Student Council Academic Year 2017-2018

The Student Council at St. Vladimir's encourages student participation in campus life and facilitates communication in the seminary community. Associate Dean for Student Affairs Fr. David Mezynski is the advisor for the Student Council, and also acts as liaison between the Student Council and the Faculty Council. Additionally, the Council encourages outreach through designated projects, charities, and causes.

Newly elected Student Council President Angelo Niqula explained upcoming initiatives for Academic Year 2017–2018 and expressed hope that the Student Council would play an active role as a strong communications vehicle between the Student Body and the Faculty. Among the initiatives he's planning are the regular convening of Town Hall gatherings, the coordination of fun campus events, and the collaboration with Student Interest Groups to bring relevant and inspiring speakers onto campus.


Faculty Advisor Fr. David Mezynski
President Angelo Niqula
Secretary Daniel Bein
Treasurer Fr. Christopher Moore

Class Representatives

3rd-year Seminarians Fr. Andrew Honoré & Fr. Christopher Moore
2nd-year Seminarians Angelo Niqula & Brenden Link
1st-year Seminarians Daniel Bein & Zachariah Mandell

 Student Interest Groups,

Student Leaders, & Faculty Sponsors

St. Herman's Society

Student Leader Dr. Tracy Gustilo / Faculty Sponsor Professor Richard Schneider
The St. Herman Society for Orthodox Ecology is the Student Interest Group that seeks to encourage environmental stewardship. The group has sponsored campus beautification days and tree-planting ceremonies, as well as public lectures by notable ecologists, and the observance of the Orthodox Christian New Year, with its traditional theme of creation care.


  • Meeting Friday, October 13, 4 p.m., Lakeside 2, 48S
  • Meeting Friday, February 16, 6 p.m., Lakeside 2, 48S
  • Composting and Community Garden Project Spring 2018; more information coming soon
  • Annual Pre-Paschal Campus Clean-up and Potluck Saturday, March 31, weather-permitting, after the Divine Liturgy; more information coming soon. Children on campus are especially invited

St. Ambrose Society

Student Leader Fr. John Valadez / Staff Sponsor Fr. Ignatius Green
The St. Ambrose Society is the Seminary's pro life Student Interest Group. The group seeks to raise awareness about the Church's teachings in the face of the many challenges of the modern world. The Church is "pro life" in the broadest sense of the word, and the group insists upon the sanctity and infinite worth of human life from conception to death, and affirms the life-giving sacramental bond of marriage between man and woman as an icon of Christ and his Church. The group seeks to promote and obey the Church's teachings by hosting seminars and lectures on vital pro life issues. Group members also seek to provide a prayerful witness each semester by praying outside a local Planned Parenthood organization, and annually by participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.


  • Meeting Tuesday, October 3, 8 p.m., Lakeside 2, Upstairs Common Room
  • 40 Days for Life Keep vigil and pray peacefully outside Planned Parenthood Clinic in White Plains, on behalf of the unborn, after Vespers on Wednesday, October 18 and Wednesday, November 1. Transportation TBA.

St. Innocent Mission Society

Student Leader Fr. Christopher Moore / Faculty Sponsor Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President
The St. Innocent Mission Society exists to promote awareness and involvement in Christian mission and evangelism. Taking into account Jesus' call to his apostles to be witnesses locally, regionally, and internationally (Acts 1:8), the society seeks opportunities in these dimensions to love our fellow human being made in the image of God and to promote the edification and growth of Christ's Church.

"I'm really excited about our students in the group and our plans for the year.  Students are seeking out ways here at seminary to serve the local community and serve internationally as they continue to respond to Christ's call in their lives.  They also have a lot of questions about how to do mission and evangelism well.  To that end already this semester we are planning to prepare a meal for a local soup kitchen, have a discussion on missions and the canons of the Church, and host two amazing speakers, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea and OCMC missionary Nathan Hoppe for our annual missions weekend on October 20-21.  Also, this past summer we sent a group of 5 students from SVS to Guatemala on a mission trip with OCMC who really had an impactful experience and I believe have grown in their desire to include international missions as a vital part of their future ministry.  We hope to make a teaching trip to Uganda in the coming year, making student mission trips a part of the yearly rhythm of the seminary."— Fr. Christopher Moore



  • Meeting Friday, October 5, noon, Solarium, Germack Building
  • Meal Prep for St. Bart's Soup Kitchen  Saturday, October 14, 7:30 a.m., in refectory kitchen Germack Building
  • Talks for Annual Missions Weekend Friday, October 20, 7 p.m., Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, His Eminence Ambrosios, Metropolitan of Korea, missionary and missiologist (read about the history of the Korean Orthodox Church); Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m., Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, Nathan Hoppe, OCMC Missionary in Albania (listen to part 1 and part 2 of an interview with Nathan about missionary work, in the podcast series "Send Me" on Ancient Faith Ministries).
  • Open Discussion on Canonical Considerations in International and Domestic Missions Sunday, November 12, 7 p.m., home of Fr. Chad and Mat. Thekla Hatfield; an interactive discussion titled, "Orthodox Missions and Their Interaction with Canonical Tradition of the Church," led by Seminarian Dimitrios Nikiforos.
  • Open Discussion on the Mission of Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage Friday, November 10, 1 p.m., Bashir Auditorium, with Alumnus Fr. Nicholas Andruchow, who is the director of Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage.
  • Lunch with special visiting missionary Fr. Denis Pozdnyaev Tuesday, November 28, noon, Solarium, Germack Building; Powerpoint presentation about his life as a presbyter and missionary in Hong Kong and an overview of Christianity in mainland China.
  • Seminarian Mission Overnight Retreat Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 2, overnight retreat in Ss. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church, with talks by Dr. Joseph William Black, and ministry at an Orthodox -affiliated soup kitchen, meet students from other seminaries 
  • Meeting Monday, December 4, noon, Solarium, Germack Building, review of fall semester & planning for spring semester, with election of officer for local missionary outreach.
  • Meal Prep for St. Bart's Soup Kitchen  Saturday, December 9, 7:30 a.m. in refectory kitchen Germack Building.
  • Meal Delivery for St. Bart's Soup Kitchen Sunday, December 10, immediately following Divine Liturgy.
  • IOCC Home Build in New Orleans Monday, January 8–Sunday, January 14; aside from the $150 buy in by a student missionary, all expenses are covered (transportation to the Big Easy, lodging, food, etc.). Contact Ann Sanchez, executive assistant to the President:
  • African Meal Fundraiser Wednesday, March 7, Germack refectory; African students will make dinner as a fundraiser for the OCMC Mission Trip to Uganda in May.
  • Discussion Part 2: Missions and the Canonical Tradition Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m., Lakeside 2 Common Room; Part two of discussion on Missions Methodology and the Canonical Tradition, led by Seminarian Dimitris Nikiforos; sign-up for potluck here.
  • OCMC Mission Trip to Uganda, Africa Tentatively Tuesday, May 22–Tuesday, June 5; all-expense paid missionary trip for seminarians plus stipends are expected to be available. Contact Fr. Christopher Moore:
  • Guest Speaker Discusses Youth Ministry Thursday, May 3, 12pm, Germack Solarium; The St. Innocent Society is delighted to announce that Fr. John Hopko from the OCA New England Diocese will be visiting the seminary and will be giving a presentation on teenage youth ministry over the lunch hour. Please mark it on your calendar to come and be ready to ask questions!
  • Meal Prep for St. Bart's Soup Kitchen Saturday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. in the Germack Building kitchen.
  • Discussion Part 3: Missions and the Canonical Tradition Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lakeside 2 Common Room; the final installment in the series of lively discussions led by Seminarian Dimitris Nikiforos on the work of missions in an Orthodox context.

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM)  

Student Leader  / Faculty Sponsor
OISM stands for the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement. It was founded in the 1960's and revived in 2003. OISM typically meets twice a year at a different seminary and seeks to foster prayer, fellowship, and cooperation among seminarians of the Orthodox Church. It is of tremendous value for the future leaders of the Church to meet and engage each other, and learn from one another in order to better serve the Church.

 St. Moses Society

Student Leader Anthony Davis / Faculty Sponsor Professor Peter C. Bouteneff  (Pending Official Status)
Taking the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black as its inspiration, the StMoses Society is a Student Interest Group that endeavors to foster meaningful conversation on race in the Orthodox Church today.

“I led our initial meeting for 2017  focused around the scriptural verse, Matthew 28:18–20, in which Jesus directs his disciples to go forth to all other nations, baptizing them and teaching them. I reminded society members that we are supposed to reach out not only to people who look like ourselves; we’re supposed to reach out to everyone. Also, we’re going to build our ministry on prayer, especially prayer to some of the African saints; we hope to schedule Akathist services to ask intercession of holy fathers and mothers like St. Moses the Black and St. Mary of Egypt. Additionally, we hope to minister in facilities like Emmaus House of Harlem, rubbing shoulders with people from black communities, and introducing them to the Orthodox faith.”—Seminarian Anthony Davis


  • First Meeting Thursday, October 19, noon, Solarium of the Germack Building
  • Movie Night Time & Date TBA, Bashir Auditorium, screening of "We Are Superman," which is the story of the American urban core in a time when racism has gone underground, prejudice is glossed over, and progress is built on the backs of the poor. The film is an emotional testament to a select few who are working tirelessly in the heart of America in Kansas City at the corner of 31 Street and Troost Avenue; working to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.
  • Feeding the Homeless Saturday, December 2, time TBA, Emmaus House in Harlem...more to come.