Campus and Student Activities

Students, 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. At its best, our community brings to mind the words of the Psalmist: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

St. Ambrose Society Joins Orthodox Participants at March for Life

Off-Campus • By third-year seminarian Ignatius Green

Seminarian John Mikitish at the March for LifeSeminarian John Mikitish at the March for LifeView the photo gallery by third-year seminarian Stephen Osburn

January 22, 2015 marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion-on-demand in the United States. Every year hundreds of thousands of people gather for the March for Life in Washington D.C. for a peaceful protest that calls for an end to legalized abortion, and advocates for a culture of life. It has become a tradition each year for the St. Ambrose Society, St. Vladimir's pro-life student group, to rent a bus to transport seminarians, their families, and members of the wider Orthodox community, down to the March.

Theophany at St. Vladimir's, 2015

Blessing Troublesome CreekBlessing Troublesome CreekView the photo gallery by Glen and Helen Mules

The St. Vladimir's community celebrated the Vigil and Feast of Theophany on January 5 and 6 with a full liturgical cycle. A longstanding tradition followed, with Dean The Very  Rev. Dr. John Behr and family, Assistant Professor The Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel and family, and Director of Alumni and Admissions Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak and family, opening their homes for hospitality and fellowship. Liturgist and octogenarian Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, a seminary guest for the week, joined in for all the liturgical and community events, and offered the homily for Theophany's Divine Liturgy.

Community Carols at Sunrise Senior Living

On Tuesday evening, December 16, a group of about 25 members of St. Vladimir's community, from 15 months to 55, convened in the lobby of the Sunrise Senior Living facility for an evening of caroling. The group of musicians sang a repertoire of familiar carols for about an hour, and were well received by the residents. "We could all see the joy a little singing brought to the residents of Sunrise," noted SVOTS Lecturer in Choral Conducting Mat. Robin Freeman. "I so appreciated how our students and staff gave of their time in this very busy season."