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Seminary Pilgrimage to St. John the Compassionate Mission Day 1 - April 9, 2013

On April 9, 2013, the Seminarians from Christ the Saviour Seminary, accompanied by the Very Rev. Jonathan Tobias began a week pilgrimage to St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Canada. This trip is part of a credited course in Orthodox Missiology, which is designed to expose the students to the multifacited ministries of the Mission.

Arriving in the early evening, the Seminarians were greeted at the Mission by Deacon Pawel Mucha, the prefect of the Lived Theology School. After a brief tour of the Mission complex, the Seminarians retired to Lourmel House, the home of the Lived Theology School, where they will find lodging during their stay. They were treated to a delicious Lenten supper.

The posted photos show scenes from the first day of their journey of faith and service.

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Fr. Jonathan Tobias blesses the van transporting the students for a safe journey prior to leaving for St. John the Compassionate Mission.
Deacon Pawel, Prefect of the Lived Theology gives the seminarians a tour of the Mission facilities upon their arrival.
Iconography surrounds the entire mission dining room.
Icon of the Miracle of The Five Loaves and Fishes in the Mission Dining Room
Icon of St. Silouan the Athonite
Icon of St. Moses the Ethiopian
The entrance into the Mission Chapel.
The beautiful interior of the Mission Chapel dedicated to St. Silouan the Athonite
The the tour continues into the chapel.
The seminarians listen to a short explanation of the history of the Mission.
Students at the Lourmel House
Dinner at Lourmel House