HCHC Welcomes His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch
On Monday morning, July 20, 2015, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, along with Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, HCHC President Rev. Dr. Christopher Metropulos, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Thomas Lelon, and board member Helen Carlos, welcomed to campus His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch. This visit was the second visit of a patriarch of Antioch to the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross, the first being His Beatitude Patriarch Elias IV in 1977.
His Beatitude was joined by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, head of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and several metropolitans and other clergy who are accompanying His Beatitude on his pastoral visit to the United States. His Beatitude presided over a doxology service in the chapel of the Holy Cross which students, staff, and faculty attended. His Beatitude expressed his gratitude for the kind reception he received, his joy at being present on the campus of HCHC, his personal connections with several emeriti and current faculty of Holy Cross, and the current suffering and plight of his flock in Syria and Iraq.
Following the doxology, a private lunch was held in His Beatitude’s honor in the Haste Room of the Cavadas Administration building. Fr. Metropulos presented His Beatitude and the visiting hierarchs with several gifts and announced the commission and gift of two icons, one of the Holy Apostle Paul in honor of His Beatitude’s esteemed brother, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, who has been in captivity for more than two years, and the other of St. Joseph of Arimathea in honor of Metropolitan Joseph whose patron saint is St. Joseph. Fr. Metropulos also announced the creation of several scholarships for students of the Antiochian Archdiocese and of the Patriarchate of Antioch in honor of His Beatitude, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, and in memory of the Metropolitan Philip.
In his remarks, Fr. Metropulos assured the patriarch that “the Hellenic College Holy Cross community ceaselessly prays for peace in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity.” Patriarch John is visiting the United States in order to attend the 52nd Antiochian Archdiocese Convention being held in Boston from July 20-26, 2015.