Analysis: The Drama of Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology

Rev. Christopher Metropulos with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America at Fr. Metropulos’ installment as HCHC President. (Photo: TNH Archives/Theodore Kalmoukos)

Even a quick glance at the list of the Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology’s (HCHC) new Board of Trustees is enough to generate concern about the sacred institution with a great mission.

Granted, there are some notable exceptions, such as physician and medical professor Dr. Nicholas Madias. The vast majority of the new trustees, though, are priests who were appointed to replace those dismissed for daring to express in a signed document, as responsible stewards, their concern …

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  1. Well, that was to the point. But a few observations are necessary. Certainly Hellenic College has been an embarrassment and a disappointment. As for Dr. Lelon, he was dismissed by Archbishop Iakovos, but he was also the one who was able to begin to really grow the college, much to the dismay of some hierarchs and especially some of the faculty. The Rev. Dr. Leonidas Contos, who first got accreditation for the college, and Dr. Lelon have been the only two leaders of the school who began to grow the school and both were dismissed by Archbishop Iakovos not because of failure, but because of success that was not appreciated. Also, it should be noted here that the Archbishop and the President did not fire the group of trustees, they resigned which really says a lot. Hellenic College was not founded in 1937. It began in 1961 with the first incoming class that was admitted to a four year college course and a three year theology course. Holy Cross was founded in 1937, but the analogy with Brandeis stands and is a good and telling point. The college was doomed to failure because it was seen originally as an adjunct to the school of theology. The two schools should have had separate boards of trustees with no priests or hierarchs on the college board. And, the question has to be asked: should the Archbishop automatically be the chair of the trustees, especially if there is only one board? Much more could be said about the dire and most unfortunate circumstances and Mr. Kalmoukos could very well be correct in calling for the closing of Hellenic College.

  2. Let’s not equivocate, let’s just close the whole rip-off Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in addition to HC. To do anything less is to endure death by a thousand cuts.

    1. True enough. Hellenic College and Holy Cross are different, though. Closing Hellenic College is bound to happen. But closing, instead of restructuring/redoing Holy Cross, will create problems. The EP would be happy to finally open Halki but who would go there? Likewise Greece. St. Vladimir’s? St. Tikhon’s? The future of the Church in the US is converts. Ignore that and anything else that is done is doomed.

    2. Re-open Halki? Are you joking? Will never happen.

      The priests of Greece are not being paid. There’s no money. Their Greece-above-all-goal is to close Holy Cross here and then have every Greek Father Thanasi and his wife and kids and their psaltis get US visas for unique needs and fill parishes. It’s a Greek jobs program. After a while, they get their Green Cards and continue to bad mouth America. No one ever says, “America, God bless America”. It’s only H ELLADA TEN PETHENI said with some air of ancient superiority.

      The Phanar, the Greeks are never interested in what America needs. They turned their own backyards into garbage dumps and they have no where to turn but to the Amerikanakia at whom they sneered with such Levantine and Athenian elistism. We are the abused.

      There is and never has been any interest in a strong American church. Only in what we can provide for them and their well-being. When are we going to rise up in rebellion? When are we going to stop the flow of money?

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