Fiftieth Anniversary of the Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation
Members of the Hellenic College Holy Cross community and graduates participated in the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Assumption College in Worcester, MA on October 22-24, 2015.
Metropolitan Methodios of Boston presided at the celebration of Great Vespers at St. Spyridon Cathedral. The service was led by Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis and Deacon Andrew Giourelis. The St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir chanted under the direction of Prof. Grammenos Karanos.
At the festive dinner following the Great Vespers on October 22, Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, served as the master of ceremonies. Among those attending were the president of Hellenic College Holy Cross, Fr. Christopher Metropulos, and Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross. Also present were emeriti professors Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas and Dr. Lewis Patsavos, also former members of the Consultation.
Metropolitan Methodios read the Greeting from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who commended the work of the Consultation and said: "With scholarly insight, pastoral sensitivity, and fervent prayer, you have examined and addressed the critical issues which have estranged our Churches. You have advanced the relationship between our Churches and our common witness in the world in the name of Christ. You have responded faithfully to the prayer of the Lord for the unity of his followers (John 17:21)…Truly, the fruits of the Consultation are found in its twenty-eight agreed statements. For five decades, these statements and related studies have contributed greatly to mutual understanding, theological renewal, and the resolution of our historic differences."
A special symposium for Orthodox and Catholic students was organized on October 23, 2015, by Fr. Nicholas Apostola at Assumption College. The moderator of the event was Dr. Despina Prassas, Adjunct Associate Professor of Church History at Holy Cross.
Faculty members from Holy Cross have been active participants from the beginning of the Consultation in 1965. Since then, many meetings of the Consultation have been held on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross.
The Theological Consultation is sponsored by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.