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HCHC Mourns the Passing of BOT Secretary Christine Karavites (Updated)

The funeral service for longtime Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) Board of Trustees member and Secretary Christine Karavites, was served at Holy Cross Chapel on the campus of HCHC on Thursday, March 23.  

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Chairman of the HCHC Board of Trustees, presided, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. HCHC President Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos and numerous local clergy also served. A capacity crowd, inclusive of family, friends, and Orthodox faithful, attended.

At the service, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios offered a deeply moving and personal eulogy that remembered Christine as a “deeply spiritual, yet practical worker in the Church;” a woman of “extreme courage and remarkable faith who worked with love and diligence to the very end in fulfillment of Christ’s teaching.”  “She will be missed.”  

A member of the HCHC Board of Trustees for more than a decade, Christine was a cornerstone of governance, strategic planning, and leadership for the institution. She also served on the National Philoptochos Board and Saint Basil’s Academy.

“There was not a Trustee more loyal to HCHC and the Orthodox Faith than Christine,” said Thomas C. Lelon, PhD, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Her commitment to our school was extraordinary. I will miss her greatly as both a co-worker and personal friend.”

Christine reposed peacefully in the Lord on March 19. She was buried in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA.

“May Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, through the prayers and intercession of His Most Pure Mother and all the Saints, remember Christine in His Kingdom, now and forever and unto the ages of ages,” said Rev. Fr. Christopher. “Memory eternal.” 


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