News & Updates

  • 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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  • HELLENIC COLLEGE HOLY CROSS TO CLOSE CAMPUS FOR THE REST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

    Updated March 24, 2020 As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly and a state of emergency has been declared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Hellenic College Holy Cross is taking important steps to protect its students, faculty, and staff. Beginning on Monday, March 23, all instruction is being conducted online for the remainder of the semester. Most of the students have left campus and only those students who are unable to return to their permanent residences due to travel restrictions or other significant restraints were allowed to remain. At present, all HCHC staff and faculty are working remotely except...

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  • Message from the HCHC President

    Dear HCHC Students, Parents and Community, The situation globally, with regard to COVID-19, what we know as coronavirus, has evolved this week with increases in the number of confirmed cases. Know that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount as we monitor the situation. DELAYED RETURN TO CAMPUS FOR ANYONE RETURNING FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Students who may have traveled abroad to Centers for Disease Control (CDS) Level-3 countries—China, Italy, Iran and South Korea—and wish to return to the U.S. are prohibited from campus for a minimum of 14 days, a period of time suggested by health officials....

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  • Dr. Patitsas Publishes Book on the Ethics of Beauty

    Dr. Timothy Patitsas (MDiv 1994), Interim Dean of Hellenic College and Assistant Professor of Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, has just published a book on The Ethics of Beauty (St. Nicholas Press). The book argues that the Orthodox Christian approach to spiritual life has always been a "Beauty-first" one, laying out examples of how this applies in topics ranging from creation to political theory to the Jesus Prayer, including war, psychology, trauma, chastity, healthy shame, gender, marriage, hospitality, art, architecture, theology, economics, urban planning, and complexity theory. Asked how and why he came to write the...

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  • Missionary Jennifer Rice (MTS 2016) Returns to Campus

    The HCHC community was delighted to welcome back Jennifer Rice recently while she was on furlough from her work as a missionary in the Guatemalan village of Aguacate under the auspices of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). During her days on campus, Jennifer spoke to students about her experience as a missionary at Vespers and at an evening event hosted by the students' Missions Committee. Before enrolling at Holy Cross in the Master of Theological Studies program, Jennifer had been a high school teacher for some years in her native California. Then an Orthodox missionary came to speak at...

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  • Faculty and Students Attend Conference on Missions and Evangelism

    HCHC was well represented at the National Conference on Missions and Evangelism held February 3-5, 2020, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. The theme of the conference, which was made possible by a grant from Leadership 100, was "Leading Change Toward a Healthier Parish." Fr. Jim Kordaris (MDiv 1999), the Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Stewardship, Outreach, and Evangelism, worked with Fr. Luke Veronis (MDiv 1992) and the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity at HCHC and an ad hoc Missions and Evangelism Committee to organize the conference. Fr. Veronis is Director of the Institute...

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