Holy Cross was founded at Pomfret, Connecticut, in 1937 to educate men for priestly vocation. A decade later, Holy Cross relocated to Brookline, Massachusetts. By the 1950s, it was evident that the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church in America needed to hold accredited educational credentials equivalent to those held by their counterparts serving other sectarian denominations or religious traditions.
Our College is distinguished by an Orthodox Christian ethos that gives meaning and cohesion to all its endeavors. Our students are encouraged to find their vocation, their calling in Christ, in both their studies and in their work. This vocational perspective can inspire students to exercise their professions in distinctive ways that reflect the knowledge and values they acquired here and which aim to improve the lives of their future colleagues, employees, and neighbors.
HCHC's residential program complements the educational mission of the school. Students who live in campus housing have certain freedoms and responsibilities. Regulations exist which are consistent with the educational purpose of the residential area. The residential environment requires those sharing a living unit to be both cooperative and considerate.
Principal collections include acquisitions in Orthodox theology, Classics, Byzantine history, and Modern Greek studies. The Library houses over 60,000 monographic volumes, over 400 active serial titles, and a large number of audio-visual materials. In addition, the holdings of the Library include a rare book collection in Orthodox, Greek, and general religious studies, as well as an archive of materials related to the history of the school and of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The top floor of the library contains the permanent exhibition of the Archbishop Iakovos Collection.
Students at Hellenic College Holy Cross do not learn Orthodox Christian theology only in the classroom. They also put theology into practice in the Chapel, campus housing, the cafeteria, the athletic field, and as volunteers in the community. HCHC provides the experience of living in an Orthodox Christian community, which helps to develop service-oriented leaders for our Church and our society.
Intramural and pick-up sports and the state-of-the-art Leadership 100 Fitness Center provide students with opportunities for competition and physical exercise.
Hellenic College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
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