Making a Difference During Spring Break

Making a Difference During Spring Break



Spring Break is a time to relax, rest, be renewed, and even have some fun for many college students. For numerous Hellenic College Holy Cross students, though, it’s a time for putting their faith into action. Thirty-two HCHC students will be traveling around the world on a variety of short-term mission trips during Spring Break, and 14 HCHC alumni will be leading these trips! This is by far the most HCHC students and alumni ever to participate in such Spring Break mission trips.

Project Mexico

We have 21 students who will travel to Project Mexico to build a home for a needy family in Tijuana, while also spending time at the St. Innocent Orphanage. The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity worked in conjunction with three HCHC graduates, Pres. Merilynn Andruchow and Zach and Sophia Swanson, among others at Project Mexico to organize this group.

Orthodox Chirstian Missions Center

Four students will be traveling with the OCMC into the bush country of the Turkana people to share their faith with tribes of people who have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ. They will be led by HC graduate Fr. Martin Ritsi.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

And then there are seven HCHC students, among dozens of others Orthodox college students participating in OCF’s Real Break trips to Guatemala, Constantinople, Thessaloniki, Jerusalem and New Orleans. These groups are led by ten HCHC graduates and will be offering outreach and mission. They will be working at an orphanage in Guatemala, building a home with IOCC in New Orleans, participating in a ministry of love to Gypsies, refugees and prisoners in Thessaloniki, encouraging persecuted Christians in Palestine and Israel, and supporting the Patriarchate in Constantinople.

Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded his followers “to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:14). In some small and humble way, HCHC is participating in this great commission through its Spring Break experiences. It is these experiences, along with other cross-cultural mission programs and classes that HCHC enhances our students’ educational experience and challenges them to cultivate a healthy, universal vision of our Orthodox Christian


REV. LUKE VERONIS is Adjunct Instructor of Missiology and Director of the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, BS, MDiv, ThM of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.



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About author

Fr Luke Veronis

Fr. Luke A. Veronis serves as the Director for the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, pastors Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, MA, and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at both Holy Cross and Hellenic College. He also taught at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (2005-2008). Fr. Luke has been involved in the Orthodox Church’s missionary movement since 1987. Together with his family, he served as a long-term cross-cultural missionary in Albania more than 10 years (1994-2004), and as a short-term missionary in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana for 18 months (1987-91). Since 2010, he teaches a summer missions class which he takes to Albania for two weeks every year. He has led four mission teams from his church to build homes for the desperately poor through Project Mexico. His published books include Go Forth: A Journal of Missions and Resurrection in Albania (2010); Lynette’s Hope: The Witness of Lynette Katherine Hoppe’s Life and Death (2008); and Missionaries, Monks, and Martyrs: Making Disciples of All Nations (1994). Fr. Luke teaches the Preaching course at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as well as numerous classes in Missiology and World Religions. His weekly sermons since January 2013 can be found at Fr. Luke is married to Presbytera Faith Veronis, and they have four children.