Saturday, October 08, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 14, 2005
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 249
Boston, MA 02130
Contact: Veronica Stavila
2005 Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Conference
December 27-31st, 2005
Boston, MA - Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is announcing its annual College Conferences to be held December 27th-31st at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA and St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA. Over the past ten years thousands of college students, high school graduates, and young adults have gathered for the 5-day events sponsored by OCF, the official campus ministry effort of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).
Over five days, participants attend workshops, engage in humanitarian work, and most importantly, enjoy the fellowship of other Orthodox Christians. Their time spent at the conferences, as one student put it, “fortifies their faith.” This intense experience brings Christ into focus as a new year begins. The College Conference features popular keynote speakers, exciting workshop topics pertaining to relevant young adult issues and struggles, as well as fun evening activities. This year’s theme is “Abide in Me, and I in you” John 15: 4-5. OCF is honored to offer two distinguished and dynamic keynote speakers: Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, at the East Coast conference and Rev. Hieromonk Jonah Paffhausen, Abott of the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, for the West Coast conference.
The College Conference has become powerful influences in the spiritual lives of Orthodox Christian young adults. Gina Johnstone, a graduate of UCLA and member of their OCF group, shares, “My friends and I are always sad when the conference ends because we know it will be an entire year before we’ll see some of our friends again and receive the wonderful spiritual nurturing. One of my good friends told me after last year’s conference that the conferences renew her faith for another year. I can’t wait to renew my faith this year!”
These conferences, which are planned and run by college students who are members of OCF groups, aim to promote unity among Orthodox young adults and to rejuvenate their faith as they continue on their personal journey to salvation. OCF Program Director Joseph J. Samra remarked, “These conferences have become a vital part of so many young adults lives; they become re-energized in spirit and in their faith.” The cost of attending is $200, which includes registration, room, and board. There are scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information or to register for the OCF College Conference, go to http://www.ocf.net. Interested participants can apply directly online or download and mail their registration.
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.