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Student Programs are in full swing!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Student Programs are in full swing this year in the Office of Vocation & Ministry with a robust line-up of offerings for the undergraduate student body.

Starting off the year with the OVM Orientation Retreat, August 29-30, 2014, Mike Tishel and Kyra Limberakis led a group of twenty seven incoming students to the Cape Cod Sea Camps for twenty four hours of vocation exploration, worship, fellowship and fun.

The OVM RoundTable Discussion group had its preliminary Pizza Planning Meeting to map out the topics for the semester, as well as its first actual evening discussion at Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher’s home. The student-selected topic was “how to approach the paranormal as Orthodox Christians.”

The Exploration of Priestly Vocation program, a co-curricular group for undergraduate seminarians supporting them in discerning a possible call to the priesthood, has also met to discuss this year’s theme: “Finding God’s Will For our Life Through Christ’s Commandments.”

The Women in Leadership & Service program, led this year by CR Asst.


2014-2015 Incoming Retreat

Monday, September 15, 2014

On Friday, August 29th 2014 the new incoming class of Hellenic College boarded a bus to begin a 24-hour retreat hosted by the Office of Vocation and Ministry. Held at the beautiful and rustic campgrounds of Cape Cod Sea Camps (Brewster, MA), the retreat was guided by four student retreat leaders and OVM staff members Mike Tishel and Kyra Limberakis. 
With personal discipleship, community, and discussions on vocation in college as its focus, the new students embarked on what would be a reflective, relaxing, and unplugged retreat. 
Upon arrival, the group settled into cabin life and kicked off the we
ekend with a readers vespers service followed by time spent getting to know each other through name games and ice breakers. With names like “Jelly John” and “Bubbly Bailie” imprinted in our memories and the ice officially broken through lots of laughter, the evening transitioned into a more relaxed and casual environment in the campsite’s community center.
Retreat leaders, Nikoletta Evangelatos (senior at Hellenic College) and Nicco Livingston (first year Holy Cross), shared a short testimony about their transition to Hellenic College followed by a brief question and answer period.
Incoming student, Alice Song, commented that it was “nice getting to directly ask grad/undergrad/currently enrolled students, questions” about their experience. The evening concluded with a coffeehouse hang out with guitar playing, singing, and games, followed by cabin discussions.
Day 2 began with Orthros and Be Still Time, allowing the students an opportunity to re-center and refocus.


Time Management Workshop

Monday, April 28, 2014

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. 

About the OVM

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.

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Other News and Events

CrossRoad June Session: June 21-July 1, 2014

CrossRoad Session 2: July 5-15, 2014

With Thanks

OVM programs are made possible through the generous assistance of the following organizations:

The Lilly Endowment Inc

Leadership 100

The Virginia H. Farah Foundation

CrossRoad Parents' Association

CrossRoad Alumni Association


Sites Related to the OVM


CrossRoad Summer Institute

Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation