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“College for me has been a time for spiritual growth, and thanks to my friends in my local OCF chapter, I am constantly surrounded by others who strive to grown in the faith together.”
Attend College Conference
Each year during Christmas Break, hundreds of students from across North America gather for four days of fellowship, education, and prayer.
Participate in Summer Leadership Institute
Ready to be an Orthodox Leader? The Summer Leadership Institute is a four-day leadership training institute for Orthodox Christian college students and young adults (ages 18-25).
Discover Resources for Your Chapter
OCF has resources to help students lead their local OCF Chapter. We have resources from Chapter discussion topics to guide books on how to run your chapter.
Go on a Real Break Trip
Reak Break provides students with the opportunity to understand the true meaning of seeing Christ in the other by traveling to all parts of the world.
Join the Student Leadership Board
Looking for a way to help OCF as a student? On the SLB students lead and manage different aspects of the OCF.
Find Opportunities & Apply for Scholarships
Looking for career opportuities, internships, and scholarships? Find out what opportunities are currently available to Orthodox Christian college students.
Connect with Christ
College is an important time to ask big questions. It can also be a time of many challenges. OCF is here to help you make Christ the heart of your college experience.
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Life’s Challenges and Questions
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship
OCF is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. OCF transforms the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship and education.
- To be the loving presence of Christ and the Orthodox Church on college campuses;
- To be an integral part of students’ spiritual formation by challenging them to explore the Faith; and
- To inspire students to commit to living an Orthodox Christian way of life daily.
Want to learn more about Orthodoxy?
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Learn How to Support Our College Students
“Joining OCF has changed my attitude from feeling obliged to going to church to actually wanting to go to church. I read Orthodox books because I want to. I participate in and lead retreats and discussions not because I feel like I know the most about the Faith or the Church Fathers’ sayings, but because I want to learn from others and be that person who brings everyone together.”
We want to make sure that every student is given the opportunity to be a part of OCF and stays strong in their Orthodox faith during college. This isn’t possible without the help of so many. If you are looking for a way to help our young college students not only stay connected, but deepen their faith during their years in post-secondary education, look at the different ways listed below.
Connect Your College Students
Do you have current college students or students about to enter their freshman year in your parish? Ensure that they are connected to OCF by sharing their information with OCF.
Sponsor a Real Break Participant
Help a student go on pilgrimage or serve the needs of communities world-wide by supporting a Real Break trip. Designate your gift for a particular student or group of students.
Become a Donor
Would you like to support OCF?
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Support OCF while you are shopping! Amazon Smile donates a percentage of each purchase you make to our ministry.
Become a Parish Liaison
Want to stay more connected to OCF as a parent or parishioner? Become a Parish Liaison! Find out how you can help OCF find a home at your parish.
Are you a new or current Advisor? OCF provides resources and training to help you lead our young people and OCF chapters.
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Christ is Risen!Brand New! Holistic Living Guide A guide for Orthodox Christian College students to live better in body, mind, community, and spirit. The Holistic Living Guide includes articles, journal topics, and activities students can explore on their own or as a...
Last summer looked abnormal for me, as it did for everyone I knew. In the span of a week, I
had been sent home from my freshman year of college on an “extended spring break,” was told
I would not be able to study abroad in Italy, summer church camp, and the Parish Life
Conference were canceled, and I couldn’t physically be with my friends and family. Even
though I was FaceTiming my friends multiple times a day and had more family time than ever
before, I felt alone.
After serving in Romania on Real Break 2020, I applied to be Real Break Student Leader for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. I wanted to help create other service opportunities for students. What a whirlwind of a year! Back in early Fall 2020, we did not know how long the Pandemic would last (2 weeks, until Pascha, two semesters, a year?). We kept running into barriers in planning. We did our best trying to navigate traveling precautions as well as most schools canceling their spring breaks. As the year progressed it became obvious that a traditional Real Break would not happen. To be completely honest, this was frustrating and disappointing. I found myself nervous that I would not be able to do the work of my position on the Student Leadership Board. However trying this time was, it was fruitful nonetheless!