Entries by Rachel Contos

Day 10/Last Day – June 2015

Yesterday, the participants spent the day at the beach and upon their return, they were given an opportunity to reflect on all they learned in Stage 3. After, they participated in a closing session and then had an opportunity to share their talents with one another in a group talent show! Wow, you have some […]

Day 9 – June 2015

Yesterday, after celebrating Divine Liturgy on campus, the CrossRoaders heard part two of Dr. Rossi’s talk. In the afternoon they were given an 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 […]

Day 8 – June 2015

Early Saturday morning, the participants woke up and went into Cambridge to break bread with the homeless. In small groups of one staff member with 3-4 students, the CrossRoaders approached 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 […]

Day 7 – June 2015

Yesterday 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 […]

Day 6 – June 2015

Yesterday the participants engaged in their third day of theology and Scripture courses! They are learning so much and are asking many wonderful questions. The staff has been really impressed with their participation in discussion groups. Last evening we ventured into Boston to visit Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church where we celebrated vespers and enjoyed […]

Day 5 – June 2015

Yesterday, we had our second day of theology and scripture classes where Dr. Torrance spoke on the theology of the Holy Trinity and Dr. Legaspi explored the stories of David and Moses in the Old Testament. These lectures have sparked thoughtful and insightful questions and comments from the participants! Following the lectures, we took our […]

Day 4 – June 2015

Yesterday the participants had their first day of theology and scripture classes with Dr. Alexis Torrance (Archbishop Demetrios College Chair of Byzantine Theology and Assistant Professor of History of Christianity at the University of Notre Dame) and Dr. Michael Legaspi (Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University). […]

Day 3 – June 2015

Yesterday morning after Orthros, the participants explored the magnitude and beauty of God’s creation through the interactive session, Sanctification of Creation. In the afternoon, we had an engaging interactive session on popular culture. After, we took a tour and heard a talk at St. Mark’s Coptic Church. Yesterday evening, Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou (International Relations at […]

Day 2 – June 2015

The CrossRoaders started their day with Orthros and Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Chapel. 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 homily on what it means to be a saint. Father Chris Metropulos, the president elect […]