TRAVEL SCHEDULES: Dean, Chancellor, and Faculty in Your Neighborhood
Our Chancellor/CEO The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield frequently travels around the country—preaching in parishes, teaching at other seminaries, touring with our Men's Choir, engaging in inter-Orthodox and ecumenical dialogue, and even leading missionary teams.
On February 4-6, Fr. Chad attended the annual spring session of the Metropolitan Council for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). As defined in Article 5 of the OCA Statutes, the Council "is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions." In 2011, Fr. Chad was elected to a six-year term at the All-American Council in Seattle, WA.
Our Dean The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr travels nationally and internationally, visiting parishes and clergy assemblies to present retreats and book studies, meeting with administrators from Orthodox Christian seminaries throughout the world, speaking at colleges and universities, and serving on many non–profit boards. A renowned patristic scholar, Fr. John lectures both in academic circles and in popular venues.
On Dec. 2, the Dean attended a luncheon marking the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle hosted by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, at his residence (photo right).
Our faculty members frequently travel to offer presentations at symposia, lecture at other seminaries, participate in inter-Orthodox and ecumenical dialogue, and provide continuing education for clergy and laity.
On January 2-4, 2014, The Rev. Dr. Sergius Halvorsen, associate professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric, traveled to Indianapolis, IN for the National Festival of Young Preachers. Saint Vladimir’s Seminary is a National Partner of the Academy of Preachers, the sponsor for the annual Festival that met in Indianapolis, IN this January. Over 100 homilists from various Christian traditions, from high schoolers to seminarians to those already active in pastoral ministry, offered presentations to a panel of trained speakers. As an evaluator, Fr. Sergius listened with a “homiletics prof’s ear” and offered constructive feedback at the end of each presentation, and also served as a mentor to second-year seminarian Fr. Gabreil Alemayehu. On Sunday, January 5, Fr. Sergius served with Fr. Nabil Hanna at the St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Indianapolis.
On February 16-20, against the backdrop of civil strife, The Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology Paul Meyendorff traveled to the Orthodox Theological Seminary and Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, for a meeting of the Working Group on Orthodox Theological Education. Representing both the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, he participated in extensive discussions about the restructuring of theological education in the Ukraine in general, and at the Academy in particular. On February 16, Professor Meyendorff presented a paper on baptismal ecclesiology to students and faculty of the Academy, after which he answered questions from students for nearly an hour.