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Local students learn about OCF

SOUTHFIELD, MI [COCC] -- On Saturday, October 22 a group of college age students were hosted at the St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield for an informational program (“Open House”) of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches.  Its purpose was to encourage participation of college students (and those in high school about to enroll) in the ministry known as Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), which has chapters on college and university campuses across North America.  It is a ministry aimed at gathering the Orthodox students together in fellowship especially while they are away from home, and keeping them active and involved in Church life, prayer and social gatherings.

COCC President Olga Liss welcomed the participants and offered words of encouragement.  John Lazar, who coordinated and led a portion of the discussion, arranged to have Oana Grigoras, a student at the University of Pittsburgh and officer of the national OCF ministry (student chair of the Real Break program), speak of the importance of OCF is in the life of students.  The 25 participants came from several area parishes including St. George Romanian Cathedral, St. George Greek Church (Southgate), St. Sabbas Monastery (Harper Woods), Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Church (Dearborn Hts.), St. Mary Antiochian Basilica (Livonia), Ascension Monastery (Clinton), St. Demetrius Church (Jackson).  Fr. Laurence Lazar opened the workshop with prayer and welcomed the guests.  The day ended with Vespers and the opportunity to venerate a tiny relic of St. George which is kept in the Cathedral.

The COCC has been a strong supporter of OCF for many years, and is renewing its commitment to groups locally.  Recently the Council has begun mentoring a group of students at Wayne State University to reactivate its long dormant chapter.  It is hoped that this Open House and others will be a catalyst for increased growth and interaction among the youth of our parishes around the city!  

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