March 10, 2017 - Jaclynn Choma Heads to Thessaloniki Greece!

Real Break Thessaloniki - II March 10-18, 2017

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.

Jaclynn's activities in Greece can be tracked by going to our Diocesan Photo Gallery here...