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Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia Keynotes Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship at HCHC

His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia delivered the Divine Compassion Distinguished Lecture at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He spoke on “Divine Compassion and the Restoration of the Human Icon.” The lecture was presented by Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV), and co-sponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. 

SCV is an international, Pan-Orthodox fellowship of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders engaging contemporary issues within the life of the Orthodox Church, blessed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Greetings and introductions were offered by Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor in Theology at Holy Cross and SCV Executive Director. HCHC President-elect, V. Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos, DMin, served as master of ceremonies on behalf of Rev. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, President of HCHC. 

More than 200 participants attended this event. Metropolitan Kallistos spoke movingly on the centrality of divine compassion to which all human persons are called, created “in the image of God.” He elaborated on how this “image” is in the image of Christ, the Logos of God, and simultaneously in the image of the Holy Trinity.

The Divine Compassion Distinguished Lectureship also marked SCV’s official roll-out of their first public service ministry or diakonima, engaging the issue of divine compassion and human trafficking. Presvytera Maria Drossos, member of the SCV advisory board, offered a brief presentation on the severity of human trafficking, “the elephant in the room” both locally and globally in contemporary society. 

An elegant brunch was served after the program, where audience participants were invited to an additional forum on “Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking” facilitated by Matushka Vera Proctor (MDiv, SVS), Director of FOCUS, Minneapolis, MN.

For further information, please visit the websites of SCV (www.saintcatherinesvision.org) and co-sponsors Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (www.hchc.edu) and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston (www.boston.goarch.org).

For further information about SCV’s initiative, Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking, please visit:
http://saintcatherinesvision.com/collaborative-work/divine-compassion-and-human-trafficking.

For the complete video of this Divine Compassion Distinguished Lecture, please visit:
http://saintcatherinesvision.com/media/video-gallery.