Sustainability of the OVM


Hellenic College is committed to having the OVM and its work remain a permanent part of its fabric and continue its vital ministry of training, educating, and inspiring the future leaders of the Orthodox Church. Over the last decade, OVM programs have proven successful – as measured by the standards of the Lilly Endowment, the original granting institution, as well as the testimonies of those we serve. Today, CrossRoad alumni serve as young leaders in their parishes and communities throughout the United States and Canada. New graduates carry their Orthodox faith in Christ into their careers and top graduate schools. Orthodox Christian faculty are publishing scholarly works and mentoring students at Hellenic College and at universities across the nation.

In order for the OVM to achieve its goal of becoming a permanent part of the fabric of Hellenic College Holy Cross, the OVM contin continues to seek the support of leaders within the greater community to join in the effort to sustain these vital programs. In order to carry on this work, Hellenic College is raising $1.7 million in contributions by 2017. Through the generosity of the greater Orthodox community, as well as foundation and corporate partners, the OVM will continue to offer vital vocation and leadership training to tomorrow’s leaders for Church and society—today.


Support of OVM programs today is truly becoming a community effort. Today OVM intiatives are made possible through the generous assistance of The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, Old Neighborhood Foods, the Virginia H. Farah Foundation, the Cottonwood Foundation, the Gerondelis Foundation, the Novak Family Foundation, and numerous individual benefactors.

In the same way it takes a community to raise a child, it takes a team of philanthropists to support a ministry. The OVM is not only deeply grateful for the team of people who make our work possible; we depend on their vision and inspiration for our future. We are excited to continually expand this team, for the larger the team, the greater the impact.

Development Internship Pilot Program

The Development Internship Pilot Program, funded jointly by the Virginia H. Farah Foundation and the Cottonwood Foundation for 2013-2014, establishes a thirteen-month internship for an  M.Div., M.T.S., or Th.M. student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in order to increase the number of professionals who will serve the development needs of the Orthodox Church.

The Virginia H. Farah Foundation has long championed the necessity of Orthodox Christian ministries to have staff trained in professional development. Eric Namee, Chairman of the Farah Foundation, commented, “this project is of great need in the Church. The number of Orthodox Christian ministries witnessing to our Faith has grown exponentially during the past decade. This has resulted in an increased demand for individuals trained in the area of institutional development. We feel this program is of vital importance.”

At the conclusion of this two-year pilot program, the OVM will share the outcomes of the program with (a) other Orthodox graduate schools, so that they might replicate this program, and (b) with Orthodox agencies, so the agencies may seek to hire these trained development people to serve their ministries.

For more information, please contact Ann Bezzerides, OVM Director, at

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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With Thanks

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

The Lilly Endowment Inc

John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation

The Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation, Inc.

The Behrakis Foundation

The Virginia H. Farah Foundation

Orthodox Vision Foundation

CrossRoad Parents Association

CrossRoad Alumni Association


Sites Related to the OVM

CrossRoad Summer Institute

The Telos Project

Hellenic College Holy Cross