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The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

The University of Arizona is home to the local chapter of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and our pastor, Father Philip, is the local chaplain for the group. Regular meetings are held throughout the school year on Thursday evenings, 7-8 PM.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). Our mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith.

Our headquarters is located in Brookline, Mass and supports over 300 local university chapter across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, we provide a variety of thoughtful and innovative programming, including regional training, annual conferences, and domestic and international service learning projects.

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Events:

Each year during Christmas Break College conferences are held in various regions in the Continental U.S.A. The largest, College Conference East is held at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. Each year some 400 students on fire for Christ come together enjoying fellowship, prayer,service and interaction with some of the best Orthodox speakers there are.



OCF Day of Prayer is a program that unites the various chapters across North America in prayer. Each year, on the first day of Great Lent (Clean Monday), participating OCF chapters take part in 24 hours of unceasing prayer. Each school takes a one-hour slot to pray for themselves, their chapters and their fellow students.





OCF Real Break is a popular alternative to the traditional spring break. Each spring, over 100 students attend various trips in the United states and countries around the world. Past destinations include: Constantinople, Greece, Dominican Republic, Jerusalem, Romania, Mexico and Alaska.



Have you ever wondered why we honor one of our great missionary saints with a day of partying? We have. That is why the National Office has developed a way for your chapter to provide students an alternative to the collegiate norm of partying on St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick was known for his outreach to the poor and for bringing thousands of souls to Christ.

The purpose of Orthodox Awareness Month (OAM) is to educate college students across North America about the Orthodox Faith. Many students throughout the continent have little knowledge as to what Orthodoxy is or that there is an active Orthodox group on campus. By having a month devoted to different activities and events, for the student body of your respective college, Orthodox Christian Fellowship serves the purpose of educating your fellow classmates about the beauty of the Orthodox faith and its presence on your campus.

However, OAM doesn’t just exist to educate non-Orthodox individuals. Being that this is the beginning of the school year, OAM is a time which the members of your OCF can devote to examining aspects of the faith where they feel that they are lacking. In our everyday life it is important that we grow in understanding our faith, and are knowledgeable representatives of our faith when people have questions or want to know more information. This also is a good time to re-visit complicated topics within the church or even the basics, which some may have forgotten, and start off the year on the right foot as a strong, connected OCF!

Brief History:

OCF is not a new phenomenon. Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) has a rich history in North America that spans over 50 years. Following WWII, an Orthodox college student movement began to emerge. Individual campus groups were formed at various universities, including Columbia, McGill, and Penn State.

Despite the momentum of this growing movement, there was virtually no interaction between the groups. Then, in the spring of 1965, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) created its first national ministry, the Campus Commission. The purpose of this ministry was to oversee and coordinate these developing local fellowships.

James Couchell (now Bishop DIMITRIOS of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Campus Commission. He visited hundreds of campuses, helping to establish and grow local campus chapters. Over 100 chapters developed coast-to-coast during this time. The national programs included a quarterly magazine entitled Concern as well as annual retreats, which gathered at St. Vladimir's and Holy Cross seminaries. These nationwide retreats were the predecessors of our present day College Conferences.

In 1971, the exciting growth of campus ministry came to a virtual halt with the reassignment of James Couchell. Shortly after a new director was appointed, funding from the archdioceses discontinued, and in 1973, the Campus Commission was forced to close its ministry. It's estimated that campus groups dwindled to less than 50 nationwide. Without any coordinated effort, successful campus ministry was inconsistent and sporadic at best.

Although, the national organization of OCF ceased to exist, the spirit and mission of OCF was kept alive by individual chapters across the country.

In 1997, three former seminarian classmates responsible for their respective jurisdictional campus ministry programs, pledged to work together towards the resurgence of a pan-Orthodox Campus ministry. In 2000, Fr. Michael Nasser of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Fr. Mark Leondis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Fr. Michael Andersen of the Orthodox Church in America went before SCOBA and asked for the formal reestablishment of a North American campus ministry. Each jurisdiction was petitioned for appointments. The three initiating members were joined by Natalie Kapeluck, appointed by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

The first official meeting of the new Campus Commission of SCOBA was held in South Bound Brook, NJ at the Archdiocesan Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. OCF began a partnership with The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute based at the University of Berkeley. The PAOI provided OCF with space for its first office, as well as aiding in providing a part-time employee.

Over the next two years, the members of the Board worked diligently to establish the framework of what is now called Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), shedding its name of Campus Commission. They created a website, an online directory, the Real Break, short-term missions program, a student newsletter, expanding the College Conference to two sites and a variety of other local resources for campus chapters.

Looking to take the ministry to the next step, the Board hired a full-time administrator during the summer of 2002 and moved the North American office to the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. At the same time, OCF received a portion of a Lilly Endowment grant awarded to Hellenic College for the Theological Exploration of Vocation. This five-year scaling grant enabled OCF to build an infrastructure, hire staff, and expand its programs. In 2008, OCF moved its headquarters to Indianapolis, IN, and hired additional staff to oversee the three-year sustainability grant awarded by Lilly to explore Christian vocation in the context of service to the poor.

In 2010, OCF celebrates its tenth anniversary of being reinstated. In ten short years, the number of OCF chapters has exploded from 50 to over 300, eight of the ten SCOBA jurisdictions are represented on the Board of Directors, Real Break travels to ten locations domestic and international, College Conference has expanded to include four sites, a National Chaplain was developed and consequently a regional chaplains network has been instituted. These are only a few of the many achievements OCF has been blessed to realize in such a short time.

Most importantly, through OCF a haven for Orthodoxy is available to any student who resides on each of those campuses housing an OCF chapter- upholding the vision of Bishop Dimitrios and the mission established in 2000. With more chapters developing, the future of OCF is bright in its continued journey to Glorify God by supporting His students.