2019-20 Academic year begins at HTOS Jordanville
The 2019-20 academic year opened at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary with a series of events during the first two weeks in September.
On Wednesday, September 4, a Molebien was served by His Grace, Bishop Luke, Rector of HTOS to mark the beginning of the academic year. Over the course of the next several days, we held orientation for new students, faculty meetings, the first day of classes, a job fair consisting of presentations for the work study programs, and on Monday, September 9, the 3 rd annual convocation took place.
Since last year’s convocation, our Rector was elevated to the dignity of the episcopate, so this is the first academic year that His Grace opened as Bishop of Syracuse. In addition, HTOS welcomed Dr Nicolas G Schidlovsky as the new Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Sacred Music, and Fr R. Demetrios Harper, PhD as the new Assistant Professor of Church History and Moral Theology.
Dr Schidlovsky and Fr Demetrios spoke to the administration, faculty, and the new and returning seminarians about their respective backgrounds, both personal and academic, as well as what brought them to their new roles at HTOS in Jordanville.
Each new student then had an opportunity to introduce themselves and to speak about their own background, as well as what brought them to seminary in general, and led them to choose HTOS in Jordanville in particular. Virtually to a man, each incoming student referenced the close ties in daily & liturgical life that our seminarians have with the monastic brotherhood, and the spiritual benefits that this offers, as a primary reason for choosing to come to HTOS Jordanville in particular. In addition to students from ROCOR, this fall we also welcomed students from the MP (Moscow Patriarchate) and the AOCANA (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America).
Our student body for the 2019-20 academic year now includes the following 30 seminarians:
Undergraduate students – BTh (Bachelor of Theology)
Anton Abaev, Ivan Chemeris, Oleg Cruz, Ivan Golovin, Stefan Lukianov, John Marques, David Mathewes, Thomas Meyers, Dmitry Shaposhnikov, Nikola Tambur & Constantine Whytock.
Timothy Agarkov, John Keller, Alexander Liberio & Jorge Luque-Martin.
David Borg, Njegos Bozic, Ivan Gryaznov, Mykola Ivanchuk, Evan Nalitov & Seraphim Reimer.
Undergraduate – CPS (Certificate in Pastoral Studies)
Graduate students – MDiv (Master of Divinity)
Hieromonk Felipe (Balingit), Priest Daniel Franzen, Priest Photie Erdman, Monk Theodore (Stanway), Monk Subdeacon Silouan (Brown), Alexandre Duiven, Seth Davidenko & Peter James.
Convocation concluded with administration, faculty students and their families enjoying an ice cream social.
The annual welcome picnic was held on September 16, Monday of the following week.