60% of Greek-Am. College Grads Abandon the Church

Editor's Note: Please see the author's comment in the Comment Section at the end of the article. Source: The National Herald By V. Rev. Fr. Steven C. Salaris Last year I attended a clergy gathering where we had several “workshops” discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) ministry to college students, and what I call “The 60%.” This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college... So why do 60% of … [Read more...]

Real Break 2013 – Registration opens today!

Registration opens TODAY at 9:00 pm EST for Real Break 2013 For over 10 years, Orthodox Christian Fellowship has sent over a thousand College students around the world during Spring Break to serve those less fortunate, becoming lights of Christ to the world. Join other college-aged young adults from across the country in a team, lead by both a Clergy and Lay leader, who will grow and serve together on either a domestic or international trip. Although teams go out to serve, they return … [Read more...]

October is Orthodox Awareness Month on college campuses

Source:  Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] has designated October as Orthodox Awareness Month in an effort to foster an understanding of Orthodox Christianity and educate students on college campuses across North America. Throughout the month of October, OCF chapters are being encouraged to organize activities and programs on their campuses to share the Orthodox Christian Faith with their communities at large. Events include setting up … [Read more...]

OCF Launches First “Forty Days Program” to Connect with Incoming College Freshmen

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] At the beginning of June 2012, the North American Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] here launched an exciting new program — “The First Forty Days” — to reach out to incoming first-year Orthodox Christian college students at colleges and universities throughout North America. As its name implies, during the first 40 days of the 2012 fall semester, local OCF student leaders and chaplains will attempt to make personal contact with all … [Read more...]

OCF Opens Search for Student Advisory Board Advisor & Announces Katerina Rallis as the new SAB Chairperson

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship Brookline, MA   The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) announced today that applications are being accepted for the position of Student Advisory Board (SAB) Advisor. This volunteer position is for a motivated person interested in serving the Orthodox Church as a coach, mentor, and facilitator of the determined and passionate group of college students who serve on OCF's Student Advisory Board.   Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon, OCF's current SAB … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Michael Speak at OCF Conferences; Audios now Available from OCF

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, addressed students at two separate conferences sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] during the last week of December 2011. Metropolitan Jonah joined nearly 60 college students at the west coast conference December 27-30 at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. He explored the conference theme, “Raise Me Above This World’s … [Read more...]

So why do 60% of our college youth leave Orthodoxy?

Source: Orthodoxy Today By Fr. Steven C. Salaris So why do 60% of our college youth leave Orthodoxy? Last year, I attended a clergy gathering where we had several "workshops" discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), ministry to college students, and what I call "The 60%." This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college. This sad data applies to Orthodox Christians, too. When discussing this with … [Read more...]