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. 

Mission Society Hosts Evangelism Presentation

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By Seminarian Christopher Moore

What is evangelism in the Orthodox Church? What are we trying to accomplish with our evangelistic efforts, and is this even a valid endeavor? On April 8, 2016, the St. Innocent Mission Society at St. Vladimir's Seminary sponsored a presentation by alumnus Archpriest Eric Tosi (SVOTS '96), secretary of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Father Eric, who recently completed his D.Min. thesis, "Koinonic Evangelism," tackled these questions and more. At the heart of his thesis is a case study of three carefully selected OCA parishes of varying ages, regions, and sizes, all considered healthy and growing churches. Father Eric is convinced that all Orthodox evangelism belongs in the context of the Church, within local worshipping communities. 

St. Nicholas Day Community Celebration, 2015

"All who love Nicholas the saintly...""All who love Nicholas the saintly..."On Sunday, December 6, the Three Hierarchs Chapel community enjoyed a favorite St. Vladimir's tradition when they sang a collection of carols and then welcomed "St. Nicholas"  to campus after celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The carol "All who love Nicholas the saintly" ushered in the good saint, whose real identity was hidden under his flowing white "beard."

Grown ups and kids alike also enjoyed a potluck meal, and St. Nicholas presented each child with a gift. Longtime Chapel member and one of our campus photographers, Glen Mules, captured the event for posterity.

FOCA Gifts Brighten Nativity Season for Seminary Families

L to R: Chuck Costello, Michael Steffaro, Fr. Chad, and Steve Dranow, with FOCA seminarian giftsL to R: Chuck Costello, Michael Steffaro, Fr. Chad, and Steve Dranow, with FOCA seminarian giftsUnder the leadership of Vice President Allison Steffaro, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) has been fulfilling the St. Nicholas Wish Lists of married seminary students since 2000. In the spirit of St. Nicholas, the FOCA has been matching chapters/parishes from all over the country with seminary families from both St. Vladimir's St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary to make their wishes come true during the Nativity season. Items from the families' wish lists ranged from gift cards to local grocery, gas stations and other stores, needed clothing or household goods, school supplies for the seminarians, and of course, gifts for the children.