Entries by Rachel Contos

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 10

After Orthros and breakfast, the participants had the opportunity to write thank you notes to the many supporters of CrossRoad who helped make this summer possible. Afterwards, we headed to Singing Beach in Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA. The CrossRoaders enjoyed lunch, ultimate frisbee, swimming, and, of course, some singing on the sand. On the way back to […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 9

After Orthros, the participants continued their lessons with Dr. Albert Rossi on “Prayer & Purity”. In the afternoon, we departed for two local nursing homes, the Sherill House and the Rogerson House, where the CrossRoaders spent time with their elderly neighbor. The residents were overjoyed by the participants’ smiling faces and caring presence. For lunch, […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 8

Early Tuesday morning, the CrossRoaders and staff went to Cambridge to break bread with the homeless. In small groups, the CrossRoaders approached people on the streets, offered them breakfast, and joined in conversation to learn about their lives. It was an enlightening experience for all. It is profound to acknowledge Christ in the face of […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 7

In the morning after Orthros, the participants had their final classes with Fr. Pappas and Fr. Rentel. They also had the opportunity for Q & As with the professors following both lectures.  For our afternoon activity, we departed for historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market where they ate lunch and explored local shops and stores! […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 6

On Sunday morning, the participants attended Orthros and Divine Liturgy at the Holy Cross Chapel. Following, they had their third scripture and theology classes with Fr. Harry Pappas and Fr. Alexander Rentel. The participants are really engaging the courses and proposing thought-provoking questions.  In the afternoon, we visited St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Natick, […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 5

In the morning, the CrossRoaders continued with their scripture and theology courses with Fr. Harry Pappas and Fr. Alexander Rentel. Following the lectures and small discussion groups, the participants had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather, share music and play sports around the campus of HCHC during structured free time! They also partook in […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 4

On Friday morning, the participants had their first day of scripture and theology classes with Fr. Harry Pappas (Associate Professor of Scripture at St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary, guest professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology) and Fr. Alexander Rentel (Chancellor of the Orthodox Church of America. Before becoming the OCA Chancellor in 2018, […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 3

After Orthros, the participants explored the beauty of God’s creation in a session called “Sanctification of Creation”. Following, they enjoyed an activity inspired by the story of the road to Emmaus which served as an opportunity to walk around Jamaica Pond with a new friend! In the afternoon, they had a session on “Orthodox Anthropology” […]

CR 2019 Session Two: Day 2

After Orthros at the Holy Cross Chapel, the participants began Stage 1 of CrossRoad — “Who Am I?” — with an introspective session called StrengthsFinder. The CrossRoaders were urged to learn about their God-given strengths and how they can develop them to glorify God.  Then, they departed for the ropes course to engage in collaborative […]