Fr. Patrick Tsihel, a Jewish convert to Orthodoxy, is the rector of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Allston, MA. He started out with the St. Herman’s/Holy Order of MANS/CSB faction that recently joined the canonical Orthodox Church. Most of the monasteries in that faction joined with the Serbian Patriarchate while most of the parishes joined the OCA and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Fr. Patrick’s parish is under the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese. Fr. Patrick makes regular pilgrimages to St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY. The photos here are from a pilgrimage in 2007.
Fr. Patrick Tishel is one of the founders of St. Herman of Alaska Christian School over 20 years ago. His educational path started out in the pursuit of medicine and biological sciences. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook Cum Laude in Pre-medical studies and Biology. Although he was accepted at three prestigious medical schools, a deeper and stronger current carried him to his present situation. He gained some initial experience teaching while in college and after graduation when he taught science to elementary school children and helped to start another small school near Stony Brook.
He states: “Being Christian has always seemed to me to be integrally connected with being interested in education. The saints are the best educators because they know God, have seen God and then through this illumined perspective they can speak about the creation, people, history, science and all things. “The Light of Christ Illumines All!” We need to show the children this and experience it ourselves. Besides my involvement in the school, I am also the Pastor of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church and serve as an Archpriest in the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese U.S.A., Canada, & Australia under Metropolitan Joseph, who is the prelate of the Diocese. Of course as a pastor I have a lot of experience speaking and teaching. But now I also have over 20 years of invaluable classroom experience and study. Children are good educators for educators and pastors. Talking to children has definitely helped me give sermons and classes that adults are more likely to understand and even enjoy. Over the past 20 years at St. Herman’s School, I have had the blessing of teaching many, if not all, of the classes including different levels of science, math, religious studies, geography, music appreciation, recorder and handwriting. I have also worked extensively on the curriculum development and the philosophical foundations for Orthodox education. I feel responsible before God for the children and youth that are in our care. They deserve the best we can offer, and that is the Lord Who should be revealed in our studies as the light, the center and the goal.”
For a brief period, Fr. Patrick also gave spiritual guidance to Boston University’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship.