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Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

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Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Religious affiliation
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
PresidentMetropolitan Methodios of Boston (interim)
Location, ,
United States

42°19′1.53″N 71°7′44.54″W / 42.3170917°N 71.1290389°W / 42.3170917; -71.1290389

Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) is an Orthodox Christian liberal arts college and seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts. Its mission is to educate individuals for life and service in the Orthodox Christian community; this includes men preparing for the priesthood of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and other Orthodox Christian entities, as well as men and women for leadership roles in the church or within secular society. HCHC includes a graduate school of theology, seminary for clerical training and education, and several undergraduate and certificate programs in business, education, literature, and other secular professions.[2]


The institution was founded in 1937 as Holy Cross Theological School in Pomfret, Connecticut. In 1946, the school was moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.[3] In 1966, Holy Cross expanded its undergraduate division into a full four-year liberal arts college named Hellenic College, which opened in 1968.[4] 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.[5]

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Hellenic College
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 Holy Cross has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1974.[6] The School of Theology has also been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 1974.[7] 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.[8] It is notable for having been the longtime practice site of the Boston Celtics.[9]

Archbishop Iakovos Library, Hellenic College
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: Very Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou
  • 2015–2019: Very Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos
  • 2019-2020: Metropolitan Methodios (Tournas) of Boston
  • 2020-present: George M. Cantonis

Notable faculty

Current faculty

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology:

Notable alumni


  • Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America
  • Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos
  • Bishop Silas of New Jersey


  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. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Hellenic College Holy Cross. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  3. ^ Alexey D. Krindatch. ""American   Orthodoxy" or "Orthodoxy in America"? Profiling the Next Generation of   Eastern Christian Clergy in the USA". Hartford Seminary. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  4. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2003-03-03.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Roster of Institutions". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2009-03-02. The two seem to be accredited as a single institution, Hellenic College.
  7. ^ "Alphabetical Index of Member Schools". Association of Theological Schools. Archived from the original on 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  8. ^ "Weld Family". Jamaica Plain Historical Society. 1991-02-01. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  9. ^ Jim Fenton (2008-06-05). "Celtics Notebook: Walton Recalls Glory Days". Brockton Enterprise. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  10. ^ "Bishop Kyrillos". Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  11. ^ "Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson", The MetroWest Daily News, June 16, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

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