Holy Cross-Maliotis Center Dispute Heads Towards Resolution after Elpidophoros’ Intervention

The Maliotis Cultural Center at Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. (Photo Archive TNH/Theodore Kalmoukos)

BOSTON – The dispute of many years duration between Hellenic College – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the Maliotis Cultural Center which has been costly to both seems to be heading towards a peaceful resolution out of court after the intervention of Archbishop Elpidophoros and the trust and good will of the Center’s leadership.

In an interview with The National Herald, the president of the Board of the Maliotis Cultural Center, Northeastern University professor Philippos Seraphim, reveals the …

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  1. While it is heartening to learn that the dispute concerning the Maliotis Center may be coming to an end Mr. Kalmoukos would have served his readership better had he written a more balanced article. There are a few items that need to be reported to maintain journalistic integrity in the hope of presenting an accurate historical rendering.
    First, it should be noted that the building itself is owned by Hellenic College-Holy Cross and thus by extension the Archdiocese. The original agreement between Archbishop Iakovos and Mr. Maliotis did indeed call for $50,000 to be given to the Center annually, with the funds coming from the Archdiocese. But there is an understanding of the agreement that the money was to be used for upkeep of the building, not to support the Center’s programs. The Archdiocese notified the Center that it would no longer be able to provide the annual stipend and the Center responded it hoped the payments would resume in the future. That type of response can give one the sense that it was not an issue.
    Second, there is also the consideration that, since the building is owned by the school/archdiocese, was the Center actually able to prevent the school from using the building?
    Some also have the opinion, separate from the legal questions and those that are involved in the dispute, that the Center has not been successful in developing a specific, broad-based, cultural program that would appeal to the widest possible audience in the Greek American community.

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