Special classes for our students - 03/17/11

From March 17-20 the students and staff of St. Herman Seminary--in what we hope becomes an annual event--were able to attend special classes conducted by Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary and former Dean of St. Herman's Seminary. He spoke on "Missiology Basics" and "Where Protestants Come From." His talks on the first day about missiology and apologetics were supplemented by addresses by two seminarians from St. Vladimir's Seminary, Dn. James Bozeman and Ephrim Bozeman. Deacon James offered the reflection at the Akathist to St. Herman at Holy Resurrection Cathedral and spoke on "From Evangelical to Orthodox" while Ephrim led sessions on "Culture and Orthodoxy." The wives of our seminarians and women from the community of Kodiak were able to benefit during this time as Fr. Chad led a women's retreat, similar to the matushki retreat he recently held in the Kuskokwim region at St. James Church in Napaskiak. Our visitors also had the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Spruce Island, where our patron, St. Herman of Alaska, spent much of his life ministering to the people of Kodiak. These classes help us strengthen our relationship with St. Vladimir's Seminary. Since the founding of St. Herman Seminary 40 years ago, we have enjoyed the support of St. Vladimir's, including many visiting professors from St. Vladimir's ministering here in Kodiak. We look forward to continuing this relationship,hopefully being able to help our sister seminary at St. Vladimir's as well!