Alumni Gather at 51st General Assembly of the Antiochian Archdiocese

21–28 July 2013 • Off–Campus • Alumni News  

At the recent 51st General Assembly of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in Houston, TX, seminary Chancellor (CEO) The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield offered a  presentation on the state of theological education today, to the members of the Antiochian Department of Theological and Pastoral Education. He also connected with many friends and alumni. Together with Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, director of Alumni Relations at St. Vladimir's, he and representatives of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA hosted an alumni gathering at the Hilton Americas Hotel. All three seminaries are celebrating their 75th Anniversary year, and the reunion's atmosphere was celebratory and familial.

"Our alumni truly shone," remarked Fr. Chad, noting that all of the Antiochian bishops at the convention either were alumni of St. Vladimir's or had taught and mentored SVOTS seminarians.

"Clergy and lay leaders in the Antiochian Archdiocese who are among St. Vladimir's 1,900 alumni have authored books and created podcasts, led or spearheaded Orthodox ministries, and served in parishes in North America and abroad," said Fr. Chad. "And, Bishop Anthony, Auxiliary of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, even commented, 'St. Vladimir's made me what I am today'!"

Seminary staff also maintained an active presence at the convention. Marketing and Operations Manager of SVS Press and Bookstore The Rev. Dn. Gregory Hatrak facilitated book signings by two Press authors: The Very Rev. Constantine Nasr (alumnus '73, Antony Bashir: Metropolitan and Missionary) and Kh. Krista West (The Garments of Salvation).  St. Vladimir's Alumni Association Board Chair Gregory Abdalah (alumnus '08) was on hand to present young participants in the Oratorical Festival with gift bags from SVS Press; the contest winner received a Kindle with pre–loaded Press titles.

(Photos by The Rev. Dn. Gregory Hatrak and Antiochian.org)

Fr. Chad and Dn. Gregory join author Kh. Krista WestFr. Chad and Dn. Gregory join author Kh. Krista West Fr. Constantine Nasr ('73) signing his bookFr. Constantine Nasr ('73) signing his book Gregory Abdalah ('08) presents SVS Press books to Festival teensGregory Abdalah ('08) presents SVS Press books to Festival teens
 L to R: Frs. Aaron Warwick ('10), Jason Blais ('11), Ignatius Warren ('11), Christopher Eid ('10), Lucas Rice ('11) and seminarian Ian AbodeelyL to R: Frs. Aaron Warwick ('10), Jason Blais ('11), Ignatius Warren ('11), Christopher Eid ('10), Lucas Rice ('11) and seminarian Ian Abodeely  Fr. Steven Salaris ('00) with former Board member Charles AjalatFr. Steven Salaris ('00) with former Board member Charles Ajalat  Alums enjoy Houston gatheringAlums enjoy Houston gathering
 Fr. Chad with Bishop Basil ('73; honorary doctorate, 2010)Fr. Chad with Bishop Basil ('73; honorary doctorate, 2010)  Mingling at Houston receptionMingling at Houston reception  Holy Cross Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher ('04) with Fr. ChadHoly Cross Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher ('04) with Fr. Chad
 Metropolitan Philip ('65; honorary doctorate, 1981), offering address at clergy meetingMetropolitan Philip ('65; honorary doctorate, 1981), offering address at clergy meeting L to R: Bp. Anthony ('82), Bp. Antoun (former SVOTS instructor), Bp. John ('78), Bp. BasilL to R: Bp. Anthony ('82), Bp. Antoun (former SVOTS instructor), Bp. John ('78), Bp. Basil  Many alumni bishops and clergy served at the Convention liturgiesMany alumni bishops and clergy served at the Convention liturgies