Brookline, MA - With much joy His Grace Bishop Isaiah of Denver, President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, the Rev. Deacon John Chryssavgis, Acting Dean of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and all the faculty and staff welcomed old and new students back to HC/HC to make the opening of the 60th year of classes at the Seminary.
On Saturday, September 6, His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Chairman of the HC/HC Board of Trustees, travelled to Boston in order to personally welcome back the faculty, staff and students. All gathered in the School Cafeteria for a community luncheon and were given the time with His Eminence to exchange ideas about the School, ask questions about recent administrative changes and any matters which are of concern to the students of our School.
It was the decision of His Eminence to meet with the students on a one-to-one basis, so that he could speak directly to them, answer their questions and share his hopes for them and their future. This unique opportunity for the students to spend time with the Archbishop will be continued as His Eminence visits the School in the future. Also, the Archbishop announced to the students his wish that each class studying at the School come to the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York in order to have the opportunity to share a luncheon meal together and continue this open dialogue throughout the academic year. These decisions of His Eminence were taken in order to establish a new tradition at our School and emphasize that a new course has been taken which encourages the students to be more actively involved in the life of the Archdiocese, as they share their vital ideas and experiences regarding HC/HC.
Following this open dialogue on September 6 with the students, there was an informal faculty meeting at which His Eminence shared his dreams and vision for HC/HC, and the role of the faculty within the life of this sacred Institution of the Archdiocese.
On Saturday, September 13, the Great Vesper Services celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was chanted by Prof. Photios Ketsetzis and members of the student body. His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon led a standing room only Vesper Service which included the installation of His Grace Bishop Isaiah of Denver as President. In attendance among others were the Rev. Dr. Diane Kessler, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and Dr. Rodney Peterson, Executive Director of the Boston Theological Institute.
According to tradition, the Senior students of Holy Cross Seminary receive their rasso from the hands of the Archbishop. This year the following students received the rasso:
Dn. Stavros Akrotirianakis, Diocese of San Francisco; Dn. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Church of Greece; Chris Avromopoulos, Diocese of Chicago; John Coroneus, Diocese of San Francisco; Theologos Drakos, Metropolis of Toronto, Canada; William Flegas, Diocese of Denver; George Hazlaris, Diocese of San Francisco; John Katsoulis, Diocese of Chicago; Paul Keriotis, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Pantelis Klostri, Archdiocesan District; Joshua Makoul, Antiochian Archdiocese; John Mefrige, Antiochian Archdiocese; Michael Monos, Diocese of New Jersey; Dimitrios Moraitis, Archdiocesan District; John Nassis, Diocese of Chicago; Glen Nugent, Antio