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 literally getting to know their neighbor. It was an extremely moving experience for all. It is very profound to acknowledge Christ in the face of a neighbor that we often overlook.
After returning to campus, we debriefed our experiences and shared our takeaways with one another. We were joined by a CrossRoad alum and a good friend of the Office of Vocations & Ministry-Rachel Contos- who works as a Community Liaison at Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your experience and knowledge on this topic and offering insight into how we can better serve our neighbor!
After lunch and a much-needed nap, we headed back to our homeroom for a session led by Kyra on the Sanctification of Time. The CrossRoaders discussed the idea of consecrating our time on this earth and to make the most of it. Shortly after, we headed to Christ The Savior Orthodox Church, where Enlace’s Violence Prevention Director, and a professor at the University of Chicago, Kathryn Bocanegra met us. Kathryn spoke to us about her work to promote peace in communities with high violence and gang rates, and how these people are still our neighbors. It was a very important and eye-opening talk for our participants to hear.
In the evening, we had the blessing of hearing a talk on Prayer & Purity by our beloved, Dr. Albert Rossi, who has been a CR guest speaker since the first program in 2004.
The participants have been busy learning how to take the information they have received over the past week and put it into action by serving Christ and neighbor. We hope and pray they take these lessons home with them and take action to better their communities.

 

 

 

 

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 participation in discussion groups.

After our classes, we ventured downtown for the second time! CrossRoad spent the afternoon at Navy Pier, which encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities! The participants were able to walk around, choose from a variety of Chicago classics for lunch, explore shops and go on the ferris wheel!

Last evening, we visited St. George Cicero Antiochian Orthodox Church. We were warmly welcomed by Fr. Antony and participated in a beautiful Vespers service together. It was humbling for the participants to not only hear the story of their Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Cicero, but to be able to witness and venerate the icon as well.

We are so blessed to be experiencing our faith in such a rich and impactful way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers!



CR 2018 Session One: Day 7

Yesterday, the CrossRoaders had their last day of theology classes, which included some time for Q & A’s with the professors. Following the lectures, the participants had an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during structured free time.

The participants then visited St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church where they had a Paraklesis service and listened to a talk by the parish priest.

Last 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.

CR 2018 Session One: Day 1

Yesterday, 32 participants from 15 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!

The CrossRoad participants spent their first evening getting to know each other through a series of icebreakers. They also engaged in an activity reflecting on their unique and God-given strengths exploring how they can develop these strengths to serve God and neighbor.

We are very excited for CrossRoad 2018 Session 1!

 

CR July 2016-Day 10

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 talented children!!!

We are sad to say goodbye to this amazing, smart, talented, and wise group of students. We have grown to love them dearly and have been so inspired to watch them “take the challenge” of CrossRoad. We do however look forward to returning them to you, their friends and family, spiritually refreshed, rejuvenated, and probably a little exhausted!

CrossRoad July 2016-Day 10

Day 7 – June 2016

Yesterday, the CrossRoaders had their last day of theology classes, which included some time for Q & As with the professors. Following the lectures, the participants had an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during structured free time, as well as a chance to call home.

The participants then visited St. Mary’s Antiochian Church where they had a vespers service and listened to a talk by the parish priest.

Last 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.

Stay connected through our Mentoring Initiative!

The CrossRoad Alumni Mentoring Initiative aims to connect older alumni with younger alumni to foster a connection that can provide support for the transition to college that is grounded in our Orthodox Christian faith.

 

The Mentoring Initiative will match interested high school seniors and college freshmen with college seniors and post-college young adults with the intention of making the college transition just a little bit easier. The Mentoring Team has been working on a curriculum of short readings, videos, and activities for mentors and mentees to do together. Interested? Contact us or sign up for more information at your CrossRoad Alumni Retreat! More information coming soon!