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Real Break Thessaloniki II Team Departs U.S. (3/10/17)

Eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Diocesan Priests, Jonathan Bannon and William Bennett, were blessed to take part in an OCF Real Break Trip to Thessaloniki, Greece, from March 10-18, 2017 in order to personally experience the living μαρτυρiα (witness) and διακονiα (service) of the Christian communities of Northern Greece. The host institution is the historic Great Church of the Theotokos, that is, the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which was built in the center of Byzantine Thessaloniki in the fifth century.

During Real Break Thessaloniki, the students will visit many of the region’s sacred sites and venerate the numerous relics and icons that have adorned them for centuries. This includes the churches and relics of St. Demetrios, Sts. Cyril and Methodios, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Theodora and St. David, as well as the churches of Rotunda, Haghia Sophia, St. Nicholas Orphanos and the Holy Apostles. Participants will also visit the Holy Monasteries of Meteora and Ormylia. Additionally, trip participants will have the opportunity to experience several outreach ministries of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki.

Thanks in a large part due to a generous grant from the Kulis Foundation, our Diocesan Students have joined approximately two dozen Orthodox College Students from various Dioceses on this once in a life time, service learning trip.

Today's Blog Entry

On Friday evening, March 10, 2017 eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Frs William Bennett and Jonathan Bannon, joined the remainder of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Real Break Thessaloniki II Team at Logan International Airport.

They have boarded their flight and are en route.

Posted photos show scenes from the team departure in Boston

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John and Yana from Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford, IL are getting ready to enter the gate at Logan International Airport.
Fr. Jonathan getting excited to be a Faith Leader on this trip that he was once a student on in 2008!
Jaclynn and Catherine are getting ready also!
Noah and Rachel are getting to know new friends from the team!
Tim Paproski is excited for this great opportunity also!
The Real Break Thessaloniki II 2017 Team preparing to leave Boston to Istanbul and then off to our final destination.