Seminary Board of Directors Meets

Online courses, new seminarians, and library renovations; these are just some of the positive developments noted by new and returning members of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary Board of Directors during their January meeting, led by Archieparchial Administrator Rev. Eugene Yankanich.

The Seminary’s Rector, Archpriest John G. Petro, and Library Director, Sandra A. Collins, Ph.D., offered a tour of the newly carpeted library and media center available to students and faculty.  Dr. Collins also discussed the increasing interest in the Seminary’s on-line courses, which are available for both academic credit and personal enrichment.   These unique courses offer an opportunity to learn more about the richness of Eastern Christianity to those who have neither the time nor the ability to travel to the Seminary campus in Pittsburgh.
The Seminary’s Academic Dean, Rev. Joseph Raptosh, explained the effort to revamp the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Theology (with an emphasis on the Byzantine Tradition) degree programs as well as opportunities for faculty development.
The Director of the Self-Study in preparation for the re-accreditation of the Seminary, Dr. Betty Shovlin, reviewed the positive steps taken toward renewal of the Seminary’s accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools.
In addition to educating seminarians and others for further service to the Byzantine Ruthenian eparchies, the Seminary is also welcoming students from the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts.
The Seminary is grateful to those who continue to contribute to its financial well-being. Despite difficult financial times in the country, Seminary Finance Officer Gregory Popivchak reported the Seminary’s Christmas Appeal set an all-time record for donations.
Maintenance to the 62-year-old complex is ongoing.  Work has been completed to repair the dome, and a new server and computer network system are now in place for use by the staff, students and faculty.  One classroom now features a SMART board, which enhances interactive instruction. Future projects will include the resurfacing of the parking lot, re-pointing the stonework of the building, and general updating of the facilities.  Volunteers with expertise in those areas are invited to contact the Seminary.
Three new members of the Board were introduced during the meeting.  They are:
•   George Juba, President and CEO of the Greek Catholic Union
•   Khaled Anatolios, Professor of Historical Theology at Boston College
•   Robert Grip, broadcast journalist and educator, Mobile, Alabama
The other members of the Board are Very Rev. Eugene Yackanich, Cathy Chromulak, Rev. James Spontak, Archpriest John G. Petro, Betty Radvak Shovlin, Helen S. Kennedy and Deacon John Evancho.
Tax-deductible donations to the Seminary are gratefully accepted at any time.  Those wishing to remember the Seminary in their wills are advised to contact the Seminary's Development Consultant, Jack Miller, at 412-321-8383, extension 28.