Yesterday the participants had their first day of theology and scripture classes with Dr. Bruce Beck (Assistant Professor of New Testament, Director of Pappas Patristic Institute, and Director of Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology) and Dr. James Skedros (Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology). Small staff-led break out discussion groups followed their theology and scripture lectures.
In the afternoon, we all went downtown and had a picnic on the Boston Common. We then took a tour at the Skywalk of the Prudential Center, the tallest building in Boston that offers a 360 degree view of the city.
Following our adventures in Boston, we visited St. George Cathedral, the Albanian Orthodox Church in America in South Boston for dinner and vespers. There, the parish priest and Archbishop Nikkon of the Albanian Orthodox Church spoke with us about the history of the Orthodox Church in Albania. In the evening, Deacon Mike (CrossRoad director) spoke with the participants about vocation and monasticism.
It was a full day of fun, learning, and growing close as a group!