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Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology  of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Announces the Establishment of The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute


Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology proudly announces the establishment of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute as an integral and indispensable part of its educational programs.

The purpose of the Patristic Institute is to promote the academic study of the legacy of Church's Fathers, publish theological texts and monographs on important themes, personalities and aspects of the Christian tradition, and sponsor conferences and lectures that intend to illuminate and communicate the inexhaustible richness of the Church's history.

Funding for the establishment of the Patristic Institute has been generously provided by the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine in honor of the visit of the late Patriarch Demetrios.  The president of the School at that time, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, had aptly described the love of the donors for the Orthodox Church in this country and their unswerving willingness to support its vitality through the resources that God had given them. He characteristically stated "the vision of Stephen and Catherine Pappas for the future of Orthodoxy in the Western Hemisphere has always been expressed through their continuous generosity at the local, diocesan, and archdiocesan levels. This unprecedented donation to HC/HC is an example of their love and appreciation for this important institution of our Archdiocese in the Americas."

The president of the School, Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, after consultations with the Dean and the Faculty, has appointed the first Administrative Board of the Institute consisting of five renowned scholars and theologians. These are: Dr Francois Bovon, Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard University; Dr. Nicholas Constas, Associate Professor of Theology at Harvard University; Fr. Robert J. Daly, S.J. Professor Emeritus of Boston College; Fr. George Dragas, Professor of Patristics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; and Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Professor of Theology at Holy Cross. An executive secretary of the Institute will soon by appointed upon the recommendation of the Administrative Board. Holy Cross is particularly indebted to Fr. Robert J. Daly for assisting Holy Cross in developing the governance charter of the Patristic Institute in consultation with the President, the Dean and the Faculty.

The Administrative Board of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute convened its first organizational meeting on Tuesday April 8, 2003. Present in this historic meeting were also His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of American, Mrs. Catherine Pappas, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, President of the Holy Cross and the Dean of the Faculty. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios underlining the importance of the Patristic Institute for the life and the witness of the Orthodox Church in this country stated: " The establishment of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute constitutes an event of great significance. The Institute will study and present the persons, the lives, and the writings of the Fathers of the Church who have been among the most noble and holy souls, the most brilliant and creative minds, the most amazing and prolific authors, the most eloquent and insightful teachers and the most sensitive and dedicated pastors that the world has seen. Such a constellation of bright stars as an object of study, will certainly enhance the theological work at Holy Cross, and render the Patristic Institute a beacon of the Orthodox Faith, the faith of the Fathers of the Church, for the entire Americas."

Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, the President of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology expressed on behalf of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and the students of Holy Cross, his profound gratitude to the generous donors. He particularly stated: " We are forever grateful to all those faithful Orthodox Christians who, like Catherine and the late Stephen Pappas, have recognized the mission and the importance of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology for the life and the witness of the Orthodox Church in this Country. The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute will immensely contribute to the strengthening of the Patristic ethos of School's academic programs and enhance the witness of our Church in this country."

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is a unique Orthodox Christian Institution of higher learning that offers graduate theological education. It offers graduate programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), and Master of Theology (Th.M.). It strives to fulfill the need of the Orthodox Church to educate a generation of leaders, priests and laypersons who share a common experience of learning and faith, men and women who, in their chosen profession, will exemplify the values and the ethos of Orthodox Christianity.

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