Bro. Demetrios Tonias resigns from Boston Cathedral
BOSTON – V The Reverend Protopresbyter Demetrios Tonias has resigned from the deanship of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Boston for health reasons. Father Demetrios made the announcement at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 21st surprising his congregation. Bro. Demetrios fell ill a few months ago, and this is how he came to the painful decision to resign. He has faithfully and diligently served Boston Cathedral from December 1, 2014 until now. Prior to that he had served at Taxiarchae Parish in Watertown Massachusetts and prior to that at Holy Trinity Parish in Concord, New Hampshire.
Speaking to the National Herald, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston said that “Fr. Demetrios is a very good, educated, active priest” and added that “I am so sorry that he fell ill and had to to resign”.
Bro. Demetrios was also an ecumenical officer in the Greek Orthodox metropolis of Boston. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Demetrios was an engineer by profession and a member of the auxiliary engineering faculty at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of several books on civil engineering, including an award-winning textbook on bridge engineering. In 1996, Fr. Tonias left his career as a professional engineer to pursue sacred orders in the Greek Orthodox Church. He attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received an MA in Divinity in 1999 and an MA in Divinity in 2006, both with highest distinction. Bro. Tonias was ordained a diaconate in May 1998 and a priesthood in March 1999. During his ministry, Fr. Tonias helped bring many students to the Holy Cross Greek School of Theology and his love of teaching and of theological research led him to continue his graduate studies.
Br. Tonias graduated from Boston College with a doctorate in theology where he specialized in Judeo-Christian relations with an emphasis on Eastern Judeo-Christian dialogue in general and the Judeo-Christian relationship of the early Church in particular. . His doctoral thesis, titled Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom, examined the many references to the great patriarch in the Jewish Bible by the fourth-century Christian preacher and bishop. A book based on his thesis was published by Fortress Press in March 2014. As a result of his studies, Fr. Tonias is involved in a variety of ecumenical and interfaith dialogues where he has represented His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and the Greek Metropolis. Boston Orthodox Church. Currently, Fr. Tonias sits on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. He has also served on the interfaith and Judeo-Christian convening committees of the National Council of Churches and as a consultant researcher for the International Council of Christians and Jews.
Bro. Tonias’ theological publications include two textbooks, which he co-authored, and are used to teach Liturgical Greek at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He has lectured on Church history and Orthodox theology and has been invited to speak at a conference on Judeo-Christian relations sponsored by the World Council of Churches in Constantinople. Bro. Demetri’s family includes his wife, Presbytera Maryann and their four children Allan, Elias, Catherine and Josephine.