here to read reflections on the life of Met. Laurus


Христос воскресе! Christ is Risen! - 04/16/18

An early Pascha and an unusually long winter combined this year to frame a snow-white Paschal celebration.

Beginning with Great and Holy Thursday's foot-washing service conducted by our Rector, Archimandrite Luke, the final days of Lent were filled with liturgical services, including Passion Matins (with the readings of the Twelve Gospels), Royal Hours, Great Friday Vespers (with the procession with the Holy Winding Sheet), Holy Saturday Lamentations at 2:00 a.m., the reading of the entire New Testament book of Acts of the Apostles on Holy Saturday evening followed by Midnight Office. Since heavy snow fell as a backdrop to these services, monks were clearing the snow as priests, other monastics, seminarians, and the faithful were processing around the Church for the 2:00 a.m. Lamentations!

To link the beginning with the end, Holy Saturday 2018 marked the rare correspondence of the Great Feast of the Annunciation with Holy Saturday, a juxtaposition inspiring mystical contemplation of the beginning of the Son of God’s economy of salvation in the womb of the Theotokos and the culmination of His earthly ministry His death on the Cross and Resurrection from the tomb.

The wintry weather made a poignant ending to Great Lent and a delightful Pasha!

After the rigors of Passion Week with its intense but prayerful focus on the sacrifice of Christ, Pascha broke forth into joyful triumph at precisely midnight on April 7. Following the procession around the church, we celebrated the Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Feasts, proclaiming “Hristos Voskrese!” and “Christ is risen,” and singing the Paschal troparion repeatedly. The Pascal breakfast that followed around 4:30 a.m. was festively complete with kulich, holodetz, and cheese paskha.

We thank the Risen Christ, and we thank you, our supporters, during this Bright Week!  

Hristos Voskrese!  Christ is Risen!  Christos Anesti!


Master of Divinity Program to Begin in Fall of 2018! - April 16, 2018

 

Dear Alumni, Friends, and Supporters:


“This is the day the Lord has made; let us greatly rejoice and be glad therein.” (Psalms 117:24, LXX)

 

On this glorious day, I am delighted to announce that Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, will, by the grace of God the Holy Trinity and the approval of the New York State Board of Regents, begin a new Master of Divinity degree in Fall 2018.

 

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Board’s approval culminated a long, sometimes arduous application process that began in 2015. Although others have also contributed their time and efforts, I wish to thank, in particular, the prime movers of our campaign from the beginning: Archimandrite Luke, our Rector; Priest Ephraim Willmarth, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions; Dr. Vitaly Permiakov, Assistant Professor of Dogmatic and Liturgical Theology.

 

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is the standard graduate professional degree for clergy in North America. It entails a rigorous, advanced, comprehensive, full-time three-year course of study in the various theological and pastoral fields for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Our M.Div. degree curriculum will also include four 1-credit “field education” practica where seminarians can learn how to apply their theological knowledge and newly acquired pastoral skills in practical ministry settings including parishes, college campus ministry, prison ministry, humanitarian service, evangelism, and public moral witness.

 

With profound gratitude to one of our most generous benefactors, I am humbled also to announce that Holy Trinity Seminary expects to offer full scholarships for tuition and books to as many as ten entering M.Div. students in Fall 2018!

 

We shall accept applications for the new M.Div. degree immediately. If you are interested in applying, or know an Orthodox man who may be called to the Holy Priesthood, please send your inquiry to Priest Ephraim Willmarth, Director of Admissions:

 

ejwillmarth@hts.edu (telephone: 315-858-0945). You may find additional information on the Admissions page and Academics page of the Seminary website: www.hts.edu

 

I hope you will join us on this new journey on the 70th anniversary of the founding of Holy Trinity Seminary or make a generous financial contribution to support our new degree program.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, PhD

Dean and Professor of Moral Theology


Hiring Assistant Professor of Church History - April 16, 2018

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary invites applications for the position of an Assistant Professor of Church History for a two-year appointment, beginning January 1, 2019, with a possibility of renewal, depending on the results of an annual review. Founded in 1948, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is an undergraduate- and graduate-level institution of higher education under the auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), committed to continuation of the theological and spiritual legacy of the Russian Orthodox Church and to the training of future pastors and lay leaders to serve the Russian Church Abroad in North America and Europe. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach to teach both the survey and elective courses in the history of the Orthodox Church in the new HTOS Master of Divinity program. The expected teaching load will be 2-3 courses per semester. The appointed professor is expected to possess broad knowledge of early, Byzantine, and Orthodox Church history in the modern era, as well as the history of Orthodoxy in North America and the history of the Western Church before the Schism of 1054 AD, and of the Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations. A completed Ph.D. in the field of his or her teaching is required for consideration. 

The unique character of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary as a pastoral academic institution requires deep familiarity with the Orthodox Christian tradition, and therefore the candidates for this position must be communicants in the Orthodox Church and must support the mission of the Seminary.
Please direct all applications to: The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster, Ph.D., Dean, Chair of the Search Committee, by email address careers@hts.edu or by the mailing address P.O. Box 36, Jordanville, NY 13361. Please submit your CV, statement of intent, graduate school transcripts, and three reference letters. The review of applications will proceed as the applications are received. Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is accredited by the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York with the Absolute Charter granted in 1962. 


HTOS Choir to travel to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) - April 21-22, 2018

The HTOS choir, with the blessing of Archimandrite Luke, Rector, will travel to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Toronto, on the weekend of April 21-22, 2018. Mitred Archpriest Vladimir Malchenko, cathedral rector, has invited our choir to sing the responses for the All Night Vigil on Saturday evening and at the Divine Liturgy on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha commemorating the Myrrh-bearing Women.  Deacon Nicholas Kotar, Seminary lecturer in church music and director of the Monastery / Seminary Choir, will lead the musical responses.  Accompanying the choir will be Priest Ephraim Willmarth, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, and Deacon Michael Pavuk, Director of Development, both of whom will sing with the choir.


Please Support Jorge Luque Martin on GoFundMe! - April 19, 2018

Jorge Luque Martin, our 2nd year seminarian from Spain, is dealing with an aggressive form of cancer. Please consider donating by following this link to his GoFundMe page.


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