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Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos Memorial Conference to Take Place October 2021 at HCHC

Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos Memorial Conference to Take Place October 2021 at HCHC

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the Bishop Gerasimos Memorial Conference will take place at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in October 19-20, 2021.  The Conference, which is dedicated to the legacy of Bishop Gerasimos Papadopoulos of Abydos, had been scheduled for October 2020, but had to be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 restrictions in 2020.

The Memorial Conference will begin at Holy Cross Chapel on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 with the Festal Vespers of St. Gerasimos of Kefalonia, the patron saint of Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos, and will close with a Reception on Wednesday evening, October 20.

The Conference will feature six well-known speakers including: Archbishop Demetrios, formerly of America; former President of Hellenic College, former Dean of Holy Cross School of Theology and former professor Rev. Dr. Alkiviadis Calivas; former Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Rev. Dr. Theodore Stylianopoulos; grand-nephew of Bishop Gerasimos Fr. Theofilos Papadopoulos, a priest-monk from Mt Athos; Rev. Dr. Athanasios Melissaris of Athens University; and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana Archon John Fotopoulos, PhD.  The speakers will share their thoughts on the ministry, life, accomplishments and legacy of Bishop Gerasimos.

Bishop Gerasimos came to America in 1952 and began teaching the New Testament at Holy Cross. He was elected Bishop of Abydos in 1962 and served in Boston and later in Pittsburgh. He returned to HCHC in 1977 to live out the final years of his life and to write his books, until his blessed repose in 1995. He was well known throughout the Archdiocese as a model clergyman, a teacher par excellence, and a spiritual father of several generations of clergymen and lay men and women in the Church in America. His profound faith, his gift and love for teaching and his authentic and humble Christian life impacted several generations of seminarians, clergy and lay people throughout the world,  (See full biography

In addition, the Conference Committee, coordinated by Fr. Peter A. Chamberas,  urges all who knew and remember Bishop Gerasimos to offer their favorite memories, stories, testimonies and photos to be included in a Memorial Album that will be published for the Conference.  To participate please click here

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