Campus and Student Activities

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!"



SVS “Karate Kids”

The SVS Karate Club has been meeting weekly since Fall 2009. Most students are seminary children, but several adults have participated as well. The traditional Karate training conducted here is designed to develop positive character traits in students through working within strict guidelines while enjoying a fun atmosphere.

 InstructionInstructionStudents learn valuable self-defense skills; they learn to respect themselves and others, to practice self-control, and to coordinate their minds and bodies. Training gives children a sense of self-value and confidence, better health, and increases their ability to concentrate on tasks. All students are taught that the Karate techniques they learn are for self-defense purposes only, and they practice different methods to avoid physical confrontation.

SVS Community Hits the Ground Running!

SVOTS students and spouses are determined to stay active in mind and body this year. Two distinct exercise groups have already formed thanks to the enthusiasm and initiative of Mat. Ashley Foster:

Mat. Ashley has organized and hosted a women’s exercise group that will be meeting regularly during the semester. The first meeting was a resounding success with many women from the SVOTS community coming together to flex their muscles and encourage each other.

Exercise is not just for the women, however! Mat. Ashley is also starting a running group intended to nurture beginners from unathletic couch potatoes to enthused runners capable of running a 5K event. The runners will meet three times a week, beginning on Tuesday, Sept 7th.

Orientation Picnic for New Students

Thursday August 26th was warm but not too hot — a perfect day for a SVOTS picnic! New students, their families, some faculty and their families, with other seminarians and families already on campus enjoyed a cook-out on the porch of the Germack Building after Vespers.

Adults sat on steps, on grass, on stone walls, and ate and talked and laughed. The children were in constant motion, attracted by the brook, the ball game on the front lawn, and Professor Bouteneff’s very well-behaved dog.

More Orientation Cookout Photos