Entries by Rachel Contos

CR 2019 Session One: Day 2

On the blessed feast of Pentecost, the participants began their journey with Orthros and the Divine Liturgy. Then, they departed for the ropes course to engage in collaborative team-building exercises. After a long day of community building, they returned to HCHC for their first session: Introduction to Vocation. The participants were invited to understand vocation, […]

CR 2019 Session One: Day 1

Yesterday, 32 participants arrived at the beautiful Hellenic College Holy Cross campus in Boston, all ready to take the challenge! The new CrossRoad participants spent their first evening getting to know each other through various icebreakers. They also explored their unique and God-given strengths and how they can develop them to understand themselves and serve […]

CR 2018 Session 3: Day 1

Greetings from the campus of North Park University! We are excited to send you this update from the opening day of CrossRoad as participants arrived excited and ready to “take the challenge” of CrossRoad! They come from 19 states across the US– from California to Pennsylvania, Colorado to North Carolina. While half of our staff greeted […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Departure Day

The end of our time together has finally come. The participants have returned home with all the wonderful memories we’ve made here together at CrossRoad Chicago! Closing our final day of Session 3, we participated in one last Orthros led by Fr. Kosmas Kallis. He left us with encouraging words to hold onto our experience […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 10

After our last full day of Session 3, it’s time to say goodbye to what we’ve called “home” for a beautiful 10 days together. We enjoyed our remaining activities and couldn’t help but reflect on all we’ve gained this week at CrossRoad. The morning began with our usual routine of Othros and breakfast. Our morning […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 9

Our time at CrossRoad is quickly coming to a close, but there is still so much to learn! Yesterday, after celebrating Divine Liturgy at Saints Peter & Paul in Glenview, IL, the CrossRoaders enjoyed a delicious lunch and heard part 2 of Dr. Rossi’s talk on “Prayer”. He expressed the power of prayer and showed […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 8

Early yesterday morning, the participants woke up with the sunrise and went to downtown Chicago 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; opening up the opportunity to learn about their lives and quite […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 7

We’re winding down the week, but there’s no slowing down! Today was full of new adventures and fun memories. Yesterday, the CrossRoaders had their last day of Theology classes, which included some time for Q&A with the professors. A big heartfelt thank you to Fr. Simeon and Dr. Legaspi for such engaging and enlightening lectures! […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 6

Another fulfilling day here at CrossRoad! Yesterday, the participants engaged in their third day of Theology and Scripture courses!  Fr. Simeon discussed the Ecumenical Councils in depth and Dr. Legaspi has been unpacking passages from Genesis. They are learning so much and are asking many wonderful questions. The staff has been really impressed with their […]

CR 2018 Session Three: Day 5

We can’t believe we are already half way done with Session Three of CrossRoad! Our day began with Orthros led by Fr. Simeon and was followed by Be Still Time. A beautiful way to fill our hearts and souls with peace. We then had our second day of Theology and Scripture classes. These lectures and […]