Welcome! We hope you will be numbered among those Orthodox Christians who live in community with us — a rare and challenging opportunity. One of the enriching qualities of St Vladimir’s is the diversity of our students: we are single and married, male and female, fresh out of college and coming from established careers, and from many Orthodox jurisdictions in the U.S. and abroad. We are united by our common desire to be formed and shaped for service in Christ’s Church.
Students, faculty, staff, trustees and visitors at St. Vladimir's share food and fellowship all year long; at our annual Thanksgiving Feast and in our weekly Sunday potlucks; through our Lenten gatherings after Presanctified Liturgies and when St. Nicholas pays his annual visit to the children of our community; in the evening hours when we swap babysitting services and serve together in ministry to the homeless of New York City. This aspect of living side by side is both challenging and rewarding. At its best, our community brings to mind the words of the Psalmist: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Orthodox theological education is uniquely and significantly tied to liturgical worship. Seminarians and their families are enriched, challenged, and instructed in Three Hierarchs Chapel, named for Ss. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, and consecrated in 1983. Our academics are inseparable from our daily worship, which provides the context for everything we are doing at the Seminary. This worship is the cornerstone of our spiritual formation.
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 Chancellor and his wife, Fr. Chad and Mat. Thekla Hatfield. Fall 2014 speakers include Mother Ivonne from the San Miguel Del Lago, Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala, and Kh. Krista West of Portland, OR, author of a book on liturgical vestments.