Thanks for the advice. I plan on going to St. Tikhon's Seminary(in northeastern PA) and I think I need a Russian style cassock (I'd love to find used ones since that fits my budget best).
Pretty much the only way I know of finding a used cassock is to just stumble across one. There are no stores that carry them. You might ask someone at St. Tikhon's if they know anyone who would sell you one.
My wife--who will become the primary provider during our time at seminary--- is looking to find a job that will allow her to work full timefrom home so that she can still care for the baby too. She is in public relations and has found some freelance work but would rather have something full time so that we have a regular income and benefits. Does anyone know of someone who works from home (or know of any places that hire full time telecommuters) that might be able to offer a little advice or possible job leads? At this point we have no real idea as to what to expect, other than it will be tough for a while.
That's a tough one! My best friend's wife is just starting to try the telecommute thing, and it has been slow going. Here in Boston, we are fortunate enough to have a HUGE job market, so a lot of the seminary wives don't have much trouble finding a decent job nearby. As far as I know, there ain't much going on in the boondocks around St. Tikhon's
One of the best Web sites for jobs is craigslist.org. You can run a search specifically for telecommuting jobs. They usually have at least a few -- if not dozens -- added every day. http://www.craigslist.org/
Before we moved to the seminary, I ran searches/checked the new jobs every day for about 4 months. I must have sent in my wife's resume to about 100 places. It was worth it though. She started a great job only a few weeks after we moved in.
We could especially use advice on finding a job, housing (there is no on-campus housing for married seminarians), scholarships, financial aid, and seminary life for married students. Any advice from anyone who has been to seminary is greatly appreciated. Thanks and God bless!
You might want to e-mail Andrew Damick. He's the only seminarian I (kinda) know at St. Tikhon's. I believe he and his wife found fairly affordable housing in a nearby town and things are working out for them. Here's his blog address: http://www.chrysostom.org/andrew/
As far as I know, there are precious few scholarship opportunities in the OCA, especially on a Church-wide level. Perhaps some of our former St. Vlad's students can speak with more authority. Thankfully, we have excellent financial aid from a variety of sources here at Holy Cross. Without it, things would be really tough, even for couples without kids like me and my wife. Theological education is EXPENSIVE.
Probably the best-known extra-denominational source of funding for theological education is (surprise!) The Fund For Theological Education. Of course, it helps if you are a minority or a woman, but they give money to different kinds of people, especially after their first year of seminary (I'm not sure if St. Tikhon's qualifies as a participating seminary, though...you'd have to find out...I know a few Harvard Div students who get a pretty penny from them though). Check out their site here:http://www.thefund.org/
Other than that -- without direct support from St. Tikhon's, your parish or the OCA -- you'll probably have to take out loans. So, fill out your FAFSA!
I wish you the best. I'm not sure how things will work out if you are living off-campus. Only one or two families do that here, and, in general, they have a harder time fully participating in the community, because even driving 10 minutes is more prohibitive than just stepping out of your door and visiting with your neighbors and their kids. One of the things my wife and I like is that married student housing is a lot like a small Orthodox village. It's especially great for the kids, since they have so many Orthodox neighbors/playmates. The one family that lives off campus right now makes a concerted effort to come, as a family, to Vespers at least twice a week and to participate in all of the Married Student Association events (of which we have quite a few). You'll have to ask people like Andrew how things work at St. Tikhon's.