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Operation Housewarming was established a little over one year ago under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios. Today this ministry is thriving and growing stronger with each passing day due to the overwhelming support and generosity of all the Philoptochos chapters and parish communities at large. That overwhelming response to this ministry has enabled us to assemble and distribute 60 large housewarming baskets to date to VA Medical Centers Bedford and Brockton. The baskets contain all the necessary items needed for homeless veterans transitioning to independent living. On August 6, 2014 once again Metropolitan Methodios presented VA officials with a shipment of 18 housewarming baskets as shown in the pictures below. Also present were members of the Metropolis and Arlington Philoptochos.

Passing of Fr. Michael Bird
Thursday, July 17, 2014

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of our brother-in-Christ, Fr. Michael Bird. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Fr. Michael reposed peacefully during the early evening of July 16 surrounded by his family. We offer our support, love and prayers to Presbytera Cathy, and their son Cameron and his family. We also extend our deepest sympathy to their extended family and their parish of St. Gregory of Mansfield. Throughout his illness, Fr. Michael was a beacon of faith in Jesus Christ and is now rejoicing in the loving embrace of our Lord.

(Brookline, MA) His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston warmly welcomed the renowned theologian Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia to the Metropolis and the conference on “Divine Compassion: Women in the Church, Theological Perspectives.” The conference was held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on June 20-21, 2014.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014 His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios welcomed close to 750 faithful of the Metropolis of Boston who gathered at Lombardo's in Randolph, Massachusetts to recognize and say thank you to the dedicated men and women who tirelessly serve our communites throughout New England.

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation which met at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire voted in early June to encourage the “lifting of the restrictions regarding the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern Catholic Churches of North America.”

Great Room
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Great Room

Parish Leadership Seminars
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Parish Leadership Seminars

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) licensed the slogan “If You See Something, Say Something,” as the slogan for a national campaign intended to raise public awareness of signs of terrorism and, especially, to mobilize citizens to report suspicious activity to U.S. law enforcement officials. The DHS meme (a meme is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture,” according to Meriam Webster online) is premised on the linkage between education and action, as well as on the notion that the safety of the collective whole requires individual acuity and responsibility. I’m certainly not advocating thralldom to the War on Terror rubric from which the DHS maxim was born, but the underlying logic of “If you See Something, Say Something” assumed an apopthegmatic quality when I heard it recently, repositioned within the context of a discussion on the tragedy of Christians in the Middle East.

Press Release: May 21, 2014

Media Contacts: (Greek Orthodox) Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald 508-868-8941, (Roman Catholic) Dr. Vito Nicastro 617-435-0019

His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley O.F.M. Cap.

The Divine Compassion Conference Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives June 20-21, 2014 Hellenic College Holy Cross Brookline, Massachusetts Please visit: http://saintcatherinesvision.org/ to register for the conference and to view the conference schedule

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, hosted a press conference on Wednesday, May 7 on Capitol Hill featuring several prominent American Christian leaders who released a Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action on behalf of Christians and other religious communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria who are increasingly threatened in the lands they have inhabited for centuries.

May 5, 2014 - NEW YORK – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected unanimously today the Very Reverend Archimandrite Cleopas Strongylis Metropolitan of Sweden and All Scandinavia. His Grace Metropolitan elect Cleopas Strongylis has been serving as the Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts.

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