OCF Announces Real Break 2022 Grants

OCF Announces Real Break 2022 Grants

January 24, 2022 – For Immediate Release:
Orthodox Christian Fellowship Announces Real Break 2022 Grants
Real Break provides college students ages 18-25 with the opportunity to engage the Orthodox faith through trips of pilgrimage and service. Students travel during Spring Break to participate in the work of the Church alongside the ministries, monasteries, parishes, and people of each host city. 

BROOKLINE, MA — Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, is now offering $500 off the cost of Real Break 2022 trips through Friday, January 28, 2022. Real Break 2022 grants are made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Omega Chapter 371 of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).

The first 15 students to register for Real Break 2022 will each receive $500 toward the overall cost of their trip. Students must register by Noon (EST) on Friday, January 28,2022 to be eligible for the trip grants. OCF will provide a personal crowdfunding link and fundraising instructions to help registrants fundraise their remaining trip and travel expenses.

Evan Roussey, Real Break Student Leader, invites students to register for Real Break 2022 with these words: “I believe in the transformative power of Real Break, and thanks to AHEPA Omega Chapter 371 we are able to make it more accessible to students everywhere. Now is the time to sign up for the week that will define your OCF and college experience!.”

The grant deadline is Noon (EST) on January 28, 2022. Registration for Real Break 2022 continues through February 15, 2022. The cost to attend varies by trip. For complete trip locations and details, visit https://www.ocf.net/real-break/ .

Contact:
Joseph Bray, Communications Manager
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
joseph@ocf.net

College Student Sunday scheduled for October 3, 2021

College Student Sunday scheduled for October 3, 2021

BROOKLINE, MA – The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated October 3, 2021 as College Student Sunday. On this day, Orthodox parishes recognize and honor their Orthodox College Students and take a special collection to support the ministry to students of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). 

 

Dn. Marek Simon, Executive Director, shared the following: “At a recent gathering with the 16 members of the OCF Student Leadership Board, excitement and encouragement filled me as I witnessed their love and enthusiasm for OCF. I am inspired by the work of these young adults to bring their peers together for fellowship, service, worship, and education. On College Student Sunday and throughout the year, your partnership facilitates our ministry to these students. We call on both parishes and individuals to offer opportunities and hospitality to students, and through financial support of our ministry.” 

 

OCF, the official campus ministry agency of the Assembly of Bishops, continues to support a network of over 300 on-campus chapters, while also providing dynamic programming through local and regional retreats, virtual opportunities for students, College Conference, Real Break, and the Summer Leadership Institute. 

For more information about College Student Sunday 2021, including printable bulletin inserts, or to access an outline to support your parish’s efforts on October 3 visit ocf.net/college-student-sunday/. Please contact Donna Levas, OCF Advancement Manager, for more information: donna@ocf.net or (617) 850-1227.

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Back to School 2021

Back to School 2021

We’ve got good news!
OCF receives $10,000 Matching Donation for Back to School Appeal

 

BROOKLINE, MA — After more than a year of uncertainty, many of our Orthodox Christian college students will be returning to campus this fall. Orthodox Christian Fellowship will be there to greet them, guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church.

During the month of August, OCF will be sharing stories of students and alumni who have been transformed by Christ through Orthodox Christian campus ministry. Jeanine Kaileh, the incoming 2021 – 2022 Student Leadership Board chairwoman, shared the following thoughts on her hopes for her fellow students as they begin this new academic year,

“As students are coming back on campus this fall, I really hope they can find their Orthodox community and continue building upon that, with those friendships. I also hope that they create their routine of going to church, having study dates with their church friends, having their church friends and their non-Orthodox friends come together, and really share the joy that we have much needed after a crazy year and a half.”

Students like Jeanine are counting on us this school year. Together, we can be there for them, continuing to make a difference, building community, strengthening faith, and bringing Christ’s love to college campuses.

Thanks to a $10,000 match from a generous donor, donations will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach the 10k goal. All funds raised facilitate opportunities for students to grow in their faith and in fellowship with another, including retreats, small groups, chapter resources, and national programs.

Donate once, make twice the impact — help us keep college students close to Christ and His Church.

OCF Director of Ministries, Christina Andresen, gives the Church an admonishment worth heeding:

OCF Alumnus, Jordan Gamble, shares his experience of singing karaoke and why Orthodox campus ministry matters:

Fr. Chrysostom Arthur shares his story of starting an OCF chapter of 99% Baptist students:

Watch the story of Jeanine Kaileh, 2021-22 Student Leadership Board Chairwoman:

For more information contact OCF Development Manager, Donna Levas at donna@ocf.net.

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.