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The Spirit of Saint Tikhon's

English, Christianity, 1 season, 78 episodes, 1 day, 22 hours, 13 minutes
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The Spirit of St Tikhon's aims to give you an audible glimpse into the life of the Seminary and Monastery.
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Mother Christophora: 2024 St. Tikhon’s Seminary Commencement Address

Mother Christophora, Abbess of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration (OCA) in Ellwood City, PA, addresses the 2024 graduates of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
5/29/202443 minutes, 12 seconds
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Knowing St. Nicholai: Fr. Yaroslav Sudick’s Memories of an American Saint

STOTS St. Nicholai Velimirovich Annual Lecture 2024: This year Fr. Yaroslav Sudick, who was a student of St. Nicholai's during his time as a seminarian, joins us to share personal remembrances of his time spent with the Saint.
5/21/202458 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 7

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
5/10/202419 minutes, 3 seconds
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Meet the Seminarian Family: Dn. Seraphim and Mat. Ruth Chang

Third-year seminarian Dn. Seraphim Chang and his wife Mat. Ruth join us to talk about their journey to St. Tikhon's
4/30/202452 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 6

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
4/19/202428 minutes, 49 seconds
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Interview with Fr. Paul Abernathy

Fr. John Parker visits with Fr. Paul Abernathy, founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Resilience Project, to discuss his ministry in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
4/9/202443 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Parts 4 and 5

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
3/29/202417 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 3

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
3/8/202413 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 2

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
2/23/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Meet the Cardells

Seminary Librarian Brian Cardell and his wife, Registrar Katherine Cardell join us to talk about their journey to St. Tikhon's, and the work they do at the seminary.
2/16/202436 minutes, 12 seconds
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Interview with Nathan Hoppe

Fr. John Parker visits with Nathan Hoppe, experienced field missionary for OCMC, to discuss his Doctor of Ministry project on Eucharistic communities and his time in Albania.
2/9/202441 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 1

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
2/2/202413 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dr. David Ford: Sing to Your Soul, Part 1

Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, reads passages from his anthology of selections from the writings of St. John Chrysostom, entitled "Sing to Your Soul."
2/2/202413 minutes, 26 seconds
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March for Life with Fr. John Kowalczyk

Fr. John Kowalczyk, assistant professor at St. Tikhon's, joins us to talk about his many years of experience with the March for Life in Washington D.C.
1/18/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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Meet the Seminarian: Dn. Damian Kulp

Third-year seminarian Dn. Damian Kulp joins us to share about what led him to St. Tikhon's
1/12/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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Master’s Thesis: Fr. Gabriel Aldridge

Sing the Incarnation: Towards the Use of Vernacular Music Languages in North American Parishes.
11/29/202356 minutes, 27 seconds
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Meet the Seminarian: Fr. Michael Rehmet

Third-year seminarian Fr. Michael Rehment shares about what led him and his family to Orthodoxy and to St. Tikhon's, and about their experience together at seminary.
11/10/202324 minutes, 32 seconds
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Seminarian Internship: Timothy Paproski

Third-Year Seminarian Timothy Paproski shares his experience at St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Binghamton, New York.
10/10/202323 minutes, 16 seconds
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Interview with Jonathan Jackson

Fr. John Parker visits with Orthodox actor, musician, and artist, Jonathan Jackson, on Jonathan's first visit to St. Tikhon's.
9/11/20230
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Interview with Brandon Baca

Fr. John Parker visits with Brandon Baca, long-serving member of AFM's Board of Trustees, and Protopsalti of St. Ignatius, Franklin, TN, on Brandon's first visit to St. Tikhon's.
9/11/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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Master’s Thesis: Reuben Thomas

Subdeacon Reuben Thomas joins us to discuss his Master's Thesis, entitled "The Harvest is Plentiful: Exploring a Vision of Growth for the Malankara Orthodox Church in America."
9/7/20230
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Master’s Thesis: Elias Rehmet

Third-year seminarian Elias Rehmet joins us to discuss his Master's Thesis, which focuses on the work of St. Gregory Palamas.
8/21/202330 minutes, 37 seconds
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Meet the Seminarian: Fr. Gabriel Aldridge

Recently graduated seminarian Fr. Gabriel Aldridge joins us to share his story.
7/31/202326 minutes, 21 seconds
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St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp 2023

Staff and campers joined us in July to talk about this year's St. Tikhon's Summer Camp program.
7/18/202341 minutes, 9 seconds
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Meet the Professor: Dn. Sampson Nash

Physician and Deacon Sampson Nash joins us to talk about the Christian Ethics course he is teaching at St. Tikhon's Seminary this summer.
7/7/202348 minutes, 19 seconds
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Introducing Fr. Ignatius and Matushka Liz Gauvain

Fr. John Parker interviews Fr. Ignatius and Matushka Liz Gauvain. He is Director of Life and she is becoming a voice of the Spirit of St. Tikhon's podcast.
4/3/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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Interview with Fr. JM (Methodius) Kariuki

Fr. John Parker interviews Fr. JM (Methodius) Kariuki, an Orthodox priest of Kenya, who runs the St. Barnabas Orphanage and School in South Kinangop, Central Kenya. Learn more at orthodoxmissionkenya.org.
10/25/202236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Interview with Niko Petrogeorge, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

Fr. John Parker speaks with Niko Petrogeorge, the Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). Find more at theocpm.org. Watch the video "I Want to Be a Member of God's Church" at youtube.com/watch?v=j2ohmqZ1mYg.
9/22/202239 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dr David Ford: From his edited works in 3 Volumes—Sing To Your Soul

Interview with Dr David Ford--from his edited works in 3 Volumes--Sing To Your Soul--in this brief interview, the beautiful words of Chrysostom on the Cross--during the Week of the Cross.
3/30/202220 minutes, 22 seconds
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Women and Men in the Early Church: The Vision of St. John Chrysostom.

Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History, discusses his book Women and Men in the Early Church: the Vision of St. John Chrysostom with Dn. Maximus.
11/18/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

Fr. John Parker interviews the Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), Niko Petrogeorge.
11/15/202147 minutes, 32 seconds
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Micah Breland

Micah Breland grew up in a faithful Christian home, then discovered the Orthodox Church when he met his wife. Having always felt a call to serve God and others, he is now a first year at St. Tikhon's pursuing a vocation to the Holy Priesthood.
11/12/202136 minutes, 8 seconds
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Meet Seminarian Mark Solomon

Mark Solomon is a first year seminarian from the Diocese of the West. Mark grew up in a Protestant home, but found himself turning away from faith in his younger years. He is now an Orthodox Christian and pursuing a call to the priesthood at St. Tikhon's.
10/31/202123 minutes, 16 seconds
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Covid and Vaccines - Part Two

Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon's Seminary, hosts Dr Ryan Sampson Nash, MD, MA, for part two of a discussion about COVID and the vaccines. Dr Nash will address questions and feedback from part one.
9/28/202158 minutes, 44 seconds
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COVID and the Vaccines

Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon's Seminary, hosts Dr. Ryan Sampson Nash, MD, MA, in a discussion about COVID and the vaccines. Dr. Nash will discuss, from the bioethical perspective, as a faithful Orthodox Christian and physician, the nuances of the vaccines and their relationship to medicine in general.
8/23/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dr David C Ford, on his book, “Sing to Your Soul” Vol 1

Sing to Your Soul - Vol 1
8/5/202115 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ministry on the Frontlines: Orthodox College Ministry in the Age of Wokeness

Fr John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, speaks live with Fr. Robert Miclean, who founded Annapolis College Ministry more than a decade ago, reaching many college students on the campuses of the US Naval Academy and St John's College. Many baptisms—and at least one priest—have come directly through this ministry. You can reach Fr. Robert at [email protected].
11/19/20201 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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The Life of St. John Kochurov

Fr. John Parker dean of St.Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary interviews Fr. John Wheling at St. John Kochurov Mission parish in Rogers Arkansas discussing the life and witness of St. John and his relevance to the church. His feast day is October 31.
11/1/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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Treasure in a Box

Fr John Parker, Dean, interviews Mary Lowell, founder of Hexaemeron, about long-time friend and master Iconographer, Xenia Pokrovsky, discussing Xenia's life, work, and connection to St Tikhon's.
5/16/202042 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Do We Find Christ in Our Suffering?

For we know all things work for the greater good of those who love God. Fr. John Parker and Archimandrite Sergius.
4/15/202053 minutes, 49 seconds
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On the Burial of the Divine Body of our Lord

Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St Tikhon's Seminary, reads a sermon by St. Epiphanius of Cyprus, 4th Century, titled "On the Burial of the Divine Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Joseph of Arimathaea, and on the Lord's Descent into Hades, which, after His Saving Passion, Wonderously Ensued on the Holy and Great Saturday." Dr. Ford has read this sermon for the past 15 years over the Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ, on Holy Friday night.
4/14/202057 minutes, 35 seconds
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Vocation

Fr. John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Fr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, share their own callings to the priesthood and discuss that vital question, "How do I know if the Lord is calling me?" Please see the attachment associated with this episode which is a PDF of a helpful article by Mother Christophora on Fostering Vocations in the Church.
4/9/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds
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St. John Chrysostom Encourages Deaconess Olympia In a Time of Trial

Dr. David C. Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, and Fr. John Parker, Dean of the Seminary, discuss the events leading up to the crisis, precipitated by St. John Chrysostom's unjust and unexpected deposition from his office of Archbishop of Constantinople, and his subsequent exile to eastern Asia Minor. Then Dr. David gives a dramatic reading from Letter Seven, from his translation of St. John Chrysostom's Letters to St. Olympia, in which St. John expresses his great concern and wise assistance to help St. Olympia keep up her spirits in this devastating time. May his words assist and inspire us in the midst of our own crisis precipitated by the spread of the corona virus.
4/4/202047 minutes
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St. John Chrysostom on Statues

We are in an unusual time in our world as we see a global pandemic sweep from country to country. It was also a very difficult and surreal time in Antioch at the beginning of Great Lent in 386, after the tax riot and the desecration of the statues of Emperor Theodosius the Great and his family. The impending wrathful retribution hung over the terrified city like a suspended sword. It was in this time that St. John Chrysostom preached his amazing Homilies on the Statues, winning the undying love of the flock for his eloquent words of encouragement. This all happened during his first Great Lent as a priest, and as the main preacher in the cathedral church in Antioch. We can all benefit from these words today dramatically read for us by faculty member Dr. David Ford.
4/3/202033 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Liturgy of the Heart

Archimandrite Sergius, the Abbot of St Tikhon’s Monastery—the oldest Orthodox monastery in North America—has recently posted a few short reflections on Facebook titled “The Liturgy of the Heart.” Fr. John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, hosts Fr. Sergius on a live show on Thursday, April 2, at 3 PM Eastern on Ancient Faith Radio. From one of Fr. Sergius’ recent videos: “Let us dust off the altar of our heart, place the Gospel back in the center, take what is given to us in this life (both good and bad) and offer it to God in gratitude (εὐχαριστία). When we do so, we will find that we will receive Christ Himself in return, and every encounter with Christ is Pascha.”
4/2/202055 minutes, 3 seconds
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Fr. Colin Barker

Fr. Colin grew up as the son of a Lutheran pastor, and became Orthodox shortly before joining the Marine Corps. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, Fr. Colin met his wife and eventually came to seminary. He is now a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese and a third-year seminarian.
3/26/202023 minutes, 24 seconds
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Fr. Silouan Burns

Fr. Silouan Burns grew up as a Protestant Christian with a calling to the ministry. After serving as a pastor in various Churches and living in the Philippines, he found the Orthodox Church. He is now a third-year seminarian and a priest in the Orthodox Church in America.
3/25/202037 minutes, 8 seconds
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Melvin Matthai

Melvin Matthai grew up in the Malankara Orthodox Church, living in Kerala, India until the age of 12. After reconsidering the meaning and purpose of his life, he is now a second year seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
3/16/202023 minutes, 32 seconds
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Fr. Michael Shepherd

Fr. Michael Shepherd was a drill sergeant in the U.S. Military who discovered his deep need for God and found Him in the Orthodox Church. Fr. Michael is now a third year seminarian at St. Tikhon's and a priest of the Orthodox Church in America.
3/9/202028 minutes, 42 seconds
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Fr. Samuel Davis

Father Samuel Davis is a former evangelical who was not searching for the Orthodox Church, until he came across an unexpected speaker on a charismatic television station. He is now a third year seminarian at St. Tikhon's, and the parish priest of St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick, NJ.
3/2/202058 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fr Chrysostom Koutloumousianos

Fr Chrysostom Koutloumousianos is a senior brother and priest-monk at the Holy Monastery of Koutloumous, Mount Athos. Having read English Literature at the University of Athens (1986) he pursued BA, MA and PhD studies in Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica (1994-2007). He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (2011-2014) and a Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London (2016-2018). His research interests focus on Patristics and the spirituality of Greek and Celtic monasticism. Since 1986 he lives in the monastery, while visiting other places for lectures or pastoral activities. He is currently a research fellow at Cambridge Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, working on a comparative study of St Romanos the Melodist and John Donne.
2/26/202044 minutes, 46 seconds
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Meet Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller became Orthodox in college after some initial shock that "God became man so that man might become God." Following his love and zeal for Christ and the Church, Ryan is now a second-year seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
2/24/202028 minutes, 15 seconds
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Meet Subdeacon Jeremiah McKemy

Jeremiah McKemy was a faithful charismatic Christian who always wanted to go deeper in his faith and life of prayer. He became an Orthodox Christian after encountering the beauty of the Church, and through the prayers of the Theotokos.
2/17/202023 minutes, 37 seconds
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Predeep Chacko

Predeep Chacko grew up in the Malankara Orthodox Church. His faith was simply part of his life, until God began to fan the flame of love in his heart. He is now a second year seminarian at St. Tikhon's
2/14/202025 minutes, 55 seconds
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Meet Reader Jacob Ponomarenko

Jacob Ponomarenko grew up in a faithful Orthodox Christian home and has always had a heart to serve the Church. He is now a first year seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
2/10/202018 minutes, 28 seconds
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Father Moses Hibbard

Fr John Parker interviews our alumnus, Fr Moses HIbbard (2014), from St Nicholas of South Canaan Orthodox Church, BIllings, Montana.
2/10/202045 minutes, 52 seconds
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Meet Deacon Herman Garrison

Deacon Herman discovered the Orthodox Church as he and his father-in-law began to ask questions about their lifelong Christian faith, trying to discover why they believe what they believe. He is now a third year seminarian at St. Tikhon's, preparing to become a missionary priest in the South.
2/3/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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Beauty, Liturgy, and the Spiritual Life

An interview with Dr. Timothy Patitsas, discussing beauty, liturgy, and the spiritual life in connection with the Orthodox Interseminary Movement conference on Beauty held at St. Tikhon's in early November.
1/27/202045 minutes, 39 seconds
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Meet Father Jesse Robinson

Fr. Jesse Robinson was a blue-haired drummer in a band who found himself attending a small Orthodox mission in someone's home with his dad. Twenty years later, Fr. Jesse is an Orthodox priest in his final year of seminary at St. Tikhon's.
1/19/202029 minutes, 34 seconds
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Meet Brad Given

As a Religious Studies major in college, Brad Given found his way to the Orthodox Church when he became friends with the daughter of a priest and began singing in the Church choir. Several years after marrying the priest's daughter, Brad is now a first year seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
1/19/202021 minutes, 27 seconds
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Meet Subdeacon Peter Simko

Raised in the Orthodox faith, Subdeacon Peter Simko was nurtured in the Church and became serious about his faith in college. After working as a successful civil engineer, he is now a seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
1/3/202028 minutes, 9 seconds
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Meet Garret Hamner

Our guest today, Garret Hamner, grew up, primarily in Reformed churches. His first experience in the Orthodox Church proved to be a beautiful experience, an icon in the flesh of a foundational element of the Orthodox spiritual life: humility.
11/23/201923 minutes, 50 seconds
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Meet Anthony Saunders

After a very negative reaction to his first exposure to Orthodoxy, our guest today, Anthony Saunders got a second taste on the other side of the world. Ultimately, the spiritual healing, or the therapy of the Church, is the major factor that draws Anthony and his wife to Orthodoxy.
11/21/201928 minutes, 24 seconds
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Autocephaly with a Canonical Perspective

Fr Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, finishes the St Tikhon's 2019 October Lecture Series.
11/3/201948 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sacred Art As Participatory Culture

Fr. John Parker welcomes Jonathan Pageau as his first live guest on the podcast. Jonathan is an iconographer/wood carver as well as a very popular "You-Tuber."
11/2/20191 hour, 40 seconds
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Meet Fr. Stephen Powley From OCPM

Fr. Stephen Powley of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry was on campus to meet with students. Subdeacon Maximos invited him into the studio.
11/1/201929 minutes, 2 seconds
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Autocephaly and Mission - Fr.Tom Soroka

Address given by Fr. Tom Soroka, priest at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and Ancient Faith Radio podcaster. Second of 2019's October Lecture Series at St. Tikhon's on the topic of "Autocephaly."
10/25/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 29 seconds
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Autocephaly and the Archives

Mr Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist of the Orthodox Church in America, reflects on the Documents of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America, given in 1970.
10/23/201946 minutes, 2 seconds
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Olivia Insignares - part 2

We asked seminarian Olivia Insignares back for a follow up talk about the music at St. Tikhon's Seminary, a little about the place of beauty in the Church, and also about seeing outside the stereotype of the male seminarian, which she obviously is not. We can only scratch the surface here, but if you want to continue the conversation with Olivia, find her on Instagram: @beautywillsavetheday
10/23/201932 minutes, 19 seconds
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Primacy and Service

Address given by Metropolitan Tikhon, Archbishop of All American and Canada on October 8, 2019. First of 2019's October Lecture Series at St. Tikhon's on the topic of "Autocephaly."
10/16/201939 minutes, 23 seconds
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Meet Olivia Insignares

Today, we have the pleasure of talking to seminarian Olivia Insignares. The music and beauty of Orthodoxy was the path which lead her to the Church. Find her on Instagram if you are interested in joining the music and beauty conversation: @beautywillsavetheday
10/13/201920 minutes, 56 seconds
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Speaking the Truth in Love Conference

Dr. David Ford and Subdeacon Maximos talk about the upcoming Speaking the Truth in Love conference Nov 7-9 on the campus of St. Tikhon's.
10/4/201913 minutes, 33 seconds
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Subdeacon Maximos Gibson

He was a non-denominational evangelical from Texas but now a subdeacon in the Orthodox Church and a seminarian at St. Tikhon's.
9/27/201924 minutes, 48 seconds
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Meet Dn. Ignatius Strange

From Baptist upbringing to missionary in China to Orthodox seminary student. Fr. John Parker introduces us to Dn. Ignatius Strange, one of 2 seminarians who will be introducing us to other students in the weeks and months ahead.
9/22/201937 minutes, 3 seconds
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Meet Dr. David Ford

Fr. John Parker introduces us to popular faculty member Dr. David Ford.
8/9/201926 minutes, 8 seconds
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St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp

Did you know St. Tikhon's has a very active summer camp program? Learn more from both staff and campers in this episode.
7/29/201935 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Studio

John Maddex and Fr. John Parker talk about the new studio installed at the seminary and the plans to use it.
7/26/201916 minutes, 38 seconds
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Meet Rector Archbishop Michael

Dean Fr. John Parker launches the new podcast with a conversation with Rector Archbishop Michael.
7/21/201913 minutes, 25 seconds