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Beginning of meetings for new students

On September 6, 2017, Natalia Yurievna Suhova, Doctor of History and Church History and Head of the Center for Research in History of Theology and Orthodox Education at Saint Tikhon’s University, addressed first-year students about the origins of the University.

This is the fourth year that Saint Tikhon’s University has held introductory meetings for newly admitted students. As always this ‘month of meetings’ was opened this year by Natalia Yurievna Suhova. She spoke to the students about the major milestones in the foundation of the university, from the appearance of the theological/catechetical courses to when Saint Tikhon’s finally received the official status of a University.

On March 2, 1992, Patriarch Alexis II transformed the already existing theological/catechetical courses into Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Institute of Theology. “Patriarch Alexis II is our founder,” Ms. Yurievna remarked. At that moment, two Faculties were opened: the Faculty of Pastoral Theology, and the Faculty of Mission Studies and Catechism. Our first students graduated in 1994. New faculties and courses started to open and eight years later, in 2004, the institute received the status of a University. “Of course, there were problems, complications. There wasn’t enough money, there were no books or premises. But these problems eventually began to be solved by our excellent, irreplaceable Dean, Father Vladimir. He searched for premises in which to hold lessons, for sponsors, thereby giving us students [many of whom later became teachers] a chance to get down to business and work on what had become the most important and beloved thing for us in life.”

Natalia Yurievna spoke separately and very vividly about the premises where lessons initially took place. From the very beginning of the university’s existence, she stressed, the Rector of Moscow State University (MSU), Victor Antonovitch Sadovnichy, was a major friend of the university: he set aside lecture halls for mass lectures. “A lot of people would turn up. The lecture halls were full. People sat on the steps or stood leaning against the walls. This made a huge impression on the MSU students, seeing such large crowns of reasonably grown-up people enthusiastically coming to lessons. And what was most interesting of all is that they did so with joy. But the University didn’t yet have its own lecture halls, and so lessons often took place in the cellars of churches in the Zamoskvorechie District of Moscow. Though they are now out of use we had seminars in them before. The first building acquired by the University was a two-storey building in the courtyard of the Church of Saint Nicholas in Kuznetskaya Sloboda. Immediately after the University was officially opened academic work also started to take off. Today, we have nine different academic centers and departments and conduct yearly conferences.”

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