In a post on social media, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America thanked the Greek government for its generous financial aid to the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, USA, thus fulfilling its promise to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister of Finance Christos Staikouras to the primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
As the Archbishop of America noted, the generosity of the Hellenic Republic to the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is amazing. In fact, as part of her visit to the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the luncheon hosted by the school in her honor and in honor of Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Ambassador of Greece to the USA, Alexandra Papadopoulou, announced yesterday the grant of EUR 2 million for the year 2019.
With the tremendous generosity of the Hellenic Republic to @HCHCBoston, I am delighted to host Ambassador Alexandra Papadopoulou on the campus today and share with her and the People of Greece the progress at our premier institution in America. pic.twitter.com/GWAUhZDUa7
— Elpidophoros (@Elpidophoros) October 23, 2020
It is noted that the grant of the Greek State to the School, which was introduced and promoted by the former deputy foreign minister in charge of Greek Diaspora and its Orthodox churches, Antonis Diamataris, is annual with the aim of supporting the school and its upgrading the Greek language teaching.
As the Archbishop of America had pointed out, he thanked the Greek government for its offer claiming that this is a significant investment of Mother Greece to her children in the Diaspora, which highlights the spiritual, national and linguistic bonds.
It is reminded that Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Greek ambassador to the USA had visited Metropolitan Methodius of Boston in the headquarters of the Metropolis. The Greek ambassador also attended the Trisagion service performed by the Archbishop at the tomb of the late Archbishop of America, Iakovos, which is located behind the chapel of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Both the Archbishop and the ambassador laid flowers at the tomb of Archbishop Iakovos on his name day.
As we celebrated St. Iakovos, we remembered Archbishop Iakovos and his 37-year archpastoral ministry as Archbishop of North and South America. I was glad to be at @HCHCBoston so that I could pray at his graveside yesterday. Eternal Memory! pic.twitter.com/edRESUEJuH
— Elpidophoros (@Elpidophoros) October 24, 2020
Before the luncheon, Alexandra Papadopoulou was shown around the premises of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology starting from the Archbishop Iakovos Library, the chapel, which is a donation of the Orthodox Youth of America, as well as the Maliotis Cultural Center.
Today, Archbishop Elpidophoros continues his visit to the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and will collaborate with its new president, George Cantonis, and the school’s academic and administrative staff.