Greece to Give 2 Million Euros Annually to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, talks with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros during the Glendi celebration which is part of the annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

BOSTON – Greece will be giving a grant of two millions euros every year to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in support of its survival, programs, and advancement. This grant will be in effect from last year, 2019, and it will continue every year thereafter. It is expected to have a huge impact on the School of Theology economically after the dire and dangerous conditions it endured under the previous administration of the Archdiocese and the School. It …

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  1. The school will never progress unless/until some one with higher education administrative experience, such as a dean or provost, is hired to head up academics. Bravo to Mr. Cantonis to be willing to take on the difficult and very demanding role of president. But the school will not grow unless the academics improve, for both the school of theology and the college. And Mr. Cantonis has no higher education administrative/leadership experience. Mr. Kalmoukos seems to forget there is an accredited college that is joined to the school of theology. As difficult as it may be to accept, history tends to show that one of the things that has stunted the school’s (both the college and the school of theology) both the college and theology, is its suffocating relationship with the Archdiocese. That the Archbishop should be the chair of the trustees can be said to be a conflict of interest. Yes, a lot of money will be needed to bring financial stability but after that a lot of money will not improve the academic standing of the school unless academics are led by some one from the outside, why not an Orthodox but not necessarily a Greek Orthodox, who has experience in American higher education and knows what to do and how to do it. If the college is to survive it must offer an education that will allow its graduates to find employment.

  2. Mr. Kalmoukos is incorrect in stating that this is the first time Greece has given money to HCHC. It did so in the past but the annual payments stopped because of the Greek financial crisis.

    1. This development is all smoke and mirrors and for public consumption. The broke supporting the broken. Elpi’s new strategy is to beg the Greeks because the Americans never had or will have confidence in the corrupt Greek hierarchy. Elpi is doing the same thing with the Shrine, he’s begging Cuomo and the State to finish off the mess the GOA created.

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