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Register by May 15th for St. Vladimir's Summer Programs

YONKERS, NY [OCA/SVOTS] — During the month of June 2010, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will offer a wide array of educational opportunities to the public. Registration fees will be waived for participants signing up by May 15th. Among the programs being offered are the following:

JUNE 3-9 —  Iconography Workshops

Two master iconographers, one painting in the Russo-Byzantine style and the other painting in the Greek-Cretan School tradition, will offer iconography workshops. Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko of the Saints Alipij and Andrei Rublev Icon Studio, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and Khouriya Erin Mary Kimmett, Norwood, MA, will limit each of their classes to 12 students. Iconographers with experience ranging from novice to master are welcome. Additional information is posted at

JUNE 10-12 —  Summer Symposium

“Hellenism and Orthodoxy” will be the theme of the annual Summer Symposium. His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will deliver the public keynote lecture on Friday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. Orthodox clerics and scholars from Turkey, Greece, and North America will round out the program. Additional information is posted at

JUNE 13-19 —  Summer Academic Program

Archpriest John Behr, renowned Professor of Patristics and SVS Dean, will teach a course titled “From Gospel to Creed.” The course will examine key Christian figures and explore the historical and thematic paths that led to the formulation and promulgation of the Creed of Nicaea. A course description and requirements, schedule, registration, and fees are posted at

JUNE 14-16 —  Orthodox Parish Renewal

This workshop for priests and lay leaders explores skills, insights, and tools for meeting the challenges of parish life today. Led by Priest J. Sergius Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Patristics and Rhetoric at Holy Apostles College, and Mr. Joseph Kormos, OCA Midwest Diocese Parish Health Ministry Leader, the workshop will focus on the essential dimensions of healthy and hopeful parishes, using a method and model for spiritual vibrancy. Additional information is posted at

JUNE 20-24 —  Diaconal Institute

Daily celebration of the divine services by participants with seminary clergy will support practical liturgical training for deacons and diaconal candidates. Additionally, faculty members will offer focused presentations about the deacon’s place in the liturgical life of the Church and his broader vocation as a symbol to the faithful of the ministry of Christ. Instruction in public speaking and vocal technique will also be offered. This practicum is held in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal Vocations Program and is highly recommended by the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops. Additional information is posted at and

JUNE 20-24 —  Practical Liturgics

This program is intended for newly ordained priests and select college-age subdeacons that wish to participate in a week of intensive liturgical celebration and practical liturgics training. Attendees will celebrate and concelebrate the services, take part in general liturgics classes, and engage in various workshops on voice training, homiletics, and the practice of the Holy Mystery of Confession. Time will also be set aside for fellowship, discussion, and reflections on the ministry of the priesthood led by senior priests. Additional information is posted at

JUNE 20-24 —  Music Program

This educational and fun workshop for youth will address the needs and talents of the Church’s future leaders in song. Students ages 13–18 with an interest in learning more about church music will have the opportunity to work with experienced church musicians to develop their skills and understanding of music notation, chanting, choral singing, and the structure of liturgica