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.