From June 18th to the 19th, 2019 Deacon Andrei Psarev, Associate Professor of Canon Law and Russian Church History at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, participated in two sessions of the Inter-Council Assembly held in Moscow. An Inter-Council Assembly was founded in 2009 to develop position papers on a wide range of topics from the participation of the faithful in the Eucharist to the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.
Nicolas Schidlovsky, PhD, began his tenure as the new Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary on August 15, succeeding Archpriest Alexander F.C. Webster, PhD, who has retired as Dean and Professor of Moral Theology (See his profile in a previous posting.)
After two whirlwind years as Dean of Holy Trinity Seminary, Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, PhD, has retired and returned to his home and family in Virginia. During the annual Commencement exercises on June 2, the Seminary’s Faculty Council bestowed upon Fr. Alexander the title of Dean and Professor of Moral Theology Emeritus effective August 15, 2019.
Seminary Rector, His Grace, Bishop Luke, the Seminary Dean, Archpriest Alexander FC Webster, and the Seminary Director of Admissions & Registrar, Priest Ephraim Willmarth joined the liturgical weekend at St Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, on June 27-28, that also marked the conclusion of the “Summer Academy” of the PaTRAM (Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music) organization.
In a meeting of the Episcopal Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which took place June 14/27, 2019, heard: a short report of Archbishop Gabriel about the current situation in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville and in the seminary situated there.
It was decided:
1) To confirm as dean of the main theological school of the Russian Church Abroad N. G. Schidlovsky, elected by the Council of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Spiritual Seminary.
2) To call upon the parish priests of the parishes of the North American dioceses to buy candles from the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, pointing out the difficult financial situation of this monastery.
Professor Nicolas Schidlovsky, M.F.A., Ph.D., traveled from Princeton, New Jersey, on May 15 to present a public lecture in Seminary Hall to the Seminary’s students, faculty, and administration, as well as the monastics and members of the local community.
The two-day celebration of Pentecost and Holy Spirit Day at Holy Trinity Seminary & Monastery on June 15-17 (see the Holy Trinity Monastery website for liturgical details) included significant personal moments for one current seminarians and two alumni.
With God's grace, Holy Trinity Seminary had the joy of graduating three seminarians in the Class of 2019:
Milan Dragisic- Valedictorian
The 2019 commencement at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary will take place this Sunday, June 2, 2019
May 25, 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, the beloved pastor of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
An enthusiastic amateur historian from Michigan, Andrei Alekseevich Lyubimov, began compiling in 1996 an annotated database of the departed who are buried in the cemeteries of Holy Trinity Monastery. The results of his research were published in the journal Letopis’ Russkogo zarhubezh’ia (no. 2, 1996 and no. 3 for 1997). In 2005, Hieromonk Evtikhii (Dovganiuk) submitted to Holy Trinity Orthodox Theological Seminary a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) thesis titled, A Draft of a Guidebook for the Necropolis of Holy Trinity Monastery (in Russian). The Holy Trinity seminarian, Vladimir Davydov, developed Fr. Evitikhii’s work, presenting his B.Th. thesis to Holy Trinity Seminary in 2009. In 2012-14, Andrei A. Lyubimov resumed his cataloging of the cemeteries, having arrived in Jordanville at the invitation of the Foundation of Russian History headed by Archpriest Vladimir von Tsurikov, Dean of the Seminary. The collaboration of Andrei Lyubimov and Fr. Vladimir bore fruit as Dzhordanvil’skii nekropol’, published in 2015 by the publishing house Staraia Basmannaia in Moscow. Meanwhile, the internet site, Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad, had begun to video-record numerous commentaries made in Russian by Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky) and Protodeacon Viktor Lochmatow at selected graves of the Jordanville cemeteries. However, the Seminary professor and editor of the website, Deacon Andrei Psarev, did not, initially, have the resources for posting annotated video materials on the website. That changed for the better in October 2018, when the Canadian foundation, Russkaia Dusha (The Russian Soul), allocated a grant for placing video materials on the Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad website. Each video is accompanied by a reference to the book, Dzhordanvil’skii nekropol’, and may be viewed here: http://www.rocorstudies. org/jordanville/.
Christ is Risen! Христосъ воскресе!
With God's grace, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary has celebrated another glorious and joyous Pascha, this year for the first time with His Grace Bishop Luke (Murianka) officiating as a bishop!
The exhibition “Last Days of the Last Tsar” at Jordanville’s Russian History Museum closes in less than a month. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of Tsar Martyr Nicholas II and his family. We encourage you to visit the “Last Days of the Last Tsar,” which has been extended until May 17 due to popular demand.
Grateful for the profound, consistent, ongoing financial support of the Seminary by the Lukianov Family Foundation, including full funding of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Scholarships and providing additional financial support as needed, the Rector and Dean of the Seminary are pleased to announce that, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the main hall in the Dean Nicholas N. Alexandrov Seminary Building will be named the “Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Hall” in perpetuity.
The schedule of services and related events is as follows:
Friday, May 17:
4:00 PM Vespers and Matins.
7:00 PM Dinner in the Monastery trapeza followed by Small Compline
Saturday, May 18 (St. Irene's Day):
6:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
7:45 AM Breakfast in trapeza
10:20 AM Panihida for Fr. Valery at Archbishop Averky's grave served by Bishop Luke & clergy
11:00 AM Dedication ceremony in main hall & unveiling of new portrait
12:00 PM Lunch in main hall for Lukianov family, brotherhood, faculty, and seminarians
On March 14/27, 2019, 'The Divine and Holy Liturgy of St Gregory the Dialogist', more commonly known today as the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, was celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Luke of Syracuse, in the Dormition (cemetery) Chapel at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY.
With Bishop Luke, Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary and abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery presiding and offering all prayers, distinguished Orthodox clergy and scholars from across the country gathered at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary from March 7 to March 9.
On behalf of our seminarians, faculty, and administration, I would like to thank each and every donor for your contribution, no matter the amount, to our fall/winter fundraiser, which concluded on 2/28/19.
Because of your profound and unprecedented generosity, we have, with God's help, now raised over $136,000, and with a dedicated benefactor's generous match, up to $25,000, of every dollar over $100,000, this puts our total for the general fund at over $161,000 for this fundraiser. In addition, during this fall-winter fundraising season, we’ve raised an additional $19,100 designated for future scholarships, so our overall total now peaks at almost $181,000. This amount represents the most we have ever raised in any single campaign for our beloved Seminary.
Once again; may I express our deepest gratitude, and may the Good Lord bless you 100-fold for your generosity in supporting us and our very important mission here at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville!
- Bishop Luke (Murianka), Rector
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary invites applications for the position of an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology for a two-year appointment, beginning September 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 three of the four 3-credit Pastoral Theology courses (Priestly Vocation, Homiletics, and Parish Leadership—including Administration, Religious Education, Evangelism, and Humanitarian Service) and all four of the 1-credit Field Education Practica in the new HTOS Master of Divinity degree program, as well as the two-course sequence in Pastoral Theology and the two 1-credit Homiletics courses in the Bachelor of Theology degree program. The expected teaching load will be equivalent to 3 or 3 1/2 courses per semester. The appointed professor is expected to possess conceptual knowledge of and practical ministry in the various pastoral theology sub-disciplines listed above. Proficiency in Pastoral Counseling is not required for the position but would enhance an applicant’s candidacy. A completed Ph.D., Th.D., or Dr. Theol. degree in Pastoral Theology or one of the sub-disciplines is required. A candidate with a completed D.Min. degree in Pastoral Theology may be considered for the position, depending on the academic rigor of that graduate program.
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 a canonical 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, Chairman of the Search Committee, by email address email@example.com 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.
On the seminary’s patronal Feast of the 3 Hierarchs; Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, our rector, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) was elevated to the dignity of the episcopate, and consecrated as the Bishop of Syracuse, Vicar of the President of the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR. On Monday evening, February 11th, the eve of this feast, Our First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the Rite of Nomination. Participating in these joyous services as co-consecrators were His Eminence, Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye & Melitopol, His Eminence, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada, and His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.
The Seminary community congratulates Deacon Andrei Psarev for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation (“thesis” in Europe) titled, Chasing Canon 15 of the First and Second Council in Constantinople (861): A Study of the Limits of Communion in the Byzantine Church (861- c.1350), on November 21, 2018, at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
A generous benefactor has, with God’s help, just pledged a dollar for dollar match until February 28. Just prior to this, we have surpassed the $100,000 mark, and are now 2/3 of the way to our goal of raising $150,000. Any monies donated to HTOS between now and February 28th will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.
Please spread the word and help us achieve our goal by raising an additional $25,000 over the course of the next six weeks. For those who have already contributed to this campaign, thank you once again for your generosity and continuing support, and may God bless each of you in this new year!”
On December 28, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made the following decision regarding the election of Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) as Bishop of Syracuse of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia: