• May 26, 2020 - June 3, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

MAY 26-JUNE 3, 2020

Inspired by Real Break Constantinople and Thessaloniki, Real Break Mount Athos will aim to provide over a dozen Orthodox Christian male college students with the opportunity to journey from the United States to Thessaloniki, Greece, in order to personally experience the living Christian presence and witness of the Holy Mountain of Athos. The host institution will be the historic Great Church of the Theotokos, that is, the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which was built in the center of Byzantine Thessaloniki in the fifth century. During Real Break Mount Athos, the students will visit several of their historic monastic communities and venerate the numerous relics and icons that have adorned this Garden of the Virgin Mary for centuries. In addition, the pilgrimage will include various sacred sites of Northern Greece.



Total Trip Cost – $1,500.00

Trip Deposit Required to Register – $150.00 (10% of total trip cost)

The trip cost includes transportation, lodging, meals, outings, materials, and donations to the trip hosts. It does not include a participant’s domestic or international flights.

Real Break 2020 Payment and Liability Policies


Clergy Leader – Fr. Stephen Vernak


Participants must arrive at the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM EASTERN EUROPEAN TIME on May 27, 2020. This means participants must book a flight departing the US on May 26, 2020. Shuttles will depart the airport at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.

Participants must depart the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM on June 3, 2020.

Each participant will be responsible for making their own domestic and international travel arrangements. Participants must book their international flights no later than April 15, 2020. If a student would like to travel on the same international flight as the trip leaders, those details will be shared with all participants no later than March 15, 2020.


Participants will be staying at the Stay Hybrid Hostel in Thessaloniki. OCF students will not share rooms with non-OCF guests of the hostel. All linens/towels will be provided. Arrangements on the Holy Mountain will be determined closer to the trip dates.


If a registrant chooses to pay for their trip online, or someone would like to donate to their trip online, it may be done by visiting www.ocf.net/sponsor. The registrant or donor must make sure to specify the Real Break student’s name and trip at the time of donation.


Both the registrants themselves as well as donors may contribute to a Real Break 2020 trip by making a check payable to “Orthodox Christian Fellowship” and including the name and Real Break trip of the participant they are supporting. Checks may be mailed to: Orthodox Christian Fellowship, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445.

QUESTIONS? Email Anastasia at realbreakstudent@ocf.net or call the OCF National Office at 617-850-1227.

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