Saint Vladimir's Team Teaches at Sister Seminary in Kodiak

25–30 April 2012 • Off-Campus Seminar

St. Vladimir's seminary team, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, Alumnus Ian Jones, and Priest David Mezynski, with Dean of St. Herman's Seminary Archpriest John Dunlop and the Kodiak seminary's communitySt. Vladimir's seminary team, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, Alumnus Ian Jones, and Priest David Mezynski, with Dean of St. Herman's Seminary Archpriest John Dunlop and the Kodiak seminary's communityFor the third year in a row, a teaching team from St. Vladimir's Seminary flew north to Alaska to spend a week teaching at St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak. The team consisted of Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield; Priest David Mezynski, associate dean for Student Affairs; and Ian Jones, a 2009 alumnus and Ph.D. candidate in Theology at Fordham University.

St. Vladimir’s has a long-standing history of supplying its northern sister school with faculty and library books. Since 2008, Fr. Chad Hatfield, who also acted as Dean of St Herman’s from 2003 to 2007, has conducted retreats and seminars within the Alaskan Diocese and at St. Herman’s.

This year, Fr. Chad conducted classes for St. Herman's semiFr. John Dunlop, Fr. Chad Hatfield, and Ian Jones on Spruce Island, where St. Herman of Alaska lived.Fr. John Dunlop, Fr. Chad Hatfield, and Ian Jones on Spruce Island, where St. Herman of Alaska lived.narians on "Priestly Character," essential for the formation of students preparing to be pastors. Fr. David lectured on "Desert Spirituality," focusing on the role of asceticism in Christian life and using the letters of St. Barsanuphius as core material. Mr. Jones spoke about "Humans and Animals in Orthodox Theology," a topic of particular interest, given the Native Alaskan hunting ethos and historical interaction with the created world; Mr. Jones focused on texts by certain Fathers of the Church, discussing quotations from Ss. Basil the Great and Isaac the Syrian, as well as Ss. Ambrose of Milan and John Chrysostom, and also including thoughts from contemporary writer Fr. Dumitru Staniloae.

Our team with Archpriest John Dunlop, dean of St. Herman Seminary (left foreground) and canine friend!Our team with Archpriest John Dunlop, dean of St. Herman Seminary (left foreground) and canine friend!Besides speaking to the seminarians, Fr. Chad met with the seminary wives over "tundra tea" and led their retreat at the women's monastery on nearby St. Nilus Island. The St. Vladimir's team also joined in prayer for the service of the Akathist to St. Herman with the Kodiak community and venerated the saint's relics. Following the service, Fr. David providing a reflection.

This ministry organized by Fr. Chad is the result of an $80,000 endowment generously established by an anonymous supporter of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and it provides the continuing opportunity for an ongoing and growing relationship between the two seminaries, both of which are under the auspices of the Orthodox Church in America.

View a gallery of photos by alumnus and seminar presenter, Ian Jones, here.

View a slideshow of photos on the Website of St. Herman Seminary, here.

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