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Young Adult Ministry

The Department of Young Adult Ministry (formerly known as the Department of College Ministry) oversees the ministries to our young adults ages 19-35.  (Download the 2017 Archdiocese Convention Young Adult Ministry Report)

Young Adults

Our mission is to aid in the spiritual growth of the young adults within the Archdiocese, bringing them to a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We strive to foster an active Orthodox Faith in Christ through:

  1. Worship through the full liturgical-cycle of the Church including attending weekday services together, gathering at a local parish for its Feast Day, and the combined services at diocese and Archdiocese gatherings.
  2. Spiritual Renewal and Education through retreats, conferences, speaker series, pilgrimages, and bible studies aimed at the needs of our young adults.
  3. Service through short-term mission trips and volunteer activities on a local level.
  4. Fellowship through social outings, conferences, and gatherings

College Ministry

In support of pan-Orthodoxy, the majority of the College Ministry efforts of our Archdiocese are done through the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). OCF is the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. OCF sponsors annual College Conferences (one of which takes place at the Antiochian Village) and Real Break. The heart of the ministry is the on-campus chapters that provide a home away from home and a connection to Christ's Holy Church. Father Anthony Yazge serves on the OCF Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee.

OCF is developing and maintaining a database of all Orthodox college students to help keep collegians connected to the Church. Students receive regular communication from OCF regarding programs and ministries. Their contact information is shared with the OCF chapters of the schools they are attending and/or the closest Orthodox Church. Visit the OCF webpage to submit your college student's information. Let's keep our young people connected!

Denver to Host Third Orthodox Young Professionals Conference


Denver, May 18, 2018: The Young Adult Ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America invites all young adults to register and attend the 2018 Orthodox Young Professionals Conference (OYPC) from August 16-19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. 

The OYPC will benefit hundreds of young adults as they gather together for four days and three nights of powerful discussions from dynamic speakers, spiritual edification including divine services, and fun social events. They will leave as new friends with strong networks to face the pressures of being an Orthodox Christian in today's world.

The weekend's three amazing speakers, Fr. Milad Selim, Protodeacon Peter Danilchick and Ms. Katrina Bitar, will offer their unique expertise and guidance to the attendees. Each afternoon and evening, the young professionals will connect with each other as they explore exciting venues in Denver.

Metropolitan JOSEPH to Lead Young Adult Pilgrimage

In the summer of 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH will be leading a pilgrimage to Orthodox Thessaloniki, Kosovo, and Serbia. Titled "Spiritual Awakening," the trip is slated for June 14–26, 2018, with a registration deadline of March 15. Traveling through holy lands with a hierarch at the head of the trip often opens "the pearly gates" through unplanned and grace-filled opportunities unique to this type of adventure.

The pilgrimage has been especially created for young adults and professionals aged 21–35. The trip will be limited to 30 people and will include a few clergy. Baptized Orthodox Christians of any jurisdiction may participate, especially those who are interested in exploring Orthodox history, art, architecture, and music, all within the fellowship of the Church. Young adults who enjoy networking with peers abroad and have an interest in humanitarian opportunities will enjoy this life-changing opportunity. Pilgrims will enjoy all that these holy lands have to offer in an intense schedule of touring that will also still leave time for fun. The itinerary includes time for services, prayer, exploration, relaxation, and building bonds with other Orthodox professionals. Register today to receive a detailed itinerary!

Assembly of Bishops Releases Study on Young Adults and Ministering to Them

Akron, OH young adult leaders with Bishop ANTHONYAkron, OH young adult leaders with Bishop ANTHONYThe study "Young Adults and Young Adult Ministries in American Orthodox Christian Parishes" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Download the study report here:

Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

The subject of young Orthodox Church members was a major topic on the agenda of the recent Annual General Assembly Meeting (October 3–5, Garfield, NJ). This report was prepared in order to help the Assembly address our common concern about the engagement of youth and young adults in the lives of American Orthodox parishes. Examples of what the readers will find in the report include:

Which programs and activities are most crucial for attracting young adult church members?

Dept. of Young Adult Ministry News Archive