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Welcome! Learn about Our Community
Welcome! We hope you will be numbered among those Orthodox Christians privileged to live in community with us — a rare and challenging opportunity. One of the enriching qualities of St Vladimir’s is the diversity of our student body — domestic and international, single and married, male and female, those fresh out of college and those with second careers, from multi-jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church in the U.S. and globally. What unites them is a common desire to be formed and shaped for service in Christ’s Church.
This “forming and shaping” can be akin to a death and resurrection, the development of a “spiritual backbone” that will carry a seminarian into his or her future ministry. Christian communal life is demanding: loving God and the neighbor unconditionally, forgiving hurts and misunderstandings, and bearing one another’s burdens require spiritual strength and maturity.
Our program is structured for intentional intellectual, emotional, and spiritual formation: in classroom instruction; in living the rhythm of the daily cycle of services; in discovering one’s strengths and weaknesses by living in close proximity to others; through regular prayer, Scripture reading, meditation, silence, and participation in the sacramental life of the Church; and through the development of pastoral sensitivity.
One of our alumni, Fr. Theophan Whitfield, has composed a perceptive and powerful “meditation” on his formation, which well describes a seminarian’s path. We recommend that every incoming student (and every spouse!) read it.
Our campus life takes into account families of students. We provide a wives’ program, "St. Juliana Society," that prepares clergy wives for co-ministry. We also have a weekly church school program, including a popular “Kid’s Café” held after Sunday Liturgies. Some of our campus children attend the Yonkers Public School system, but many are homeschooled. Stay-at-home campus moms may arrange with working moms to become caretakers for their children, thus benefiting both families.
The seminary offers a variety of campus housing—from single dormitory rooms to our Lakeside Apartments. You can view photos of living arrangements, which are determined annually by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Better yet, please visit our campus during one of our biannual Open Houses.
During the course of the academic year, faculty, staff, and students, gather to "break bread" during common meals — namely, the kick-off picnic, the pre-Thanksgiving Day meal, the Holy Thursday meal, and the year-end picnic. Students also meet informally to enjoy each other’s company: potlucks are popular! At our talent shows, everyone gets a chance to share song, dance, poetry, and instrumental music: anyone, from “Elvis” to “Pavarotti,” may show up! Additionally, through our E-campus system, students exchange tips for living in the New York Metro area, prayer requests, and other concerns.
The Big Apple
Living near New York City (20 miles south) requires an adjustment for some students and families, but the experience can be enriching. Museums, Broadway, opera, restaurants, sports venues, gardens, historic sites, and parks are at our doorstep. Additionally, the NY Metro area has provided spouses of seminarians opportunities to train at major universities, and to find high paying jobs to support their families.