Professor Rentel's Travel Memoirs Look Back on Memorable SVOTS Pilgrimage

22 May–10 June 2013 • Off–Campus • The Very Rev. Alexander Rentel

Fr. Alexander and students at pilgrimage siteFr. Alexander and students at pilgrimage siteSt. Vladimir's Seminary Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies and The John and Paraskeva Skvir Lecturer in Practical Theology Fr. Alexander Rentel, has recorded his "Travelogue and Final Reflections" featuring the recent SVOTS trip to Turkey, Greece, and Mt. Athos. Accompanied by the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the South Chancellor The Very Rev. Marcus Burch, Dean and Professor of Patristics The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, and Rufus Behr, Fr. Alexander and eleven students spent over two weeks on a pilgrimage and study tour in the historic heart of Byzantine Christianity.

Writes Fr. Alexander, "This trip afforded us the opportunity to visit the great centers of Hellenic Orthodoxy: Constantinople, Thessalonika, Mt. Athos, and Athens. All along the way we enjoyed warm hospitality, an opportunity for pilgrimage, the fellowship of each other, and the enormous fun of sightseeing and travel. Students were able to take part in this trip at a low monetary cost due to the generous benefactions of two anonymous donors who are great friends of the Ecumenical Patriarch and wished to help make possible this trip. Needless to say, the Seminary—and all of us who went on this trip—thank these two donors for their generosity.

"When Fr. John and I first conceived of this trip, we had in mind the importance that travel had in our formation. As is well known, travel broadens horizons and allows for the appreciation of different perspectives, and is an essential part of any formation....we wanted to give our students similar opportunities..." Read the rest of Fr. Alexander's "Travelogue and Final Reflections."

accompanied by SVOTS alumnus and Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of the South The Very Rev. Marcus Burch, SVOTS Dean and Professor of Patristics The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr and his son Rufus, - See more at: http://www.svots.edu/content/diary-pilgrimage-constantinople-and-mt-athos#sthash.pAr2I95F.dpuf
This trip afforded us the opportunity to visit the great centers of Hellenic Orthodoxy: Constantinople, Thessalonika, Mt. Athos, and Athens. All along the way we enjoyed warm hospitality, an opportunity for pilgrimage, the fellowship of each other, and the enormous fun of sightseeing and travel. Students were able to take part in this trip at a low monetary cost due to the generous benefactions of two anonymous donors who are great friends of the Ecumenical Patriarch and wished to help make possible this trip. - See more at: https://www.svots.edu/voices/faculty/travelogue-and-final-reflections#sthash.r8ySQ9L7.dpuf
This trip afforded us the opportunity to visit the great centers of Hellenic Orthodoxy: Constantinople, Thessalonika, Mt. Athos, and Athens. All along the way we enjoyed warm hospitality, an opportunity for pilgrimage, the fellowship of each other, and the enormous fun of sightseeing and travel. Students were able to take part in this trip at a low monetary cost due to the generous benefactions of two anonymous donors who are great friends of the Ecumenical Patriarch and wished to help make possible this trip. - See more at: https://www.svots.edu/voices/faculty/travelogue-and-final-reflections#sthash.r8ySQ9L7.dpuf

 

This trip afforded us the opportunity to visit the great centers of Hellenic Orthodoxy: Constantinople, Thessalonika, Mt. Athos, and Athens. All along the way we enjoyed warm hospitality, an opportunity for pilgrimage, the fellowship of each other, and the enormous fun of sightseeing and travel. Students were able to take part in this trip at a low monetary cost due to the generous benefactions of two anonymous donors who are great friends of the Ecumenical Patriarch and wished to help make possible this trip. - See more at: https://www.svots.edu/voices/faculty/travelogue-and-final-reflections#sthash.r8ySQ9L7.dpuf