Events & News

Student Programs are in full swing!

September 29, 2014
Student Programs are in full swing this year in the Office of Vocation & Ministry with a robust line-up of offerings for the undergraduate student body. Starting off the year with the OVM Orientation Retreat, August 29-30, 2014, Mike Tishel and Kyra Limberakis led a group of twenty seven incoming students to the Cape Cod Sea Camps for twenty four hours of vocation exploration, worship, fellowship and fun.


2014-2015 Incoming Retreat

September 15, 2014
On Friday, August 29th 2014 the new incoming class of Hellenic College boarded a bus to begin a 24-hour retreat hosted by the Office of Vocation and Ministry. Held at the beautiful and rustic campgrounds of Cape Cod Sea Camps (Brewster, MA), the retreat was guided by four student retreat leaders and OVM staff members Mike Tishel and Kyra Limberakis. With personal discipleship, community, and discussions on vocation in college as its focus, the new students embarked on what would be a reflective, relaxing, and unplugged retreat.


Time Management Workshop

April 28, 2014

On Thursday, March 6, the Office of Vocation & Ministry welcomed Tim Tassopoulos, VP of Operations at Chic-fil-a and Trustee of Hellenic College Holy Cross, to run a leadership workshop for all HCHC students. Tim Tassopoulos has studied, practiced, and presented on leadership for many years. He has made substantial contributions to the Church, from his service as a catechetical teacher at his home parish to his service as trustee of Hellenic College Holy Cross.

Tassopoulos has given several workshops to our students on various aspects of the topic of Servant Leadership. This most recent event, “It’s about Time,” was on the topic of time management. Tassopoulos offered a practical workshop that encouraged students to reflect on on their current methods of time management and walked them through many techniques to improve their efforts and more effectively manage their time.

Tassopoulos connected his perspective to our Orthodox Christian faith, emphasizing that we are called to be faithful stewards of our God-given time, talent, and treasure. He explained that ineffective time management can distract us from our relationship with Christ and can also impede the growth and effectiveness of others.

In the complexity of the 21st century where students’ attention is continually being pulled in various directions, the OVM believes it is critical to give students the skills needed to prepare for their futures. Though his engaging workshop, Tim Tassopoulos offered the students of Hellenic College Holy Cross pivotal methods to become engaged stewards of their time. 


October 09, 2013

The Office of Vocation & Ministry’s Student Programs for Hellenic College have begun for the semester, and student participation is at an all-time high.

The Roundtable Discussion Group met at the beginning of the semester to propose and vote on the topics of discussion for the meetings. Students recently gathered for the first official discussion of the year, followed by dinner and fellowship at Dean of Students Dn. Nicholas Belcher’s home.

The Exploration of Priestly Vocation program participants met to discuss the theme and events for the year. The seminarians have me subsequently for a weekend retreat at the Metropolis of Boston Camp and for informal lunch discussions.

The Women in Leadership & Service program has also begun with regular discussions and lectures, giving undergraduate young women the chance to grow in their faith and understanding of servant-leadership.

A new OVM  discussion group began this semester called Coffeetalk. Students meet three times a week for coffee and an informal discussion about a variety of relevant topics.

The OVM is also excited to announce three new student coordinator positions, where qualified undergraduate students are hired to assist with the organization of Roundtable, EPV and WiLS.


September 23, 2013

On Saturday, September 21st the undergraduate seminarians took a trip to the Metropolis of Boston Camp for a weekend retreat with Fr. Iakovos of Simonopetra, Mt. Athos. The students arrived Saturday afternoon and returned Sunday afternoon. The theme of the weekend, which also represents the overarching theme for the 2013-14 Academic Year, is based on St. Paul’s exhortation to the church in Rome to "let your love be genuine" (Romans 12:9-18). There were several sessions with Fr. Iakovos where the students were able to listen to and learn from his wisdom as well as ask questions. The weekend also included quiet time, a vigil, a walk through the woods, great food, and great company.

-By Demetri Constantine ‘15



2013 Hellenic College Orientation Retreat

August 29, 2013
Thirty incoming students, along with four retreat leaders and OVM assistant director Mike Tishel, boarded a bus to the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in New Hampshire for an overnight retreat sponsored by the Office of Vocation & Ministry. Arriving at the retreat house, the group took some time to explore the beautiful grounds, the woods, the open land and the lake that surrounds the campsite.


Individual Career Counseling Helps Students and Graduates Find Their Way

May 13, 2013


On May 9-10, 2013, the Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross offered individualized career counseling sessions with Amy Flynn of Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. Ms. Flynn is a creative career development consultant with extensive experience in guiding individuals and teams to reach their professional and educational goals.
HCHC students asked questions and received assistance about pressing career-related topics such as: 

• Choice of major
• Career options
• Resume and cover letter development
• Interview preparation
• Job search strategies
• Preparing for summer internships
• Professional networking
• Job search resources for the Boston area
• Searching for graduate schools
Hellenic College 2013 Valedictorian Sophia Kon met with Flynn, remarking, "Ms. Flynn was a big help with my resume especially and just a really good encouragement about the future. She gave me lots of great resources for writing resumes, cover letters, going to interviews and searching for jobs online. I'm definitely glad I made an appointment, and she gave me her card in order to keep up future communication.” 
The Office of Vocation & Ministry provides opportunities for reflection on Orthodox Christian vocation while supporting students with career service counseling and workshops.


2013 CrossRoad Alumni Retreat

April 12, 2013

Fifty-seven smiling faces enlivened the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus on Friday, April 5, marking the beginning of a three-day alumni retreat for past participants of the CrossRoad Summer Institute. CrossRoad is a ten-day program for sixty Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors; it will celebrate its tenth anniversary this summer.

The retreat began with a combined session on campus, featuring all four past and present CrossRoad directors--Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Dn. Nick Belcher, Mary Long, and Mike Tishel--who presented on different aspects of the Office of Vocation & Ministry’s definition of vocation, “One’s unique and ongoing response to Christ’s call to love God with heart, soul, strength and mind and one’s neighbor as oneself. “ Young men and women traveled from as far as California and Tennessee to engage in a weekend of theological and vocational reflection, worship, quiet time, and communal recreation. Attendees were challenged to re-examine their understanding of vocation in relation to their faith and their call to love.

For the first time ever, post-college CrossRoad alumni had their own retreat track designed especially for emerging adults.


Students discuss faith & science

April 02, 2013

The March Roundtable session took place at the home of Dn. Nick Belcher, who also generously provided a deligious Arabic dinner for the group as they discussed this month's topic, "Evolution and Creationism." The students delved into a dialogue which touched on how we tend to think about reason and faith, and what we can ultimately say about our place in Creation. The group is facilitated by students, and participants are given materials prior to the event to help prepare for an informed discussion. The next Roundtable discussion will be centered on "The Role of a Spiritual Father."


Hospice Chaplain Speaks to Women Students on Campus

April 01, 2013

On a beautiful Saturday morning in March, a group of Hellenic College Holy Cross students gathered for the second installment of the Women in Leadership & Service Breakfast Series with Sarah Byrne-Martelli, a Board Certified Chaplain endorsed by the OCA. Fruitful discussion took place as Sarah shared her story as an Orthodox woman serving the Body of Christ. She spoke of her undergraduate experience studying abroad in Greece, graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School (enrolling in various Holy Cross courses through the Boston Theological Institute), and her current role as a chaplain. As a hospice chaplain, Sarah offers a compassionate presence to those nearing end of life and their families in hospital and home care settings. For her work, Sarah draws on Matthew 25, understanding these individuals as Christ, Himself. Students greatly appreciated Sarah's visit, which has introduced them to a new possibility for inspiring service in ministry. The Women in Leadership and Service group is led by Holy Cross graduate student Danielle Xanthos, who also serves on CrossRoad staff.


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The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College trains and educates faithful, energetic, high achieving, and service oriented Orthodox Christian young people to be leaders in the church as priests and lay people.

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With Thanks

OVM programs are made possible through the generous assistance of the following organizations:

The Lilly Endowment Inc

Leadership 100

The Virginia H. Farah Foundation

CrossRoad Parents' Association

CrossRoad Alumni Association


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