Texas A&M University

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

The official campus ministry of the Orthodox Christian Church in the United States.

Programs & Ministries

Whether you’re an Orthodox Christian, an active inquirer of the faith, or just someone looking for community, you are welcome at everything we have going on!

Scripture Study

Join us as we delve into the sacred texts of the revelation of God.

This semester, we are studying the book of the Acts of the Apostles.

Mondays, 7-8pm, MSC 2506. Walk-ins are welcome.

Click here to request your free Orthodox Study Bible.

Spiritual Discussion

Each week, we gather to for a casual discussion on a deep spiritual topic, a meaningful current event, or even a movie.

Each discussion is hosted by a different member of the community, so check the calendar for this week’s location.

Thursdays, 7pm (location can be found through our get-connected form). Walk-ins are welcome.

Parables Bridge Program

Transition to life at A&M with our bridge program for freshmen and new students!

Gatherings take place on the first and third Friday of each month.

Click here to register.

Brothers in Christ

An opportunity for young men to gather and grow in faith and fellowship.

Gatherings usually take place once a month and involve a social event and a spiritual discussion.

Check the calendar for info on the next gathering.

Sisters in Christ

An opportunity for young women to gather and grow in faith and fellowship.

Gatherings usually take place once a month and involve a social event and a spiritual discussion.

Check the calendar for info on the next gathering.

Upcoming Events

Click below to register! Financial support is always available to those who request it.

Our annual Campus Day is an opportunity to:

Connect with Orthodox Christian faculty & staff  ·  Ask current college students questions about life in college  ·  Meet local priests & church leaders  ·  Attend seminars for students AND parents on preparing for college  ·  Tour campus

Even if you’re not planning to attend A&M, it’s the perfect way to learn about the opportunities for Orthodox Christians in college.

Calendar

Want to know what’s going on each week? Subscribe to our calendar for monthly updates.

Saint Katherine Formal

Introducing a formal night of music, food, & games, for anyone who wishes to attend!

Sunday, November 19th 6:30-10pm.

Click here for info & to register.

Sunday Suppers

Every month, our campus missionary and his family invite college students to their home for Sunday dinner.

Doors open at 5pm, dinner is served at 5:30, and the night usually wraps up by 9pm.

Come for the full meal and some fellowship or swing by for a quick hello and a break from studying!

RSVPing to a supper helps us make sure we prepare enough food.

Click here to RSVP!

Monastery Trip

The Lenten season is always a time to shed the pressures of the world and focus more on Christ.

That’s why we take a trip to a local monastery, where the environment has been curated precisely for the purpose of dedicating one’s whole self to the Lord.

Stay tuned for information on the spring 2024 monastery trip.

College Conference

Each year, OCF hosts two concurrent four-day conferences for Orthodox Christians young adults from around the country.

Hundreds of students of all backgrounds gather in fellowship and prayer to hear Workshops and Keynote Addresses related to topics on the Orthodox Faith.

December 27th-31st, 2023.

Click here for details, information & registration.

Click here to apply for a scholarship from our campus mission.

Click here to apply for a scholarship from OCF National.

Chapter Retreat

Our annual two-day/two-night retreat took place from October 8th-10th.

Activities included prayer services, edifying talks & discussions, sports, boating, home-cooked meals, and more.

Stay tuned for details regarding next year’s retreat.

Fall Regional Retreat

Every year, Orthodox Christian students from throughout the South Region gather for a weekend of fellowship, education, and prayer.

This year’s retreat features keynote speaker Father Jason Foster and takes place at Ascend Camp in Dallas, TX.

November 10th-12th.

Registration closes October 27th.

Click here for details & to register.

Campus Lecture Series

Stay tuned for information on a series of evangelical lectures from prominent Orthodox Christian theologians on campus this spring.

This year’s lecture series will focus on the theme of the Eucharist.

Information to come.

Confession on Campus

One of the ways we show our faith in God is by offering Him our whole selves, including the parts we’re not as proud of… When we Confess our sins, God takes them off our shoulders and bears them Himself.

No matter how long it’s been or how far you’ve strayed, don’t be afraid to accept God’s invitation into the grace He offers through the Church.

Fathers Joseph and Cassian will graciously receive you with the love and mercy of the Lord anytime between 12:30-5pm on Wednesday, Nov 15th and Thursday, Nov 16th in the All Faiths Chapel on Campus.

Click here to book a timeslot.

Home Blessings

Start the school year off right by asking the Lord to bless your home.

Whether you’ve just moved in to your dorm or you’ve been in your apartment for over a year, it’s always a good practice to sanctify your space from the sin that has built up there over time.

(In cases of sensitive roommates, blessings can be for individual rooms only) 

August 23rd and 25th, 10am-5pm

Click here to register for a time slot.

Campus Day

High school students & their families join us for an experience of Orthodox Christian life on a college campus at Texas A&M.

Whether you’re planning to attend to A&M or not, come meet Orthodox professors, talk to current students about what life in college is life, and learn about the opportunities for Orthodox Christians in college.

Information to come.

Calendar

Want to know what’s going on each week? Subscribe to our calendar for monthly updates.

Local Services

Need a ride to a service, or want a friend to attend with you? Fill out this form & we’ll be in touch!

St Silouan Orthodox Church

4544 Gloria Allen Drive
College Station, TX, 77845

 GREAT VESPERS:
Saturday, 5:30pm

ORTHROS:
Sunday, 9am

DIVINE LITURGY:
Sunday, 10am

VESPERS:
Wednesday, 6pm

On Campus

Texas A&M University All Faiths Chapel

THE SERVICES OF THE HOURS:
Monday – Friday, 1:30-2pm

ROTATING PRAYER SERVICE:
Last Tuesday of the month, 8-8:30pm

Theotokos of the Lifegiving Spring Russian Orthodox Church

1009 Winter St.
Bryan, TX 77803

GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSION:
Saturday, 6pm

HOURS & DIVINE LITURGY:
Sunday, 10am

Leadership

Reach out for anything you need! We are here to serve you and connect you to our community.

Father Cassian Sibley

Clergy Advisor

Father Joseph Thornburg

Clergy Advisor
frjosephthornburg@gmail.com

Alexandros Pandazis

Campus Missionary
apandazis@ocf.net

Dr. Mark Faries

Faculty Advisor
mark.faries@ag.tamu.edu

Sotiria Bessinas

President
s.z.bessinas@gmail.com

David Phillips

Philanthropy & Finance Chair
pphillips33@tamu.edu

John Garwood

Worship & Education Chair
johngarwood02@gmail.com

Marion McDavid

Outreach & Evangelism Chair
mcdavidmarion@yahoo.com

Paisios Woodcock

Fellowship Chair
paisios@tamu.edu

Kristen Kordie

Communications Chair
kordiek@gmail.com

Campus Mission

A&M is the Orthodox Church’s first Campus Mission in the United States!