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Summer, 2013: Three Dynamic College Programs

Students gather for OCF event at Georgetown UniversityStudents gather for OCF event at Georgetown UniversitySeveral new Orthodox summer programs have been opened up for collegians. The first two were announced by The Very Rev. Anthony G. Yazge, director of the Department of College Ministry for the Antiochian Archdiocese, and will be coordinated by Fr. John Diamantis, college chaplain for the Districts of New York and New Jersey, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). A workshop,  "The Fields Are White For Harvest: Welcome to College Ministry," will focus on the practical efforts necessary to start an OCF, and will emphasize the positive impact campus ministry has on students and parishes. College students, clergy and laity are encouraged to attend.

Two workshops will be available: June 1, at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection in New York City, and June 8 at Murray Dodge Hall on the campus of Princeton University in New Jersey. Both workshops will run from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and will include a light brunch and lunch will be provided. The workshops are free of charge.

A second event, a college student retreat, is scheduled for the heart of the summer on July 12-14 and is called  "Love 2 Serve."

The host, St. Basil Academy, is a Greek Orthodox home for children in need, and is located on a beautiful 250 acre campus on the shores of the Hudson River. All College students and high school seniors are welcome to participate and only a minimal $20 fee will be charged.  Look for online registration, which will begin shortly after Pascha. Workshops and speakers will include Fr. Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, representatives from OCF, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), and Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). Dr. Nicholas Reeves, assistant professor of Liturgical Music at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will offer choral workshops. For more information on both events, contact Fr. John Diamantis, at

Thirdly, an event early in the summer offers intensive instruction in iconography. Saint Vladimir's Seminary will offer a hands–on iconography workshop designed specifically for college–aged students. Endorsed by OCF, the class will be taught by Byzantine Iconographer Kh. Erin Kimmett and is limited to ten students. Khouria Erin is a graduate of Wichita State University, where she earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She has designed and produced curriculum materials for the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC) and the Antiochian Archdiocese. A trained Byzantine iconographer, Kh. Erin writes icons for Orthodox churches across the country, and owns and manages The Annunciation Press. She is married to The Very Rev. Joseph Kimmett, pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Norwood, MA and is the mother of Nicholas and Zachary. Online registration is available for the workshop, and the registration fee is waived for those who sign up by May 15.