Happy Graduates for the 2014 class celebrating: Ramez Mikhail, Nicholas Siniari, Chris Dillon, Keith Melville, Ronnie Long (kneeling), Joseph Henre, Jim Atty, Michael Abrahamson (kneeling), Bruce Plympton, Octavian Gabor, Gorgi GurcinovskAn address offered by Sdn. Jeremiah Vollman, at the Antiochian House of Studies 2014 Graduation
From the November 2014 edition of The Word magazine
I have been afforded the honor of sharing a few thoughts as a representative of those who are graduating from the "Applied Theology" program this week. I hope to reflect concisely on some of the principles and themes, and I hope that you, my colleagues, find them to be consistent with your experience as a student.
I have now been here for two consecutive weeks, so I begin by asking forgiveness of those who have been stuck with me this whole time – please forgive me for any and all offenses. It has been a joy to be with you; I hope that in some way I have conveyed the love of Christ to you, as you have to me.
Next I would like to express gratitude: thank you to our administrators (Fr. Joseph, Archdeacon Peter, Cherri, and Mary), to our most capable instructors, and to the Antiochian Village staff. Thank you to our fathers in Christ, Sayidna John, Sayidna Nicholas – and Sayidna Thomas (who was here last week) – thank you for your loving leadership and living example of "applied theology." It has been a gift to us that we could spend time with you, to get to know you personally.