Founded in 2003, the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute at Holy Cross is dedicated to the advancement of Greek and eastern patristic studies. Established through a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the Institute’s mission is to serve both the academy and the Church. It enjoys close cooperation with other seminaries and universities in the Boston area through its membership in the Boston Theological Institute.

The Institute sponsors two annual conferences and a week-long summer program in patristic studies. Dr. Bruce Beck is the Director of the Institute.


The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity

The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity promotes a vibrant missionary consciousness among students and seminarians in the United States. By offering missiological courses, mission practica, special programs, and events, the Institute helps future Church leaders understand the centrality of missions, evangelism, and outreach. The intent is to inspire students to participate in and to develop such ministries in their future pastoral work.

Fr. Luke Veronis, Director of the Missions Institute, offers students from Hellenic College Holy Cross and three other seminaries a special summer class and mission practicum each year. The class combines a three-credit academic course entitled The Missiology of Archbishop Anastasios of Albania with a ten-day mission trip, during which students visit and participate in the missionary ministry of the Church in Albania. It is part academic class, part mission trip, and part holy pilgrimage.

Additionally, the Institute partners with the student-run HCHC Missions Committee each Fall to sponsor the annual Missions Week. Invited missionaries from around the globe spend a week on campus speaking in classes and interacting with students. The week is highlighted by the annual EFOM Missions Lecture.

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of knowledge about the rich heritage of the Byzantine Empire. The Center encourages the study and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Byzantine Empire, which influenced the history of three continents during a history spanning more than one thousand years.

Founded in 2010 through a generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Center’s programs contribute to an understanding of Byzantium’s enduring cultural and historical legacy. Its programming targets a diverse audience, from high school students to university professors.

Its establishment at Hellenic College Holy Cross enables the Mary Jaharis Center to foster Byzantine studies within an Orthodox Christian community. It promotes the study of Byzantium from the perspective of Orthodox theology, scholarship, and the arts.

The Center is committed to Byzantine studies within and beyond the academy and strives to create programming and educational and research resources that engage scholars, the Orthodox Christian community, and the wider public.

The New York Life Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor

The New York Life Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor provides funds to support teaching, conferences, and publications focusing on Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor.