31 August 2011 • Office of Institutional Advancement
Crediting the special historical bond and deep friendship that exists between St. Vladimir’s and St. Herman Orthodox Seminary in Kodiak, a generous donor—who wishes to remain anonymous—recently established a newly endowed fund that will enable St. Vladimir’s to carry on its support of its “sister seminary” in Alaska. The donor created a permanent endowment of $80,000, which will allow St. Vladimir's Seminary to use its resources and talents to continue programs at St. Herman’s, such as retreats, lectures, and classes, and to fund its library acquisitions.
Theodore Bazil, our Associate Chancellor for Advancement, said the donor, in establishing this endowment, “…recognized the long moral and financial support by St. Vladimir's Seminary for St. Herman Seminary."
“The donor further stated,” said Mr. Bazil, “that ‘St. Vladimir's Seminary is a Orthodox Christian institution without peer when it comes to exhibiting financial accountability and transparency.’ We are honored and gratified to hear such words.”
St. Vladimir’s has a long-standing history of supplying its northern sister school with faculty and library books. More recently, our Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield, who also acted as Dean of St. Herman’s from 2003 to 2007, has begun conducting retreats and seminars within the Alaskan Diocese and at St. Herman’s.
In FY11, Fr. Chad, accompanied by SVOTS seminarians Dn. James Bozeman and his brother, David (now also a deacon), presented seminars on missiology, evangelism, and the intersection between Orthodoxy and culture to the students at St. Herman’s. During that visit, Archpriest John Dunlop, dean of St. Herman’s noted: "The historical link between the two schools is paving the way to closer cooperation, particularly in the fields of missions and evangelism. We trust that God will give more opportunities for our seminaries to cooperate in our common vision to serve the Church."
Apparently, Fr. John’s prayer has been answered. We thank our generous anonymous donor for this gift, which will indeed make “more opportunities” possible.