On Thursday, March 6, the Office of Vocation & Ministry welcomed Tim Tassopoulos, VP of Operations at Chic-fil-a and Trustee of Hellenic College Holy Cross, to run a leadership workshop for all HCHC students. Tim Tassopoulos has studied, practiced, and presented on leadership for many years. He has made substantial contributions to the Church, from his service as a catechetical teacher at his home parish to his service as trustee of Hellenic College Holy Cross.
Tassopoulos has given several workshops to our students on various aspects of the topic of Servant Leadership. This most recent event, “It’s about Time,” was on the topic of time management. Tassopoulos offered a practical workshop that encouraged students to reflect on on their current methods of time management and walked them through many techniques to improve their efforts and more effectively manage their time.
Tassopoulos connected his perspective to our Orthodox Christian faith, emphasizing that we are called to be faithful stewards of our God-given time, talent, and treasure. He explained that ineffective time management can distract us from our relationship with Christ and can also impede the growth and effectiveness of others.
In the complexity of the 21st century where students’ attention is continually being pulled in various directions, the OVM believes it is critical to give students the skills needed to prepare for their futures. Though his engaging workshop, Tim Tassopoulos offered the students of Hellenic College Holy Cross pivotal methods to become engaged stewards of their time.
The Office of Vocation & Ministry’s Student Programs for Hellenic College have begun for the semester, and student participation is at an all-time high.
The Roundtable Discussion Group met at the beginning of the semester to propose and vote on the topics of discussion for the meetings. Students recently gathered for the first official discussion of the year, followed by dinner and fellowship at Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher’s home.
The Exploration of Priestly Vocation program participants met to discuss the theme and events for the year. The seminarians have me subsequently for a weekend retreat at the Metropolis of Boston Camp and for informal lunch discussions.
The Women in Leadership & Service program has also begun with regular discussions and lectures, giving undergraduate young women the chance to grow in their faith and understanding of servant-leadership.
A new OVM discussion group began this semester called Coffeetalk. Students meet three times a week for coffee and an informal discussion about a variety of relevant topics.
The OVM is also excited to announce three new student coordinator positions, where qualified undergraduate students are hired to assist with the organization of Roundtable, EPV and WiLS.
On Saturday, September 21st the undergraduate seminarians took a trip to the Metropolis of Boston Camp for a weekend retreat with Fr. Iakovos of Simonopetra, Mt. Athos. The students arrived Saturday afternoon and returned Sunday afternoon. The theme of the weekend, which also represents the overarching theme for the 2013-14 Academic Year, is based on St. Paul’s exhortation to the church in Rome to "let your love be genuine" (Romans 12:9-18). There were several sessions with Fr. Iakovos where the students were able to listen to and learn from his wisdom as well as ask questions. The weekend also included quiet time, a vigil, a walk through the woods, great food, and great company.
-By Demetri Constantine ‘15
The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College trains and educates faithful, energetic, high achieving, and service oriented Orthodox Christian young people to be leaders in the church as priests and lay people.
CrossRoad June Session: June 21-July 1, 2014
CrossRoad Session 2: July 5-15, 2014
OVM programs are made possible through the generous assistance of the following organizations: