Metropolitan Jonah Hosts Bright Week Gathering for Seminary Community

April 27, 2011Off-campus Event

Sharing in the joy oMetropolitan Jonah greets Fr. Benedict Churchill, Associate Director of SVS Press, and seminarians.Metropolitan Jonah greets Fr. Benedict Churchill, Associate Director of SVS Press, and seminarians.f 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.Seminarians, with staff and faculty, enjoy the picnic lunch.Seminarians, with staff and faculty, enjoy the picnic lunch.

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 ChThe Cox, Bozeman, Jordahl, and Matusiak families enjoy the picnic.The Cox, Bozeman, Jordahl, and Matusiak families enjoy the picnic.ad Hatfield observed, “I very much  enjoyed watching our Seminarians Dn. James Bozeman and Timothy Yates explore the OCA archives.Seminarians Dn. James Bozeman and Timothy Yates explore the OCA archives.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.

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