1815Detroit OCF Students and Alumni Unite Orthodox Christians
- Oct 1, 2004Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Contact: Jim D. King
Director of Development
Detroit OCF Students and Alumni Unite Orthodox Christians
Detroit, MI - Detroit area OCF students and alumni from the various
Orthodox jurisdictions under SCOBA hosted a weekend-long event to unite
Orthodox Christians and share the ministry of Orthodox Christian
Fellowship. Attending the weekend event were Fr. Michael Nasser,
Executive Director of OCF, and Jim King, OCF Development Director, to
support the effort and raise awareness for the national OCF ministry
effort. The events took place on September 17-19. More than 150
individuals concerned about the future of Orthodox campus ministry in
The three-day event included workshops on Friday evening at St. George
Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, for teens, parents, college
students, and OCF Alumni, conducted by local clergy and Orthodox business
leaders. A grand banquet was held on Saturday evening at the Basilica of
St. Mary in Livonia, which included a silent auction, dancing, and
presentations by Fr. Michael Nasser, Jim King, and two local college
students. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with the Detroit area
churches, in conjunction with Orthodox parishes throughout the country,
participating in "College Student Sunday." SCOBA has designated the Sunday
following the Elevation of the Holy Cross, to be a day reserved for
parishes to hear about the on-going work of OCF and learn about the many
resources available to them through the national office.
The purpose of this event and similar events being held throughout the
country is to create awareness for the ministry of OCF and share with
Orthodox communities how every Orthodox individual may participate in this
vital ministry. Reflecting on this national effort, OCF Development
Director, Jim King said, "Our goal is to make Orthodoxy an option for
college students, both spiritually and educationally, by creating a real
and lasting presence on the college campus."
The event was made possible due to the diligent planning of a volunteer
committee who worked for eight months to promote the weekend, which turned
out to be a huge success. Committee Chair and event coordinator Christa
Shalhoub said, "Everyone on the committee is extremely passionate about the
Orthodox campus ministry. OCF has touched and inspired every one of us at
one point in our lives, and we want to help ensure its continued success.
OCF has such potential to reach so many students. This event is simply a
stepping stone for the future of Orthodox campus ministry nationwide."
When asked about the future, OCF Executive Director, Fr. Michael Nasser
said, "Our goal is to continue reaching out to Orthodox communities across
the country and share with them our vision for creating a permanent
Orthodox presence on campus for our Orthodox college students."
We encourage all Orthodox communities interested in learning about Orthodox
campus ministry and the work of the national OCF office to consider hosting
an event in your area. For more information about hosting an event or to
learn how you may help support the ministry of OCF, contact the OCF
development office at 805-692-6758. For more information about the
ministry of OCF, please visit our website at www.ocf.net.
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 sixteen-person Student Advisory Board. The office is located
in Boston, MA, where a full time staff develops OCF programs and resources.
The staff is available to guide and support local OCF chapters through
communication with the larger Orthodox community, national programs, and
development of resources for use by Orthodox college students. SCOBA
designated the 3rd Sunday in September each year as "College Student
Sunday" to raise awareness of our students on campus and OCF's activities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 1, 2004
The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
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