Let’s Fix It:  The Inherited Legacy of the Greek Orthodox Church in America Continued

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America in Athens, May 20, 2019. (Photo by TNH/Anastasis Koutsogiannis)

Congratulations and Prayers for His Eminence Elpidophoros of Bursa, the new Archbishop-elect of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America. May the promise that His very name implies (Elpidophoros – the bearer of hope) coupled with the extensive and impressive body of work, experience, and dedication help take the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America to the next level. This momentous juncture in the history of the Greek Orthodox Church in America was the impetus for this follow-on to the one published …

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  1. The Hellenic College/Holy Cross campus consist of 52.5 acres in an extraordinary setting straddling the Brookline Boston line. The idea of development, quite frankly, will not work. Parts of the property are, essentially off limits, the expansive front lawn and the property bordering Prince Street. Developers on at least two occasions wanted to build condos on the last parcel acquired by the school, 7 or so acres. Those plans were unacceptable to the local community which allowed the school to purchase the parcel. Also, there is the issue of the married student housing bordering the undeveloped land. The safety of the families there, with children ranging from newborn to high school age, must be preserved at all cost. The school’s debt associated with the purchase of this parcel came about because those who said they would provide the money for the purchase failed to do so. Purchasing the property was a no-brainer.
    When talking about “fining” the archdiocese, the first thing that comes up is money, administration, authority, etc. Any plan to resuscitate the archdiocese must include consideration for the pastoral needs of the laity on the local, parish level. The so-called “national ministries” drain a lot of money from the parishes. Every parish of at least 300-400 members should have at least 2 priests. This will have an effect that money, jurisdiction, administration, can never achieve. And every parish should have a deacon who doesn’t need to be full time and…

  2. Continued from above….
    salaried. The metropolitans should work with their parishes to get this done, taking advantage of the archdiocesan diaconate program. Many complain about the priest’s salary, etc., but few of us have only one day a week off, get called in the middle of the night to see someone who is dying in the hospital or go to meetings in the evening 2 or 3 times a week.

    It is also good to know that the archdiocese has 2 major departments housed on the Hellenic College/Holy Cross campus campus, taking up a lot of space, while not contributing any funds towards electricity, heat and employee lunches. It’s time to stop calling the school the flagship institution of the archdiocese unless and until it is treated that way. Let’s not forget, at least as far as Holy Cross is concerned, no Holy Cross, no liturgy, no Eucharist, no baptism, no wedding, no funeral…….

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