Diocesan College Student To Serve on OCF Real Break Mission Team

 JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [National ACRY] In keeping with the missionary spirit of the ACRY, Alex Righetti, a third year student at the University of Pittsburgh, will be joining a team of Orthodox College Students on an Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) sponsored Real Break short term missionary trip to New Orleans from March 4 - 9, 2013. The student team will be partnering with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Alex, who currently serves in the newly created position of ACRY Ambassador, is looking forward to this opportunity to put his faith into practice and help a needy family in behalf of the ACRY and the entire Diocese.

His Grace, Bishop Gregory, who recently served as Dean of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, upon learning of Alex's plans at a recent National ACRY Board Meeting, expressed his appreciation and pointed out that there is still much devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He called upon the ACRY and the faithful of the Diocese to support Alex's efforts and to offer whatever financial and moral support possible.

Diocesan faithful, friends, parishes and organizations are kindly asked to help Alex reach his goal of raising $1,100.00 to cover his costs for participating. Those who wish may donate on line through the OCF website  by Clicking Here.   Donations may also be sent directly to:

Alex Righetti
311 Stratford Avenue Apt. 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

All checks should be made payable to Orthodox Christian Fellowship with the following written in the memo field: RB 2013 - Alex Righetti.

Donations may be received through March 28, 2013.

Click here  to learn more about Real Break New Orleans 2013

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Its mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. The OCF headquarters is located in Brookline, Mass and supports over 300 local university chapter across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, OCF provides a variety of thoughtful and innovative programming, including regional training, annual conferences, and domestic and international service learning projects.

The OCF Real Break program provides an alternative to the "traditional" Spring Break . It exists to provide the most authentic experience possible, modeled as a full Christian lifestyle, which includes fellowship, prayer within community, witness and service. OCF organizes both domestic and international trips to give College students the opportunity to serve those less fortunate and to do something "real" for themselves and for God. OCF's Real Break has been running since 2000 with over a thousand students participating in these life-changing trips. Past trips have included: Mexico, Guatemala, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Raphael House, St. Basil Academy, Greece, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Romania, Buenos Aires, Alaska, and more.