The Rite of Installation, during which His Grace, Bishop Mark will be enthroned as Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, will be celebrated at Saint Stephen Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Bishop Mark was canonically elected to fill the vacant See by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America on March 18, 2014. [See related story.]
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will preside at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and the Rite of Installation that follows.
An Installation Banquet honoring Bishop Mark will follow the Liturgy at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway (US Rt. 1), Trevose, PA at 1:00 p.m. Deadline for banquet reservations is Wednesday, April 30. Banquet reservation forms may be downloaded here. Forms for placing commemorative listings in a book marking the occasion also may be downloaded. Deadline for listings is April 30.
For those desiring overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast, 9461 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, at a special rate of $115.00 plus tax per night. For reservations please call the hotel directly at 215-671-9600 and mention “Installation of Bishop Mark.” The special rate will be available until April 18, 2014.
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications from priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry who want to earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry [D.Min] degree through a new hybrid program that combines on-line coursework with on-campus intensive training. In the coming months the seminary administration will begin reviewing applications to admit 15 students into the first cohort of the new program, set to commence with the fall semester 2014. There also will be an on-campus orientation this summer.
The Association for Theological School [ATS] approved the hybrid D.Min. program in fall 2012. Most recently, on March 21, 2014, the State of New York’s Office of College and University Evaluation also granted its approval. The Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies, a fund set up by Protodeacon Peter M. Danilchick and his wife, Tanya, will help support qualified D.Min. students with their tuition through need-based scholarships.
Archpriest Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at Saint Vladimir’s and the program’s director, observed, “Receiving authorization for the D.Min. from New York State is a great accomplishment for everyone at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, and I’m extremely happy to complete this stage of initial planning and authorization. Now our world class D.Min. faculty can begin the essential work of strengthening the ministry of priests, chaplains, and others involved in institutional and professional ministry.”
The D.Min. Program will integrate doctoral level academic work with applied pastoral practice, and members of the Saint Vladimir’s faculty, along with Orthodox Christian scholars from other institutions, will teach the eight core courses:
Archpriest J. Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D., Advanced Preaching and Communications
Gayle E. Woloshak, Ph.D., Bioethics for Ministry
Archpriest Nicholas Solak, D. Min., Counseling in the Parish
Archpriest John A. Jillions, Ph.D., Ministry in a Secular Age
Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., Ministry to the Sick and Dying
Priest Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., Missiology
Archpriest Eugen J. Pentiuc, Ph.D., Scripture: Exegesis for Preaching
Archpriest Joseph F. Purpura, D.Min., Youth Ministry
A project that combines research at the doctoral level with the intentional application of pastoral theory in pastoral ministry will comprise the final phase of the program.
“Pastors today face immense challenges,” emphasized Father Sergius. “The depth and intensity of suffering and spiritual darkness in the lives of the people we serve is startling. Facing such serious challenges, there has never been a greater need for excellence in pastoral ministry.”
Program applicants must have at least three years experience in ministry subsequent to their first theological degree, be currently serving in a position of ministry, and be capable of doing doctoral level academic work.
To learn more about the program, contact Father Sergius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-961-8313, x367. Additional information, including technology requirements, may be accessed here.