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Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Established 1937
Type Private
Religious affiliation Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
President Nicholas C. Triantafilou
Undergraduates 99
Postgraduates 123[1]
Location Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Campus Urban

Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is an Orthodox Christian liberal arts college and seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts.


The institution was originally founded in 1937 as Holy Cross Theological School in Pomfret, Connecticut. In 1946, the school was moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.[2] In 1966, Holy Cross expanded its undergraduate division into a full four-year liberal arts college named Hellenic College, which opened in 1968.[3] Holy Cross became an accredited theological school and has become one of the most important institutions of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere.[4]

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Hellenic College


Hellenic College offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology offers graduate programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), and Master of Theology (Th.M.).


Hellenic College and Holy Cross have been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1974.[5] The School of Theology has also been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 1974.[6] Holy Cross is also a member of the Boston Theological Institute.


Hellenic College is located on a 59-acre (240,000 m2) campus in Brookline, Massachusetts just outside Boston, the former Weld estate.[7] It is notable for having been the longtime practice site of the Boston Celtics.[8]

Archbishop Iakovos Library, Hellenic College

Summer programs

  • "Crossroad" is a ten-day, vocational exploration program for Orthodox Christian high school graduates and rising seniors. Two sessions are held on the HCHC campus each summer.
  • The "Pappas Patristic Institute" is a seminar based program that focuses on readings in the Early Church Fathers. This program is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students. Bruce Beck is the director.

Notable people


  • 1966-1971: The Rev. Leonidas C. Contos
  • 1971-1976: Metropolitan Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago
  • 1976-1986: Thomas C. Lelon
  • 1987-1989: Metropolitan Silas (Koskinas) of New Jersey
  • 1989-1995: Metropolitan Methodios (Tournas) of Boston
  • 1995-1997: The Rev. Alkividias C. Calivas
  • 1997-1998: Metropolitan Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver
  • 1998 -1999: Very Rev. Archimandrite Damaskinos V. Ganas
  • 2000-2015: The Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou

Notable faculty

Current faculty

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology:

Hellenic College:

  • Demetrios S. Katos, Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Hellenic College
  • John Chirban, Professor and Chairman of the Human Development Program
  • Stamatia Dova, Professor of Classics and Modern Greek Studies
  • Ellen Lanzano, Professor of English and Chairperson of the Literature and History Program
  • Alice McIntyre, Professor and Chairperson of the Elementary Education Program
  • Aristotle Michopoulos, Professor and Chairman of the Greek Studies Department

Notable alumni


Notes and references

  1. ^ "Hellenic College - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology". US Department of Education (National Center for Education Statistics). Retrieved April 28, 2010. . Data from Fall 2008.
  2. ^ Alexey D. Krindatch. American Orthodoxy" or "Orthodoxy in America"? Profiling the Next Generation of Eastern Christian Clergy in the USA""". Hartford Seminary. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Hellenic College Wins $2 Million Grant From Lilly Endowment To Establish Center For Theological Study Of Vocation". Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. 2002-12-02. Retrieved 2003-03-03. 
  4. ^ "History of Holy Cross". Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. 2007-12-19. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Roster of Institutions". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  The two seem to be accredited as a single institution, Hellenic College.
  6. ^ "Alphabetical Index of Member Schools". Association of Theological Schools. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Weld Family". Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 1991-02-01. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  8. ^ Jim Fenton (2008-06-05). "Celtics Notebook: Walton Recalls Glory Days". Brockton Enterprise. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Crossroad summer program
  • Patristics Institute
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