At the May 22nd Commencement ceremony, St. Vladimir's Seminary bestowed an honorary doctorate degree on His Grace, Bishop BASIL, and also established a Byzantine music program in his honor. The commendation read:
Faithful son of God fearing Orthodox Christian parents, reared in the Church and nourished by her manifest blessings, university educated, theologically trained, and spiritually formed in graduate Orthodox seminary practice, steeped with the knowledge of church history, Scripture, and liturgical and pastoral practice, bridger of traditions, rejecter of phyletism, seeker of truth, author and translator of liturgical books and arranger of hymnography celebrating the glory of the Mother of God, avid inspirational leader of youth, teacher of liturgical music and church rite, builder of churches, lover of people, dedicated follower of the monastic rule, commemorator of the saints, archpastor and Christ loving shepherd of flocks, bearer of joy and teacher of sobriety, true friend and loyal advisor, articulate witness and dynamic defender of the faith, visionary leader and clear thinking guide, bearer of truth and defender of right, without guile and humble in spirit, “rightly dividing the word of God’s truth,” it is with great honor that the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, by unanimous decision and by the power vested in them by the Board of Regents of the State of New York, bestow upon His Grace, The Right Reverend BASIL, Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita and of Mid-America of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the degree Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa.
Additionally, the Board of Trustees of the Seminary announced the establishment of the Bishop BASIL Program in Byzantine Liturgical Music, in honor of His Grace, who was a chant instructor at the Seminary in earlier years. "The newly established program will ensure that the heritage of teaching Byzantine music not only continues at St. Vladimir's but also evolves," noted the Board. The program will enable a full-time faculty member with expertise in Psaltic Art, Hymnography, and Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Chant to instruct all seminarians, even those not connected to parishes with a Greek or Middle Eastern tradition. The Seminary intends to raise two million dollars to fund the program.
To see the brochure describing the Program, please download the attached PDF file.
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