Archbishop Demetrios Announces Fr. Metropulos Resignation

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

BOSTON – Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic-College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology via an e-mail dated April 23, 2019 informed the HCHC community about the resignation of Fr. Christopher Metropulos from the presidency of the institution.

The National Herald revealed the story of Fr. Metropulos’ resignation in both its Greek and English publications on Holy Monday afternoon April 22, 2019.

The Archbishop’s letter has as follows:

“Dear HCHC Community,
Hellenic College Holy Cross President, Father Christopher Metropulos, D.Min., announced his resignation today.
“I was proud to serve HCHC for the past four years. I will forever be honored and humbled by the opportunity to have served alongside our terrific faculty, staff, and students,” said Father Metropulos.
Under Father Metropulos’ leadership, HCHC began the process of re-evaluating the college, added key partnerships to enhance its academic and athletic offerings, and initiated an enhancement to the School’s fundraising efforts called the Guardians of HCHC. In addition, the college and seminary redesigned its website and began a renovation project on the Holy Cross Chapel which is the center of spiritual development at the school.
“The Board is grateful and appreciative to Father Metropulos for his service and commitment to HCHC, and we wish him and his family good health as he continues his ministry,” said His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America and Chairman of the Hellenic College, Inc. Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted to ask His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios to be the Interim President. Upon Metropolitan Methodios’ acceptance, he was appointed. Metropolitan Methodios is well versed in all HCHC business having served as its President from 1989 to 1995.
With my warmest wishes and prayers for a blessed Pascha and with paternal love in the crucified and risen Lord,
Archbishop Demetrios of America, Ph.D., Th.D.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Hellenic College, Inc.”

14 Comments

  1. Probably, but they probably have not paid the unemployment insurance premiums, like everything else in arrears. Looks like a scapegoat for the GOA’s incompetence here has been found.

  2. The fact that Fr. Metropulos’ resignation clearly underscores the urgency to rectify a deplorable situation. A few years ago, while Fr. Metropulos was beginning his tenure as President Holy Cross, my husband and I had a troubling encounter with this priest regarding the establishment of an endowed scholarship at his former church. This particularly painful experience made us wary of how the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and its churches conduct their financial management. We, therefore, concur with his resignation.God knows all our hearts, and we will all be judged accordingly. We pray for the future of this institution, the students, and the faithful entrusted to rebuild its foundation. May the Risen Lord guide our hearts and our minds.

  3. When will the Archbishop step aside? This financial meltdown is painful for all of us. To see our religious institutions and theological school fall apart from the corruption and malfeasance of this man and his hierarchs is unforgivable. Can a bankruptcy sale be in the future when the GOA cannot afford its own operations.

  4. Renovation of Holy Cross Chapel? Really? By Fr. Metropulos? Really? The Chapel’s renovation began in 2004 under Fr. Triandafilou’s tenure as president. Painted, stunning iconography, marble floors, new seats, refinished doors, the Alumni Memorial Wall, sidewalks and plantings, etc., etc. If, by renovation the Archbishop is referring to the abomination of a bell tower being built next to the Chapel, he is displaying his ignorance of both history and beauty. The Chapel is modeled after the Church of the Holy Apostles in Athens. There is no bell tower near the church because they weren’t around in the 11th century, being introduced to Greece by the Latins several hundred years later. (Perhap some brave souls will manage to convince the powers that be to demolish the bell tower.) If the Chapel ever gets the iconography done (and certainly not the plan Fr. Metropulos came up with) it will easily be the most beautiful and authentic Orthodox church building in the GOA. The Archbishop, by this letter, is trying to sugarcoat his mistake of appointing Fr. Metropulos president. As usual, he refuses to take responsibility for anything negative that has happened during his tenure.

  5. It can be fashionable for readers seeing a story like this to “pile on” with one negative comment after another.

    But at this especially holy time of the year, maybe it would be better to consider the words of First Corinthians, 2:4-12:11 on the varieties of spiritual gifts. We do not all have the same gifts and those of us in the working world, whether employed in church or secular positions, do best when we are in an assignment that matches our gifts.

    With that in mind, I want to add that a few years ago Father Metropulos was making great use of his gifts while doing an Orthodox Christian radio program “Come Receive the Light.” Those broadcasts were wonderful and I was blessed by them. Best wishes, Father Metropulos, for the future use of your gifts.

  6. All I can say is – “Good Bye, Good Luck and Good Riddance!”

    I’m certain this so-called “resignation” came with a very handsome “silent” severance check.
    I’m sure that throughout his tenure Fr. Metropoulos, aside from his salary, knew how and was able to skim the crème off the top, and in tandem with various unwarranted perks – is not exactly a “welfare case”.

    It’s about time to do some hefty spring cleaning at HC/HC – starting with the President, and work all the way down, office by office, person by person; administration, faculty, and as well as all support personnel – realistically re-examine each individual’s actual worth, salary wise and otherwise.

    IF there is to be a Hellenic College going forward, consideration of a lay person, who is an academician possessing strong administrative traits with a stellar bona-fide background should be the candidate of choice.
    This specific candidate should not even have to be Greek Orthodox – just know how to run a successful institution of higher learning.

    The Greek Orthodox clergy, between priests and bishops throughout time,in a constant revolving door have all been failures.

    The Holy Cross School of Theology should be its own entity sharing the space of a mutual campus, with its own separate President (a Bishop) and separate Board of Trustees.

    If this division is an impossibility, then close down Hellenic College; focus on Holy Cross School of Theology as in former Pomfert, CT days and start…

  7. What I’ve been saying all along. Two separate schools, two boards of trustees and the Archbishop of the GOA not being chair of either board. Change the name of Hellenic College, continue it as a faith based college and find an Orthodox person, not necessarily Greek Orthodox, male or female, who has higher education administration experience to head the college. As for the school of theology, good luck trying to find a qualified bishop to head it. As for personnel, most are good people who do a good job. With the resignation of the president and the CFO, as well as the HR director, the school saves annual salaries of somewhere in the area of $375,000 total. But get rid of the food service company. it has been taking the school for big bucks, really big bucks, for a long time. Also, make the archdiocese financially responsible for the expenses incurred, space, utilities, meals for staff, etc, of the several Archdiocesan ministries housed at the school such as Internet Ministries and Religious Education. And ,for goodness sake, don’t charge the school for display space at the Clergy Laity Congress. That has been a first class rip off for years. What is little known is that the Archdiocese had plans in the 1990s to increase the annual allotment to the school to about 3 million dollars annually. What happened to that? Finally, why has the school’s endowment, now raided for operating expenses, never been higher than perhaps 29 million, after more than 80 years, when it has been

  8. (continued) possible for Leadership 100 and the Faith Foundation to have endowments well over 100 million? The seminarian program needs to be overhauled, big time, not just academically. Fours years of study for those who don’t know chant and Greek is proper, but if the school is willing to accept married students with families it needs to see they are properly supported so the students can devote themselves full time to their studies and life at the school. Classes, lectures, mandatory chapel attendance, etc. The real question is if the archdiocese is willing to do all this and whether there are qualified personnel to make it happen.

  9. $167,000.00 annual salary for a Modern Greek language professor (Dr. Miholopoulos).
    WHAT!?
    Who are we kidding here !?

    Add the salaries of another three more Greek language professors for a handful of students – that comes out to some big “chump change”
    And what are the end results !?
    Priests who cannot really speak ( let alone read, or write) Greek!
    Duh!

    They mix their vernacular with their katharevousa and add some of their own home grown ghia-ghia Greek and they think they are conversant and well versed in the language.
    Ha!

    I stifle my laughter every time I hear my parish priest try to speak Greek, let alone give a sermon or a homily (always given in English only – wonder why!?)
    I swear he must have the gospel written out in English phonetics, when it’s read!

    I bet you $167,00.00 if I gave any of these present day HC/HC priests the Greek version of the The National Herald or the The Hellenic Times newspapers to read, and translate what is written, it would surely be a B I G embarrassment not only for the priest, but his educators and his school.

    Want to save “a few bucks” – have them take Greek language courses at Berlitz Language School – much cheaper AND better!!

    Don’t need four Greek professors at HC/HC to teach a handful of students.
    Some one(s) is laughing all the way to the bank!
    The ways doesn’t meet up with the means.

    I’d rather have a couple of good groundskeepers on the campus instead.

    1. Where did you get the salary of $167,000 from? He is no doubt well paid but that is definitely not his salary. It is not well known that he has donated about $10,000 annually to the school for some time now so perhaps that’s where the number came from, but that is definitely not his salary. The modern Greek language program went down the tubes when Peter Nychis retired, and that’s been quite a few years now. He set the standard on how to teach modern Greek, not just at HCHC, but in this country and he will probably never be equaled again.

  10. Under his “leadership”, the dean of students quit, the dean of the college quit, the IT director quit, the COO quit, the dean of the theological school quit. It was suggested years ago that Fr. Metropolis quit. Unfortunately his eminence never listened to any suggestions or plans formulated by the trustees to save the college. So the trustees and most members of the executive committee quit last June (that is the non-clergy ones).

    1. And the food service was outsourced. That was done at the insistence of the CFO. What a waste of money, in terms of both cost and quality. If the CFO had his way the bookstore and building and grounds would have been outsourced also.

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