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. 

FOCA Gifts Brighten Nativity Season for Seminary Families

L to R: Chuck Costello, Michael Steffaro, Fr. Chad, and Steve Dranow, with FOCA seminarian giftsL to R: Chuck Costello, Michael Steffaro, Fr. Chad, and Steve Dranow, with FOCA seminarian giftsUnder the leadership of Vice President Allison Steffaro, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) has been fulfilling the St. Nicholas Wish Lists of married seminary students since 2000. In the spirit of St. Nicholas, the FOCA has been matching chapters/parishes from all over the country with seminary families from both St. Vladimir's St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary to make their wishes come true during the Nativity season. Items from the families' wish lists ranged from gift cards to local grocery, gas stations and other stores, needed clothing or household goods, school supplies for the seminarians, and of course, gifts for the children.

Student-Run Workshop Focuses on Crisis Pregnancy Ministry

L to R: Fr. Herman Majkrzak, Keri Landeche, Meryl Turchi, and St. Ambrose leader Ignatius GreenL to R: Fr. Herman Majkrzak, Keri Landeche, Meryl Turchi, and St. Ambrose leader Ignatius GreenBy seminarian Daniel Greeson

The St. Ambrose Society, a St. Vladimir's pro-life student organization, held a public seminar on November 13, 2015. The event featured Maryl Turchi, the Executive Director of Life Options Center, a Yonkers crisis pregnancy center, and Keri Landeche, the Northeast Regional Coordinator of Students for Life of America.

Celebrating the 1,000 Year Legacy of St. Vladimir

O marvelous depth of wonders!
Those who were hard-hearted in understanding and wandering in vain,   
rejoice now in the holy Church,
for this is the day of Vladimir.
Christ our God reigns, and has found another Paul,
setting him as faithful prince in his land,
for by holy baptism he has enlightened his people!
—Aposticha for the Feast of St. Vladimir

On the weekend of October 31–November 1, 2015, the community of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) gathered to honor its heavenly patron, the Great and Holy Prince Vladimir, by commemorating the translation of his holy relics to Three Hierarchs Chapel.