St. Tikhon’s Seminary Opens Parish Lay Leadership Training Program in Philadelphia, PA

Source: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological

South Canaan, PA, August 15, 2016

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is
pleased to announce a new program of studies developed for
theological training of lay parishioners who are involved
in various leadership activities in their parish. This
program is an expansion of the already existing Diaconal
Formation program, which has been successfully offered
off-campus for the last 9 years. Just like the Diaconal
Formation program, the Parish Lay Leadership Training
Program is comprised of 4 semesters (2 academic years)
during which participants are enrolled in graduate level
courses in Theology, Scripture, Church History and
Liturgics. In addition to this, the new program will also
offer courses that are specifically geared towards
training students to be better assistants to the pastor in
various areas of parish life, like catechetical and Sunday
school instructions, liturgical services and parish

For the 2016-2017 school year the new program will only be
offered in the Philadelphia location with plans to expand
it to other locations and possibly add more topic areas in
the future. “The setting of the Diaconal Formation
program proved to be very appealing to those who live
within driving distance from our location and who can
attend the program on Saturdays while holding full-time
jobs” remarked Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk, the
administrator of the Philadelphia location of the program.
“While we continue to give theological training to
Diaconal candidates, we realize that there is a clear need
to help parishes of our area by training those lay
parishioners who desire to be actively involved in the
lives of their communities and who could greatly benefit
from structured coursework in such areas as Theology,
Liturgy and Scripture.”

Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary dean, shared his
enthusiasm regarding the program development. “With
the solid foundation of the diaconal training program
components already in place, this expansion will offer
significant opportunities for motivated laypersons to more
actively serve the Church by accessing this spiritually
enriching formational training,” stated Fr. Steven.

To access a flyer with more information, click
here. To learn more about
the details of the new Diaconal Formation and Parish
Lay Leadership Training program or to enroll in the
program, please contact Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk
by calling 215-745-3232 or emailing

St. Tikhon’s Orthodox
Theological Seminary

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