Campus and Student News

St Vladimir Thanksgiving Feast, 2015St Vladimir Thanksgiving Feast, 2015Students, faculty, staff, trustees and visitors at St. Vladimir's share food and fellowship all year long; at our annual Thanksgiving Feast and in our weekly Sunday potlucks; through our Lenten gatherings after Presanctified Liturgies and when St. Nicholas pays his annual visit to our community; in the evening hours when we swap babysitting services and serve together in ministry to the homeless of New York City. Living side by side is both challenging and rewarding. 

Welcoming the stranger…

Fr. Chrysostomos with students and Fr. Chad Hatfield after his lecture (photo: Herman Fields)Fr. Chrysostomos with students and Fr. Chad Hatfield after his lecture (photo: Herman Fields)Many visitors frequent our campus each Academic Year: bishops, priests, musicians, academics, monastics, potential students, and so forth. All of them enrich our lives as seminarians as we converse with them, share meals with them, and worship together.

On February 4, 2017, Archimandrite Chrysostomos Onyekakeyah from Nigeria came to St. Vladimir's to talk to us students about Orthodox mission work in Africa. With the permission of the Seminary’s President, Fr. Chad Hatfield, I had issued the invitation to Fr. Chrysostom, whom I’d met during my parish assignment at St. Nicholas Antiochian Cathedral in Brooklyn. I had already learned a bit about his fascinating life, and I wanted him to share his story further with me and with my fellow seminarians.

“Tree of Jesse” brings the Church into the home!

"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." [Is 11.1] 

The Jesse TreeThe Jesse TreeThe St. Juliana Society undertook a special endeavor this Nativity Season to encourage the idea of “the Church in the home.” Upon the suggestion of Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, they set up a “Jesse Tree” in the foyer of the John G. Rangos Family Building.

The “Jesse Tree” is a schematic representation of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, with Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David, as the central figure. On this tree hang depictions of the ancestors of Christ in images and words, marking the days of Advent leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Conflict Resolution in the Family, and Parish Family

How do you handle conflict in your family, and in your parish family?

That’s the question Michelle Moujaes, founder of FaithTree, addressed at the mid-November gathering of St. Juliana’s Society—our campus women’s fellowship.

Djakonitsa Adrienne Soper, wife of first-year Seminarian Dn. Larry Soper, remarked on Ms. Moujaes’s presentation about conflict resolution, saying, "I was moved by her ability to relay her experience and her wisdom as we ladies enter the world of being married—God-Willing—to future clergymen.