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OCF Real Break announces it will offer a historic first trip to Constantinople for college students

Orthodox Christian Fellowship is proud to announce that a Real Break trip to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Constantinople, Turkey. The trip will be lead by His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and assisted by OCF Board Chairman Fr. Mark Leondis (who also serves as the Director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America) and OCF Executive Director Fr. Kevin Scherer. There are fifteen available seats on this historic trip that are open only to college and university students. Those who wish to attend should make application to the National OCF Office in Brookline, MA or via on the web.

The trip will depart from the United States on Saturday March 8 and will return on the following Saturday, the fifteenth. Real Break Constantinople promises to be an incredible experience for all who attend.

OCF Chairman Fr. Mark Leondis stated that “this is a historic trip for OCF and unique in that this trip is designed not only to have a service component, but also to demonstrate the struggle for religious freedom in light of constant persecution.” This Real Break could not have been possible without the assistance of The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Archons have been championing this important issue for years, this trip hopes to provide a number of young Orthodox students with a deep understanding of the present struggle, the Theology, and tradition behind the mission and vision of the Patriarchate; and further, the importance of its leadership in the world.

Real Break is an alternative-to-spring-break providing students with short-term mission trips or service projects that foster deep fellowship and spiritual growth through life-transformative experiences. This year there are fourteen trips to various locations all over the globe. For more information on Real Break and OCF go to our website at

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry program of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). OCF works to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life. OCF supports over 260 local chapters throughout North America and involves thousands of college students through its programming, including the College Conferences and Real Break. Additional information on all the OCF programs can be found on the OCF website,, or by calling toll-free, 800-919-1623.

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