R 231
2019 -- S 0804
Enacted 04/24/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Raptakis, Gallo, Cano, Euer, and McCaffrey
Date Introduced: April 23, 2019

     WHEREAS, On April 8th of 1984, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios was enthroned
by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos as the Bishop of the historic Diocese of Boston, following
his election to that post by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Phanar,
Constantinople, Turkey; and
     WHEREAS, The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston includes all of Massachusetts,
Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and the Connecticut Towns of Danielson,
Enfield, New London and Norwich, and consists of 63 parishes which minister to the needs of
approximately 200,000 Greek Orthodox faithful; and
     WHEREAS, Metropolitan Methodios was born in New York City, the third child of the
late Stavroula and Vasilios Tournas. He graduated from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Parochial
School and the McBurney School, and received a Bachelors' degree from Hellenic College and a
Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He later
earned a Master of Sacred Theology from Boston University and was awarded Theological
Accreditation from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was also awarded an Honorary
Doctor of Divinity Degree from Boston University, an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from
the American International College, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his Alma
Mater, Hellenic College-Holy Cross; and
     WHEREAS, In 1985, beginning his ministries in Boston, Metropolitan Methodios
oversaw the construction of a magnificent Center which now serves as a focal point of the
Metropolis in New England, and in 1986, he established the Philoxenia House which offers
hospitality to patients and their families who have come to Boston from all over the world to
receive medical treatment; and
     WHEREAS, From July of 1989 through 1995, Bishop Methodios also assumed the
Presidency of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in
Brookline, Massachusetts, and in 1997, he was elevated to the office of Metropolitan; and
     WHEREAS, A renowned theologian, spiritual father, and a man of deep and abiding
faith, Metropolitan Methodios has been inspired and strives to daily grow and progress the
Diocese for the glory of Almighty God, to foster close civic and ecumenical ties in the City of
Boston and throughout the Diocese, and manifest the presence and contribution of Orthodoxy in
the most positive and meaningful manner; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan
Methodios on April 8, 1984. We moreover wish him many more years of good health and
spiritual fulfillment; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, The
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston.