“I can’t express how much I love this school. I never felt like I belonged anywhere—not in Romania, not in Greece—but here, I finally did.”
“My Semester of Faith was an amazing experience! … Attending the Semester of Faith actually changed the course of my life! After taking a Philosophy class at Hellenic College, I returned to my home university and switched my major to Philosophy. Now, I am back at Hellenic College Holy Cross earning my Master’s degree in Theological Studies!”
“[I] chose Holy Cross because it has many things that Greek seminaries can’t offer. The one word I would use to characterize my experience at Holy Cross is trust. Coming here was a leap of faith. I trust that God will have the final word.”
“The Semester of Faith program at Hellenic College has significantly impacted my life in many positive ways…The program led me to many wonderful lifelong friendships, while also providing the opportunity to pursue my love for music through the Byzantine Chant program.”
“I love being around people who make you want to be a better person. I want to go on to the ThM [Master of Theology] program and eventually pursue an academic career.”
“There is something here for almost everyone, but you have to experience it to know if it’s right for you. The Semester of Faith program is a great way to do that.”
“Getting to begin and end each day [at Holy Cross Chapel] is such a special thing. I was here for Pascha all four years and had the huge honor of decorating the Epitafio.”
“My experience in the Semester of Faith program was nothing short of life-changing…The Semester of Faith is an amazing opportunity that every young Orthodox Christian should consider.”
“I witnessed actions of giving and fellowship on and off campus.”
All colleges promise a good education. Very few promise not only to educate but to elevate the whole person. Hellenic College is that rare institution of higher learning with a higher purpose: to foster the moral and spiritual as well as intellectual development of every student. It offers opportunities unmatched by any other college or university for this multidimensional development in the context of a truly Orthodox Christian community.
Hellenic College’s curricula in the liberal arts and pre-professional studies stimulate students’ minds while preparing them for careers in which they can serve both society and the Church. Whether in education, human services, business, law, or ministry, our graduates embody their faith and enrich our world through their other-directed vocations.
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is exactly that: a graduate school of theology that educates and forms Orthodox Christian men and women for service to the Church and society. Whether preparing for the holy priesthood or for lay vocations in which they can put their faith into action, Holy Cross students make up a vibrant community engaged in pursuing the eternal truths of Christ’s message of salvation for all the world. They study Scripture, the Fathers, Church history, ethics, and every other aspect of our ancient faith. Their daily lives are centered on and immeasurably enriched by worshiping with the entire HCHC family in Holy Cross Chapel, the heart of our campus. They grow individually and together, intellectually and spiritually, always mindful that the superior education they receive at Holy Cross is not an end in itself but just the beginning of life as Christ commands it to be lived: with faith, with purpose, and with love for all mankind.
Between Fiscal Year 2017 and 2020, student retention ranged between 60% (FY2019) to 100 (FY2018). The average retention rate for 2017-2020 is 74.5%.
The graduation rate for Hellenic College bachelor’s degree students progressively rose from 45% in FY2017 to 69% in FY2019. The undergraduate graduation rate in 2020 was 62% within 150% of normal time. (Updated June 4, 2021)
The mission of Hellenic College, Inc., is the formation and the education of the person within the life of an Orthodox Christian community. To that end, it educates men preparing for the holy priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and other Orthodox Christian entities, as well as men and women for leadership roles in the Church, chosen professions, and society. Hellenic College, Inc., collaborates with Orthodox Church‐affiliated institutions and ministries, and offers opportunities for lifelong learning.
To be the intellectual, educational and spiritual formation center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, stimulating, developing, and sustaining ordained and lay vocations for service to Church and society, based on faith.
The institution was founded in 1937 in Pomfret, Connecticut, by Archbishop (later Ecumenical Patriarch) Athenagoras and Bishop (later Archbishop) Athenagoras Cavadas, who served as the first Dean. Known first as The Greek Archdiocese Institute, the seminary soon became known as Holy Cross, the name it carries to this day. The program of study expanded from two years to five in 1939. The first class graduated in 1942.
In 1947 the school moved to its present location in Brookline, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, so that students and faculty could take advantage of the abundant educational and cultural opportunities in the “Athens of America.” Over the next twenty years, the five-year program expanded further, first to six years and then to seven, to include a collegiate/pre-theology course of study.
As the first step to achieving full accreditation, the school incorporated in 1968 as Hellenic College, Inc., with a four-year undergraduate school, Hellenic College, and a graduate school of theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Hellenic College received its first accreditation in 1970, with full ten-year accreditation for the entire institution granted in 1978. 1971 saw the first graduation of a female student from Hellenic College. The first female to graduate from Holy Cross did so in 1976.
When Holy Cross was founded, all of the students were young Greek or Greek-American men preparing for the priesthood. Today both schools welcome men and women from all over the world who wish to pursue their education in an Orthodox Christian environment. Hellenic College Holy Cross is the only fully accredited Orthodox Christian college, seminary, and graduate school of theology in the Western Hemisphere.
The Orthodox Church, also referred to as the Eastern Orthodox Church, is the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ in The Great Commission. The Orthodox Christian Faith, its traditions, and its ordained clergy can be traced in direct, unbroken succession from the Apostles. Orthodox Christians believe in and worship the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God, born, crucified, dead, and risen, as professed in The Nicene Creed, our Symbol of Faith. He is the Messiah, the perfect and complete fulfillment of Old Testament scripture and prophecy, the One who has come and is coming again in glory.
To learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith and to purchase books and religious items, please visit Holy Cross Bookstore.
Please visit Holy Cross Chapel for an updated schedule of worship services. We would love to welcome you!
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