Nicholas (Nick preferred) Groves is a retired theology professor and librarian from the Chicago area, living with his wife Carolyn in S. Hadley. Nick is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox parish in Holyoke. He has been involved in both Orthodox and ecumenical student ministry for many years.
Excerpts from Five College Orthodox Brochure:
"Christ is among us!" The Five College Orthodox Fellowship is a group of Orthodox Christians, representing all Orthodox jurisdictions. We include students, faculty, staff, and some community members from the five area colleges: University of Massachusetts, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Hampshire Colleges. Smith has been particularly welcoming to us.
Who are Orthodox Christians? We believe that we are the oldest Christian community, founded in 33 A.D. and truly "non-denominational" since we have existed long before denominations. Sometimes people have called us "Eastern Orthodox," or "Greek Orthodox," etc., but we all share the same faith that comes from the Apostles. In the last few decades, many other Christian communities have discovered us. Besides serving our own membership, we would like to provide knowledge and experience of Orthodoxy to the non-Orthodox. No commitments or previous experience necessary
Our Fellowship has existed in one form or another for approximately thirty years. Although relatively small in number, we hope to increase our activities in the coming year
We serve primarily as a link, liason, or point of contact for those in the Five College communities with local Orthodox parishes, their clergy and people, and their activities. (Such as helping out at food services for the needy). These include: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Holyoke; St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and St. Peter & Paul Church (Orthodox Church in America) in Springfield. Our goal is to encourage lively dialogue and interaction between centers of learning and local communities. We also sponsor worship activities, occasional lectures and special events.