Seminarians gather for fellowship - 02/23/11

Before the beginning of Great Lent Orthodox seminarians gathered at St. Vladimir's Seminary for a meeting of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM). Originally founded in the 1960s, OISM exists to foster closer relationships among students from all Orthodox seminaries in North America. This year, due to travel expenses being covered through generous donations, St. Herman Seminary was able to send two representatives to this meeting, fourth-year seminarian Ephrim Smith and first-year seminarian Subdeacon Michael Trefon. In addition to the meeting and enjoying the fellowship of other Orthodox seminarians, Ephrim and Michael had the opportunity to attend some classes at St. Vladimir's Seminary, visit St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery, participate in services celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan KRYSTOF of the Czech Lands and Slovakia,and see some of the sites of New York City.