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 Genesis.

Mondays, 7-8pm, Rudder 407. 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

Parables is a Christian Bridge Program that helps freshmen & new students navigate the new waters of college life through connection with peers, mentors, and the Church.

A single-day Retreat kicks off the program on Sunday, September 1st. The retreat is an opportunity to connect with mentors & other new students at A&M/Blinn and experience a taste of how OCF supports students in their college journey. After the retreat, the program meets on the first and third weeks of every month throughout the fall semester.

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.

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.

Eremos 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.

Service Events

Each semester, we make an effort to offer our time and our talents to those in need in our immediate and broader community.

Stay tuned for details on this fall’s service opportunities.

Public Lecture Series

Each year, we host three high-level Orthodox Christian theologians to share aspects of our spiritual, theological, and ecclesiastical tradition.

Videos of last year’s lectures can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Information on this year’s lecture series coming soon.

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 with the blessing of the Lord.

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.

If you’ve never had your home blessed before, don’t worry! The priest and campus missionary will let you know ahead of time what to expect. Home blessings consist of a brief set of prayers and sprinkling of water throughout the home. They typically take no longer than 10 minutes.

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

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

Click here to sign up.

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!