Faculty Footnotes

Professor Rentel Serves OCA as Canonical Consultant

The Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel wears several hats at St. Vladimir’s Seminary as the assistant professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies, The John and Paraskeva Skvir Lecturer in Practical Theology, and the director of the Master of Divinity Program. Yet one of his most important duties in recent years has been performed away from the Yonkers, NY campus, as he has served the wider church as Consultant for Canonical Affairs for the Orthodox Church in...

Alumni News

Seminary Alumnus Elected Bishop for Ukrainian Catholic Epharcy of Parma

Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak

Seminary Alumnus The Rev. Bohdan Danylo (SVOTS '98) was recently elected as Bishop for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat, Parma, OH, an Eastern Catholic communion. Pope Francis appointed the bishop-elect, who is a member of the clergy of the Eparchy of Stamford and the present rector of Saint Basil Seminary.

Father Bohdan Danylo was born on May 22, 1971 in Giżycko, in the province of Suwalki in Poland. After studying philosophy in Lublin, he moved to the United States where he received theological education at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and was ordained a priest for the Eparchy of Stamford on October 1, 1996. 

After a year of service as curate in the parish of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hartford, CT, he was appointed Vice Rector of the Seminary of St. Basil the Great in nearby Stamford. He continued his studies at St. Vladimir's, and then at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where in 2005 he obtained his Licentiate in Theology. After returning to the U.S., he served as the Rector of the same Stamford seminary, where he is also the eparchial vocations director. The bishop-elect...

Seminarians Speak

Restoring the Western Rite

Ian Abodeely

In the first week of August, 2014, third-year seminarian Ian Abodeely attended the biennial, pan-Orthodox conference of the Western Rite Vicariate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA). The Vicariate oversees parishes and missions within the Archdiocese that worship according to traditional Western Christian liturgical forms. Ian recorded these reflections at the close of the conference.

I was the house organist and music coordinator for the conference. I had the responsibility of organizing and leading the music for all of the services, including providing preludes and postludes. We had the organ works of Bach, Dupre, Vaughn Williams, Charpentier, Purcell, Byrd, and others. The services were sung using the traditional Gregorian modes.

We sat "in choir" and chanted the psalms antiphonally during the Daily Office, and experienced the waves of chant that...

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