St. Photios Faith & Learning Symposium 2010
On Saturday February 6th, 2010, Hellenic College welcomed over fifty Boston-area Orthodox Christian college students for the annual St. Photios the Great Faith & Learning Symposium, which provides Orthodox Christian college students the venue to reflect on the relationship between their faith and their lives as college students. This year, there were student participants from the University of Hartford, MIT, Harvard University, Suffolk University, Thomas More College, Babson College, Hellenic College, the University of Connecticut, the College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, Brandeis University, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, Director of the Office of Church, Society and Culture of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, delivered the keynote address on the topic of Christ and Culture Revisited: Against? Transforming? Other? His Grace reminded students that despite the failings of this world, it still belongs to God, and that God reveals Himself within aspects of culture. Referencing the address, one participant stated, "I have learned that if you live a life of grace that has been given to us by Christ, everyone around us will be transformed."
Student-led small group discussions followed the morning's keynote and centered on the themes of Christian life in post-modernity. The day concluded with reflective and informative presentations by the small groups, followed by discussion with Bishop Savas and a panel including Dn. Nicholas Belcher, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, and Dr. Timothy Patitsas.
The Office of Vocation & Ministry is led by Director Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides, Ph.D., Crossroad Director Mary Long, CrossRoad Assistant Director Daniel Belonick, and Development Coordinator Stephanie Callas Skedros.