Applying to CrossRoad

CrossRoad is an engaging 10-day program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors of all jurisdictions, held every summer on the campuses of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Boston, MA and North Park University in Chicago, IL. For summer 2021, all three of our sessions will be held in-person and in Boston, MA. Scroll to learn more, or begin your application if you are ready!

SESSION 1

June 12 – 22, 2021
Boston, MA

SESSION 2

June 29 – July 9, 2021
Boston, MA

SESSION 3

July 19 – July 29, 2021
Boston, MA

It’s easy to apply!

Apply to CrossRoad in five steps! We use CampDoc as our application system–that is where you can create your profile and submit your application materials for us to review. You can stop at any point to complete your application later, just make sure to save your login information. Accepted applicants will be placed in one of three sessions for 2021 (after ranking their preference).

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PRIEST RECOMMENDATION

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It’s easy to apply!

Apply to CrossRoad in five steps! We use CampDoc as our application system–that is where you can create your profile and submit your application materials for us to review. You can stop at any point to complete your application later, just make sure to save your login information. Accepted applicants will be placed in one of three sessions for 2021 (after ranking their preference).

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“My time here has been truly life-changing. […] I have grown stronger in my Orthodox faith during my ten days here than I have in my past 17 years. I don’t know where my life will lead me but I do know that my experience here will be one I always treasure.”

Roman K. 2019 Alumnus

“CrossRoad has been the missing piece to my puzzle, that I did not know was missing until I got here. The experiences that I have had here have shaped me, are shaping me, and will continue to shape me for the rest of my life.”

Anna K.2018 Alumna

“I applied with the notion that the program was essentially 10 days of Sunday School, but I can now confidently say that these 10 days have given me some of the most profound moments of my life, whether spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.”

Lucas A.2018 Alumnus

“My time here at CrossRoad has changed my life. […] I have made friends who will not just last a lifetime, but who also experience the same spiritual struggles that I do. Together, we can grow closer to Christ and learn more about our faith. I am proud to call myself a CrossRoad alumni and I am eager to spread my faith to the world.”

Dimitri G.2015 Alumnus

“My time here has been truly life-changing. […] I have grown stronger in my Orthodox faith during my ten days here than I have in my past 17 years. I don’t know where my life will lead me but I do know that my experience here will be one I always treasure.”

Roman K. 2019 Alumnus

“CrossRoad has been the missing piece to my puzzle, that I did not know was missing until I got here. The experiences that I have had here have shaped me, are shaping me, and will continue to shape me for the rest of my life.”

Anna K.2018 Alumna

“I applied with the notion that the program was essentially 10 days of Sunday School, but I can now confidently say that these 10 days have given me some of the most profound moments of my life, whether spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.”

Lucas A.2018 Alumnus

“My time here at CrossRoad has changed my life. […] I have made friends who will not just last a lifetime, but who also experience the same spiritual struggles that I do. Together, we can grow closer to Christ and learn more about our faith. I am proud to call myself a CrossRoad alumni and I am eager to spread my faith to the world.”

Dimitri G.2015 Alumnus
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APPLICATION DEADLINE:
FEBRUARY 16, 2021

We will accept applications until 11:59pm (Pacific) on February 16, 2021. Please make sure to have all your application materials submitted by this deadline!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible?

CrossRoad is designed to best meet the needs of Orthodox teens in their junior or senior year of high school who desire to deepen their faith in an Orthodox setting. For this reason, applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, and should not have graduated high school prior to April of the year they apply. For CrossRoad 2021, we will accept students in the high school class of 2021 or 2022 (juniors and seniors).

We actively seek a 50/50 male/female ratio, as well as students from as many Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christian backgrounds as possible. Preference will be given to Orthodox Christian youth who reside in North America.

For questions on eligibility or for more information contact us.

Is there a tuition charge?

Yes, for summer 2021 there is a tuition charge for the CrossRoad Summer Institute of $900 for the ten-day session.

Home churches of participants are encouraged to help with tuition and to have their student present or write on their experience after attending.

Which jurisdictions can attend?

Orthodox Christians who are part of one of the following jurisdictions are eligible to attend CrossRoad:

The Eastern Orthodox Churches

The Patriarchate of Constantinople

  • The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • The Ukranian Orthodox Church of the USA
  • The Ukranian Orthodox Church of Canada
  • The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church
  • The Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America
  • The Belarusian Council of Orthodox Churches in North America

The Patriarchate of Alexandria
The Patriarchate of Antioch

  • The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia

  • Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate
    Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)

The Patriarchate of Serbia
The Patriarchate of Romania
The Patriarchate of Bulgaria
The Georgian Orthodox Church
The Church of Cyprus
The Church of Greece
The Orthodox Church of Poland
The Albanian Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Church in the Czech and Slovak Republics
The Orthodox Church in America
The Orthodox Church of Finland
The Orthodox Church of Japan

The Oriental Orthodox Churches

The Armenian Apostolic Church
The Coptic Orthodox Church
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church
The Syrian Orthodox Church
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
The Eritrean Orthodox Church

How are students selected?

Students are selected through an application process. We place the most weight on the applicants’ essay and recommendations and will specifically look to have a diverse group of students. We do ask for high school transcripts, but this is only informational for us, to see the various interests and strengths of applicants. We can only accept a limited number of applicants, so be sure to submit all of your application materials by the application deadline.

For questions on our selection process or for more information contact us.

What if I can’t afford tuition?

It is our CrossRoad policy that no accepted participant requesting tuition assistance will be turned away. With that in mind, we have full/partial scholarships available once a student is accepted to the program. The financial aid application process is “needs blind,” meaning the acceptance process is independent of student financial need.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Students will be able to apply for financial aid only after they have been accepted to the program. Accepted applicants will receive a packet of information on how to apply for financial aid/scholarships with their acceptance letter.

*COVID 19 UPDATE

At this time, we are preparing to host the program in-person in summer 2021. However, given the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, we are prepared to host the program virtually, if necessary. A decision will be made by April, 2021 whether we will be in person or virtual. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Rest assured, CrossRoad 2021 will be happening!

*COVID 19 UPDATE

At this time, we are preparing to host the program in-person in summer 2021. However, given the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, we are prepared to host the program virtually, if necessary. A decision will be made by April, 2021 whether we will be in person or virtual. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Rest assured, CrossRoad 2021 will be happening!

BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE, DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR SUMMER