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Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com By Andrew Estocin May is the month for college graduations. It is a time of new beginnings for Orthodox Christian college students across the country as they transition out of campus life and into adulthood.   Graduation season is also an opportunity to look at Orthodox campus ministry in America and its well-being.   The health of campus ministry is a key indicator of the future health of Orthodoxy in America. College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  Young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Over 300 college students gathered at Antiochian Village here December 28-31, 2015 for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s annual east coast college conference—“Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the World.”  Concurrently, over 60 students from the west coast explored the same theme at OCF’s west coast conference, held at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. The conference programs combined worship, fellowship, and discussions and presentations on how to become witnesses to Christ on campus and in the secular world. College Conference East’s 320 participants listened attentively to the keynote address delivered by Sister Vassa [Larin], a nun of the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break” The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, continues to accept registrants for its seven “Real Break” opportunities scheduled for spring 2016. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides Orthodox Christian college students and young adults with an alternative to “Spring Break.”  It offers the possibility for students to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America released a new study report today. The report focuses on Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official collegiate campus ministry program of the Assembly. OCF plays a critical role in the lives of young Orthodox adults who study at US colleges and universities. Strong OCF chapters can provide a vital connection for youth to the Orthodox Church and stem the tide of students who leave the Orthodox Faith while in college. For the study, student leaders were surveyed in 130 OCF chapters.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCA]  The Orthodox Christian Fellowship[OCF] recently announced that it will be sponsoring 11 “Real Break” opportunities in the spring of 2015. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides an alternative to “Spring Break” for Orthodox Christian college students.  It offers the possibility to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those in need, and cultivating relationships with like-minded peers. “Real Break” 2015 destinations abroad include Thessalonika, Greece; Slovakia; Romania; Constantinople; Honduras; Guatemala; and Jerusalem.  North American destinations include Cleveland, OH; Alaska; Toronto,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The position of Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), an Assembly of Bishops Agency that focuses on the needs of Orthodox Christian College students, has been eliminated which terminates the work of the present director.  Why?  A copy of the director’s letter to the Board dated June 13 indicates a disagreement with the accounting principles employed by the Board of Directors.  OCF has issued a statement regarding the departure of the Executive Director. The Agency does not have the funds to do its job.  It could not meet payroll.  The Board wanted to use funds…

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is gearing up to host their annual College Conferences! We would like to ask for your help in promoting College Conference West 2013, held this year at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California, December 27-30th. Hey college students! Want to unite with other Orthodox students for a fun and spiritually-refreshing weekend? Come to OCF’s 2013 West Coast College Conference! This year’s keynote is the hilarious and wise Archbishop Benjamin of the OCA. When: December 27-30, 2013. Where: St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. Register today at ocf.net/collegeconference <http://www.ocf.net/wikis/programs/college-conference.aspx>! Grant Scholarships are available…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PRINCETON, NJ [OCA] – Sunday, September 15, 2013 marked the observance of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s “College Student Sunday” in parishes across the US through special services, programs, and other activities.  [See related article.] Among them was a celebration, at which His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York presided, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the campus of Princeton University. Bishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy, as he has each year throughout his episcopacy, at the chapel.  Assisting were Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Orthodox Christian Chaplain at Princeton; Archpriest Paul Shafran, a faithful supporter of the Chapel since…

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship by Jennifer Nahas, OCF Executive Director OCF, IOCC and the GOA Metropolis of Boston held an open discussion for young adults and college students about the recent events in Boston.  Bishop John and OCF board member and IOCC first responder, Fr Peter Preble led the discussion; they were  joined by Fr. Patrick Tishel, and other local clergy and chaplains. OCF students were at the finish line and along the route at the time of the bombs went off.  Many passed by the exact location of the bombs.  Some saw suffering they had to come to terms…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY – On March 27-28, 2013, several leaders of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry agency of theAssembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, met at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here. Jennifer Nahas, OCF Executive Director. met with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, and OCA Youth Director Andrew Boyd on March 27.  She spoke of OCF’s growth on the grassroots level, the challenges brought about by growth, current and future programs, and ways the OCA can specifically aid in OCF’s…

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