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Surf Club on the Sound & St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary,280 Davenport Avenue,10805,New Rochelle,NY,US

This November, we invite you to join us in worship, celebration, service, and dialogue at St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Fall Benefit and Theological Convocation.

The two-day event is multi-faceted: it is a celebration of the local feast of the reception of St. Vladimir’s relics to the Seminary’s Three Hierarchs Chapel five years ago; it is a fundraising benefit to help SVOTS seminarians graduate without tuition debt as they go forth to serve the church; it is a celebration of forty years of ordained ministry for The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, president of SVOTS; it is a theological convocation setting the vision for SVOTS, titled, “Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century.”

All events are free, with the exception of the Gala Dinner – the benefit to help boost SVOTS’ scholarship funds and the celebration of a milestone in Fr. Chad Hatfield’s priestly ministry – at Surf Club on the Sound Thursday evening, November 1. Tickets for the Gala are available through this page (see below). The price of admission helps us cover costs for the Gala, but a number of sponsorship packages are available as well. So, even if you cannot attend the gala, you can still help seminarians receive the education and formation they need as they work to become your next priest, deacon, missionary, iconographer, scholar, musician or lay leader or teacher. 

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Thursday, November 1

The day begins with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. A gala dinner in the evening at Surf Club on the Sound is a special fundraiser to support our free-tuition initiative—which allows seminarians to graduate without tuition debt—and the gala celebrates forty years of ordained ministry for The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

  • 9 a.m. - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Three Hierarchs Chapel (celebrating our reception of the relics of St. Vladimir)
  • Following Liturgy - Reception Metropolitan Philip Auditorium (located in the John G. Rangos Family Building)
  • 6 p.m. - Gala Dinner Surf Club on the Sound (black tie optional)


His Beatitude, the Most Blessed Tikhon, D.D.
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada (Orthodox Church in America)
Chairman of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
St. Vladimir’s Seminary Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa (2015)

Very Rev. Archimandrite Gerasim (Eliel)
Dean of St. Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral, Dallas, TX
Administrator, Diocese of Dallas and the South (Orthodox Church in America)
St. Vladimir’s Seminary Alumnus (’12)

Rev. Fr. Vasily Fisher
Rector of St. James Orthodox Church, Napaskiak
Diocese of Alaska

Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Sean Hatfield, Esq.

Friday, November 2

On Friday, St. Vladimir’s Seminary hosts the Theological Convocation, “Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century,” featuring distinguished Orthodox speakers and and a panel discussion.

  • 1 p.m. - Dr. Ionut-Alexandru Tudorie (Church History)
  • 2 p.m. - Rev. Dr. George L. Parsenios (Scripture)
  • 3 p.m. - Coffee & Snack Break
  • 3:20 p.m. -  Dr. Vigen Guroian (Dogmatics & Ethics)
  • 4:30 p.m. - The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield (Concluding Reflections)

Arrive early Wednesday, October 31, and join us for Great Vespers at 5pm as we begin celebrations for our local feast.

This November, worship with us, celebrate with us, and engage with us at this very special Fall Benefit and Theological Convocation.


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