Boosting Orthodox Christian Academia
Mr. Rangos, who is himself of Russian Greek ancestry, is a benefactor of the library at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. Named in Mr. Rangos’ honor, the library in the Rangos Family Foundation Building currently holds 125,000 volumes and over 350 periodicals, and provides enough additional space for the collection to grow to more than 250,000 volumes. James Hadley Billington, the 13th and current Librarian of Congress, has called the facility “the richest library of Eastern Christian holdings in the Western Hemisphere.” In addition to housing the seminary’s new Florovsky Library – with a circulation area, three offices, workspace, a cataloguing office, two acoustical seminar/study rooms, a reading room and seating for 45 people – the 28,700-square-foot facility also provides space for the school’s administrative offices and a 300-seat auditorium, which used for special campus lectures and concerts. Completed in 2001, the Rangos Building also features a central atrium, reception area, mailroom and staff lounge. The new Rangos Building at St. Vladimir’s created a domino effect of benefits for the seminary. The seminary’s previous administration building has since been converted into a student union, and the former library building now houses the SVS Press editorial, production and shipping offices. SVS Press is the largest publisher of English-language materials in the Orthodox Church, and graduate students at St. Vladimir’s come from all over the world.