The CrossRoad Summer Institute Expands to San Francisco!

CrossRoad is excited to announce its expansion to the West Coast in the summer of 2022. Through the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and the generosity of The George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation, CrossRoad will host one of its three sessions in San Francisco, California.

The CrossRoad Summer Institute is a 10-day summer program inviting high school juniors and seniors to “explore their faith like never before.” Since its inception in 2004, CrossRoad has seen growth in the number of young people applying to participate. In 2008, due to overwhelming interest, CrossRoad added a second session. Since this expansion, interest in CrossRoad has continued to rise and over the years, CrossRoad has received requests to bring this program to other metropolitan areas in order to broaden its reach and impact, piloting a successful expansion by launching CrossRoad Chicago in 2018.

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos has been a longtime champion of CrossRoad and has been eager to bring this program to the West Coast so that more youth can benefit from this immersive program, emphasizing faith and vocation development. “We are excited to welcome CrossRoad to San Francisco in 2022, and look forward to its growth and positive impact on the lives of our young people,” shared His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “It is important for our youth to establish a strong foundation in their faith before they embark on their educational and professional careers, so that they know the Church is there  to support and love them on their journey through life.”

CrossRoad 2022 schedule

●               June 11–June 21, 2022—Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

●               July 2–July 12, 2022—San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

●               July 23–August 2, 2022—North Park University, Chicago, IL

CrossRoad is staffed by graduate students from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology who undergo over 100 hours of training during the course of the school year. This team of young adults will run one session in Boston, one session in Chicago, and one session in San Francisco in order to offer a consistent program of the highest standards that will continue to transform the lives of our youth as it has for the past 18 years.

Applications for the 2022 CrossRoad Summer Institute will open at the end of October! For more information, please visit www.crossroadinstitute.org/.

ABOUT OUR BENEFACTORS

George and Judy Marcus are lifetime supporters and benefactors of the Church and community. A successful businessman in real estate development, George has achieved an international reputation as a hard-working and visionary leader who built Marcus & Millichap, Inc., into the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the United States. He has taken his achievements and leveraged them in support of the Greek Orthodox Church, including his devoted service as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a member of Leadership 100, and as a founding member of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. George is also an active member of the Elios Society and the National Hellenic Society. Judy has also been a strong community activist, serving various organizations including the Community Services Agency, Families in Transition, Breast Cancer Connection, Humane Society Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center and the Avenidas Senior Center. Both George and Judy are graduates of San Francisco State University and were each inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. George and Judy are also major benefactors of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. Within the Metropolis of San Francisco, the Marcuses inspired and funded the development of a Strategic Plan, which resulted in significant growth for the ministries of the Metropolis and the development of relevant and meaningful programs for adults, youth, and clergy

ABOUT CROSSROAD INSTITUTE AND THE OFFICE OF VOCATION AND MINISTRY

CrossRoad Institute offers transformative educational experiences on faith, vocation, and purpose for Orthodox youth people. The hub for the Summer Institute is the Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College Holy Cross. Dr. Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides has directed the OVM since 2003 and also teaches the Holy Cross course on Youth & Young Adult Ministry. The OVM’s newest initiative is the Holy Cross Certificate in Youth & Young Adult ministry, which welcomes young adults to study for a year at the seminary while being trained in a leadership role through one of its affiliated programs. This academic year, five HCHC/OVM Certificate students are CrossRoad alumni! For more information on the graduate Certificate, contact [email protected] For more information on the high school summer program, contact the CrossRoad Summer Institute Director Alex Demos at [email protected].

INFORMATION POSTED ONLINE:

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