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Orthodox Youth: Take the Challenge this Summer 2004 with CrossRoad

Brookline, Massachusetts — February 4, 2004 — Attention high school juniors! Before you decide what to do with the rest of your life, decide what to do with your summer. You are invited to join other Orthodox teens who are taking the challenge this summer 2004 — this is where it all begins.

Are you making decisions about college and occupation? Are you unsure about what your future holds? Maybe you have your future carefully mapped out but are still wondering how to integrate your faith into your studies and work. Do you want to strengthen and further understand your commitment to Christ and His path? The way of Christ is the road of the Cross, and that's why CrossRoad is here.

The Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College/Holy Cross is pleased to announce the launching of CrossRoad, an exciting summer vocations exploration program for high school rising seniors of all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions. The program will take place this summer from June 27 to July 7, 2004 on the beautiful campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts. This specially-tailored program has been funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, and because of this it is free of charge for you — all you have to do is get yourself to Boston this summer!

The goal of the CrossRoad team is to help you, as high school juniors, discern your life callings, matching your personal gifts with the needs of the world. The team consists of both current students and recent graduates who know the pressures and confusions of being a young person trying to understand his or her calling in today's society. The core belief of CrossRoad is that just about any direction you choose for your life can be of service to God, which is Christ's call to us all.

Once you take the challenge and come to CrossRoad this summer, you will be staying with a group of your peers in the dormitory of the school. You will be able to experience the joy of liturgical life by participating in services every day — Orthros/Matins in the morning and Vespers at night at various Boston-area Orthodox churches. You will have the opportunity to attend mini-classes taught by professors at Hellenic College/Holy Cross, and then participate in in-depth small-group discussions. As a group of Orthodox teens, you and the other participants will work in service projects in the Boston area. Besides all this, you will be taken out into the great city of Boston to have fun together.

Don't wait to apply! Applications are considered on a rolling basis and only 30 students can be funded. For more information and to download the application and recommendation forms, please see the CrossRoad website at http://www.crossroad.hchc.edu. To receive an application by mail, contact the OVM .