Seminary Programs for Wives

St. Juliana Society

The St. Juliana Society plans a variety of events with a wide range of speakers who cover topics that have been suggested by former graduates and 2nd- and 3rd-year student wives.

Meetings are on alternate Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. generally at the home of our Chancellor and his wife, Fr. Chad and Mat. Thekla Hatfield. Programs have ranged from liturgical instruction offered by Hierodeacon Herman, lecturer in Liturgical Music, to guest speakers such as Mtka. Suzanne Senyo from St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA."I remember what it was like being a young clergy wife entirely clueless as to what was expected of me and how to deal with the challenges of parish and mission life. In our meetings we create a venue for their questions about what happens after seminary, and try to equip them with the tools they will need," explains Mtka. Thekla Hatfield, the group's coordinator. "We also bring in speakers who offer spiritual encouragement and counsel."

Upcoming programs for 2013 will include Pres. Renee Ritsi from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and Kh. Krista West of Portland, OR, who will speak about the history and care of liturgical vestments.

Women's Group

The Women's Group is specifically aimed at planning events to encourage fun and fellowship for all the women on campus, whether they be staff, faculty wives, or students. 


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St. Juliana Society Hosts Mother Nektaria

By Mat. Mary Roth

Leanne Parrott PhotographyLeanne Parrott PhotographyThe St. Juliana Society at St. Vladimir's plans a variety of events with a wide range of speakers who cover topics that have been suggested by former graduates and 2nd- and 3rd-year student wives. For one of our last meetings of the year on Monday evening, May 5, we greatly benefited from a talk offered by Mother Nektaria of the St. Paul Skete in Grand Junction, TN. 

Mother not only spoke about her journey as a nun, and of the spiritual challenges she's faced, but she also provided us with insight on how to endure our unique struggles and difficulties. Her passion for sharing her story and her exhortations that we be our "best selves," encouraged us along our own paths. She emphasized that we are not just priests' wives in the making, but unique creations of God.