We’ve got good news! OCF receives $25,000 Matching Grant Opportunity
BROOKLINE, MA — Over the past few months, we have all been faced with challenges that point to an uncertain future. However, in the midst of these challenges, OCF remains committed to building community, strengthening faith, and bringing Christ’s love to college students. Since March 2020, OCF has provided these new opportunities for college students:
Virtual discussion series on Fr. Thomas Hopko’s “55 Maxims for Christian Living”
Virtual chapel opportunities, including Compline, Paraklesis, and the Akathist of Thanksgiving
Virtual small groups facilitated by OCF alumni connecting students with their peers to discuss their faith and current experience
Lenten cooking videos
Holy Week video series connecting the pilgrimage sites of Real Break Jerusalem to the services of Holy Week
Graduation video series honoring the Class of 2020, featuring actor and musician Jonathan Jackson as keynote
Virtual series on racial reconciliation as Orthodox Christians (currently being offered in partnership with the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black and CrossRoad Summer Institute)
Virtual Summer Leadership Institute (beginning June 28)
OCF has been offered a tremendous opportunity for the faithful to support our college students. The Renaissance Fund has extended a $25,000 matching grant to OCF, where donations of up to $500 between June 15th and August 4th will be doubled if the $25,000 goal is met!
College students need us NOW. They want to live faithfully. They want to be engaged in their faith. They want their faith to engage them. OCF can only do this with the help of its supporters.
For more information about this matching grant opportunity please contact OCF Development Manager, Donna Levas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.*Matching Grant generously provided by The Renaissance Fund. A donation up to $500 will count towards the matching grant opportunity until the $25,000 match goal is met. For donors who gave in 2019 or 2020, donations will be matched if the amount given towards this campaign exceeds any previous 2019/2020 donation. This provides current donors with the opportunity to increase their support for OCF as well as invite friends to learn about and support OCF’s ministry.
We’ve got good news! Registration for the first-ever virtual OCF Summer Leadership Institute is now open!
BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Summer Leadership Institute will be offered from June 27 – August 9, 2020 as a six-week virtual leadership training course for college students and young adults (ages 18-25). Attendees can expect to learn what it means to be an Orthodox leader in OCF, the Church, and the world. This is the first-ever virtual offering of SLI and attendance is free of charge.
Various aspects of leadership will be explored through readings, short video lectures, interactive sessions with instructors, and weekly leadership breakouts. SLI 2020 will feature lectures led by OCF staff as well as experts in Orthodox theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry to help prepare participants to be Christ-centered servant leaders.
This year’s instructors will include John Meese, Entrepreneur & Dean of Platform University; Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; Matthew Namee, General Counsel & COO of Orthodox Ministry Services & Founding Director of the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas; Christina Andresen, Director of Ministries for OCF; Donna Levas, Development Manager for OCF; and Fr. Panagiotis Boznos, pastor of Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora, Illinois.
Emma, a former SLI Participant, had this to say, “During SLI, you grow as an Orthodox Christian not only by learning about your faith in the theological or doctrinal sense, but by harnessing essential life skills like public speaking, servant leadership, organization and planning, and conflict resolution and giving them back to the Church.”
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.
“As the new Executive Director of OCF, I share the above exclamation as OCF immerses itself into the present-day lives of college students and builds hope for the future. Simply put, we are both encouraged and excited for our work in this ministry in 2020 and beyond. Our efforts are focused on strengthening OCF to impact and nurture students in their faith as they journey through their college years.
As with any great cause, to achieve our aspirations will require a great amount of investment, from the Church as a whole and by individuals and organizations who wish to support OCF in our cause. I invite you to join us in our commitment and our endless pursuit to be the loving presence of Christ on college campuses and for college students.”
Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox
Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the
twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly
represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students by
guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a
campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.
on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts, and
with a network that stretches across the country, OCF is seeking a Ministry
Intern to support the work of the National Office. The Ministry Intern
will provide administrative assistance for all OCF programs, in addition to
implementing administrative projects, maintaining databases, and providing
chapter, donor, student data input and
chapter outreach, including collection
of chapter information and rosters
Programs & Events
assist with registration management
provide logistical assistance for
assist with public relations efforts
assist with content & resource
administrative tasks as delegated
Must display a growth mindset, team-first outlook and be motivated
by a passion for young adult ministry
Reporting, Administrative Writing,
Google Applications, Organization, Analyzing Information, Professionalism,
Problem Solving, Verbal and Email Communication
Must be able and willing to work with
and include individuals from diverse backgrounds and various Orthodox
Must be authorized and eligible to work
in the United States
brief letter of interest regarding the position
items should be sent via email to Donna Levas at email@example.com by February 5, 2020.
will be reviewed and contacted based upon the order of submitted applications
and with a hope that the position will be filled as quickly as possible with an
anticipated start date of February 17, 2020.
job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work,
knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under
the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not
designed to include or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties,
or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to
perform other tasks as needed.
BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the
official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops,
conducted another successful Summer Leadership Institute last month at the St.
Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI. This year, OCF equipped 44 Orthodox
Christian college students with the knowledge, skills, and practices they need
to be young Orthodox leaders in OCF, the Church, and the world.
SLI 2019 featured workshops
led by OCF staff and student leaders, as well as experts in Orthodox theology,
spirituality, and pastoral ministry – helping prepare participants to be
Christ-centered servant leaders. In addition to the OCF staff, this year’s
speakers included Fr. Panagiotis Boznos, Christian Gonzalez, Anna Kallis, Fr.
Philip LeMasters, Matthew Namee, Jonathan Pageau, and Fr. Brendan Pelphrey.
Focusing on how our common
Orthodox tradition is at the core of servant leadership, SLI serves students
from various educational and jurisdictional backgrounds. Dimitri Gagianas, a
senior biomedical engineering student at Ohio State University from the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America, shared how SLI impacted him this year:
“SLI is an experience you
can’t get anywhere else. It allowed me to explore high-level theological
concepts and discuss them with students my own age. I especially benefited from
Jonathan Pageau who provided us a deeper understanding of symbolism in our
society, culture, and faith and how this symbolism finds its truest expression
in the Church. Being able to think deeply about theology and ministry at SLI
has impacted how I will serve in my role as an OCF leader.”
The newly-appointed OCF
Executive Director, Dn. Marek Simon, was in attendance throughout the week and
offered the following reflection about SLI:
Summer Leadership Institute was a wonderful gathering of Orthodox Christian college
students seeking to learn more about their faith, engage with Orthodox leaders
and fellow peers on significant topics, and develop their leadership skills as
to the official start of the Summer Leadership Institute, the seventeen-member
OCF Student Leadership Board met for three days to make plans for the events,
programs, and resources they will implement in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Their work is central to the ministry of OCF and was highlighted throughout
SLI, where attending students were given opportunities to learn from and serve
under the Student Leadership Board members.
Leadership Institute 2019 was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from
National Philoptochos and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more
information about Summer Leadership Institute visit www.ocf.net/sli. For further questions
and inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. OCF encourages you to learn
more and to support the ongoing work of this vital ministry by visiting OCF’s
redesigned website (www.ocf.net) or emailing the OCF
National Office (email@example.com).