In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Thomas Hopko
Hellenic College Holy Cross mourns the passing of Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, respected theologian, preacher, and longtime professor of the CrossRoad Summer Institute at Hellenic College.
"The Rev. Dr. Thomas Hopko was a remarkable individual who lived the Orthodox theology he so passionately taught," said Rev. Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross. "Fr. Thomas was a visionary leader who has made an unparalleled contribution to Orthodoxy in America and beyond. We are forever grateful for his willingness to share his kindness, compassion for others, and ability to communicate the essence of the gospel with our community at HCHC." As recently as June 2014, Fr. Thomas delivered a public lecture at HCHC, “The Theological Foundations of Leadership,” a distillation of his legacy of true Orthodox Christian leadership.
Fr. Thomas had a special place in his heart for the CrossRoad Summer Institute. He believed strongly in the importance of theological education of high school students, and hundreds of Orthodox youth had the blessing of learning from him through the program. CrossRoad alumni especially remember his strong vocation message: "At the end of your life, God isn't going to ask you, 'Why weren't you like the Theotokos' or 'Why weren't you like St. John the Baptist?' What He's going to ask you is, 'Why weren't you the person who I created you to be?'" He will be deeply missed.
Fr. Thomas has left a lasting impact on Hellenic College Holy Cross, its students, and CrossRoad alumni, and the Orthodox community around the world. The entire community will gather at the Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline, MA to celebrate a memorial service to pray for the soul of Fr. Thomas on Thursday, March 19, following vespers, and on Sunday, March 22, following Divine Liturgy. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his Matushka, Anne Hopko, their five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
May his memory be eternal.
Podcasts of Fr. Hopko lecturing at CrossRoad:
A podcast of Fr. Hopko interviewing CrossRoad staff on the program in 2010: