Event to Celebrate SVOTS, St. Nersess Seminary Collaboration

SVOTS – 24/8/19

Pan-Orthodox Christian Collaboration! 

[SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] For fifty years, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary have worked together to help build up the Body of Christ. This October, celebrate with us this milestone of fifty years of collaboration!

An evening of events at St. Vladimir’s Seminary on Friday, October 11 includes:

  • Armenian Vespers, Three Hierarchs Chapel, 6:30 p.m.;
  • Book sale (the Seminary bookstore will be open until the lecture begins at 7 p.m.);
  • The Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture, Metropolitan Philip Auditorium (John J. Rangos Family Building), ft. Bishop Daniel Findikyan, 7 p.m.;
  • Reception following the lecture.

The celebration is free and open to the public. More information can be found at svots.edu/events.

About the 2019 Meyendorff Lecture Speaker

Seminary Alumnus Bishop Daniel Findikyan, professor of Armenian studies at SVOTS and St. Nersess’ professor of liturgical studies, is the primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. A noted international scholar of liturgics, Bishop Daniel is the first American-born primate in the history of the Eastern Diocese. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books, and has and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Armenia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Sweden, Slovakia and Russia. Bishop Daniel holds Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees from St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess seminaries and a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from the City University of New York; he earned his doctorate in Liturgical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he studied under Robert Taft, S.J.

About St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess Seminaries

Formal collaboration between St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary(Yonkers, NY) and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary (Armonk, NY) began in 1968, when negotiations with St. Vladimir’s Seminary resulted in St. Nersess becoming a satellite institution. Over the coming decades, the two seminaries formalized (and later revised) a joint Master of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum. In 2004, the partnership resulted in the launch of the Treasures of the Armenian Christian Tradition Series (AVANT) through St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press. In 2016, the schools once again renewed their commitment to work together, this time via an Inter-seminary Agreement of Collaboration signed along with Gevorgyan Seminary in Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin), Armenia. At present, seminarians studying at St. Nersess Seminary take part of their course load at St. Vladimir’s.

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