20 April 2012 • SVOTS Mission Team
A mission team from the seminary community, led by Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield, will be in Guatemala May 31–June 7 to lend much-needed hands to Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage.  The team will assist in moving the orphanage from "Zone 1,"  a crime-ridden and dangerous area of Guatemala City, to Hogar San Miquel, a new orphanage in the mountains outside of Guatemala City.
"This is the first ever mission team organized from St. Vladimir's Seminary," noted Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield, "and our team members consist of Claudia Bazil, Mary Roth, Ian Jones, Seminarian Scott Miller, Dn. Andre Paez, Fr. David Wooten, and myself.
"I do hope the campus, chapel, and local communities support our team's efforts to aid the Hogar at this critical time," he continued. "Their support will help children move from a place of danger to a safe, serene place in which to grow."
If you would like to support the St. Vladimir's Hogar Mission Team, please push the "DONATE NOW" button at the top of our Home Page and fill in the required information under "One Time Gift"; under "Donation Information" on the 2nd page of the on-line form choose "2012 SVOTS Mission Trip to Guatemala" as the designation for the funds. Or you may send a check payable to "St. Vladimir's Seminary" at 575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707, and note "HOGAR SVOTS Team" in the memo line.
MUCHAS GRACIAS & DIOS LOS BENDIGA!
On Bright Thursday, April 19, 2012, St. Vladimir's Seminary community served up a Fiesta Dinner with an authentic Hispanic flair to benefit the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage  in Guatemala. The dinner included main courses of "arroz con pollo" (chicken) and "pernil" (pork) cooked up by our own Rafael Rivera, a native of the Dominican Republic and the ever smiling and effervescent Plant Manager at the seminary. Fiesta-goers also enjoyed guitar music, a piñata game, and some salsa and mirimba dancing, demonstrated by Ramon Contreras, a member of our campus maintenance crew. Here are some fun photos: