News & Updates

  • FR. PATRICK O’ROURKE APPOINTED HCHC CHIEF OF STAFF

    HCHC President George M. Cantonis has announced the appointment of Fr. Patrick O’Rourke as his Chief of Staff, effective August 1. In that role he will assist in overseeing and monitoring operations and helping to execute new presidential initiatives. On August 3, Fr. O’Rourke received the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Chairman of HCHC’s Board of Trustees, at the Archdiocese. Fr. O’Rourke received his Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude from Holy Cross in 2016. He was ordained a deacon on Palm Sunday that spring by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit and was ordained a...

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  • REV. DR. PENTIUC PUBLISHES THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE BIBLE IN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

    Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Archbishop Demetrios Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, has published a new book, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Orthodox Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2022). The Oxford Handbook, edited by Fr. Pentiuc and with a foreword by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, offers authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research on a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research. It investigates...

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  • FR. VRAME RECEIVES TWO MAJOR HONORS AT CLERGY-LAITY

    The Very Reverend Archimandrite Anton Vrame (MDiv 1989) received two major honors at the meeting of the National Forum of Church Musicians on July 5 during the Clergy-Laity Congress in New York City. First, the Forum presented Fr. Vrame with the prestigious Saint Romanos Medallion in recognition of his close collaboration with them over the fifteen years that he served as Director of the Archdiocesan Department of Religious Education. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, then surprised Fr. Vrame by bestowing upon him the offikion of Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne. This honor, given...

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  • HCHC HOLDS 80th COMMENCEMENT

    Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology conducted its 80th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, in the Pappas Auditorium. All graduations provide cause for celebration, but this year’s was an especially joyous occasion, being the first in-person ceremony since 2019 due to Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021. His Eminence, who is also Chairman of HCHC’s Board of Trustees, opened the ceremony with an invocation, after which the Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir led the singing of both the Greek and American national anthems.  HCHC President George Cantonis then offered a salutation in which...

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  • PAPPAS PATRISTIC INSTITUTE HOSTS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM

    The Pappas Patristic Institute at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology hosted a three-day Colloquium on the Mystagogy of St. Maximos the Confessor from April 28-30, 2022, that drew renowned patristic scholars from all over the world to present diverse perspectives on the work and related topics. The Colloquium opened on campus the evening of Thursday, April 28, with a lecture by the Very Reverend Archimandrite Maximos Constas, PhD, Director of the Institute and Professor of Patristics and Orthodox Spirituality at Holy Cross. His spoke on “The Body as Ritual Space: The Mystagogy and the Architecture of Deification” to...

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  • HCHC RETIRES $5.3 MILLION MORTGAGE

    Hellenic College Holy Cross has paid off the $5.3 million mortgage on the Barletta property, a seven-acre parcel of land adjacent to the main campus that was acquired in 2006 to provide opportunities for expansion and to protect against encroaching development. The retirement of the debt was made possible by a gift of $2.5 million from a most generous benefactor, the Honorable Michael Huffington, and by a matching gift of $2.5 million from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which had received a large bequest from the estate of Suzanne Mados. The final $300,000 was provided by the Charles Cotros...

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