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Metropolis of Boston - August 9, 2012

MBC Summer Session 5 kicked off on July 30, 2012 with close to 200 campers and staff.

MBC Summer Session 4 kicked off on July 23, 2012 with over 150 campers and staff.

MBC Summer Session 3 kicked off on July 16, 2012 with close to 200 campers and staff.

On Tuesday, July 27th, His Eminence, Metropolitan Methodios visited the new byzantine structure church of St. Demetrios in Weston, Massachusetts

MBC Summer Session 2 kicked off on July 9, 2012 with over 100 campers and staff.

The Metropolis of Boston Camp hosts another sold-out Family Camp Session!

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
Monday, July 09, 2012

The V. Rev. Panteleimon Manoussakis, Ph.D. represents His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios during the Mass for Sts. Peter and Paul at the Pastoral Care Center.

Over fifty young adults from all across New England participated in the 2012 summer pre-camp weekend training and training week.

PHOENIX – The official business of the 41st Clergy-Laity Congress concluded Wednesday July 4, 2012 with the plenary session which lasted all day and was the culmination of the forums, meetings of the committees, workshops, receptions and social events of fellowship--all of which contributed to a very productive and successful Congress, inspiring the delegates and participants to spread the message, Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit.

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios attended the 60th wedding anniversary party in honor of his dear friends Constintine and Betty Calliontzis, long-time members of the Annunciation Cathedral in Boston. On Sunday June 24th, family and friends celebrated Connie and Betty’s 60 year union at the Apollo Function Facility in Norwood, Massachusetts. Connie and Betty were married in 1952. They are blessed with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. May God grant them many more years of love and happiness.

PHOENIX – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially began its work this morning at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. It was highlighted by the Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presented to an audience of more than 1,200 participants. It is customary for the official opening to be attended by delegates, clergy and laity, of both the Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention.

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America

PHOENIX – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America commenced yesterday with the Orthros service and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy held in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Phoenix, Arizona, with approximately 1,200 faithful in attendance. The Holy Metropolis of San Francisco and the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Phoenix are the hosts of this 41st Congress.

NEW YORK – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in Phoenix, Arizona, July 1- 5, 2012, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and it will focus on the theme of this Congress “Chosen and appointed by God to go and bear fruit.” Concurrently with the Clergy-Laity Congress, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will convene its Biennial National Convention in the same venue.

On Thursday, June 21 the Metropolis Clergy District Representatives met with His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and Rev. Theodore J. Barbas, Chancellor of the Metropolis. Representatives elected the following as the officers of the Clergy Brotherhood.

Brookline, MA: On Thursday, June 21, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios convened the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the new Emerging Leaders Ministry. The Metropolis of Boston recently received a grant from Leadership 100 to launch an Emerging Leaders Ministry...

On June 10, 2012 the parishes of the Metropolis of Boston joined His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios for the 26th annual Metropolis Ministry Awards Dinner, held at Lombardo's Function Facility in Randolph, MA. Over 740 parishioners throughout New England were in attendance. The theme for the Banquet this year was, "Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos, and ever Virgin Mary... Let us commit ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God."

Feast of St. Methodios
Friday, June 15, 2012

Nameday Celebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios

PRESS RELEASE-June 12, 2012 The Eighty-Second meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 5 to 7. The members of the Consultation continued their study of the role of the laity in their churches.

Since he was installed as the parish priest at the “vibrant” Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke in East Longmeadow here in February, the Rev. Panteleimon Klostri has been impressed with the way parishioners live their faith.

On Sunday, May 6th, walkers from throughout the Metropolis of Boston walked up to 20 miles in support of Project Bread's annual Walk for Hunger where 41,000 people joined together to stomp out hunger. The walk raised $3.6 million dollars. Our Philoxenia House receives an annual grant from Project Bread.

On Wednesday evening, May 2nd, Metropolitan Methodios and Father Demetri Tonias of the Taxiarchae Parish in Watertown, attended an event where former Governor Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty Dukakis were the keynote speakers. The speeches focused on historic Greek and Jewish relations and the relationship between the two groups in Greece. The evening included a film presentation by filmmaker Laura Zelle titled “In the Shadow of the Acropolis,” which traces the Greek Jewish community during World War II.

On Sunday, April 29, Metropolitan Methodios celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Saint George Church in Keene, NH, celebrating the feast day of the Parish.

The Greek Independence Day Parade is a national celebration in the United States of America. Greek Americans across US cities organize Greek parades to celebrate the independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire in 1821. In Boston , proud Greek-Americans from all over New England lined Boylston Street and joined in on the fun to celebrate their heritage which featured floats, marching bands and colorful ethnic costumes. and colorful ethnic costumes.

With the blessing of Metropolitan Methodios of Boston Catherine Varkas currently offers training at Hellenic College in Brookline for Sunday school, Preschool, and home schoolteachers at the 3-6 age level, while she continues to work toward expanding the program to include older age groups as well.

At this very moment we relive the Holy Resurrection, the central mystery of our Christian faith. We will shortly light our Paschal candles to boldly proclaim that “the light of Christ shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overtake it.” (John 1:5)

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios attends ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, hosted at the Greek Consulate in Boston. The Honorable Consul General of Greece, Ilias Fotopoulos presented four olive branch wreaths to the Boston Athletic Association, which will be used to crown the winners of this coming Monday’s 116th running of the Boston Marathon.

The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England Is Pleased to Announce the Following Events in Celebration of the 18th Annual Greek Independence Day Parade

Last week, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, on behalf of all the members of our Holy Eparchial Synod, approved and distributed copies of the standard text and music for the English version of Christos Anesti to all the parishes of our Archdiocese.

Liturgical schedule of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston for Holy Week 2012 (April 8-15)

Την ποιμαντική μέριμνα για τους Ορθοδόξους φοιτητές που σπουδάζουν σε ξένα πανεπιστημιακά ιδρύματα έδειξε για ακόμη μια φορά ο Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης Βοστώνης κ. Μεθόδιος τελώντας τούτη την φορά την κατανυκτική λειτουργία των Προηγιασμένων Δώρων στο αρχαιότερο Ρωμαιοκαθολικό Κολλέγιο της Νέας Αγγλίας, το Κολλέγιο του Τιμίου Σταυρού, Worcester.

Greek Consul General Fotopoulos, joins local Greek leaders, elected officials in celebration of Greek heritage.

2012 GOYA Winter Camp
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teens from all over the New England area came together for a weekend retreat.

Metropolitan Methodios to serve the Liturgy of the Pre‐Sanctified Gifts at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA

On March 4-11, 2012, the Rev. Dr. Demetrios Tonias represented His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston as a member of a delegation that visited Israel under the auspices of the AJC (American Jewish Committee).

Family Winter Camp 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center hosts a sold out Winter Family Camp.

Sunday of Orthodoxy
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Sunday School children at the St. Nicholas Parish of Clinton, MA joined in a procession of the Holy Icons following the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 4, 2012.

Clergy Lenten Retreat
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Metropolis of Boston Clergy came together on Tuesday, March 6 for the Clergy Lenten Retreat.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Introducing the new Summer-in-Greece Program of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

The Patriarch Athenagoras Lecture
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Patriarch Athenagoras Lecture Metropolitan Emmanuel of France The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Significance of Dialogue Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm Maliotis Cultural Center - Hellenic College

Applications and instructions for the three scholarships administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, are now available for awards to be made for the 2012-2013 academic year.

A compilation of delicious healthy recipes for all seasons, the cookbook was compiled by Presbytera Calypso "Lee" Karahalios, who tested and retested each recipe working countless hours to insure the best recipe in each category. Proceeds benefit the philanthropic ministry of the Metropolis of Boston, including the Philoxenia House and the outreach to the poor and needy in the community.

As we begin this season of Holy and Great Lent, we do so in anticipation of the blessings we will receive as we commune with Christ through the special services, observances, and disciplines of our Orthodox Christian faith. We embark on a journey of faith, with the destination of the joy of Pascha before us, knowing that abundant spiritual treasure awaits if we are committed to intensifying prayer and fasting and service to others in charity.

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, In recent times, we observe an elevated level of concern. Many challenges arise. The world is suffering and yearns for help. Indeed, we are going through a general test. Some people call it a financial decline; others refer to it as a political crisis. So far as we are concerned, it is a matter of spiritual perversion. And a solution exists.

On Sunday, February 19, Metropolitan Methodios celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Taxiarchae Parish in Watertown, Massachusetts, and presided over the one year memorial service for the late Rev. Emmanuel S. Metaxas of blessed memory.

On Sunday, January 29, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios served liturgy at the Nativity - Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Cohasset, MA and administered the oat of office to the incoming Parish Council.

Maliotis Greek Dance Workshop
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Learn a variety of regional dances from experienced and talented instructors. Full-day workshop with each 1½ hour class focusing on a specific region of Greece. Classes designed for adults and children age 12 and older, all skill levels. There will be a final wrap-up session at the end of the day, followed by a reception. Workshop instructors include: Michael Kalaitzidis of the Panagia Soumela Boston Dance Troupe; Georgia Mavridis of the Katerinioton Society “Ta Pieria” (Pontos); John Pappas and Rena Fotopulos of the Metropolis of Boston Youth Dance Group (Macedonia); Elefteris Plevrakis of the Megalonisos Cretan Dance Group (Crete); and Irene and Mike Savas of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon (Islands).

At their monthly Synaxis, the clergy of the Metropolis of Boston offered $2,500 in support to Metropolitan Methodios' request that the Parishes and Faithful of New England generously support the The Relief Fund for the People of Greece. His Eminence invited Professor Michaelis M. Psalidopoulos of Tufts University to address the clergy on the economic crisis in Greece and Europe and its ramifications. (See Professor Psalidopoulos' biography below). Metropolitan Methodios has called upon all the faithful of the Metropolis to immediately and generously support our Archdiocesan efforts to offer relief to our brothers and sisters in Greece who are in dire need of our assistance.

The Metropolis of Boston Council and the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center Committee was held on February 15. Attending the meeting were Jerry Dimitriou, Director of Administration of the Archdiocese and Tony Stefanis from Atlanta, Georgia who is the Chairman of the Administration Committee of the Archdiocesan Council.

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