By Theodore Kalmoukos
TNH Staff Writer
BOSTON - Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology began the new academic year with renewed hopes and aspirations for new achievements in the academic and spiritual fields.
This year Holy Cross celebrates the 75th anniversary of its establishment by then-Archbishop of America Athenagoras, who later became Ecumenical Patriarch. The school of Theology came first, being housed in Pomfret Connecticut before moving to its current prominent location in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Archbishop Demetrios of America officiated at the Great Vespers on the name day of the School which is dedicated to the Holy Cross of Christ.
Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to welcome to
campus the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), which will hold its
annual meeting beginning this Thursday, September 15, and ending Saturday,
September 17. Its roster is full of noted scholars and researchers, with
fascinating topics ranging from science and philosophy to politics and
Friday evening features a public event, the annual Florovsky Lecture, this year given by Rev. Dr. John McGuckin of Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, a prolific author and recognized speaker.
The Very Rev. Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, and Byzantine art historian, participated in the 3rd International Sigillographic Workshop for the Digital Cataloguing of Byzantine Lead Seals (SigiDoc Workshop) held at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard Center for Byzantine Studies, Washington, DC, from 8-11 July 2011.
Fr. Cotsonis served as one of the two iconographic consultants for this workshop devoted to the international standards for the cataloguing of images and objects. He also participated in the 2nd International Sigidoc Workshop held at Dumbarton Oaks in December of 2010. Dumbarton Oaks, which possesses 17,000 Byzantine lead seals, is preparing an electronic database for this material. Fr.
Dr. Demetrios Katos, Dean of Hellenic College and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, has recently published an article in Christian Century, a leading scholarly periodical. The article, entitled "Holy Imitation", appears in the June 28, 2011 edition (vol. 128, no. 13). The article deals with the lives of early Christians , recorded by Palladius in the early fifth century in his Lausiac History, so called because it was written for his patron, Lausus, chamberlain of the imperial court and one of the wealthiest men in the Roman Empire. In the article Dr. Katos makes the case for imitation of early Christians such as were written about by Palladius instead of falling prey to the conformity foisted upon us by the pressures of our modern mass culture.
Panayotis League, Instructor of Modern Greek Studies and Music at Hellenic College, is teaching courses in Greek music at the Zoukfest World Music Festival this summer at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Mr. League is known for his research in traditional Greek music. He is currently enrolled in the graduate program in ethnomusicology at Boston University and is conducting research on the consolidation and expression of ethnic identity through music and dance in the Greek diaspora community of Tarpon Springs, Florida. He teaches a wide range of courses in modern Greek language and culture at Hellenic College and is an instructor at the Kallinikeion Intensive Modern Greek Program which convenes each summer at the college.
Although most students have left for the summer, Hellenic College and Holy Cross continue to be a hub of activity during June, July and August with academic, ministerial and vocational programs. Holy Cross offered courses in Hospital Ministry, Liturgical Greek, Preaching and Biblical Hebrew.
Hellenic College once again will offer the Kallinikeion Intensive Greek Program from August 8 to September 2. The program, sponsored by The Kallinikeion Foundation, consists of an average of five hours per day, five days per week, of classroom instruction with a substantial amount of preparation work for the next day's class.
Hellenic College Dean Dr. Demetrios Katos, Cantonis Professor Dr. James Skedros, Office of Vocation and Ministry Director Dr. Ann Bezzerides and Hellenic College Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher represented Hellenic College at a conference on Orthodoxy and Higher Education held recently at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Over the course of three days participants explored a wide range of topics relating to Orthodoxy and higher education, including curriculum, pedagogy,student body and student life, faculty and administration, the broader Orthodox community and the global community.
The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, has announced that Dr. Demetrios S. Katos has been appointed Dean of Hellenic College by a vote of the Board of Trustees. He had been serving as Interim Dean for the past year. Fr. Nicholas' announcement at Commencement of Dr. Katos' appointment was met by a standing ovation of sustained applause, especially by students, as well as all others present.
Dr. Katos is a native of New York City and received his B.A. from New York University, his Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and an M.A. in Early Christian Studies and a PhD in Greek and Latin Patristic Theology from the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Maria Mackavey, Director of the Management and Leadership Program at Hellenic College, held an appreciation breakfast on Thursday May 5, 2011 to thank the site supervisors for the program's internships.
All Management and Leadership students are required to complete an on-site internship in their senior year. Dr. Mackavey said: "We are grateful to the site supervisors for mentoring our students and for sharing their expertise. The program could not function without them. We are also proud of our graduating students who completed their interships this year: Adina Afendoulis worked under the direction of Ms. Celia Campbell in the finance and budget office of the Fletcher School of Government at Tufts University; Stephen Kakis worked under the direction of Mr.
Dr. Christos Yannaras was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity at the 69th Commencement of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on May 21, 2011. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Cultural Diplomacy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, where he taught from 1982 to 2002. He earned a PhD from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and a PhD from the Aristotle University in Thessalonica. Dr. Yannaras has long been regarded as a leading philosopher and theologian in Greece and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at several universities in Greece and Europe and received an honorary degree from the Theology Faculty at Belgrade University.
Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross. For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.