Orthodox Christian Fellowship (O.C.F.)
This group provides a unique way for the parish of Saint Barbara Church to minister to the needs of fellow Orthodox Christians studying at our local colleges and universities. The Saint Barbara parish continues to reach out to the students of these Universities facilitating rides to the Church in order for the students to participate in the sacramental life and social life of the Church. Fr. Peter is also working together with a few of the University’s Greek Clubs, students and Professors in establishing local OCF Chapters. These University’s include:
Located just 6 miles from Saint Barbara Church, Yale University is one of the most prestigious Ivy League Universities in the world, tracing its roots back to the 1640s. Professors and Students from the University have been participating in the life of the Saint Barbara Parish for many years.
Southern Connecticut State University
Located just 6.5 miles from the Saint Barbara Campus in New Haven, S.C.S.U. was founded as a teachers college in 1893, and in the past century has evolved into a comprehensive university with many graduate and undergraduate programs.
The University of New Haven
Located just 3.5 miles from the Saint Barbara Parish, the University of New Haven is a private institution that was founded in 1920.
Located 15 miles from Saint Barbara in Hamden, Connecticut, Quinnipiac began as a small college in New Haven in 1929, moving to Hamden in the 1960s, and transformed from a college to a university in 2000.
Albertus Magnus College
Located just 8 miles from Saint Barbara Church in New Haven, Albertus Magnus College was established in 1924 by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs, as a women’s college. Albertus Magnus College became co-educational in 1985.
Located 19.4 miles from Saint Barbara in Fairfield, Connecticut, Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution founded in 1942. Fr. Peter is assisting Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas in ministering to the University’s OCF Chapter.
O.C.F. College Conference
Each year, during Christmas Break, college students from across North America gather for four days of fellowship, prayer, and the opportunity to learn more about their Orthodox Faith at Annual OCF College Conferences. Each year, two conferences take place simutaneously at both the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania and Saint Nicholas Ranch in California. For more information on the annual OCF Conference visit: http://www.ocf.net/wikis/programs/college-conference.aspx
Youth Ministry Team
College students from our community are encouraged to be part of the Saint Barbara Youth Ministry Team. These collegians assist in our Summer Camp Program, GOYA Retreats, athletic ministries of our parish and at the Direct Archdiocesan District Camp Saint Paul program. Through their time and talent, they offer a vital component to our youth ministry programs. To volunteer to be “part of the team” contact Fr. Peter.
Real Break is an opportunity for college students throughout the United States to participate in an Outreach/Missions trip during spring break. Several trips are typically planned each year that provide students with the opportunity to truly make a difference in just a short period of time.
The National OCF committee organizes both domestic and international trips to give College students the opportunity to serve and to do something “real.” Since 2000, over 1,000 students have participating in these life-changing trips. Past destinations include: Mexico, Guatemala, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Raphael House, St. Basil Academy, Greece, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Romania, Buenos Aires, Alaska, and more. More information concerning further trips can be found at:
Saint Barbara Scholarship Program
The Saint Barbara Scholarship Program is one of the most diverse and generous parish scholarship programs in the Archdiocese. In the past twelve years, the community of Saint Barbara awarded over $400,000 in Scholarships, to students of its community who are seeking a higher education.
This program currently offers twenty-seven named scholarships to qualified applicants of the parish. The Scholarship Application Form is made available each year in January with the applications due on April 30th of that calendar year.
For more information on the Saint Barbara Scholarship Program visit our parish web site at: http://saintbarbara.org/our_parish/saint_barbara_scholarships
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