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Altar Boys Hold First Annual Retreat at Hellenic College

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  • Fr John Brian
    GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA Contact: Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries 646.519.6180 Date: May 3, 2005 ALTAR BOYS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
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      GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
      Contact: Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
      646.519.6180



      Date:
      May 3, 2005

      ALTAR BOYS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY CONVENE AT HELLENIC COLLEGE/HOLY CROSS
      FOR FIRST ANNUAL NATIONAL ALTAR BOY RETREAT


      Brookline, MA - Over 100 altar boys from throughout the Archdiocese,
      representing the Direct Archdiocesan District and each Metropolis, recently
      gathered on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School
      of Theology for the first annual National Altar Boy Retreat. The retreat,
      which was held during the weekend of April 7 to 10, was a joint effort
      between the Archdiocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and
      the Admissions Office of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School
      of Theology.

      The boys and their chaperones, totaling over 150 participants, arrived on
      the Brookline campus on Thursday evening from as far away as San Diego,
      California, for a weekend of classes and workshops. The retreat was
      designed to give the boys a better understanding of the Orthodox liturgy of
      which they are such a vital part.

      The program began on Friday with a series of classes and workshops led by
      Fr. Eugen Pentiuc and Fr. Gerasimos Makris, followed by a variety of
      sessions throughout the weekend conducted by other clergy and youth
      directors. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston gave the Keynote
      Address on Saturday morning. Following Great Vespers, His Eminence
      Metropolitan Maximos also addressed the boys. Fr. Nick Triantafilou,
      President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, gave the altar boys their final
      address, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Workshops included such
      topics as Diakonia and Service, the Importance of Scriptural Understanding
      of Service; and a detailed break down of services before, as well as
      preparation for, the Divine Liturgy.

      Fr. Mark Leondis, the National Director of the Department of Youth and
      Young Adult Ministries stated "We thank His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
      and members of the Holy Eparchial Synod for their vision and support in
      this project. This first annual retreat was an amazing opportunity for our
      young altar servers to come together as one unified body on the grounds of
      our beloved school, learning about their Faith and important service in the
      Altar. Plans are underway for next year's retreat, which will once again
      take place at Hellenic College/Holy Cross."

      Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou from the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, New
      Port Richey, Florida, whose son took part in the retreat added with
      enthusiasm, "It was both a spiritually uplifting experience and an
      opportunity for theological learning. All of these elements are important
      in a world where our children are bombarded constantly by a variety of
      messages, all of which are foreign and many times contrary to our Faith and
      Tradition."

      The retreat presented the altar boys with an opportunity to familiarize
      themselves with Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of
      Theology, home of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource
      Center, and the only fully accredited Orthodox undergraduate liberal arts
      college, graduate center for Orthodox higher education, and Greek Orthodox
      Seminary in America. Hellenic College serves liberal arts minded students
      with an undergraduate curriculum of professional preparation grounded in
      Orthodox Christian values as well as a Religious Studies program designed
      to prepare students who will continue their graduate studies at Holy Cross
      Greek Orthodox Seminary. The schools are located at 50 Goddard Avenue in
      Brookline, Massachusetts.

      For more information on Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School
      of Theology, please contact Sonia Daly, Director of Admissions at (617)
      850-1285. For more information on the National Altar Boy Retreat and next
      year's schedule, please contact the Reverend Mark A. Leondis, National
      Director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (646)
      519-6180.
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