OVM hosted a special guest CoffeeTalk on May 6, 2015 when Dn. Jeff Wickes, on faculty at St. Louis University, came to talk about his work on Ephrem the Syrian. Dn. Jeff is the author/editor of the new Fathers of the Church volume on Ephrem. CoffeeTalk offers students an informal venue to discuss some of life’s enduring questions in between classes in the afternoon. Students receive a provocative question in their email inbox and can join the discussion led by OVM Asst. Director Mike Tishel.
EPV fosters an environment of communal spiritual discernment and learning around the topic of the priestly calling for undergraduate seminarians. Local parish priests from multiple jurisdictions are invited for evening speaker-meetings to present their experiences and insights regarding the priesthood to the students. Additionally, students meet for regular lunch-discussions to explore topics related to the priesthood and the topic of vocation in general. The theme that we focused on this year was “Christ’s Teachings and Commandments.” During the spring semester we changed gears to tailor each individual meeting to the perceived needs and conditions of our small cohort of undergraduate seminarians. We took an amazing weekend pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Taylor, PA.
The Women in Leadership and Service (WiLS) student group had another great year supporting undergraduate women during their own vocation exploration at Hellenic College. The group’s focus on leadership and service was emphasized throughout monthly meetings, a retreat, and a service trip to Rosie’s Place (a local women’s shelter). In the fall semester, small group discussions were held on topics such as compassion, struggles in college, and Christian love. In December, WiLS coordinated and hosted the HCHC community Christmas party. The women used this party as a venue to fundraise support for their trip to Rosie’s Place where they would cook and serve a meal. The women raised over $500 for the shelter from among the student community on campus
The spring semester kicked off with the trip to Rosie’s Place and concluded with a Spring Retreat held at the Boston Metropolis Camp. Dr. Ioana Chireach (Hellenic College adjunct lecturer in Human Development) joined WiLS for the weekend to serve as a speaker and mentor. Led by OVM Assistant Director Kyra Limberakis, WiLS has been a wonderful place for the young women of Hellenic College to foster community and share in prayer and fellowship.
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: