ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
“Keeping our College Students Connected to the Church”
Fishers, IN – September 21, 2010
Orthodox Christian Fellowship honored its founder, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, with a tribute dinner on Friday, September 17, 2010 at the San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida.
As a recent seminary graduate in the 1960’s, Bishop Dimitrios (James Couchell) was the driving force in establishing what has become the joint campus ministry arm of all canonical Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. The dinner gathered clergy and laity from throughout North America to honor His Grace’s dedication and devotion to college students and to celebrate the ever-growing network that OCF has been able to build upon the foundation he laid years ago.
At the dinner the OCF Board of Directors announced the establishment of the Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos Orthodox Christian Fellowship Ministry Endowment, which has been created to sustain and further the ministries of OCF. An anonymous donation of $100,000 has been given to initiate the fund.
Board of Directors Chairman and Interim Executive Director, Rev. Mark Leondis said, “Bishop Dimitrios has offered so much to Orthodox Christianity in North America and throughout the world in various capacities. Specifically, his efforts on behalf of college students are significant and this recognition of his work is long overdue.”
In conjunction with the dinner, Orthodox Christian Fellowship held organizational meetings September 16-19, 2010 at St. John the Divine parish in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to the bi-annual Board of Directors meeting, the Regional Chaplains Network and Student Advisory Board (SAB) gathered to discuss their cooperative efforts.
Those who are interested in participating in the Bishop Dimitrios Ministry Endowment are encouraged to contact OCF Development Director Presvytera Shyla Hadzellis at 800-919-1OCF (1623).
Sep 22, 2010 4:12 PM