As a first–year Master of Arts (M.A.) student at SVOTS, I sing soprano in the mixed choir, am treasurer of the Orthodox Ecology Group on campus, and am especially enjoying the Patristics course that I am taking this semester. I am also the lone Byzantine Catholic student of St. Vladimir's Seminary.
When I first arrived on campus this fall, this made for some slightly awkward discussions as my fellow students incrementally figured it out: "So, where are you from?"
"Oh, I think I know the priest there. What's his name again?"
Then, the big revelation: "Actually, I go to the church across the street from that parish—I'm Byzantine Catholic."
Gulp. During my first days here...