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[[Image:OCF_logo.gif|right|frame|official logo]][[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] (OCF) is the official college campus ministry under [[SCOBA]]. They are a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by an 16 person Student Advisory Board.  
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'''Orthodox Christian Fellowship''' (OCF) is the official college campus ministry of the [[Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America]], founded in 1976 under [[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 full time staff develops OCF, guiding and supporting local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox community, national programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.
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The office is located in Boston, Massachusetts, where full time staff develops OCF, guiding and supporting local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox community, national programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.
  
Each year OCF celebrates a winter retreat during late December, at the [[Antiochian Village]] in Bolivar, PA, on the East Coast and at St. Nicholas Ranch Dunlap, CA, on the West Coast.
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Each year OCF celebrates a winter retreat during late December, at the [[Antiochian Village]] in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, on the East Coast and at St. Nicholas Ranch Dunlap, California, on the West Coast.
  
OCF also sponsors Real Break which is an alternatives to the "traditional" spring break which many times can be nothing but foggy memories and empty experiences.  Real Break also provides opportunities for spiritual growth with one of one interaction with a [[priest]] accompanying each group. The experience also leaves the door open to many important personal realizations. 
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OCF also sponsors Real Break as an alternative to the "traditional" spring break, which provides opportunities for spiritual growth with direct interaction with a [[priest]] accompanying each group.
  
Over the past four years OCF has had over 350 Orthodox students from all over North America participate in Real Break during their spring break.  In 2004 trips were made to Project Mexico, Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala, Raphael House in San Francisco, Greece and Alaska.  
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Over the past four years OCF has had over 350 Orthodox students from all over North America participate in Real Break during their spring break.  In 2004, trips were made to [[Project Mexico]], Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala, [[Raphael House (San Francisco)|Raphael House]] in San Francisco, Greece and Alaska.
  
Another effort of the OCF is ''The Basil Leaf'', the official newsletter of the central office. It serves as the main source of communication between the office and all Orthodox students in the country.  Specifically, it is a publication that caters to the questions, controversial issues and activities that college-aged Orthodox youth are exposed to in their daily lives and along their journey of faith.  
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Another effort of the OCF is ''The Basil Leaf'', the official newsletter of the central office. It serves as the main source of communication between the office and all Orthodox college students in the United States, covering relevant questions, controversial issues and activities.  
  
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On August 21, 2006, OCF hired Fr. [[Kevin Scherer]] as its first full time Executive Director in the ministry's 30-year history. At the same time, Mr. John Stonestreet was hired as OCF [[Chaplain]] in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The hirings were a result of OCF receiving an [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Archbishop Iakovos]] Leadership 100 Endowment Fund Grant.
  
== External Links ==
 
*[http://www.ocf.net/ Orthodox Christian Fellowship]
 
  
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.ocf.net/ Orthodox Christian Fellowship] (official website)
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*[http://www.goarch.org/en/news/NewsDetail.asp?id=1631 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News Release]
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*[http://talk.ocf.net OCF Talk] - discussion forum for OCF students, parents, and alumni
 
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*[http://ocf-nc.blogspot.com/ OCF-North Carolina blog]
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*[http://ocf-nc.blogspot.com/2007/11/feature-story-interview-with-john.html Interview with OCF's first full-time chaplain, John Stonestreet]
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*[http://ocftoronto.wordpress.com OCF @ University of Toronto] (Toronto, ON, Canada)
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*[http://www.desertwisdom.org/ocf OCF @ McMaster University] (Hamilton, ON, Canada)
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*[http://ssmu.mcgill.ca/ocf/ OCF @ McGill University] (Montreal, QC, Canada)
  
 
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official college campus ministry of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, founded in 1976 under 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, Massachusetts, where full time staff develops OCF, guiding and supporting local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox community, national programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.

Each year OCF celebrates a winter retreat during late December, at the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, on the East Coast and at St. Nicholas Ranch Dunlap, California, on the West Coast.

OCF also sponsors Real Break as an alternative to the "traditional" spring break, which provides opportunities for spiritual growth with direct interaction with a priest accompanying each group.

Over the past four years OCF has had over 350 Orthodox students from all over North America participate in Real Break during their spring break. In 2004, trips were made to Project Mexico, Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala, Raphael House in San Francisco, Greece and Alaska.

Another effort of the OCF is The Basil Leaf, the official newsletter of the central office. It serves as the main source of communication between the office and all Orthodox college students in the United States, covering relevant questions, controversial issues and activities.

On August 21, 2006, OCF hired Fr. Kevin Scherer as its first full time Executive Director in the ministry's 30-year history. At the same time, Mr. John Stonestreet was hired as OCF Chaplain in Charlotte, North Carolina. The hirings were a result of OCF receiving an Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund Grant.


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