Renowned Scholar, Composer and Bishop to Speak at Nashotah House Seminary

The renowned Russian scholar, composer, and bishop Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, will speak at Nashotah House during the Seminary’s 2012 Academic Convocation at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26th in Adams Hall on the Nashotah House campus. The public is cordially invited to attend.

As bishop of Volokolamsk and chairman of the Department of External Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion stands out as one of most the influential Russian churchmen of the present day.  Joining together his many interests, the Metropolitan’s will address “The Music of JS Bach as a Religious Phenomenon,” and the day will conclude with the American premier of the film “The Composer,” for which Hilarion wrote the score.  Advance reservations for the screening are required and may be secured by visiting

This visit of a Russian ecclesiastical dignitary to Nashotah House represents the continuation of a long-term relationship between the Episcopal Seminary and the Orthodox Church.  In 1905, the seminary awarded an honorary doctorate to Bishop Tikhon, then the Russian bishop for America.  Tikhon would go on to become Patriarch of Moscow and a saint in the Russian Church.  In 2009, this relationship was formally rekindled as Nashotah House signed a covenant partnership with St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, establishing a commitment to work together for mission and theological education.

For information about this event and any others at Nashotah House, visit or telephone Mrs. LaRae Baumann at (262) 646-6507.


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