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“Answering the Call” Speaker Series to Feature Fr. John Kalantzis

Father John A. Kalantzis, Captain, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy, will speak to the Hellenic College Holy Cross community on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 11:30am at the Maliotis Cultural Center. He will discuss his role as a Navy Chaplain and how it contributes to the work of the Archdiocese, Metropolises, and parishes.

"As we approach Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, we seek to honor all military veterans who have served faithfully in the United States Armed Forces," said Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, President of HCHC. "In keeping with our "Answering the Call" speaker series, we invite inspirational men and women who've exemplified intelligence, dignity, and innovation in the outworking of their faith in business, ministry, and life." 

Reverend Protopresbyter John A. Kalantzis is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, serving under the omophorion of Archbishop Demetrios. Ordained to the priesthood in 1995, his first assignment was as proistamenos of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in the Archdiocesan District. For the past 20 years, he has served on active duty as a US Navy chaplain. Father John has experienced a variety of assignments across the United States and overseas, including in Japan and Hawaii, delivering ministry to sailors, marines, other service members, and their families. He has deployed aboard US Navy vessels and with joint forces. He has attained the rank of captain and currently serves in the Pentagon in the office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains as the Director for Policy and Strategy. 

Father John has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He attained a bachelor's degree in Government in 1981, a Master of Divinity degree with high honors from Holy Cross in 1995, and a Master of Military Science from Marine Corps University in 2009. He and Presbytera Michelle are native Texans. They have three grown sons, two born in Texas, and one in Boston.

Please note that the campus dining hall will be CLOSED for lunch on Thursday, November 9. Lunch will be served at the Maliotis Cultural Center beginning promptly at 11:30am and will conclude by 12:30pm.

Father John will speak from 12:30-1:15pm, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period.

All students, faculty, and administrators are asked to be present.