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. 

Historic Romanian Liturgy Celebrated in Three Hierarchs Chapel

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, on the feast of the Protection of the Theotokos, the Divine Liturgy in Three Hierarchs Chapel was celebrated according to the rubrics of the Romanian Orthodox Church for the first time in the Chapel's history. Father Eugen Pentiuc, St. Vladimir's professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Hellenic College Holy Cross, presided at the celebration of the liturgy and offered the homily.

Community Cleans Up on Bright Saturday

By Martha Carlisle

On Bright Saturday, the student-run St. Herman Society for Orthodox Ecology sponsored a Campus Beautification Day, intending to make the entire campus reflect the luster of the festal season. With substantial help from Matushka Robyn Hatrak, wife of the Reverend Dn. Gregory Hatrak of SVS Press, the St. Herman Society was able to expand the event to involve seminary families, especially children. While adults planted flower bulbs and picked up trash, children played sports on the front lawn and practiced ballet and crafts in the Bashir Auditorium.

Community Lenten Retreat

On-Campus • Three Hierarchs Chapel

Metropolitan Tikhon presiding at the Great Canon of St. Andrew of CreteMetropolitan Tikhon presiding at the Great Canon of St. Andrew of CreteOur campus community began Great Lent with Forgiveness Vespers, followed by a two-day retreat that included daylong lenten liturgical services punctuated by focused meditations.

Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, associate professor in Systematic Theology, presented this year's meditations for the retreat. His theme was “How to be a Sinner.” 

Bouteneff said, “I was always struck by the challenge of understanding myself as ‘the chief among sinners’ [I Tim 1:15], but doing so without becoming either prideful or neurotic.