Archpriest Alexander Atty Installed as Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary

Deborah Belonick, Web Editor

30 October 2010 • South Canaan, PA

Archpriest Alexander Atty, SVOTS alumnus ('79), was recently installed as the seventh dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and His Grace Tikhon, bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, the seminary's rector, concelebrated the formal installation Service of Thanksgiving at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Father Alexander is the first priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese to hold the position of dean at St. Tikhon's, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip.

Prior to his appointment as dean, Fr. Alexander served as pastor of one of the nation's largest pan-Orthodox parishes, St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church, Louisville, KY. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Philadelphia, a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Father Alexander, who officially assumed his duties on July 1, 2010, is joined at the seminary by his wife, Khouria Olga, and their two children, Katherine and Alexander. A recent interview with Fr. Alexander has been made available on "Come Receive the Light" radio (following an introductory interview with Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko), and a podcast of his 2009 lenten retreat at St. Vladimir's Seminary is available on "Ancient Faith Radio."