Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ! As the teens in our communities approach the beginning of young adult life, they are developing questions about themselves, their purpose in the world, and how it relates to their faith. The CrossRoad Summer Institute, now in its sixteenth year and offering three sessions, welcomes ninety-six high school juniors and seniors to participate in a ten-day Orthodox Christian program developed to help them wrestle with these difficult questions. The curriculum approaches these questions from an Orthodox Christian perspective, and offers the space and resources for students to discover their natural gifts and talents in order to use them in service to their church and to society.
The dates for the 2019 CrossRoad Summer Institute are June 15-25 (Session 1), July 2-12 (Session 2), and July 23-August 2 (Session 3). Sessions 1 and 2 will be held on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, and Session 3 will be held at North Park University in Chicago, IL.
Through the support of generous donors, each accepted 2019 applicant will receive a $1,650 scholarship and is only responsible for a $850 program fee and travel costs to and from Boston or Chicago. It is our CrossRoad policy that no accepted participant requesting tuition assistance will be turned away. The application process is “needs blind”; the acceptance process is independent of student financial need. Participants’ home churches are encouraged to help with the fee and with travel costs and to have their student(s) offer a presentation after attending.
For ten days participants will:
• Grow in their faith
• Explore their strengths
• Engage in serving others
• Discover how their gifts and talents can serve the needs of the Church and society
In all of this, we’re hoping to encourage them on their journey toward Christ, with the belief that if He is the cornerstone of their lives, whatever they choose to do will be built on a solid foundation. By using the wisdom of the Church as well as contemporary resources we hope to help them discern their life callings, matching their personal gifts with the needs of the world. The staff of CrossRoad believes that if the participants strive to live a life in and for Christ, almost any occupation, event or relationship can become a door to holiness.
In selecting CrossRoad participants, our committee depends on recommendations of the applicants supplied by persons who know them well. We are eager to select those individuals whose interests indicate that they have the greatest potential to benefit from this program. Please provide a frank and thoughtful appraisal of the applicant. We greatly appreciate the time you devote to this evaluation.
For more information, please see the CrossRoad website, www.crossroadinstitute.org, and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns at (617) 850-1310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyra Limberakis, Director
The CrossRoad Team