SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, met with Father
Mark Leondis, Chair of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Board of Directors and
OCF Interim Executive Director, at the Chancery here Thursday, June 3, 2010.
Also present for the meeting was Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, who represents
the Orthodox Church in America on the OCF Board.
OCF was established by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
in the Americas over four decades ago as a pan-Orthodox outreach to college and
university students. Today, as an agency of the recently established North
American Episcopal Assembly, it embraces over 200 local campus groups and
sponsors a variety of regional and national ministries for young adults,
including the popular alternative to the secular Spring break -- "Real
Father Mark shared with Metropolitan Jonah recent changes in OCF's
administration, based in central Indiana, with the recent resignation of the
fellowship's Executive Director.
Metropolitan Jonah, who on many occasions has emphasized the importance of
campus ministry for the upbuilding and growth of the Church, expressed his hope
to see the development of a chaplaincy program for college students and recent
graduates in the areas of leadership, counseling, and pastoral formation,
calling OCF "a training ground for future Church leaders." The possibility of
developing a college chaplains' network was also discussed.
The OCA has been involved in OCF since its inception; many of its clergy and
lay leaders today got their "start" in the OCF, especially in the late 1960s,
1970s, and early 1980s.
- For more information on OCF and its numerous ministries, visit www.ocf.net.
- For more information on the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus
Ministries, visit http://yya.oca.org.
- To read/subscribe to the OCA's young adult blog, "Wonder," visit www.ocawonder.com.
Jun 4, 2010 7:26 PM