An ending but also a beginning . . . - 05/27/12

On May 27, 2012, St. Herman Seminary graduated Priest Michael Nicolai and Deacon Andrew Wasillie, who now are entering a life of ministry after having spent years preparing for service to the Diocese of Alaska. His Eminence Archbishop BENJAMIN presented the graduates with their Diploma in Orthodox Theological Studies as well as a certificate from KANA (Kodiak Area Native Association) for their field work in substance abuse counselling. In addition, His Eminence awarded Reader's Certificates to Deacon Jason Isaacs, Monk Timofey [Kozaki], Subdeacon John Askoak, Subdeacon Michael Trefon, and seminarian Wasillie Guy. 

We were honored to have the Archpriest Stephan Heckman, dean of the Yukon Deanery and rector of Transfiguration of Our Lord Church in Pilot Station, give the address at the commencement exercises. His words of parish ministry and service to God's people in Alaska were both eloquent and heartfelt.

Mary Ann Khoury of Outreach Alaska, who has coordinated support for the Seminary and other projects in the Diocese for nearly 15 years, presented gifts to the graduates from their sponsoring churches.

In addition, His Eminence Archbishop BENJAMIN elevated adjunct instructor Fr. Samuel Gantt to the dignity of archpriest. Axios!

We offer sincere congratulations to our seminarians for their accomplishments and look forward to a bright future in our common ministry. May God grant them and their families many years!