by Nayla Daly, Orthodox Observer, September 2011
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology, the oldest and largest Christian Orthodox institution for higher learning in North America, will begin celebrating its 75 years of service to the Church and society.
Activities will begin Oct. 16 with an inaugural dinner cruise in Boston harbor. Several additional events are being planned to mark the 75th over the next two years, recognizing the hierarchs, theologians, professors, students, administrators, alumni, donors and all those who have contributed to what is the most important academic institution for the Church in America. The anniversary celebration will culminate at the May 2013 commencement.
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.
Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross. For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.