On a beautiful and very cold Pennsylvania day nearly 300 college students from over a dozen countries descended on the Antiochian Village to kick off the 2007 OCF College Conference (East Coast), a five-day spiritual retreat packed full of speakers, workshops, service projects, panel discussions, fellowship activities, and powerful services. Fr. Anthony Salzman remarked that serving in the altar with 300 young and amazing singing voices behind him was exciting and moving...and felt a little bit like driving a Ferrari race car.
His Grace, Bp. THOMAS presided over each of the services and offered insights and encouragement to the attendees urging them to stay their paths, to stay connected to the Church, and to consider serving God through vocation. Full of wit and humor, His Grace connected with the students at every opportunity enthusiastically proclaiming that they are the future of the Church.
Dn. Nick Belcher was the event's keynote speaker delivering a three-day tour de force on vocation that was motivating, inspirational, and at times hilarious. His unique perspective can be heard in three parts on Ancient Faith Radio .
The theme of the Conferences on both coasts was: Seek first the Kingdom of God. - Matthew 6:33. OCF, Orthodox Christian Fellowship is the official Campus Ministry arm of SCOBA. OCF is spearheading a movement to keep our youth and young adults connected to the Church, at a time when research shows that sixty percent will go to college and never return to the Church. They need your support! Join the movement at www.ocf.net .