Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown awarded two degrees for the 2011-2012 academic year. The graduation exercise took place at the close of daily Vespers on May 4.
Father Michael Rustick, priest in residence, celebrated the Vespers. At its conclusion, Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro spoke to the seminarians. “There are two kinds of classrooms in this seminary,” he noted. “One is filled with desks. The other has an altar at its center. Since 1940, the chapel and the classroom have been hand-in-hand educating our future priests. What is learned in the classroom is delivered to the people through the church and the ordained clergy. If you have regarded either the chapel or the classroom less than the other, you have done a disservice to your future ministry”.
Father Miloro complimented all the students for a year of excellence, and awarded the Bachelor of Theology Degree to Rev. Fr. Joseph Gingrich, and the Licentiate of Theology Degree to Sem. Jonathan Bannon.
A dinner was served afterwards for students and graduates and their guests in the seminary refectory.
The posted photos show scenes from the Daily Vespers Service and Graduation Ceremony and the dinner which followed.
Fr. Michael Rustik Serves Daily Vespers
The Seminary Faculty and students sang the Vespers service with great joy.
Seminarian Cantors who led the singing of the Plain Chant responses.
Seminarian Jonathan Bannon's Mother and Fiancee sit while listening to an address given by Diocesan Chancellor and Seminary Dean Very Reverend Protopresbyter Fr. Frank Miloro.
Fr. Frank Miloro the Seminary Dean offers words of congratulations to the graduates.
Fr. Joseph Gingrich is awarded the Bachelor of Theology Degree.
Seminarian Jonathan Bannon receives the Licentiate in Orthodox Theology
Graduate Jonathan Bannon with his parents.
Seminarian Jonathan with Fiance Marianna
Seminarian Jonathan with his brother Timothy Bannon and uncle John Fedorko III.
Fr. Joseph Gingrich with members of the Timko Family.
Fr. Joseph Gingrich and Seminarian Professor Very Reverend Fr. James Gleason.
Faculty, Graduates and Seminarians
Christ The Saviour Seminarians
Fr. Frank offered the prayer before the Graduation Dinner.
The Seminarians, family members and guests present joyfully sang the Paschal Troparion "Christ is Risen!"
The celebratory dinner honoring the 2012 Graduates followed in the Seminary Dining Room.
The graduates, faculty and family members enjoyed one another's company on this joyful day in the life of Christ the Saviour Seminary.
Seminarian Matthew Dutko offered a few words on behalf of his brother seminarians.
Fr. Joseph offers a few words, expressing gratitude to Almighty God for reaching this milestone in his life.
No party is complete without cake!