The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) once again hosted the annual Fall Retreat on Cape Cod, asking incoming Hellenic College students to begin to consider, "Who am I, and why am I here?" As the only Orthodox undergraduate program in the Western hemisphere, OVM staff encouraged participants to pursue their vocation as students of Hellenic College: to be holy students, using their unique talents in service to God and neighbor.
The diverse group, both single and married, had a chance to explore their many talents, and how to use those talents to build up the body of Christ, both within their own incoming class and the broader Hellenic College/Holy Cross community. Retreat staff, a group of dynamic upperclassmen, led students through humorous yet insightful skits on how to successfully navigate life on campus.
Additionally, the retreat offered students an opportunity to become acquainted with Hellenic College administration, faculty and staff. Dr. Lily Macrakis, Dean of Hellenic College, headlined the Dean's Panel discussion, along with Dn. Nicholas Belcher, Dean of Students, Fr. Philip Zymaris, Chaplain, and Nikki Stournaras, Assistant to the Dean. Each offered their own reflections as to their particular vocations at Hellenic College.
Framed by Compline and Orthros, the two-day retreat included time to play on the beach, bond with classmates over coffee, and prayerfully reflect on the journey ahead.