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Seminary Launches 2023 Year-End Appeal - 12/02/2023

As we approach the end of our 75th anniversary year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support. Thank you for your unwavering commitment. Your past gifts have played a vital role in enabling Jordanville’s Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary to address the countless facets of pastoral formation, especially for the parishes in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Giving Tuesday 2023 - 11/27/2023

On Giving Tuesday 2023, as we approach the end of our 75th anniversary year, we want to begin by expressing our heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering commitment of our many supporters of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary! 

75th Anniversary Celebration of Holy Trinity Seminary: September 15-17, 2023 - 10/25/2023

On the weekend of September 15-17, 2023, a three-day celebration took place between Cooperstown and Jordanville, NY to mark the 75th anniversary of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, having been founded in 1948 by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) of blessed memory.

Opening of the 76th Academic year at Jordanville’s Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary - 10/05/2023

Orientation for the new students took place on Monday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 6. On Thursday, September 7, at the conclusion of the 6am daily Divine Liturgy, a Moleben was served by the seminary’s rector, His Grace, Bishop Luke, together with monastery clergy. The 7th annual convocation then took place on Tuesday, September 12 at 2:15pm in the PVL hall.

Official Statement on recent events at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary - 09/30/2023

On the morning of Thursday, September 28, 2023, the Seminary administration discovered an anonymous electronic communication which made the claim that there was a bomb placed in the Seminary.

Establishment of The Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) Memorial Scholarship at Holy Trinity Seminary - 09/12/2023

The seminary administration is pleased to announce that, during this 75 th anniversary year, and on the eve of the celebration, by vote of the diocesan council and with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia has assisted in establishing a scholarship at Holy Trinity Seminary in memory of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko), of blessed memory.

Holy Trinity Seminary's 75th Commencement - 06/09/2023

On May 28, 2023,  the 7th Sunday after Pascha -  the Sunday of the 318 Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary held commencement exercises at the conclusion of its 75th academic year.


Holy Trinity Seminary Launches New Podcast - 03/25/2023

On Friday, March 10, Holy Trinity Seminary launched a new seminarian-run podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, and YouTube. Entitled Light of the World, this podcast aims to tackle topics ranging from theology and philosophy to liturgics, Church and ROCOR history, and daily life at the seminary.

HTOS Seminarians visit ROCOR Western Rite mission - 03/06/2023

On Cheesefare Saturday (12/25 February), a group of HTOS seminarians visited Saint Herman of Alaska Western Rite Orthodox mission in Bovina, New York.

Priest from Pakistan visits Jordanville - 02/09/2023

Fr Joseph Farooq, priest from the Orthodox mission in Pakistan visited Jordanville from January 23 through February 8. During his visit, he participated in the divine services and in the daily life of the monastery and the seminary.

Feast of St Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker - 01/03/2023

On Monday, December 19, the feast of Holy Hierarch Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia, His Grace Bishop Luke of Syracuse celebrated the festive hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Monastery.

Bishop Luke leads Seminary Choir delegation to St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell (Lakewood), NJ: 12/10-11/2022 - 12/15/2022

His Grace, Bishop Luke led a seminary delegation to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on the weekend of December 10-11, 2022. His Grace also brought The wonderworking Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God from Jordanville to be present for the divine services.

Bidding Farewell to Metropolitan Hilarion - 05/24/2022

On Sunday 9/22 May, Metropolitan Hilarion was laid to rest at Holy Trinity Monastery.

Metropolitan HILARION Falls Asleep in the Lord - 05/16/2022

Christ is Risen! It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the Falling Asleep in the Lord of our beloved First Hierarch and ruling bishop of the Eastern American Diocese, His Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION.

Holy Trinity Seminary M.Div. students ordained for the mission in the Philippines - 05/14/2022

On May 8, 2022, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, two MDiv students were ordained.

HTOS Deputy Dean of Students Delivers Lectures - 12/15/2021

During the fall semester, HTOS Deputy Dean of Students Hierodeacon Theodore (Stanway) (HTOS '17, '21) travelled to several different locations to deliver lectures.

Seminary Choir travels to St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Howell (Lakewood), NJ: 11-12 Dec 2021 - 12/14/2021

On the weekend of December 11-12, commemorating the Martyr Paramon and  the 370 martyrs with him, at the invitation of cathedral rector Mitred Archpriest Serge Lukianov, the seminary choir traveled to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell (Lakewood) NJ  to sing the responses to the Divine Services. Also present during the Divine Services was the miracle-working Icon of the Mother of God; the Softener of Evil Hearts.

Jordanville celebrates Vladyka Luke’s 40th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination - 07/15/2021

On June 29/July 12, the Feast of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, His Grace, Bishop Luke of Syracuse, Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery and Rector of the Seminary (HTS Class ’78) was honored by the monastery brotherhood, and the seminary and local communities for celebrating 40 years since His Grace’s ordination to the Holy Priesthood in 1981.

Holy Trinity Seminary holds Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2021 - 06/09/2021

On Sunday, June 6, the Sunday of the Blind Man, commencement was held to mark the conclusion of Holy Trinity Seminary’s 73rd academic year.

Seminary delegation visits St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to honor the memory of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov - 06/02/2021

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, the third anniversary of the falling asleep in the Lord of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, a delegation from Holy Trinity Seminary traveled to Lakewood to participate in the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the permanent monument at Fr. Valery’s grave, which is located directly behind the beautiful cathedral which he designed and built.

HTOS Alumnus Fr. Theophylact elevated to Archimandrite - 04/06/2021

On Sunday, Mar 8/21, the first Sunday of the Great Fast, the monastery celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the triumph over the heresy of iconoclasm. The Divine Liturgy was presided over by His Grace, Bishop Luke of Syracuse; Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery and Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary. Vladyka was co-served by the monastery clergy. With the blessing of the Synod of Bishops, during the Small Entrance, Igumen Theophylact (Clapper-DeWell), HTOS class ’86; longtime cleric of the monastery and teacher in the seminary, was raised to the rank of archimandrite. Axios-Axios-Axios to Archimandrite Theophylact, and may he be blessed with many more and healthy years of monastic labor in Christ’s Vineyard, and salvation!

Holy Trinity Seminary Celebrates Patronal Feast; Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs - 02/20/2020

On Wednesday, Jan 30/Feb 12, the Holy Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs; SS Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. These three great hierarchs and luminaries of the Church are considered as the patrons of every Orthodox Theological Seminary, and therefore this feast is recognized as the patronal feast of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary.

#GivingTuesday December 3, 2019; Donate to the Jordanville Annual Fund and support our Seminary - 12/02/2019

#GivingTuesday December 3, 2019; donate to the Jordanville Annual Fund and support our Seminary

Holy Trinity Seminary Launches Annual Fund - 11/05/2019

Jordanville Hosts Fall Clergy Conference, PaTRAM Master Class and Metropolitan Hilarion’s 35 th Anniversary of Episcopal Consecration - 10/29/2019

October 21-23: Holy Trinity Monastery & Seminary in Jordanville hosted the EAD’s annual fall clergy conference and a PaTRAM master class for male choir. These events coincided with the EAD’s celebration of the 35th anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion’s consecration to the episcopate.

2019-20 Academic year begins at HTOS Jordanville - 09/26/2019

The 2019-20 academic year opened at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary with a series of events during the first two weeks in September.

Jordanville's HTOS Choir travels to Our Lady "Joy of All Who Sorrow" Parish in Philadelphia this coming weekend. - 09/26/2019

This Saturday, September 28 and Sunday September 29, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Luke, and at the invitation of Fr Valery Sukholobov, parish rector, the seminary choir, under the direction of Fr. Deacon Nicholas Kotar, will sing the responses for the divine services at Our Lady "Joy of All Who Sorrow" parish in Philadelphia, PA.

Nicolas Schidlovsky New Dean of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville - 08/15/2019

Nicolas Schidlovsky, PhD, began his tenure as the new Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary on August 15, succeeding Archpriest Alexander F.C. Webster, PhD, who has retired as Dean and Professor of Moral Theology (See his profile in a previous posting.)

$50,000.00 Donation to HTOS from St Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral’s Benevolent Fund - 06/29/2019

Seminary Rector, His Grace, Bishop Luke, the Seminary Dean, Archpriest Alexander FC Webster, and the Seminary Director of Admissions & Registrar, Priest Ephraim Willmarth joined the liturgical weekend at St Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, on June 27-28, that also marked the conclusion of the “Summer Academy” of the PaTRAM (Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music) organization.

2019 Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Commencement - 06/19/2019

The Commencement exercises began after a Hierarchal Liturgy, celebrated by Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and His Grace Bishop Luke (Murianka) of Syracuse. After a procession of all Seminary administrators, faculty in residence, seminarians, and the bishops from the Monastery to the Cathedral, the clergy offered a moleben in thanksgiving for the Seminary's successes and in supplication for divine blessings on all those who help to perpetuate the institution.

Pentecost and Holy Spirit Day at Holy Trinity Seminary - 06/15/2019

The two-day celebration of Pentecost and Holy Spirit Day at Holy Trinity Seminary & Monastery on June 15-17 (see the Holy Trinity Monastery website for liturgical details) included significant personal moments for one current seminarian and two alumni.  

Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Hall Naming Ceremony - 05/18/2019

May 25, 2019, marked the one-year anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, the beloved pastor of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.

Great and Holy Week and Pascha - 04/28/2019

Christ is Risen! Христосъ воскресе!

With God's grace, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary has celebrated another glorious and joyous Pascha, this year for the first time with His Grace Bishop Luke (Murianka) officiating as a bishop!

Consecration of Archimandrite Luke as Bishop of Syracuse - 02/11/2019

On the seminary’s patronal Feast of the Three Hierarchs (SS. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom) our rector, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), was elevated to the dignity of the episcopate and consecrated as the Bishop of Syracuse, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese.

Giving Tuesday - November 2017 - 11/27/2017

With your support, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary has not only preserved the spirit of Russian Orthodoxy but has been optimizing its ability to offer "Traditional Orthodoxy for the 21st Century" unapologetically and effectively to a world that so desperately needs it. Therefore, on this Giving Tuesday (11/28/2017), we ask for your generous assistance as we continue to provide rigorous training for the future leaders of the Church and to improve the quality of that education.

The Liturgy of Saint James - 11/05/2017

Today, when the Holy Church commemorates the memory of the Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord in the flesh, as has been customary in the monastery, the Liturgy of the Apostle James was concelebrated by the monastery and seminary clergy.

HTOS Fall Convocation - 09/12/2017

Traditionally, the Seminary’s academic year has commenced with the Divine Liturgy, followed by a molebin and a talk (beseda) by the HTOS Rector, currently V. Rev. Archimandrite Luke (Murianka).  This year, building upon our legacy, HTOS’ new dean, the V. Rev. Archpriest Alexander Webster, organized a more robust and definite beginning to the academic year with a convocation in Holy Trinity's mode of celebration. Thus, on the first day of classes, the entire Seminary administration, a number of faculty, and all students gathered in the Seminary Hall for presentations and fellowship.

Summer Youth Program 2017 - 08/15/2017

With God's grace, this year's Summer Youth Program has been the most successful yet, having grown to accommodate 20 pious Orthodox high schoolers. For three weeks, these young men participated in the rigorous Church life of the monastery, attended daily lectures and spiritual reflections, and engaged in recreational activities around the monastery and in the nearby communities. After this intensive regimen, everyone inevitably comes out transformed.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary - 69th Annual Commencement - 05/28/2017

With God's grace, another school year has been successfully completed. This Sunday, May 28, 2017, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary celebrated its 69th Annual Commencement with a Service of Thanksgiving, commencement exercises, and a reception. We graduated six students, four receiving honors ranging from cum laude to summa cum laude.


Along with opening and closing remarks by the Rector and Abbot Archimandrite Luke, the Most Revered Irenei (Steenberg), bishop of Sacramento, provided the commencement address. A newly elevated bishop of the Western American Dioceses with a doctorate from Oxford in Patristics and experience in higher education, he delivered a very powerful speech about how to bring the light of Christ into the world after receiving a theological education.

Bishop Irenei also emphasized the unique status of Holy Trinity Seminary as theological institution. It not only provides a traditional Orthodox education but also shapes the entire lives of its students, allowing them to be completely enveloped in the rhythm of the church, and thus, creating lasting habits that provide a solid compass to help them navigate through the world.
Throughout the day students, family, and friends shared in the joyful successes of the graduates, were inspired by the grace-filled addresses, and enjoyed fellowship at the reception.
We thank God for His constant assistance to our mission, and we pray for our graduates as they transition into the next stage of their journies!

Pilgrimage to the Old-Rite Church of the Nativity, Erie, PA - 04/17/2017

On the fifth Sunday of Great Lent (April 2-3, 2017), HTOS students of Russian Church History went on their annual field trip to the Church of the Nativity, an Old Rite parish in Erie, PA. An interesting and vibrant blend of old and new, this parish is unique in its almost exclusive use of English while simultaneously preserving the precise rituals of the Russian Church prior to Patriarch Nikon’s reforms in the 17th century. In 1983 under the direction of Archpriest Pimen Simon, this group of Old Believers, a movement usually considered radically isolationist,opened itself to the full life of the Church when it was received into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The community also recognized a pastoral need to make use of the English language in its services.  This parish has received American converts also.


After a six-hour van ride, the seminary group reached the parish and was immediately impressed by its location overlooking Lake Erie. On time for the Saturday all-night vigil, the seminarians were able to fully immerse themselves in the various peculiarities of the Old Ritualists’ liturgical style- an experience facilitated by the fact that this evening service is 4 hours long! Following the service, the rector opened his home to the group, offering dinner and answering students’ questions. On the following morning, Deacon Andrei Psarev concelebrated with Fr. Pimen and local clergy, and the seminarians served in the sanctuary.


Among the differences between the Old Ritualists and the contemporary Russian Church Outside of Russia, some were primarily cultural, as illustrated by the traditional Russian clothing worn by the men in the choir and by the prayer rugs (podruchnik) used when the faithful prostrate themselves (there are prostrations on Sunday in the Old Rite). Some were important remembrances of the pre-Nikonian practices, such as the two-fingered crossing, the Eucharist received with a spoon given three times, and the two Alleluias sung with the psalmody. Other differences included use of monophonic Znamenny Chant, a commentary accompanying the gospel reading during the matins service, and the 900 prostrations during the Canon of St. Andrew, which had been read on the Wednesday prior to our visit.


After a very edifying time at this Old Rite parish, the seminary group drove home to Holy Trinity Seminary, passing through Niagara Falls to give the students a glimpse at the glory of God’s creation. Archpriest Viatcheslav and Matushka Elizabeth Davidenko from ROCOR Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto joined the group for several hours on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Their son Seth, a third year seminarian, was part of the group, and his parents enhanced our discussions by sharing their wisdom and insights on various topical issues of church life.


Overall the seminarians were enjoyed this trip and through it learned more about the Church and Church traditions.  The visit to Niagara Falls inevitably left those who saw it in awe, giving glory to God for His ineffable wisdom.  The Seminary intends to continue this annual visit for future seminarians to experience this unique parish of ROCOR and its rich traditions of the Old Rite as a part of HTOS’ robust history curriculum, for the Glory of God.

Христос воскресе! Christ is Risen! - 04/16/2017

On these last three days of Holy Week, the depth and poignancy of the period descended upon the monastics and seminarians, and a profound spirit of silence and contemplation filled everyone and everything. Beginning with Great and Holy Thursday and the Liturgy of St. Basil that culminated with the foot-washing service, these days were festive with services, including the Matins with the readings of the 12 gospels, Royal Hours, Vespers with the Holy Winding Sheet, 2:00 am Lamentations, the Reading of the Book of Acts, and the Great and Holy Saturday Midnight Office. After being slowly enveloped in the ethos of Holy Week with a complete cycle of Lenten services, everyone was even more moved by the triumphant and joyous arrival  of Pascha at midnight. Truly, Christ’s Resurrection was worthily glorified! Christ is Risen!


To complete the Paschal service, the monastics, seminarians, and all the faithful pilgrims proceeded into the trapeza for the Paschal breakfast. We thank Christ for His saving Resurrection and gathering His faithful for this blessed and Great Feast. We also pray that all our friends have had an equally edifying Lent and Pascha!

Fr. Peter Heers Delivers Speech at Lenten retreat in New Jersey - 03/20/2017

Archpriest Peter Heers recently delivered a presentation at the Lenten Clerical Retreat that took place at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey.  The retreat began on March 20th and ended on March 22nd--the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste. The retreat took place under the aegis of two wonderworking icons--The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God and the Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts.” The event was presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion who was also accompanied by Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and Bishop Irenei of Sacramento. More on the retreat can be found here:


Fr. Peter Heers is currently the instructor of Old and New Testament at our seminary and his the translator/publisher of many books, some of which include his most recent book The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II and other well known titles such as The Life of Elder Paisios, The Epistles of Elder Paisios, and The Truth of Our Faith.

Fr. Peter Heers, in his presentation, discussed the recent Council of Crete that took place in 2016.  In his Lecture, Fr. Peter Heers addresses the problems that preceded the council and the secrecy surrounding the pre-conciliar text that were released just a few months before the council itself; he also addresses the implications of the decisions and actions of the Council of Crete.


To download a copy of Fr. Peter Heers' speech click here.

Guest Speaker Archpriest Alexander Webster - 03/14/2017

This week, Archpriest Alexander Webster of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Virginia gave an edifying lecture to our seminarians entitled “To Think as a Moral Philosopher / To be a Moral Theologian.” A former army chaplain, published author, professor, and priest for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Fr. Webster connected the methodology of philosophy with the content of theology.


He used the words of Christ, St. Paul, and the Church Fathers to develop a concept of absolute morality derived from our final goal (teleological orientation) toward relationship with the Trinity, an ever-deepening journey from glory to glory as we try to love, comprehend, and live with our God. As Christ is the Logos of the universe, His traces are intimately felt in the reasonable order of the world that He created, and as such, we are to read the book of nature to discover the truth within it. To live according to this truth is one way of approaching moral philosophy.


From this foundation, Fr. Webster used philosophical thought puzzles to problematize simple morality with concrete, particular situations when moral solutions are ambiguous. He used the example of the execution of Socrates, who was condemned to death by the laws of the state and compelled to drink poison hemlock. Should he have drunk the hemlock of his own will? Should he have fled? Should he have fought back? Similarly, Fr. Webster invoked the famous moral question of hiding the Jews from Nazis. Should one lie to protect a life? After a lively and engaging debate with the students over these questions, Fr. Webster drew important distinctions within moral choices between motivation, the act itself (the matter/means), and the end.


With this very informative and pastorally-relevant lecture, we thank God to have had such an accomplished speaker spark intellectual curiosity in our seminarians.


Read an article by Fr. Webster by clicking the link: Transfigure or Die Trying

Holy Trinity Seminary's Patronal Feast Day - 02/12/2017

On February 12, Holy Trinity Seminary celebrated its annual patronal feast day of the Three Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom.

Our First Hierarch Metropolitan Hilarion was the main celebrant with his Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan co-celebrating. The seminarians added to the uniqueness of the event by honoring the patron saints of the seminary with Greek reading and chant, which they interspersed with the traditional Russian melodies. The seminarians had been practicing for this liturgical event throughout the year.

After the liturgy, hierarchs, monastics, faculty, staff, seminarians, and visitors reconvened in the Seminary Hall for a reception and to be edified by greetings from the Metropolitan, Bishop Nicholas, and a talk by Holy Trinity's newest faculty member, the Very Reverend Archpriest Peter Heers. Fr. Peter connected the work of the Three Hierarchs to the labors of our seminary, as we are not merely an academic university that reduces existence to rationalizations and facts but a mystagogical institution that uses truth to initiate students into the full mystery of Christ and the Church. Having actualized the fullness of their God-given personhoods, these students, then, have the experience necessary to initiate the world.

This celebration also marked the opening of our new study lounge in the library, giving students a convenient place to work, surrounded by the books they need to assist in their research.

We thank God for His grace as we continue to successfully train seminarians with traditional Orthodox pedagogy, and we pray to the Three Hierarchs for their intercessions! We would also like to thank our benefactors and friends, whose financial assistance and prayer contribute to the success of our institution.

HTOS Hosts Spring 2017 OISM meeting - 02/05/2017

On Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) held a gathering at Holy Trinity Seminary. OISM is a movement founded to promote greater fellowship between Orthodox seminaries in America, and to give seminarians the opportunity to experience life at their sister schools. Seminarians representing multiple Orthodox jurisdictions travelled to Jordanville from St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, PA and St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY to join in the event. Throughout the weekend all of the participants took part in the full liturgical cycle of the monastery, thus providing a prayerful context for fellowship. On Saturday morning, after a tour of the Monastery and St. Elizabeth's Skete, a talk was given by Igumen Seraphim Bell, cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery.  He spoke at length of his recent missionary efforts in Nepal, giving many insights into the spiritual and cultural life of the Nepali people. As the first and only Orthodox missionary to Nepal, he said that the time is ripe for Orthodoxy there, and issued a challenge for another missionary to continue the work he began. After lunch another talk was given by Protopresyter Peter Heers about the differences between Orthodox and heterodox approaches to missionary activity. He used the life of Fr. Cosmas of Gregoriou to show the ascetic aspect of mission work which is essential in the Orthodox context. Following the talks an OISM business meeting was held in which the future of OISM was discussed. Christian Watts of Holy Trinity was elected president of OISM, Joseph Clark of St. Tikhon's appointed secretary, and George Luimes of Holy Trinity appointed treasurer. Later in the evening the seminarians enjoyed an informal pizza dinner followed by a lengthy vigil in honor of the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. On Sunday morning after receiving the Mysteries at the Liturgy and one final visit to the bookstore, the guests returned to their respective seminaries.

HTOS Seminarians Participate in 2017 March For Life - 01/27/2017

From January 26-28, 2017, a group of students from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary traveled to Washington D.C. where they met with thousands of people who participated in the annual March for Life. When they arrived in D.C. they were greeted with hospitality from the parish of St. John's Cathedral, where they resided for the evening. The next morning they began the day at the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), after which a short meal was served. Then they left to participate in the March. When they arrived at the March, A short molebin was served and then they began to sing hymns and chants as they made their way down the streets of D.C. At the completion of the March they were invited to a delicious dinner hosted by the parishioners St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Giving Tuesday - Thank You For Your Generous Support! - 11/30/2016

Dear Friends,

With God's grace and your generosity, we did it! We succeeded in raising $52,789, which becomes $152,789 when all donations up to $50,000 are tripled!

May the Lord reward you a hundredfold for your support of Holy Trinity Seminary. Your gifts help provide the resources necessary for the pastoral and theological formation of the future leaders of our Church. 


We are grateful for and humbled by your continued kindness and generosity. We offer special thanks for your support this year.

We pray for your health and salvation!

Giving Tuesday Campaign - 11/16/2016

"Opening the Windows of Heaven" - A Lecture on Orthodox Iconography - 09/13/2016

HERKIMER, NY - Herkimer County Community College will host a presentation on the traditions and history of Russian Orthodox iconography on Wednesday, September 14 at 5 p.m. in the Cogar Gallery. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Reverend Alexis Duncan of the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Colonie, NY will discuss the use of icons in religious worship, the techniques, materials and symbolism employed in icon painting and how the tradition of icon painting has been preserved. The program coincides with "Sacred Images: Icons from Holy Trinty Monastery," an exhibit of Russian Orthodox icons and religious objects currently on display in the Cogar Gallery.

The Cogar Gallery, located in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, is open to the public free of charge, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when the College is open. For more information, visit

2016-2017 Academic Year Begins! - 09/13/2016

The fall 2016 semester began on the Feast of St. Alexander Nevsky by celebrating the Divine Liturgy and a molebin for the beginning of the school year. HTOS Rector, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) gave an address to all students and blessed the new students to wear the cassock and belt.

Sacred Images: Icons from Holy Trinity Monastery - 08/09/2016

Over 50 Russian Orthodox icons and religious objects from the collection of the Foundation of Russian History and Holy Trinity Monastery will be on display at Herkimer County Community College’s Cogar Gallery. The exhibition Sacred Images: Icons from Holy Trinity Monastery, running from August 12 to September 23, introduces viewers to the art and history of icon painting, the symbolism of icons and their role in Orthodox worship, and various styles and methods of producing icons. It also explores the work of iconographers at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY where traditional icon painting has been practiced for decades.

The exhibition features icons in a variety of media and techniques: painted with egg tempera, cast in metal, carved from wood and mother-of-pearl, painted on enamel, engraved on silver, embroidered, and printed. The icons are supplemented with religious objects – vestments, chalices, liturgical Gospels, and blessing crosses.

A closing reception will be held on Friday, September 23 from 5 to 7 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

Where: Cogar Gallery, Herkimer County Community College
100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer, NY 13350
When: August 12 – September 23
Hours: Monday–Friday 8am to 5pm
Additional Information:
Admission: Free



Выставка «Священные изображения: Иконы из Свято-Троицкого монастыря»

Более 50-ти русских православных икон и богослужебных предметов из коллекции Фонда Русской Истории и Свято-Троицкого монастыря будет демонстрироваться в CogarGallery при Herkimer County Community College на выставке «Священные изображения: Иконы из Свято-Троицкого монастыря». Выставка будет открыта с 12 августа по 23 сентября текущего года и познакомит посетителей с историей русской православной традицией иконописи, расскажет о символизме икон и их роли в православном богослужении. Будет уделено особое внимание теме деятельности иконописцев Свято-Троицкого монастыря, где иконопись практикуется на протяжении десятилетий.

На выставке будут представлены иконы различных школ и техник изготовления: роспись яичной темперой, литые, резные иконы из дерева, на перламутре, иконы с росписью по эмали, гравированные на серебре, вышитые иконы на специальной канве.  Будут представлены иконы, изображенные на облачении священнослужителей, церковной утвари, Евангелиях и крестах.

Все желающие приглашаются на торжественное закрытие выставки в пятницу 23-го сентября с 17.00 до 19.00 часов.

Адрес Herkimer County Community College:
100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer, NY 13350

Часы работы:
С понедельника по пятницу 8.00 – 17.00


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St Herman Youth Conference Visits HTS - 12/24/2015

On December 24, 2015, the St Herman Youth Conference spent the day at Holy Trinity Seminary. In the morning, about 100 youth listened to a lecture about addiction. Following the lecture, everyone enjoyed a casual meal in the Seminary Hall while listening to a visiting priest from St. Petersburg speak about youth conferences in Russia. After lunch, the youth spent time viewing the museum, visiting the convent, seeing the cemetery, hearing about the monastery publishing office, viewing the bell tower, and enjoying a bonfire by the St. John of Kronstadt Chapel. 

ALL ALUMNI INVITED: February 10 -12: Seminary Alumni Reunion at HTS - 12/11/2015

Join your fellow Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary alumni for the Second Annual Alumni Reunion on the eve of the Feast of Three Hierarchs, the patronal feast of our seminary. Come to Jordanville to meet old friends, get reacquainted with your alma mater, experience the liturgical services as you remember them with the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Choir, and to meet current faculty, staff, and seminarians.

Thank you for your support of our Giving Tuesday campaign! - 12/02/2015

We are thrilled to announce that the Holy Trinity Seminary Giving Tuesday fund drive was an overwhelming success! Thanks to you, our generous donors, we were able to reach our goal of $50,000, which was matched for a total of $100,000. Watch the video below for a message from our Rector Archimandrite Luke.

Giving Tuesday at HTOS: All donations made today will be matched up to $50,000. Donate now! - 11/19/2015

All donations made today will be matched up to $50,000 by a generous donor.

Why Study at HTOS: Parish Life Experience - 10/26/2015

At Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, we believe that all of our graduates should have parish life experience. In the final years of seminary, students travel to parishes to understand the inner workings of parishes. Recently, our students have been traveling to the Nativity of the Mother of God parish in Albany, New York. Every week, seminarians teach Sunday school classes, serve in the Altar, sing on kliros, deliver sermons, and attend parish council meetings.

Registration still available: October 9 - 10: St. Tikhon Patriarch of Moscow: His Life and Times symposium at HTS - 10/06/2015

The symposium celebrates the 150th anniversary since the birth, and the 90th anniversary since the repose of Saint Tikhon (Bellavin), the first Patriarch of all Russia since the restoration of the patriarchate in 1917, who also served as a missionary bishop in North America from 1898-1907, and became a confessor of Orthodoxy during the time of the Bolshevik persecutions.

Trip to Museum of Russian Icons - 10/05/2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Rector Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) and fifteen seminarians visited the well-known Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts. The museum was founded in 2006 and contains over 1,000 icons from pre-revolutionary Russia. This is the largest collection of icons in North America, as well as, one of the largest private collections of icons outside of Russia.  Currently, the museum is exhibiting three special collections: 30 rare feast day icons, rare Royal Doors from a 16th century church outside of Moscow, and twelve festal row icons.

Why study at HTOS? First hand experience with liturgics. - 09/30/2015

How did most of our bishops, priests, and deacons learn the complex liturgics of the Orthodox Church? The answer is that they were seminarians at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary. Studying at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary offers each seminarian the unique opportunity to participate daily in the full cycle of services. Students attend Liturgy every day allowing them to experience first hand the full liturgical cycle of services.

HTS professor receives prestigious Department of Education fellowship - 09/17/2015

Dr. Elena Nelson was awarded a Fulbright-Hays fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2015 American Councils Summer Russian Language Teachers Program. Dr. Elena Nelson teaches Russian I, Russian II, Advanced Russian, and Church Slavonic II at Holy Trinity Seminary. She reflects on her experiences in this write-up. Dr. Nelson received her M.A. and Ph. D from the University of California, Berkley.

Spring Seminary Appeal - 05/07/2015

Your donation is an investment in the future of the Orthodox Church. I would like to thank you for your continuing support of the seminary and I encourage you to visit the seminary, meet with students and faculty, and attend services at Holy Trinity Monastery.

Rector Archimandrite Luke



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