BOSTON, MA – His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston in a December 15 letter to “the Clergy and Parish Councils of the Metropolis of Boston” asked them to give money for the Metropolis’ operational expenses. Metropolitan Methodios claims that “our Metropolis has not received any operational funding during 2017” from the Archdiocese.
Among other things, Methodios wrote that “perhaps more than at any other time in modern history, we especially need the support, guidance, and protection of our Orthodox Christian faith through the ministries of the Church. We must do all we can to pass on our faith heritage, its traditions and values to our children and future generations. There is no other hope for Salvation other than in Jesus Christ our Lord.
“We have experienced many blessings this past year in our Metropolis. Among the beautiful blessings have been several generous restricted donations for the continued expansion and building projects at our Camp/Faith Heritage Center and the Philoxenia House for which we are most appreciative.
“In addition to the challenges in a couple of parishes this year, we have also been hit hard by the financial crisis of the Archdiocese. As a result of this serious National situation, our Metropolis has not received any operational funding during 2017. Therefore our entire operational budget must be realized locally through the generous support of our faithful.
“To assist our Metropolis in strengthening our many ministries, I kindly ask for your support of the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards (FOS) program. Your year-end FOS donation goes directly to advancing our catechetical, philanthropic, spiritual and cultural ministries that are offered to both young and old alike. Please join us in adding your parish name to the 2017 FOS list of stewards.”
He also asked from priests and parish council presidents to also find other donors. “I would also be most appreciative if you could approach one or two individuals from your Community who may be in the position to offer a FOS stewardship and encourage their participation,” he wrote.
TNH clarifies here that FOS is a special account that Methodios established many years ago and collects monies for the Metropolis’ ministries. These funds are beyond the customary 25% the parishes contribute to the Metropolis – as is the case for every metropolis – each year.
TNH reported on November 1 that George Grinis of Melrose, MA bequeathed large amounts of funds to various churches and other institutions, but the lion’s share went the Boston Metropolis, which received the sum of $1,183,486.14. There are no terms as to how the money can be spent.
Grinis died in Boston on Nov. 11, 2013 at age 79. He prepared his will five days prior to his death. Initially, Methodios had not issued any announcement, but did so after TNH sent him a written request with the following questions:
How and for what purposes the Grinis donations will be used?
Are you going to issue an official announcement to inform the parishes that the Metropolis has received this donation?
Did you make any announcement during the recent Clergy Laity Congress of the Metropolis?
This is the second big donation to the Metropolis in one year. The previous one came from the late Kathryn Pappas. Were these funds included in the financial report to the delegates of the recent Clergy-Laity Congress?
How much of this money do you plan to use for the Greek Paideia?
Methodios did not respond to TNH’s questions, but instead issued a general statement informing his congregants of the large donation, as follows:
“I am happy to announce that our Metropolis is one of the beneficiaries of the estate of the late George Grinis. I am deeply grateful for the very generous legacy donation in the amount $1,183,486.14 from the Estate of George Grinis to the Metropolis of Boston, surely a manifestation of his visionary faith. This donation will ensure the seeding and advancement of our Metropolis Ministries for years to come. May the memory of George Grinis be eternal.
“The Metropolis Council, comprised of 24 clergy and laity, will convene shortly to discuss, among other issues, how this legacy donation will best be utilized for the advancement of the spiritual, philanthropic, and educational outreach to future generations. Among the Ministries that are directly supported by the Metropolis of Boston are: The Metropolis of Boston Camp, the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, the Philoxenia House, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Marriage and Family Ministries, the Metropolis Radio Ministry, College Campus Ministries (OCF), Greek Education Programs, Catechetical Education, Hospital Ministry, Leadership Training for Parish Ministries, Academic Scholarships, and Philanthropic support to those in need.”
From what TNH has learned thus far,the Metropolis did not issue a financial report in 2017 or hold the local Clergy Laity Congress, as is provided in the Regulations of the Archdiocese.