Women's Fellowship

There are two organized groups on the St. Vladimir's campus, offering a wide range of programs and activities for seminarian wives and women students.

The St. Juliana Society, formed to support future clergy wives, plans a variety of events with a range of speakers who cover topics that have been suggested by former graduates and 2nd- and 3rd-year student wives. Meetings are on alternate Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. generally at the home of our President and his wife, Fr. Chad and Mat. Thekla Hatfield.  

"I remember what it was like being a young clergy wife, clueless as to what was expected of me and how to deal with the challenges of parish and mission life," notes Matushka Thekla. "With the help of my student planners, we create a venue for questions about what happens after seminary, and try to equip wives with the tools they will need." 

The second group, a more general Women's Group, is specifically aimed at facilitating events that encourage fun and fellowship for all the women on campus, whether they be staff, faculty wives, or students. Movie nights, "mom's night out," cooking classes, game nights, and other creative special activities, draw the women together for times of relaxation and fellowship.

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Mother Christophora offers practical wisdom for Great Lent

4 March 2019 • On Campus

On Monday evening, the Seminary’s St. Juliana Society (SJS) welcomed Mother Christophora, who spoke to women of the Seminary community about Great Lent.

“Mother Christophora shared with us that humility is knowing yourself and knowing God, and she encouraged us as women and mothers to be ourselves,” said Kh. Anna Fields, whose husband, Fr. Herman Fields, is in his third year at Seminary. “She gave us a lot of practical advice about navigating fasting and long church services for those of us with young children.”

Metropolitan Tikhon visits Seminary women’s group

11 February 2019 • On Campus

On Monday, the St. Juliana Society (SJS) welcomed to campus His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, archbishop of Washington, metropolitan of All America and Canada, and chair of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

His Beatitude met with the group, comprised of women seminarians and wives of seminarians, at the home of Archpriest Chad and Matushka Thekla Hatfield. Matushka Thekla coordinates SJS. Metropolitan Tikhon discussed a number of topics proposed by the group, including his own journey from childhood to primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), his mother, the role of youth in the OCA, the March for Life, and humility.

Navigating the seas of parish life

By Djakonitsa Adrienne Soper, wife of Deacon Larry Soper, 1st-year M.Div. Seminarian

Clergy wives have to navigate the complex issues of parish life, and sometimes knowing exactly what do in each situation can be difficult. This was the topic chosen by His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah) of Worcester and New England (Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America), as guest speaker at the March 6, 2017 meeting of the St. Juliana Society—our women’s fellowship at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

His Grace, spoke to us wives of seminarians about parish dynamics, offering advice gleaned from his own experience, both as a widowed bishop and as a married priest.

Seminary Women Learn About Divine Services

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Over the course of two Monday evenings, February 15, 2016 and March 21, a unique St. Juliana Society program was hosted in the Bashir Auditorium on campus. Hierodeacon Father Herman (Majkrzak), lecturer in Liturgical Music and director of Chapel Music, presented a two-part series, "Introduction to the Divine Services and the books used in them."

Offering an overview of all the liturgical resources used by clergy and choir directors to assemble services—hymns, prayers, saints' lives, and more—Fr. Herman explained each part of the service, and how each piece contributes to the whole. He also brought copies of all the service books, displaying them on a table in front of the room. As a helpful visual aid, he sketched out the framework of the entire Church calendar, September through August, on the lecture hall's long white board. The chart presented the women with a vivid depiction of both the complexity and the unity present in the liturgical year.

Women's Group Hosts Metropolitan Tikhon

The appealing invitation read, "Good afternoon, Ladies, Please join us at tomorrow’s Wine & Cheese reception. Let’s enjoy this last celebration before Lent begins!" Invited by Matushka Thekla Hatfield and Matushka Robyn Hatrak, SVOTS women attended a pre-lenten campus gathering on March 7  featuring an honored guest, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

The ladies first enjoyed a potluck of favorite cheesefare cuisine, before assembling to hear from His Beatitude, the Seminary's president and board chairman. After the chancellor of the Seminary, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, offered a short introduction, and Metropolitan Tikhon briefly shared his thoughts on the role of clergy wives in the Church, the floor was open for questions.

Khouria Krista West is St. Juliana Guest Speaker

The St. Juliana Society met on Monday, December 7, 2015 in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium on campus to hear a special presentation by Khouria Krista West. Owner of Krista West Vestments, an author, and a very dynamic speaker, Kh. Krista creates designs that may be found in Orthodox churches of every major jurisdiction in North America as well as numerous countries throughout the world.

Lively Presentations Encourage Seminary Wives

Mat. Amy Bozeman chats with Lauren Pulley at St. Juliana Society presentationMat. Amy Bozeman chats with Lauren Pulley at St. Juliana Society presentationTwo presentations hosted by the St. Juliana Society (SJS) in the fall 2015 term provided the future clergy wives at St. Vladimir's with much food for thought and discussion. On Monday evening, October 26, a large group of women turned out to join in a mini-workshop offered by Matushka Amy Bozeman. Matushka and her husband Fr. David Bozeman (SVOTS '12) lead the community of St. Nektarios Orthodox Mission in Waxahachie, TX.

Women Meet for Friendship and Fellowship at Start of 2015-2016 Year

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On September 21, the Women's Group at St. Vladimir's began the 2015–2016 year with a casual wine and cheese gathering in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium. The event started at 7 pm, and included introductions to both the St. Juliana Society—a support group for future clergy wives—and the all-inclusive Women's Group, which is specifically aimed at facilitating events that encourage fun and fellowship for all the women on campus, whether they be staff, faculty wives, or students.

Women's Group Visits Emmaus House

By Dr. Alexis Vien, wife of third-year seminarian Brad Vien










On Monday, May 4, the St. Vladimir's Women's Group sorted donated clothes and cleaned the facilities at Emmaus House in New York City, a hospitality home in Harlem with a mission of serving the poor in a disadvantaged neighborhood. We learned about the history and mission of the house from several of its earliest and long time volunteers: Annie, Omar, and Tom.  

Dr. Rossi Leads Women in Prayer and Reflection

On March 9, a special Lenten meeting of the St. Juliana Society, the St. Vladimir's fellowship for future clergy wives, featured author and speaker Dr. Albert Rossi, St. Vladimir's director of Field Education. An experienced retreat leader, Dr. Rossi led the women in a mini-version of the seminars he holds in parishes around the U.S.

The women wrote answers to reflective questions such as "Tell us about a time when God spoke to you" on 3 x 5 cards, participated in a period of silence, and listened to music. "We need to choose silence, in order to hear the voice of God," emphasized Dr. Rossi. "The whole Old Testament is about the Israelites refusing to be still."