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.
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.
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.
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
Fifty-seven smiling faces enlivened the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus on Friday, April 5, marking the beginning of a three-day alumni retreat for past participants of the CrossRoad Summer Institute. CrossRoad is a ten-day program for sixty Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors; it will celebrate its tenth anniversary this summer.
The retreat began with a combined session on campus, featuring all four past and present CrossRoad directors--Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Dn. Nick Belcher, Mary Long, and Mike Tishel--who presented on different aspects of the Office of Vocation & Ministry’s definition of vocation, “One’s unique and ongoing response to Christ’s call to love God with heart, soul, strength and mind and one’s neighbor as oneself.
The March Roundtable session took place at the home of Dn. Nick Belcher, who also generously provided a deligious Arabic dinner for the group as they discussed this month's topic, "Evolution and Creationism." The students delved into a dialogue which touched on how we tend to think about reason and faith, and what we can ultimately say about our place in Creation. The group is facilitated by students, and participants are given materials prior to the event to help prepare for an informed discussion. The next Roundtable discussion will be centered on "The Role of a Spiritual Father."
On a beautiful Saturday morning in March, a group of Hellenic College Holy Cross students gathered for the second installment of the Women in Leadership & Service Breakfast Series with Sarah Byrne-Martelli, a Board Certified Chaplain endorsed by the OCA. Fruitful discussion took place as Sarah shared her story as an Orthodox woman serving the Body of Christ. She spoke of her undergraduate experience studying abroad in Greece, graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School (enrolling in various Holy Cross courses through the Boston Theological Institute), and her current role as a chaplain. As a hospice chaplain, Sarah offers a compassionate presence to those nearing end of life and their families in hospital and home care settings. For her work, Sarah draws on Matthew 25, understanding these individuals as Christ, Himself.
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: