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Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce a special event commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Patriarch Bartholomew as the 270th Ecumenical Patriarch. The commemoration will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 3-4:30pm in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center. The Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, will offer the keynote address. 

Download the event flyer here.

Born Demetrios Archondonis in 1940 on the island of Imvros (today, Gökçeada, Turkey), Patriarch Bartholomew was elected in October 1991 to occupy the First Throne of the worldwide Orthodox Christian Church. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has worked tirelessly for reconciliation among Christian Churches and acquired an international reputation for raising ecological awareness on a global level. He has advanced efforts for reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, as well as other Christian confessions, through theological dialogues and personal encounters with respective leaders in order to address issues of common concern. 

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s twenty-five years of leadership have been characterized by inter-Orthodox cooperation most notably expressed in the convocation, under his chairmanship, of the Great and Holy Council held on the island of Crete in 2016. A man of deep faith and strong convictions, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew continues to provide Orthodoxy Christianity with a visionary and prophetic voice.