Holy Metropolis Of Boston
Methodios of Boston
His Eminence Methodios, Metropolitan of Boston, is the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston which includes all of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and the Connecticut towns of Danielson, Enfield, New London and Norwich. The Metropolis, whose offices are located in Brookline, Massachusetts, consists of 63 parishes which minister to the needs of approximately 200,000 Greek Orthodox faithful.
Metropolitan Methodios was enthroned as the Bishop of Boston on April 8, 1984, following his election to that post by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Phanar, Constantinople, Turkey. In July 1989 Bishop Methodios also assumed the Presidency of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He held that position till 1995. In 1997 the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated Bishop Methodios to the office of Metropolitan.
A Hierarch of vision, Metropolitan Methodios inspired the faithful of the Metropolis of Boston to support him in the construction of a magnificent Center located at 162 Goddard Avenue in Brookline. Groundbreaking for this edifice took place on September 14, 1985. It was completed a year later, on September 14, 1986. From this Center, the focal point of the Metropolis in New England, many programs emanate which serve and enlighten the faithful and share Orthodoxy with the public-at-large.
These programs include the Marriage Preparation Seminars, instituted by Metropolitan Methodios in 1987, for all couples who are getting married in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. It is a most successful program which is being adapted nationally.
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios visits with the residents of the Philoxenia House.
His Eminence took special notice of Georgakis' t-shirt.
In 1986 Metropolitan Methodios established the Philoxenia House which offers hospitality to patients and those who accompany them who come to Boston for medical reasons and cannot afford to stay in hotels. Guests to the Philoxenia House have come from Greece, Cyprus, South America, South Africa, Egypt, Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and from throughout the United States. Metropolitan Methodios is assisted by the Philoptochos Women and the faithful throughout the Metropolis in this ministry.
In the summer of 1998, through Metropolitan Methodios' tireless efforts and his ability to translate his vision and enthuse the faithful, the Diocese of Boston acquired Camp Merrimack in Contoocook, NH, a large, picturesque piece of property which will serve as a Camp and Retreat Center offering enriching programs for all.
Metropolitan Methodios was born on November 19, 1946 in New York City, the third child of the late Stavroula and Vasilios Tournas. He graduated from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Parochial School in New York City and the McBurney School in Manhattan. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Hellenic College in Brookline, MA in 1968 and the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1971. In 1972 he earned the Master of Sacred Theology from Boston University and in 1975 the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, awarded him Theological Accreditation upon completion of further studies there. Boston University awarded Metropolitan Methodios the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in May 1985. In June 1995 the American International College in Springfield, MA, awarded Metropolitan Methodios the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters. His Alma Mater, Hellenic College-Holy Cross, awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree on May 19, 2001.
Metropolitan Methodios served as a member of the National Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultations Board. As a member of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an Organization devoted to the cause of worldwide religious freedom for all denominations, Metropolitan Methodios traveled to Hungary in 1981, and, in the fall of 1982 he was a member of a three-man religious delegation that visited the Soviet Union. A second visit to the Soviet Union was made in September of 1984. Metropolitan Methodios is a member of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, served on the Executive Board of the National Council of Churches and is a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Christian Unity and the New England Consultation of Church Leaders. He is listed in Who is Who in Religion, is a member of the Commission of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas and serves on various other religious boards and organizations.
Feastday: 14 June
62 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445
1. Holy Trinity, Danielson, CT (06239). 80 Water Street P.O. Box 236
2. St Sophia, New London, CT (06320). 200 Hemp-stead Street
3. Holy Trinity, Norwich, CT (06360). 247 Washington Street
4. St Nicholas, Enfield, CT (06083-1155). Church and Chapel Streets. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1155
5. St George, Bangor, ME (04401). 90 Sanford Street
6. St Dimitrios, Saco, ME (04072). 186 Bradley Street.
7. Holy Trinity, Lewiston, ME (04240). 155 Hogan Rd., P.O. Box 1344
8. Holy Trinity, Portland, ME (04101). 133 Pleasant Street
9. St Athanasios, Arlington, MA (02174). 735 Massachusetts Avenue
10. Annunciation of the Theotokos, Boston, MA (02146). 162 Goddard Ave., Brookline, MA 02445.
11. St John the Baptist, Boston, MA (02118). 15 Union Park Street
12. Annunciation of the Theotokos,, Brockton, MA (02401). 457 Oak Street
13. Sts Constantine and Helen, Cambridge, MA (02139). 14 Magazine Street
14. Sts Constantine and Helen, Chicopee Falls, MA (01021). 30 Grattan Street, P.O. Box 112
15. St Nicholas, Clinton, MA (01510). 132 School Street, P.O. Box 81
16. St Dimitrios, Fall River, MA (02720). 289 North Main Street
17. Holy Trinity, Fitchburg MA (01420-6922). 1319 Main Street
18. Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Haverhill, MA (01830). 154-156 Winter Street
19. Holy Trinity, Holyoke, MA (01040). 410 Main Street
20. St George, Hyannis/Centerville, MA (02632-3022). 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA
21. Dormition of the Theotokos, Ipswich, MA (01938). 8 Lafayette Road, P.O. Box 6
22. Sts Constantine and Helen, Andover, MA (01810). 71 Chandler Road, P.O. Box 807
23. St Nicholas, Lexington, MA (02173). 17 Meriam Street
24. Dormition of the Theotokos, Dracut, MA (01826). 1168 Mammoth Rd., P.O. Box 1752
25. Holy Trinity, Lowell (01854-4295). Jefferson & Lewis St.
26. St George, Lowell, MA (01851). 44 Princeton Boulevard
27. Transfiguration of the Lord, Lowell, MA (01854). Fr. John Sarantos Way
28. St George Lynn, MA (01902). 54 South Common Street
29. St Anargyri, Marlboro (01752). Gashman and Central Sts., P.O. Box 381
30. St George North Dartmouth, MA (02747). 186 Cross Road
31. Annunciation of the Theotokos, Newburyport, MA (01950). Harris and Park Sts., P.O. Box 575
32. St Dimitrios, Weston, MA (02193). 57 Brown Street, P.O. Box 463
33. St Basil, Peabody, MA (01960). 5-7 Paleologos Street
34. St George, Pittsfield, MA (01201). 73 Bradford Street
35. Dormition of the Theotokos, Somerville, MA (02143). 29 Central Street
36. St George, Southbridge (01550). 55 North Street, Box 25
37. St George, Springfield, MA (01104). 8 Plainfield Street
38. Holy Archangels, Watertown, MA (02472). 25 Bigelow Avenue
39. Sts Constantine and Helen, Webster, MA (01570). Lake Parkway, P.O. Box 713
40. Annunciation of the Theotokos, Woburn, MA (01801). 70 Montvale Avenue
41. St Catherine, Braintree, MA. 119 Common Str. Braintree, MA 02184
42. St Spyridon, Worcester, MA (01609). 102 Russell Street
43. St Nektarios, Roslindale, MA (02131). 39 Belgrade Avenue, P.O. Box 12
44. St Luke, East Longmeadow, MA (01028). 400 Prospect Street. P.O. Box 381
45. Nativity and Dormition of the Theotokos, Cohasset, MA (02025-1046). 811 Jerusalem Road
46. Holy Trinity, Concord, NH (03301). 68 North State Street
47. Annunciation of the Theotokos, Dover, NH (03820). 93 Locust Street. P.O. Box 851
48. Transfiguration of the Lord, Franklin, NH (03235). Sullowey Street.
49. St George Keene, NH (03431). 70 West Street
50. Holy Archangels, Laconia, NH (03246). 811 Ν. Main Street
51. Dormition of the Theotokos, Manchester, NH (03109). 111 Island Pond Road
52. St George, Manchester, NH (03104). 650 Hanover Street
53. St Nicholas, Manchester, NH (03104). 1168 Bridge Street
54. Ἁγίου Φιλίππου Nashua, NH (03062). 500 West Hollis Street
55. Ἁγίου Γρηγορίου τοῦ Θεολόγου Mansfield, MA (02048). 1007 West Street, P.O. Box 293
56. Ἁγίου Βασιλείου Newport (03773). 45 Winter Street, P.O. Box 428
57. St Nicholas, Portsmouth, NH (03801). 40 Andrew Jarvis Drive
58. Dormition of the Theotokos, Somersworth, NH (03878). 4 Green Street.
59. St Spyridon, Newport, RI (02840). Thames and Brewer Streets, P.O. Box 427
60. Dormition of the Theotokos, Pawtucket, RI (02860). 97 Walcott Street
61. Annunciation of the Theotokos, Cranston, RI (02920). 175 Oaklawn Avenue
62. Dormition of the Theotokos, Burlington, VT (05401). 600 South Willand Street.
63. St Nicholas, Rutland, VT (05701). 8 Cottage Road, P.O. Box 939.