For the “Modifications” of the School’s Finances

The graduation ceremony of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology at Pappas Auditorium. (Photo by TNH/Theodoros Kalmoukos)

Since September 2017, when the insolvency of the Archdiocese became known, followed by the three real or apparent attempts to replace the Archbishop, our Church has been going through a long period of paralysis despite the fact that it faces a thousand problems.

But as time goes on, the condition is getting worse at an accelerated pace. What’s left standing? The “ship” of the Church has been abandoned to its fate in the middle of the ocean without a captain. And …

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  1. First, let me say this is not a Greek-American issue. It is a Greek Orthodox Archdiocese issue. That being said, this editorial points out the problem with HCHC. As usual, the Archbishop obfuscates and misdirects. The report regarding the meeting of the Trustees might as well have been written by a Madison Avenue public relations firm. It is exactly the type of news release that is expected of the Archdiocese. Rome is burning and the Archbishop is playing his violin. The school has never been supported, from its founding, in a manner befitting the Greek American community’s socioeconomic status. This is especially true since the founding of Hellenic College in 1961. Initially it was only a feeder school for the school of theology and became co-ed when St. Basil’s Academy closed. But it never offered useful programs that students could use to make a difference in society. This lack of educational progress was itself due to two factors. There were, and still are, those in the hierarchy and those in the school itself, who really don’t want the school to prosper and grow, apparently being content to be (supposed) big fish in a little pond. And, of course, the school has been run as a part of the Archdiocese. Indeed, there have been more than a few who have declined to support the school financially specifically because of its close connection to the Archdiocese. The Archbishop, whoever that might be, automatically is chairman of the board of trustees.

    1. Not only is the Archbishop the chairman, but he is solely responsible for appointing the entire board. Which really just means that he makes all the decisions, and the sheep go along with it. It’s such a sham.

  2. To continue…. This is a recipe for disaster, especially because it is such a clear conflict of interest. The school has been run by people who have had no administrative experience in higher education, often promoting from within. The sole exception was the presidency of Dr. Thomas Lelon, who had such experience but who was fought by faculty and outside forces when it became obvious that he knew what he was doing and the college was succeeding with valuable programs and an increase of students. The only solution seems to be to close the college. The school of theology will always exist. But financial concerns will still exist because closing the college will probably cut the annual budget by no more than 20-25%. The question remains….who will step up and speak the truth and be able to engender some trust by the laity so as to be able to do what needs to be done? Thanks to Mr. Diamantaris for his comments.

  3. Let’s get to the really important issues – when’s the next awards banquet for Demetrios or Karloutsous or Psarros?

  4. Please add New York State Governor A. Cuomo for his second Patriarch Athenagoras Award. For the signing of NY’s most recent abortion law.

    Remember, it is illegal to kill endangered species, but legal to kill human babies!

  5. And, this so called institution claims to be associated with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How dare they! But then again, it seems to have “no” shame!

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