Faculty Footnotes

Dr. Meyendorff Meets with St. Irenaeus Orthodox-Catholic Working Group

On November 5-9, 2014, Professor Paul Meyendorff traveled to Malta to participate in the 11th meeting of the St. Irenaeus Orthodox-Catholic Working Group. The group, an informal gathering of Orthodox and Catholic theologians, has been in existence since 2004, at a time when the official international Orthodox-Catholic dialogue was at a standstill. The group has met annually since, alternating between Orthodox and Catholic venues. "Because this is an unofficial dialogue, participants are able to share their views more freely, unhindered by various ecclesial and political...

Alumni News

Fr. Thomas Soroka and Community Celebrate 100 Years

Virginia Nieuwsma

Pam Panchak/Post-GazettePam Panchak/Post-GazetteAlumnus priest The Very Rev. Thomas Soroka recently led his community, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of McKees Rocks, PA, in a joyful centennial anniversary celebration. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by reporter Mackenzie Carpenter notes that SVOTS alumnus The Most Rev. Melchisedek (Pleska), archbishop of  Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), was also present to preside at the services commemorating the parish's 100 years of ministry.

"There are dozens of Orthodox churches in and around Pittsburgh, in varying states of health," wrote Carpenter. "But St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks — under the leadership of a priest with a background in corporate management training and a knack for social media — has seen its parish grow larger and younger even as the community around it declines in numbers."

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Seminarians Speak

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Lijin Raju

...What am I supposed to do with this all?

St. Vladimir's Seminary is a challenging environment, and yet as I step back and think about why I'm here, I am inspired and motivated to continue and finish strong. I grew up in a clergy household with parents who exemplified such genuine selflessness and love that it gave me a foretaste of God’s unconditional love. They illustrated to me that the word "serve" doesn’t have to be limited to a mission trip or the parish. Regardless of the time or place, they live a life ready to serve the Lord and His people.

In high school, God planted in me the desire to come to seminary to gain more knowledge. Even though it was a result of envying my dad because he knew all the...

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