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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.

A few weeks ago we closed our personal Book of 2011 and placed it in the library of eternity. Rather than make resolutions for the New Year - resolutions which more than likely I would not keep - I decided instead to reflect upon the past, observe more carefully the present, and try to envision the future, as these aspects of time bear upon the life of the Church and of her members.

On February 1st, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios installed Rev. Panteleimon Klostri as the proistamenos of Saint Luke Church in East Longmeadow, MA. Following the installation was the Parish Leadership Development Seminar for District 5.

A Reflection by Rev. Christopher Makiej
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

When we think about a Sunday victory during this time of year, it is usually a thought about who is going to win the Super Bowl. But I want to declare that as we watch the Super Bowl and view the battle and then the exhilaration of victory of the winning team, let us become even more aware of the greater Sunday victory which takes place every Sunday in the Orthodox Christian Church!

Official Archpastoral Guidelines
Monday, January 30, 2012

In response to questions concerning the official position of the Metropolis, please be apprised of the following:

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and at the invitation of Fr. Theodore Barbas, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Boston, gifted & educated faithful throughout the Metropolis, together with area clergy, the Embracing Children’s Staff of our MBC program and our Metropolis Special Needs Ministry Staff, gathered at St. Demetrios Church in Weston on January 25th, 2012 to identify certain needs and develop specific programs.

On Sunday January 22, His Eminence visited with the Hellenic Nursing Home in Canton, MA to celebrate the New Year 2012 with the residents by cutting the Vasilopita.

On Saturday, January 21, Metropolitan Methodios joined the Federation of Hellenic-American societies of New England for the cutting of the Vasilopita.

Saturday, November 11, was a night to remember when almost 400 Greek Orthodox Youth of America alumni gathered together again for a Reunion Dance with proceeds benefiting the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Camp of Boston.

Metropolitan Methodios celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Assumption Church, Manchester, New Hampshire, together with Fr. Ted Barbas, Chancellor, Fr.

We gather today to pray that Almighty God may open His arms and welcome into His loving embrace a man respected and befriended by everyone. We offer our sympathies to his beloved family – his parents, his loving wife Amy and his three precious children, Katelyn, Alyssa and Ryan.

Metropolitan Methodios of Boston celebrates the Divine Liturgy at St. Vasilios Church in Peabody, MA on January 1, 2012.

2012 Kanonion
Thursday, December 29, 2011

To view the 2012 Kanonion, please view the following links.

On Christmas day, the Church proclaims to humanity the good tidings of the birth of the Savior who is "Light of Light, True God of True God, begotten not created... who, "for us men and our salvation came down from heaven and was Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man" (Confession of Faith).

When we hear and contemplate the beautiful story of our Lord’s Nativity, our hearts are filled with tremendous joy. In this marvelous event of God becoming man, He revealed His great love for us and the divine plan to restore our communion with Him. Through His Incarnation, Christ offered Himself for our total renewal and completed this gift of grace in the Cross and Resurrection. Through His birth, our Lord entered into our humanity, giving us a deeper understanding of our relationship with our Creator and offering us a greater experience of life and being.

“Christ is born again and the Angels sing once more: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among all.’” (Luke 2.14-15) The angels chant these three majestic proclamations and yet the great majority of human beings, although celebrating the feast of Christmas, cannot perceive the significance of the angelic song, instead asking themselves whether God is truly glorified today or why God should even be glorified; where can one discern on earth the peace that is announced, and why should contemporary humanity live with good will?

The Sons of Pericles, Junior Auxiliary of the Order of AHEPA, voted last year to support Greek families in need as their National Project. They found that the Philoxenia House in Boston, MA was the ideal foundation to benefit from their fundraising efforts.

Over 60 children of the "Italian Home" enjoyed the annual Christmas Dinner with Metropolitan Methodios on Friday, December 9 at St. Nectarios' community hall. This annual event is hosted by the Parish Greek School's PTA. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios participates every year in this event offering his blessings to the children.

On Christmas day, the Church proclaims to humanity the good tidings of the birth of the Savior who is “Light of Light, True God of True God, begotten not created… who, “for us men and our salvation came down from heaven and was Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man” (Confession of Faith).

The Great Vesper Service was celebrated on the Feast of the Metropolis - St. Andrew.

For thousands of years, the Greek and Jewish worlds have made an indelible impact on each other's history, culture, and faith. Please join AJC Boston and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston as we explore the historic roots that bind together our peoples and examine how the encounter between Greeks and Jews transformed our world.

Feast of Saint Andrew
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios invites you to the Feast of Saint Andrew.

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Archbishop Demetrios at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York City, New York, November 16, 2011.

Metropolitan Methodios installs Father Gregory Christakos to the Saints Anargyroi Church in Marlboro, MA on October 31, 2011.

Hundreds of friends and faithful from throughout New England attended a reception in honor of Sophia Nibi upon her retirement after 28 years of diakonia to the Metropolis of Boston.

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios welcomes coaches, parents, and players to another year of our Metropolis of Boston Basketball Leagues and extends a personal invitation to the youth of our Metropolis to join the basketball teams of our local Communities.

Your Eminence: Thank you for joining me to commemorate the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. It was an honor to have you with us for this event.

As we prepare to celebrate the great American holiday of Thanksgiving, let us thank Almighty God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Indeed we are truly blessed!

On August 6, 1916, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts was established, and on October 29, 2011 the parish celebrated its 95th Anniversary with a gala event at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Dormition of the Mother of God Church in Burlington Vermont

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos held its first meeting for the 2011-2013 term under direction of Chairman of the Board, Metropolitan Methodios. The Board elected the following officers:


Over 300 delegates and observers representing parishes gathered at the Maliotis Cultural Center for the Clergy Laity Conference of the Metropolis of Boston. The theme of the conference was, “The Ministries of the Church: Archdiocese, Metropolis and Parishes.”

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