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HCHC Mourns the Passing of BOT Secretary Christine Karavites

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With earthly sadness, Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) mourns the death of longtime Board of Trustees member and Secretary Christine Karavites, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19.

“Christine Karavites was a beacon of love and faith to the Orthodox Christian Church,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, HCHC President. “While we mourn her passing, we pray with confidence that she now abides with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in His Heavenly Kingdom.”

A member of the HCHC Board of Trustees for more than a decade, Christine was a cornerstone of institution governance, strategic planning, and leadership for the institution. She also served on the National Philoptochos Board and Saint Basil’s Academy.

“There was not a Trustee more loyal to HCHC and the Orthodox Faith than Christine,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lelon, PhD, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Her commitment to our school was extraordinary. I will miss her greatly as both a co-worker and personal friend.”

Calling hours will be held at the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., (Rte.123), Brockton, MA on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Chapel on the campus of HCHC, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA at 11:00am on Thursday, March 23.  

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Chairman of the HCHC Board of Trustees, will preside, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. Rev. Fr. Christopher with local clergy will also serve.  

Interment will follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA.

“May Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, through the prayers and intercession of His Most Pure Mother and all the Saints, remember Christine in His Kingdom, now and forever and unto the ages of ages,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher. “Memory eternal.”


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

HCHC Mourns the Passing of BOT Secretary Christine Karavites

This post was originally published on this site

With earthly sadness, Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) mourns the death of longtime Board of Trustees member and Secretary Christine Karavites, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19.

“Christine Karavites was a beacon of love and faith to the Orthodox Christian Church,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, HCHC President. “While we mourn her passing, we pray with confidence that she now abides with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in His Heavenly Kingdom.”

A member of the HCHC Board of Trustees for more than a decade, Christine was a cornerstone of institution governance, strategic planning, and leadership for the institution. She also served on the National Philoptochos Board and Saint Basil’s Academy.

“There was not a Trustee more loyal to HCHC and the Orthodox Faith than Christine,” said Dr. Thomas C. Lelon, PhD, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Her commitment to our school was extraordinary. I will miss her greatly as both a co-worker and personal friend.”

Calling hours will be held at the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., (Rte.123), Brockton, MA on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Chapel on the campus of HCHC, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA at 11:00am on Thursday, March 23.  

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Chairman of the HCHC Board of Trustees, will preside, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. Rev. Fr. Christopher with local clergy will also serve.  

Interment will follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA.

“May Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, through the prayers and intercession of His Most Pure Mother and all the Saints, remember Christine in His Kingdom, now and forever and unto the ages of ages,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher. “Memory eternal.”


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir of Hellenic College Holy Cross to visit St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in CT

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St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) will be featured at a special service of Great Vespers at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut on Saturday, April 1.

“St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir is one of the long-standing treasures of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, MDiv, HCHC President. “Uplifting their voices to God, the St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir truly inspires a higher level of spirituality in those who hear their voices. It is my hope that Orthodox Christians of all denominations and those of other faiths will attend this very special liturgical event.”

The evening is co-sponsored by Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. Dr. Grammenos Karanos, PhD, HCHC Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music, will offer introductory remarks at 5:30 pm, followed immediately by the Vespers service. All are invited to attend.

“I gratefully acknowledge Professor Martin Jean of the Institute of Sacred Music and Professor Peter Jeffery, Chair of the Medieval Studies Department at the University of Notre Dame and St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church for their kind invitation to participate in this event,” said Dr. Karanos. “It is a testament to the growing scholarly interest and broad appeal of the Psaltic Art, HCHC, and the Orthodox Christian Church.”

A question-and-answer period and light reception will follow the service.  

“My continued thanks to Rev. Fr. Peter J. Orfanakos, MDiv, HCHC Board of Trustees member and pastor of St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, for his forward vision and willingness to host this event, and continued unwavering support of our Orthodox Christian college and seminary” continued Rev. Fr. Christopher.

For more information, please contact Dr. Grammenos Karanos at gkaranos@hchc.edu or the Institute of Sacred Music at 203-432-5062.  


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir of Hellenic College Holy Cross to visit St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in CT

This post was originally published on this site

St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) will be featured at a special service of Great Vespers at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut on Saturday, April 1.

“St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir is one of the long-standing treasures of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, MDiv, HCHC President. “Uplifting their voices to God, the St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir truly inspires a higher level of spirituality in those who hear their voices. It is my hope that Orthodox Christians of all denominations and those of other faiths will attend this very special liturgical event.”

The evening is co-sponsored by Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. Dr. Grammenos Karanos, PhD, HCHC Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music, will offer introductory remarks at 5:30 pm, followed immediately by the Vespers service. All are invited to attend.

“I gratefully acknowledge Professor Martin Jean of the Institute of Sacred Music and Professor Peter Jeffery, Chair of the Medieval Studies Department at the University of Notre Dame and St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church for their kind invitation to participate in this event,” said Dr. Karanos. “It is a testament to the growing scholarly interest and broad appeal of the Psaltic Art, HCHC, and the Orthodox Christian Church.”

A question-and-answer period and light reception will follow the service.  

“My continued thanks to Rev. Fr. Peter J. Orfanakos, MDiv, HCHC Board of Trustees member and pastor of St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, for his forward vision and willingness to host this event, and continued unwavering support of our Orthodox Christian college and seminary” continued Rev. Fr. Christopher.

For more information, please contact Dr. Grammenos Karanos at gkaranos@hchc.edu or the Institute of Sacred Music at 203-432-5062.  


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

Doing Good in the Global Community

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Eileen Maguire, HCHC Academic Services Coordinator, recently returned from her fifth mission trip to Haiti. As one of ten Catholic missionaries, Eileen spent nine days in L’Asile, a mountain village that was in the direct path of Hurricane Matthew last October and suffered massive damage. The main church had its brand-new roof blown off and needed major interior repairs as well. Eileen’s group replaced the altar and pews and had the joy of being among some 500 people who attended the first Mass held in the church since October. The group also visited the sick and the elderly of the village and played with the children.

Reflecting on the experience, Eileen says, “Despite all the major natural disasters, the extreme poverty, and limited resources, it is the faith and belief in God that gives the Haitian people great strength and peace.”

Doing Good in the Global Community

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Eileen Maguire, HCHC Academic Services Coordinator, recently returned from her fifth mission trip to Haiti. As one of ten Catholic missionaries, Eileen spent nine days in L’Asile, a mountain village that was in the direct path of Hurricane Matthew last October and suffered massive damage. The main church had its brand-new roof blown off and needed major interior repairs as well. Eileen’s group replaced the altar and pews and had the joy of being among some 500 people who attended the first Mass held in the church since October. The group also visited the sick and the elderly of the village and played with the children.

Reflecting on the experience, Eileen says, “Despite all the major natural disasters, the extreme poverty, and limited resources, it is the faith and belief in God that gives the Haitian people great strength and peace.”

St. Tikhon’s Hosts Jesse Brandow, Guatemalan Missionary

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[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]  On Friday, March 17, St. Tikhon’s Seminary hosted Jesse Brandow, a missionary to Guatemala through OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center), for a lunch-time talk. Jesse was in Guatemala from April 2015 through January 2017, and is currently in the United States on furlough raising support to return to Guatemala for another 2-year term. 

Jesse shared with the gathered students, families, and staff members a brief history of the Orthodox Church in Guatemala, the growth that is taking place, and the needs of the Guatemalan Church. Highlights of his own work include: setting up a print shop to produce Orthodox materials in Spanish, compiling and translating a daily Spanish liturgical guide, mentoring the seminarians and pre-seminarians, teaching the lay catechists from the villages, and supporting the Guatemalan priests in their ministry.  Jesse encouraged those gathered to answer Christ’s command to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19-20) by engaging in missions themselves, supporting missionaries who are working in other countries, and praying consistently for the Church around the world.

St. Tikhon’s student body supported Jesse during his last 2-year term, and has pledged to renew their support for the next 2 years.  Student Government officers hope to strengthen the connection between St. Tikhon’s students and the Guatemalan Church, especially the seminarians Jesse has been working with, in the year to come.

(Article and Photo, Dn. Andrew Nelko, Student Government President)

Young Adult Ministry Initiative Seeks Pilot Parishes

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The Telos Project, a five-year initiative at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) exploring the religious lives of young adults ages 23-29, is seeking fourteen parishes under the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America to pilot new forms of young adult ministry.

“The Telos Project is a tremendous opportunity to engage and embrace Orthodox Christian youth, and inspire them to a life integrated in Jesus Christ,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, President of HCHC.  “It is further an exercise toward greater cooperation and understanding throughout all levels and jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church in America.”

Hosted by the Office of Vocation & Ministry, The Telos Project was inspired by the popular CrossRoad summer theology institute, whose alumni identified the need for more faith-based support systems in young adulthood. It seeks to help parishes guide young adults through the questions of identity, vocation, and relationships they face in their twenties and beyond. Telos Project findings will also shape curriculum for Orthodox clergy and lay leader formation.

“HCHC is honored to hold a leading role in examining and educating Orthodox Christian young adults,” continued Rev. Fr. Metropulos. “It is my hope that all parishes meeting the pilot criteria will consider an application to join with us to inspire a new generation of clergy, lay leaders, philanthropists and volunteers who will serve the Orthodox Church well into the 21st century.”

Any Orthodox parish under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and located in the United States is invited to apply to be a pilot parish. Accepted parishes will be required to assemble a team of 3-7 parish leaders, young adults, and other community members to serve as a young adult leadership team for the project. Leadership teams will participate in collaborative webinars, annual learning conferences, and other learning resources as they design new ministries for and with the young adults in their communities. Pilot parish findings will then be shared on the web, social media, and other multimedia outlets.

For more information, visit www.teloscommunity.org or contact Telos Project Director Elyse Buffenbarger at telos@hchc.edu.


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

Young Adult Ministry Initiative Seeks Pilot Parishes

This post was originally published on this site

The Telos Project, a five-year initiative at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) exploring the religious lives of young adults ages 23-29, is seeking fourteen parishes under the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America to pilot new forms of young adult ministry.

“The Telos Project is a tremendous opportunity to engage and embrace Orthodox Christian youth, and inspire them to a life integrated in Jesus Christ,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, President of HCHC.  “It is further an exercise toward greater cooperation and understanding throughout all levels and jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church in America.”

Hosted by the Office of Vocation & Ministry, The Telos Project was inspired by the popular CrossRoad summer theology institute, whose alumni identified the need for more faith-based support systems in young adulthood. It seeks to help parishes guide young adults through the questions of identity, vocation, and relationships they face in their twenties and beyond. Telos Project findings will also shape curriculum for Orthodox clergy and lay leader formation.

“HCHC is honored to hold a leading role in examining and educating Orthodox Christian young adults,” continued Rev. Fr. Metropulos. “It is my hope that all parishes meeting the pilot criteria will consider an application to join with us to inspire a new generation of clergy, lay leaders, philanthropists and volunteers who will serve the Orthodox Church well into the 21st century.”

Any Orthodox parish under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and located in the United States is invited to apply to be a pilot parish. Accepted parishes will be required to assemble a team of 3-7 parish leaders, young adults, and other community members to serve as a young adult leadership team for the project. Leadership teams will participate in collaborative webinars, annual learning conferences, and other learning resources as they design new ministries for and with the young adults in their communities. Pilot parish findings will then be shared on the web, social media, and other multimedia outlets.

For more information, visit www.teloscommunity.org or contact Telos Project Director Elyse Buffenbarger at telos@hchc.edu.


Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is the oldest Orthodox Christian college and seminary of its kind in North America. Founded in 1937, the institution serves as a beacon of development for lay and ordained leaders in the Orthodox Church and local communities in the United States and throughout the world. For additional information or to refer a student and become involved, please visit www.hchc.edu or call us at (617) 731-3500.

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Student Government Holds Elections

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[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]  On Thursday, March 16th, St. Tikhon’s Seminarians gathered to hold elections for the coming academic year’s officers.  According to Megan Lincoln, current Student Government Secretary: “We sought to hold elections earlier this year so that the new officers will have more time to shadow current officers to learn their respective roles before we graduate.”

The new officers include (from Left to Right):  Joseph Sharmin, President, Robert West, Vice President, Rony John, On-Campus Representative, Isaac  Lampart, Secretary, Augustine Lewton, Treasurer,  and Reader Timothy Kolb, Off-Campus Representative.   May God grant our new Student Government Officers many years!

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