Tuesday, August 30, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2005
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 300249
Boston, MA 02130
OCF Ministry Grows - New Resources Abound
Boston, MA - As the new school year approaches, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is positioned to meet the continuing demand to keep Orthodox young people connected to the Church. The OCF ministry is looking toward the future, by adding more hands-on the ministry and providing new resources to aid our students on campus.
OCF is pleased to announce the joining of Ms. Veronica Stavila to the OCF Team. Veronica enthusiastically joined our full-time ministry staff to more effectively execute and grow our National Programs and to become a beacon of contact for our over 200 local OCFs. Veronica has achieved a Masters in British Studies and a Masters of Theology. Veronica has an undeniable zeal for the Church, as demonstrated by her involvement in ministry organizations aboard, including planning conferences and participation in Syndesmos.
OCF has also developed two new resources to meet the demands of the ministry: a ground-breaking resource named, The Connect Kit and talk.ocf.net, an online discussion forum. The Connect Kit is a collection of essential resources to provide our college students with tools necessary to keep them connected to the church during their time on campus. The Kit includes a diptych icon, the New Testament, The Orthodox Way, a prayer book, OCF water bottle, OCF Program information and more. Whether a student is heading to the campus for the first time or returning, The Connect Kit can be a welcome reminder from their parish or home that someone is thinking of them. They can be ordered individually or in volume at the OCF website, www.ocf.net.
Talk.ocf.net provides a venue for OCF’s many audiences (parents, students, clergy and supporters) to meet and share ideas, pose questions and get answers, in a moderated online discussion board format. Staff and moderators monitor the forum to provide responses. All are encouraged to log-on today and reach out at http://talk.ocf.net.
In sharing his excitement for the expanding team and new resources, Fr. Timothy Sas, Executive Director, noted, “These are great steps forward for the OCF ministry. Continuing to meet the demands of this ministry is vital; Veronica is highly qualified and brings a welcomed thirst to serve our young people. The new resources, especially The Connect Kit, are some of the most important resources available to our young people. May God continue to bless the ministry of OCF.”
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry effort of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). It is a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by a fifteen person Student Advisory Board. The office is located in Boston, MA, where a full time staff develops OCF programs and resources.