Campus and Student News


St Vladimir Thanksgiving Feast, 2015St Vladimir Thanksgiving Feast, 2015Students, faculty, staff, trustees and visitors at St. Vladimir's share food and fellowship all year long; at our annual Thanksgiving Feast and in our weekly Sunday potlucks; through our Lenten gatherings after Presanctified Liturgies and when St. Nicholas pays his annual visit to our community; in the evening hours when we swap babysitting services and serve together in ministry to the homeless of New York City. Living side by side is both challenging and rewarding. 

Community Life: “Grandfather” Joseph and “Aunt” Vera Honored

Two longstanding members of our Three Hierarchs Chapel community were honored following the hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 20, 2017: Joseph Domanick and Vera Hubiak. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America and chair of the Board of Trustees, presented Joe with an icon of St. Joseph the Betrothed, and Vera with a gramota, in recognition of their service to our seminary community.

Community Life: Checkmate!

When Harrison Russin—Dean’s Fellow and Lecturer in Liturgical Music here at St. Vladimir’s—inspected an aged trophy resting inconspicuously in the student lounge of the Houda Germack Building recently, he noted it listed champions for one of his own favorite pastimes: chess.

“The previous winners were seminarians from the early ’90s,” he remarked, “and I noted a ping-pong tournament trophy on the windowsill as well. Apparently these community events fell by the wayside over the years, and I wanted to bring back at least one of them.

“I had played chess a bit in college but then started playing more seriously in grad school,” he went on, “and now, I play in a local chess club.

Welcoming the stranger…

Fr. Chrysostomos with students and Fr. Chad Hatfield after his lecture (photo: Herman Fields)Fr. Chrysostomos with students and Fr. Chad Hatfield after his lecture (photo: Herman Fields)Many visitors frequent our campus each Academic Year: bishops, priests, musicians, academics, monastics, potential students, and so forth. All of them enrich our lives as seminarians as we converse with them, share meals with them, and worship together.

On February 4, 2017, Archimandrite Chrysostomos Onyekakeyah from Nigeria came to St. Vladimir's to talk to us students about Orthodox mission work in Africa. With the permission of the Seminary’s President, Fr. Chad Hatfield, I had issued the invitation to Fr. Chrysostom, whom I’d met during my parish assignment at St. Nicholas Antiochian Cathedral in Brooklyn. I had already learned a bit about his fascinating life, and I wanted him to share his story further with me and with my fellow seminarians.