Yesterday the participants had their first day of theology and scripture classes with Fr. Maximos Constas (Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology) and Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald (Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at 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. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA for dinner and vespers. There, the parish priest spoke with us about iconography and the architecture of an Orthodox Church. In the evening, Mother Photini from All Saints Monastery in Long Island, spoke with the participants about vocation and monasticism.
It was a full day of fun, learning, and growing close as a group!