Hellenic College-Holy Cross: Great Expectations Gone Awry

From the 76th Commencement ceremony of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. (Photo by TNH/Theodore Kalmoukos)

Financial and academic problems are again plaguing Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology (HCHC). The crisis has even called into question the desirability of their continued existence.Reviewing the history of the institution provides some guidance on what changes may be desirable.

The first attempt to create a Greek Orthodox school of theology in America came in 1921 following a visit by the Ecumenical Patriarch Meletios Metaxakis. Understanding the need for English-speaking and American-born priests, he founded the Seminary of St. …

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  1. Studying abroad in Greece is actually a great idea after 2 years. Most of our new priests cannot speak or understand Greek as well as we would like them to.

  2. In fact, many of our priests have spent time on Athos.
    HC only wants to win at basketball and comedy.
    They never had academic standards.

  3. Ironic how the decline of Holy Cross can be traced to the forced resignation of Archbishop Iakovos by EP Bartholomew, the protoge of Athenagora’s arch rival.

  4. There is more to the story about the Greek Americans who were sent to Halki and later completed their studies at the University of Athens in the early 1930’s. My father and uncle were among the 7 seminarians who embarked on that landmark journey.

    1. Included in the 7 seminarians who were sent by Athenagoras to Halki/Athens in the early 1930’s were Economides, Kamilakis, Risos and Harmen.
      May their memories be eternal.

  5. Our forefathers fled heathenated grecletude to partake in American holiness. We don’t want no flae arabeted Greek language. American universities know Greek better than “Greeks”.

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