I just returned from a week in residency at the Antiochian House of Studies in Bolivar, Pennsylvania. It was a very edifying week of intense study and worship. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to sit under such distinguished faculty. Besides the Theological Studies and Master of Divinity programs, our seminary now offers a Phd. program that is fully accredited.- Subdeacon Seraphim Blackstock
This is the view from the entrance of AV with the Antiochian Heritage Museum to the left
002.jpgThe view from the main community area adjacent to the coffee bar.
The Lecture Hall where I spent many hours listening to distinguished faculity teaching Church History, Liturgics and Canon Law.
Some of the items in the Museum were incredible. These chairs were from Syria and inlaid with solid Mother of Pearl.
More of the Museum.
Great men from a variety of backgrounds getting ready to learn Byzantine Chant.......with a full teaching on the Tones.
Another meeting room.
There was a storm the night we arrived and the chapel had some flooding, so they set up a temporary altar in a meeting room until it dried out.
The Chapel was packed but from this view you can't see the 200+ people who were there. (I'm not a great photographer!)
Looking up in the main Chapel
The kitchen staff did a great job preparing and serving wonderful meals. You are only seeing one half of the dining hall in this picture.
From Right to left: Fr. Joseph Allen, Fr David Jacobs and myself at the Chanter Stand.
Fr. George blessing the Artoclesia
The Entrance to Camp St Tekla and the Inspiration Trail
I was blessed to have had the opportunity to venerate the grave of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. Metropolitan Philip is burried in the next grave to the right.
I met Benjamin at residency. He was 15 years old when I was on Staff at CBN, 30 years ago. His father was a photographer there and Benjamin remembers me. What are the odds, that two men associated with the CBN would end up in seminary 30 years later?
Icon of St Tekla with her Relic at the bottom.
At the entrance to the main Chapel. You see the Relic from St Raphael of Brooklyn
At the entrance to the Chapel.