Boston, Ma.- Photos: Dimitrios Panagos
Hellenic College Holy Cross celebrated its 75th Anniversary name day feast with a four-day Jubilee September 12–15, 2013. The event focused on celebrating the history of the community while continuing to highlight the School’s significance as, in the words of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, “the heart and the mind of our Church in America.”
His Eminence presided over festal services as crowds overflowing from the Holy Cross Chapel watched on high-definition video screens under a tent. In the Vespers service on Friday evening, second-year seminarians received their crosses and Masters of Divinity candidates entering their final year of studies received their rasso [cassocks] as families, trustees, and Jubilee visitors came together in prayer, thanksgiving, and celebration.
Saturday’s Divine Liturgy was followed by an iconography exhibit curated by Archon Elias Damianakis, featuring his own icons and various works from graduates of HCHC and others. Faculty from both Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology presented lectures on Friday and Saturday. The lectures highlighted the vital role that the School plays in forming the intellect, character, and spirituality of the next generation of both ordained and lay leaders for the Greek Orthodox Church.
“We are most grateful for the indispensable service you [HCHC] provide to the church in America … Hellenic College Holy Cross is the beacon of Orthodoxy; the lighthouse that shines on the hill,” said Leadership 100 Executive Director Paulette Poulos.
A Gala Recognition Banquet began the festivities on Thursday, September 12, 2013, with FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel serving as Master of Ceremonies. Emanuel also inspired the audience during Saturday’s lectures with compelling stories about how his Orthodox faith sustained him as he was embedded as a news correspondent in war-torn areas around the world.
A campus-wide Open House capped off the wonderful and educational weekend with food, music, Greek dance troupes from New England parishes, and activities for children as well as tours around the beautiful campus overlooking the Boston skyline. The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at HCHC sponsored a children’s activity center that taught the youth about our shared Byzantine heritage.
HCHC Director of Institutional Advancement Rev. Dr. James Katinas shared, “This was a very special event celebrating the lives of the many faithful stewards of our school and church over the years. I extend warmest thanks to the 75th Anniversary Chair Helen A. Carlos, the Jubilee Chair Christine Karavites, and to all the donors, volunteers, students, faculty, and staff for all their tireless work making the Jubilee a success.”