Orthodox Christian Fellowship celebrates an exciting Fall semester

Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Hendricks Chapel has had an exciting Fall 2020 semester! The group's Executive Board, including Rowan Ide, president, Steve Sfikas, vice-president, and Nicole Valasiadis, treasurer, received blessings from their spiritual advisor, Fr. David Smith, and were sworn in on Sunday, Sept. 13 during liturgy at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church.

The group celebrated Orthodoxy Awareness Month during October with events that promoted and educated themselves and their peers about the Eastern Orthodox faith. On Saturday, Oct. 3, members of the group gathered together for a socially distanced meal and enjoyed authentic Greek food from St. Sophia’s Greek Food Festival. "We delved in gyros, dolmades, and loukoumades! They were made by the parishioners of St. Sophia’s and were very delicious," says Rowan Ide, OCF president.

Additional Orthodoxy Awareness Month programs included making prayer ropes, fundraising for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and giving a presentation on what Orthodoxy is all about.

To learn more about OCF and their programs, follow them on Instagram @cuseocf and like them on Facebook at Syracuse OCF. To become a member and be involved in Syracuse OCF, reach out to Rowan Ide at

A Blessing from OCF President Rowan Ide:

"O Mighty God, Father of all Mercies, We give You thanks for all the good things you have given us especially for the opportunity to study, and prepare ourselves to engage in meaningful and life-affirming occupations. Bless this academic year, O Heavenly Father, and all the students, faculty, and staff of Syracuse University. We ask to fill out hearts with gratitude for your mercies, so that we can give serving Your purpose for us and walking before Your righteousness and holiness all our days. Bless O Lord God, the Syracuse Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Give them success and blessings this year, we pray in the name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen."