It was with great sadness that the HCHC community learned of the repose of Schemamonk Constantine, known in the world as Constantine Cavarnos, PhD. He lived deep into old age and spent the last few years of his life at St. Anthony's Monastery in Florence, Arizona. Although afflicted with many of the maladies common to some one his age, he very much loved being able to spend his last years at St. Anthony's. His slight physical stature belied the energy he displayed throughout his life. He possessed an intellect that was great in its knowledge of, and ability to convey, Orthodox Christian values and Hellenic ideals. His life was the embodiment of the kallos of ancient Hellenism and the piety of Orthodox Christianity.
The Michael G.and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College and Holy Cross will present the first of two lectures in its Spring Lecture Series in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center on March 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be given by Professor Vasiliki Limberis of Temple Unversity and is entitled "Ekphrasis: Materializing Martyria Then and Now." Professor Limberis is Associate Professor of Ancient Christianity at Temple University, Department of Religion, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics, where she has taught since 1990. She holds both masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard Divinity School.
Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, will be at Hellenic College and Holy Cross on Monday, March 7, for the annual Clean Monday Retreat for students. He will deliver an address and then preside at the Mystery of Holy Unction. The entire HCHC community welcomes the Archbishop to campus and looks forward to his participation in this important beginning to Great Lent. Clean Monday is set aside each year as a day of prayer, fasting and self-examination for the students. The afternoon will be spent as a time for reflection and meetings with spiritual fathers. The day will conclude with Great Compline and the Canon of St. Andrew.
Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta will visit Hellenic College and Holy Cross from Saturday, March 5 through Monday, March 7. He will celebrate an Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Chapel on Sunday morning, March 6 and attend the Vespers of Forgiveness in the evening. On Monday, March 7, he will take part in the annual Clean Monday Retreat on campus and spend time with those students at Hellenic College and Holy Cross who are from the Metropolis of Atlanta. The community welcomes Metropolitan Alexios and looks forward to having him on campus. It is certainly appreciated by all the students that they have the opportunity to meet with the hierarchs of the church here at the school.
The Senior Guild of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston recently came to the campus of Hellenic College and Holy Cross to visit the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center. Twenty members of the Guild spent time in the Archbishop Iakovos Museum which is located on the third floor of the Library. The Very Rev. Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director of the Library, gave a tour of the museum. There they were able to see the personal collection of Archbishop Iakovos, ranging from awards he received, to ecclesiastical items, to photos of him with every President since Eisenhower, to personal mementos and devotional objects. Many of the Guild members remember the Archbishop from the time he served as Dean of the Cathedral many years ago, something which made their visit particularly poignant.
Deacon Gabreil T. Alemayehu, a senior at Hellenic College. has been recognized as an outstanding preacher and is featured in the March issue of "iPreach", the newsletter of the Academy of Preachers. He received this honor because of a sermon he gave at the Academy of Preachers Festival 2011. As a result of his achievement he has been appointed one of three new members of the 2011 Young Preachers Leadership Team. Deacon Gabreil is a deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and plans to continue his theological studies after graduation from Hellenic College this Spring. Please click on the link below to see the March issue of "iPreach" and the full story of Deacon Gabreil's recognition.
Panayotis League, Instructor of Modern Greek Studies and Music at Hellenic College, will be in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from March 5-7 to give a series of master classes and lectures on traditonal Greek percussion and violin music as well as demonstrations of traditional Apokries (Carnival) music from the Greek islands. The program is sponsored by the City of Tarpon Springs.
He will be a featured artist at Harvard University on March 25. and at the New England Conservatory on March 28, presenting Greek Phanariot songs of Constantinople. Mr. League was recently featured in a special concert at Boston University, "Devotional songs of the Ottoman Jews", directed by Dr. Edwin Seroussi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Father Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross has announced that Dr. Lily Macrakis, former Dean of Hellenic College, will receive the President's Award at a dinner tomorrow evening, March 1, at the Cathedral Center in Brookline , MA. The dinner was originally scheduled for February 3 but was postponed due to inclement weather. She is receiving this honor in recognition of her long service to Hellenic College as Dean for eight years, most of them pro bono. She continues to offer her services to the college in the position of special counselor to the President. Dr. Macrakis received her PhD in history from Harvard University and taught for many years at Regis College, where she chaired the history department, before coming to Hellenic College.
The 6th Annual St. Photios the Great Faith and Learning Symposium, sponsored by the Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College, will take place this Saturday, February 26, 2011, in the Reading Room of the Library on the college campus in Brookline, MA. This year the theme is "Faith and Science." This event annually brings together Orthodox Christian college students from nearby schools to join in fellowship and exploring the relationship of their faith with various aspects of society.
A contingent of Hellenic College and Holy Cross students is in Ontario, California, attending the Metropolis of San Francisco Folk Dance Festival. They will remain there through the weekend to meet festival participants and other interested people and speak to them about the educational opportunities at Hellenic College and Holy Cross.
Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross. For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.