SVS Faculty Represent Seminary in Alumni Gatherings Across the Country

CRESTWOOD, NY—As part of the seminary’s outreach to its graduates, faculty members who travel across the country often meet with alumni to report on seminary activities and to listen to their concerns. Two such meetings took place in the month of October, with Fr Alexander Rentel representing the seminary at the Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest on October 6-8, 2003 and Professor Paul Meyendorff facilitating a gathering of alumni at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, CA on October 12.

Fr Rentel had the opportunity to greet His Grace, Bishop Job, as well as many alumni who are members of the Diocese of the Midwest. He made himself available to both alumni and prospective students, fielding inquiries about the changes at St Vladimir’s (new personnel, new facilities, etc.).

Professor Paul Menendorff met with a group of eight St Vladimir Seminary alumni from the Bay area, updating them on recent developments at the seminary and discussing some of the proposals of the new strategic plan, including the construction of additional married student housing and efforts to expand the pastoral formation program. Fr Victor Sokolov, rector of the cathedral, served as host, while Randa Aoun, a recent SVS graduate, provided abundant refreshments as the gathering of friends continued into the early evening. SVS hopes to make such successful reunions a regular occurrence for alumni across the country.

To obtain more information about future gatherings, please contact the seminary at 914/961-8313 or visit the seminary’s web site at

Saint Vladimir Seminary, a graduate school of theology, offers a Master of Divinity degree; a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education, Liturgical Music, or General Theology; a Master of Theology degree; and a Doctor of Ministry degree.