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Letter of Sympathy to the Antiochian Archdiocese

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”… -John 11:25


Holy Cross Seminarians with His Eminence Metropolitan Philip after His Grace Bishop Nicholas (MDiv '05) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate.

To the entire Antiochian Orthodox Christian Family of North America,

The Hellenic College Holy Cross family is deeply saddened by the passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, head of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to our sisters and brothers throughout the Antiochian Archdiocese and to all who were blessed by His Eminence’s 48 years of faithful and dedicated service. 

Although he will be greatly missed, we shall remain grateful to God, among other things, for His Eminence’s relationship with our school. As a newly arrived priest in America, he studied at Holy Cross. Over the years, expressing his love for the Syro-Byzantine musical tradition, His Eminence sent many seminarians here to study.  Furthermore, he gave clergy his blessing to serve at our school and to serve as an Antiochian representative on our Board of Trustees.

As Orthodox Christians, we are also grateful for His Eminence’s distinguished hierarchical leadership, his resolve in addressing important issues in the Church and society, and his deep commitment to Orthodox unity through his work in SCOBA and the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

May his memory be eternal!

With deep love and sympathy,

Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou