Today, after celebrating the Divine Liturgy on campus, the CrossRoaders heard part two of Dr. Rossi’s talk. This afternoon they were given the opportunity to serve their elderly neighbor, another neighbor that is often marginalized. The participants went to two different nursing homes and spent time talking and engaging in activities with the elderly. It brought the residents much joy to have so many loving visitors!
This evening we enjoyed a special visit from Fr. Luke Veronis who gave a talk on the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and shared his experiences serving as a missionary in Africa and Albania.
Early this morning, the participants woke up and went into Cambridge to break bread with our less fortunate neighbors. In small groups, the CrossRoaders approached homeless people, bought them breakfast, and sat and ate with them, learning about their lives and getting to know them. It was an extremely moving experience for all. It is very profound to acknowledge Christ in the face of the neighbor that we often overlook.
After a nap, the participants engaged in the staff-led session, “Life-Giving Relationships”. Tonight, they had the blessing of hearing a talk on Prayer & Purity by our beloved, Dr. Albert Rossi.
The participants are busy learning how to take all of the information they have received over the past week and put it into action by serving Christ and neighbor!
Today the CrossRoaders had their last day of theology classes! They had some free time in the afternoon to play sports and games with each other and they also had a chance to call home and visit the Holy Cross Bookstore. In the evening the participants visited St. Mary’s Antiochian Church in Cambridge and listened to a talk by the parish priest, Fr. Antony Hughes.
This evening was the end of Stage 2, “Vocation and Christ”. The participants were again given the chance to journal and reflect on all they learned during Stage 2. Many of the CrossRoaders got up in front of their peers and shared their reflections. We closed the night by preparing for Stage 3, “Vocation and Christ in the Face of the Other”. They were challenged to answer the question, “who is my neighbor” and explored what it means to serve our neighbor.
Today the participants engaged in their third day of theology courses! They are learning so much and are asking so many wonderful questions. The staff is so impressed with their participation in their discussion groups.
This evening, the participants ventured into Boston to visit Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church where they had vespers, enjoyed a meal, and heard a talk from the priest of the parish Fr. Patrick Tishel (who is the father of our CrossRoad director!)
The CrossRoaders also participated in two interactive staff-led sessions today, one was on Faith & Science and the other on Vocation & Suffering. It has been an information packed packed day and the CrossRoaders are loving all that they are learning!
Today the participants had another session with Fr. Thomas Hopko and one with Fr.Eugene Pentiuc. The participants were excited to be learning about the depth of their faith and to explore the information further in small discussion groups.
After their sessions, the participants went to Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston where they shopped and got to see some of the oldest, most historic sites in the country!
In the evening the participants went to St. Nectarios, an icon filled church in Boston. They were able to venerate the icons and relics of Saints.This set the participants up for their Night with the Saints where, in small groups, they “met” different Saints, venerated icons and relics in the Holy Cross Chapel, and learned what sainthood means and that every “normal” person has the opportunity and calling to be a Saint.
Today the participants had their first day of classes with Fr. Thomas Hopko and Fr. Eugene Pentiuc! The participants were very interested in the engaging lectures and had much to reflect on after during the staff led discussion groups.
This afternoon, we all went downtown and had a picnic at the Boston Commons. After, we took a tour on the Skywalk of the Prudential Center, the tallest building in Boston. What a view!
We visited Holy Trinity, the OCA cathedral in Boston for dinner and vespers and the priest Fr. Robert Arida spoke to the participants.
It has been a very full day and everyone is having a wonderful time learning and growing close as a group!!
This morning after Orthros, the participants explored the magnitude and beauty of God’s creation through the interactive Sanctification of Creation session. In the afternoon, they engaged in discussion on popular culture. After, they took a tour and heard a talk at St. Mark’s Coptic Church. This evening Dn. Nicholas Belcher, the Dean of Students of HCHC, offered an engaging session on the liturgical texts of the Orthodox Church.
This evening completed stage 1 of CrossRoad. All of the participants were invited to share their reflections on the first stage of CrossRoad, “Wrestling with Vocation.” It is very moving to hear how much they participants are learning already!
The CrossRoaders are really engaging with the content as well as growing close as a group. The laughter in the cafeteria and on the bus seemed to never stop!
The CrossRoaders started their day with a Divine Liturgy at the Holy Cross Chapel. Many of the participants joined the chanters and participated in the liturgy by chanting with them! We all had the enormous blessing of celebrating the liturgy with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware who is visiting Holy Cross for a conference. He offered a moving sermon on what it means to be a saint.
After Liturgy and breakfast the participants were whisked away to a ropes course where they challenged their fears and bonded as a group.
From the ropes course, the CrossRoaders came back to HCHC and participated in a session run by CrossRoad Director, Mike Tishel, on Vocation. They learned our definition of vocation as, “your unique and ongoing response to Christ’s call to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Today 32 participants from 17 different states arrived at the beautiful campus of Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, all ready to take the challenge! See the CrossRoaders on their first day learning about each other in a series of games and activities.