Hellenic College and Holy Cross Celebrate 75 Years


Wednesday, August 24, 2011, Brookline, MAHellenic College Holy Cross, the oldest and largest Christian Orthodox institution for higher learning in North America, will begin celebrating its 75 years of service to the Church and society. Activities will begin on October 16; with an inaugural dinner cruise on the Boston Harbor. Several additional events are being planned to mark the 75th over the next two years, recognizing the hierarchs, theologians, professors, students, administrators, alumni, donors and all those who have contributed to what is the most important academic institution for the Greek Orthodox Church in America. The anniversary celebration will culminate at Commencement, May 2013.

Over the years, Hellenic College Holy Cross has grown into one academic community comprised of two distinct schools that have evolved together. Hellenic College is the only accredited four-year undergraduate program in the United States that is based on Orthodox Christian principles. Holy Cross, the theological school of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and member of the prestigious Boston Theological Institute, is the oldest and largest Orthodox Christian school of theology in America, offering three higher education degrees; Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS) and Master of Theology (ThM). Over 80% of the priests currently serving in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are graduates of Holy Cross and Hellenic College Holy Cross has alumni in over 20 countries around the world.

“Together, Hellenic College Holy Cross now provides programs that include elementary education, professional studies, religious studies and liberal arts,” said The Reverend Father Nicholas Triantafilou, the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross. “Integrating faith, learning and service, HCHC has left a substantial and positive imprint in Orthodox Churches and societies in America and around the world.”

About Hellenic College Holy Cross

Hellenic College Holy Cross was originally founded as Holy Cross Theological School in 1937 in Pomfret, Connecticut. In 1946 the school was moved to Brookline, Massachusetts, where the students and faculty could take advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities of Greater Boston. In 1968, Holy Cross expanded its collegiate division to a four-year professional studies and liberal arts program. Hellenic College is a small but vibrant Orthodox Christian college offering six different majors for both women and men. Today the faculties and students of the undergraduate and graduate schools continue to form one academic community, engaged in the education and formation of the future leaders of our Church and society.