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.
At the conclusion of the Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion together with Bishop Luke on the Sunday of All Saints of Russia, Cathedral Rector, Mitred Archpriest Serge Lukianov, presented the Seminary administration a check for $50,000.00, which had been donated through their benevolent fund by an anonymous benefactor. A small portion of that generous donation is earmarked for offsetting the total cost Seminary attendance for the 2019-2020 academic year by a parishioner of the Cathedral. The balance of the donation will support the Seminary’s daily operations.
The Seminary’s Director of Development, Deacon Michael Pavuk, also attended the entire PaTRAM event. (He was privileged to hold the very large replica of the check for $50,000 in one of the photos accompanying this report.)
That donation comes on the eve of the launch of the Seminary’s most ambitious fundraising campaign yet--to raise $500,000.00 by December 31, 2019, to cover our administrative expenses and growing programs through the end of this calendar year. Thanks to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in New Jersey, we begin this campaign already 10% of the way to our goal!
Photos courtesy of the Eastern American Diocese.