Metropolitan Jonah Hosts Bright Week Gathering for Seminary Community
April 27, 2011 • Off-campus Event
Sharing in the joy of Pascha, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), made "Bright Week" particularly special for our seminary community. On Bright Wednesday, he invited students and their families, staff, and faculty to celebrate in the Divine Liturgy and to share in a picnic lunch at the OCA Chancery in Syosset, New York.
Members of our community got a chance to explore the Chancery's grounds and archives, and to meet informally with the metropolitan. About forty people from St. Vladimir's attended, including several children, some of whom served in the altar with His Beatitude and all of whom enjoyed the picnic after the service.
"It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with all our friends at the OCA Chancery on Bright Wednesday," said Archpriest John Behr, seminary dean. "This invitation gave us all a much needed opportunity to rejoice and enjoy each other's company in a relaxed and family manner."
Likewise, seminary Chancellor Archpriest Chad Hatfield observed, “I very much enjoyed watching our seminarians and their families, especially the children, having a day of Paschal celebration with His Beatitude, Jonah.”
View more photos of the day by Alexis Liberovsky, archivist at the OCA Chancery.
Read more about our seminary community here.