This week marks an important time in the history of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church, as Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos will become the 21st president of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC). Fr. Metropulos will be installed by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2:00 pm in the Pappas Gymnasium.
“It is a distinct honor for me to assume the position of President of this sacred school,” said Fr. Metropulos. “I am in awe of the commitment of the administration, faculty, staff and students to Christ, and embrace the true potential of HCHC, nurturing the next generation of leaders in Boston and Brookline and communities throughout the United States and world.”
Fr. Metropulos previously served as the presiding pastor at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, for 25 years. He has represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the United Nations and United States Missions, and is the founder, host and executive director of the Orthodox Christian Network (myocn.net). He holds a B.A. from Hellenic College, an M.Div. from Holy Cross and a D.Min. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
“It is my goal to expand the physical and virtual infrastructure of our school, increasing student enrollment both within our gates and throughout the world through continued education online learning,” said Fr. Metropulos. “All are welcome. And, to those graduated, welcome home.”
HCHC is the only accredited Orthodox Christian College in North America. Since its inception in 1937, it has been committed to being the intellectual, educational and spiritual center of the Orthodox Church in North America, developing and increasing ordained and lay vocations to the Church and community.
“Service to the church and community is the core of our mission,” said Fr. Metropulos. “For this reason, all undergraduate and graduate students at HCHC are required to take coursework in community engagement, studying and volunteering. Examples include the MSPCA, Bikes not Bombs, Italian Home for Children, VA Hospital of Jamaica Plain and Philoxenia House, among numerous others.”