News & Updates :

  • HCHC CLASSES TO CONTINUE ONLINE FOR FALL SEMESTER

    In a letter to the Hellenic College Holy Cross community, President George M. Cantonis announced that, in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the campus will not reopen for the fall semester and all courses will continue to be taught online. "This decision was not made lightly," he stressed. "Administrators and staff spent countless hours exploring ways to reopen the campus. Although there were many obstacles, the bottom line always came back to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our plan is to reopen the campus for the spring semester 2021 and we will be...

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  • REV. DR. GEORGE PARSENIOS TO TEACH AT HOLY CROSS THIS FALL

    The President of HCHC and the Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. George L. Parsenios, Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be offering an online course at Holy Cross during the Fall 2020 semester. He has graciously offered to volunteer his time and considerable expertise to Holy Cross as a gift to his beloved alma mater. Fr. Parsenios is an award-winning teacher and internationally recognized scholar of the New Testament, with expertise in the Gospels. He holds the rank of Full Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, where...

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  • DR. WENDY LARSON NAMED INAUGURAL SCHOLAR IN VISITING WOMEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT HOLY CROSS

    The President of HCHC and the Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Katherine Wendy Larson as Visiting Professor for the Fall 2020 semester. Professor Larson is the inaugural scholar of Holy Cross’s new Visiting Women Scholars Program, which is being generously funded by an anonymous donor. The new program will bring Orthodox women scholars to Holy Cross to offer their expertise and teaching to our students and community. Professor Larson has taught in the English Department at Roanoke College since 2002. She received her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in...

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  • HELLENIC COLLEGE HOLY CROSS GREEK ORTHODOX SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY STATEMENT ON THE CONVERSION OF HAGIA SOPHIA TO A MOSQUE

    Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology strongly protests the decision of the Turkish government to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. This decision strikes at the core of religious and cultural sensitivities and identities, and we are opposed to it on moral, ethical, cultural, and religious-freedom grounds. The history of the edifice is well known. Constructed in the sixth century, the site on which Hagia Sophia now stands was home to two earlier Orthodox Christian churches, both also dedicated to Hagia Sophia—the Holy Wisdom of God. After the two earlier churches were destroyed by fire, the Emperor...

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  • FR. STANLEY HARAKAS – MEMORY ETERNAL

    It is with a sorrowful hearts, yet with hope in the Resurrection, that we inform you of the falling asleep of Fr. Stanley Harakas. The Rev. Fr. Stanley Harakas fell asleep in the Lord on June 23, 2020, at the age of 88. Born Stylianos Harakas on January 13, 1932, to Sam (Spyridon) Harakas and Katherine (Moraites) Harakas in Pittsburgh, PA, Fr. Stanley received his undergraduate and theology degrees from Holy Cross, and his Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University in 1965. In 1966, Fr. Stanley began to teach at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he...

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  • HOLY CROSS LAUNCHES NEW ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

    Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is launching a new one-year program in the 2020-2021 academic year: the Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Leadership. The program is designed for those who have completed their bachelor's degrees and wish to deepen their theological knowledge while developing skills and understanding necessary for effective ministry to young people. The Certificate program consists of two full semesters of coursework at the master's level combined with an intensive work study component, which will be conducted through the Office of Vocation and Ministry's CrossRoad Summer Institute and Telos Project, giving participants intensive,...

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  • HELLENIC COLLEGE HOLY CROSS FALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT

    Brookline, MA – Hellenic College Holy Cross (HCHC) announces today that classes will begin for the Fall 2020 semester on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, with students expected to return to campus by Friday, September 11, 2020. Student Orientation will take place on Saturday September 12, 2020. As usual, HCHC will be closed for the Feast of the Celebration of the Holy Cross on Monday, September 14, 2020. Although no definitive answer has been determined yet about whether classes will resume on campus or remain online, moving back the start date for orientation and classes by two and half weeks provides...

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  • BISHOP JOACHIM’S SCHOLARLY ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN TWO VOLUMES

    The prestigious publishing house Routledge (London) recently announced the publication of a two-volume set in its celebrated Variorum Collected Studies series of all the scholarly articles of Bishop Joachim (Cotsonis) devoted to the study of the sacred imagery of Byzantine lead seals: The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals, I: Studies on the Image of Christ, the Virgin and Narrative Scenes; II: Studies on Images of the Saints and on Personal Piety. As one reviewer noted, for too long Byzantine sigillography did not attract much attention beyond the ranks of the specialists. It was considered an auxiliary area of...

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  • HCHC TO HOLD COMBINED COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES FOR CLASSES OF 2020 AND 2021 IN MAY 2021

    For the first time in its long history, Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology will hold combined commencement exercises for two classes, 2020 and 2021, in May 2021. This unprecedented action has been taken in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the global pandemic. In a letter sent to graduating students and their families on April 15, HCHC President George M. Cantonis stressed that this "profoundly difficult decision" was based on current CDC public health recommendations for maintaining social distancing and other restrictions well into May. After consulting with the other members of HCHC's administration and...

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  • HELLENIC COLLEGE HOLY CROSS TO HOLD COMMENCEMENT ONLINE

    In keeping with CDC guidelines and restrictions on large gatherings by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology will not hold its traditional graduation exercises on May 9, as had been planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, following the example of many other academic institutions throughout the United States, a virtual gathering will be held and live-streamed for viewing by graduates and their families and friends from the safety of their homes. Planning is underway by HCHC's leadership for a ceremony that will appropriately acknowledge the graduates' achievements and convey the school's best...

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