The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College once again hosted the annual Orientation Retreat on Cape Cod September 6-7, 2009, asking incoming Hellenic College students to begin to consider, "Who am I and why am I here?" OVM staff challenged participants to pursue their vocation as students of Hellenic College, the only Orthodox Christian college in the western hemisphere, to live out their vocation using their unique talents in service to God and neighbor.
The diverse group of students had a chance to explore their many talents, and discuss how to use those talents to build up the body of Christ, both within their 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. Students also had the opportunity to formulate class goals, brainstorming and articulating how to best support each other academically, spiritually, and socially in their upcoming years at Hellenic College.
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, and Athina-Eleni Mavroudhis from the Office of Spiritual Formation/Counseling Services. They each shared their own unique stories and offered reflections as to their respective roles at Hellenic College.
The retreat included sessions, chapel services, time to play on the beach, bond with classmates over coffee, and prayerfully reflect on the journey ahead.