Campus and Student Activities

Students, 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 the children of our community; in the evening hours when we swap babysitting services and serve together in ministry to the homeless of New York City. This aspect of living side by side is both challenging and rewarding. At its best, our community brings to mind the words of the Psalmist: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"



SVS Community Hits the Ground Running!

SVOTS students and spouses are determined to stay active in mind and body this year. Two distinct exercise groups have already formed thanks to the enthusiasm and initiative of Mat. Ashley Foster:

Mat. Ashley has organized and hosted a women’s exercise group that will be meeting regularly during the semester. The first meeting was a resounding success with many women from the SVOTS community coming together to flex their muscles and encourage each other.

Exercise is not just for the women, however! Mat. Ashley is also starting a running group intended to nurture beginners from unathletic couch potatoes to enthused runners capable of running a 5K event. The runners will meet three times a week, beginning on Tuesday, Sept 7th.

Orientation Picnic for New Students

Thursday August 26th was warm but not too hot — a perfect day for a SVOTS picnic! New students, their families, some faculty and their families, with other seminarians and families already on campus enjoyed a cook-out on the porch of the Germack Building after Vespers.

Adults sat on steps, on grass, on stone walls, and ate and talked and laughed. The children were in constant motion, attracted by the brook, the ball game on the front lawn, and Professor Bouteneff’s very well-behaved dog.

More Orientation Cookout Photos

Community Comes Together for Campus Clean-Up

On Saturday August 7th, seminarians, children, spouses, faculty and staff worked together on a campus clean up. The clean-up part of a very hot day began at 9 a.m. outside the North Dorm where a crowd gathered to collect tools and receive instructions.

The first task was laying new mulch in the playground. Everyone was involved. Some hauled mulch in wheelbarrows. Children used their wagons. Others attacked “mulch mountains” with rakes and hoes. David Wagschal, who is joining the seminary faculty to teach Church History, showed his skills on the SVOTS tractor.