Wednesday, October 8, 2014

St. Tikhon's: new effort underway to get more female students

(STOTS) - St. Tikhon’s Seminary is very pleased to announce the LuAnn Motel Scholarship Fund established 2014 by the Motel family, husband Donald, sons, Dr. Peter Motel, Andrew Motel, Esq. and Stephen Motel, and daughter, Dr. Marta Motel Grewell in loving memory of their Wife and Mother LuAnn. The scholarship is to aid one or more female students studying at St. Tikhon’s Seminary enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program.

LuAnn’s life was a living tribute to the service of others in both her church life as one of the founding members and later church Warden of St. Herman’s Church, Gradyville, Pa and her professional life as an oncology nurse at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. What set her apart much like the Myrrh bearing women was her incredible strength and lack of fear no matter what cross was laid before her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and the establishment of this scholarship Fund in her Memory is true testimony of the incredible love and respect of her family who will continue to honor her through helping others complete their studies at the Seminary and go on to serve the church.

Initial funding of this scholarship of $25,000.00 has been given by the Motel Family. Anyone can contribute to this fund as even the smallest gift will allow us to continue to help our female students and encourage more to consider attending the Seminary.

If you would like to establish your own scholarship to honor a special person please contact Fr. Dennis Swencki, CFO /Development Director at St. Tikhon’s Seminary 570-561-1818 ext 7. The Seminarians truly welcome your gifts and your expression of love and care for them as they begin their life long service in our Holy Orthodox Church.

V. Rev. Dennis Swencki

CFO St. Tikhon's Seminary


  1. Thank you for posting this! LuAnn was a wonderful lady. She was influential in my journey to Orthodoxy as she became one of my first Orthodox friends. She and Don were an example to Father John and I as we began our relationship. Their love for eachother was evident to everyone they met. Father John painted their house the summer he moved to my town when we began dating and spent a lot of time with LuAnn. She and Don made it possible for him to live nearby and now we are married and have two sons! I often think of LuAnn when I'm frustrated and try to be patient and hopeful as she was. This scholarship is a beautiful way to honor her. May her memory be eternal.

  2. I'm not objecting to having more women at St Tikhon's and I certainly appreciate the generosity of the givers what isn't clear is WHY the seminary wants more women enrolled in the MDiv program.

  3. Well Fr. Gregory, one reason (among many I am sure) is to prepare women for ministry in the Orthodox Church. Take a look at this upcoming conference: