2007-08 Academic Year BeginsThe beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year at Holy Trinity Seminary commenced with a thanksgiving service immediately after the morning liturgy on Wednesday, September 12. After a short break, all students met with the Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), and the Assistant Dean, Protodeacon Vladimir Tsurikov. The rector, Metropolitan Laurus, was not able to be present due to meetings held at the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.
Archimandrite Luke advised all the students as to how to be successful at Holy Trinity Seminary. He used the life of St. Alexander Nevsky, whose feast day it was, as an example. He said that although he was a prince and a statesman, he always turned to God for help. Everyone should take this example, and especially seminarians, because they are future clergy. Deacon Vladimir spoke mostly about practical matters concerning the seminary and library, and student life, including a note on the upcoming Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement symposium. Registration followed in Hieromonk Theophelact's office. Classes began the following day. Holy Trinity Seminary increased in size with the incoming students.