Recognizing the need for a spiritual support system for young Orthodox Christians during their crucial college years, the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox* Churches imparted its blessing to its official campus fellowship – Orthodox Christian Campus Ministries (OCCM) – to begin the work of uniting our youth under one banner where they can come together to meet, pray, learn from one another and to enjoy Christian fellowship. OCCM first rolled out in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York & New England.
The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern U.S. joined this national effort and adopted 'OCCM' as the official campus ministry organization under the direct oversight of the Bishop and his designee.
In many universities and colleges in the United States and neighboring Caribbean islands, there are Orthodox Christian youth who wish to find or start fellowship groups or Christian student organizations. In an effort to support and benefit each other, this website has been designed to serve the college youth in the Southern Coptic Diocese in starting their campus ministry organization and by providing a directory of Orthodox Christian campus organizations
Assist students who desire to start an Orthodox Christian campus ministry organization with the proper steps and support to achieve that interest successfully.
Support campus ministry organizations to ensure the growth and sustainability of the group in the Orthodox faith.
Provide existing campus organizations with a forum to share ideas, programs, and events so as to better serve our brothers and sisters.
Provide freshman and/or transfer students with a directory of Orthodox Christian campus organizations to help in their decision-making when considering colleges. These groups can be of utmost benefit to students in this difficult transition by assisting them spiritually, scholastically, socially, economically and even emotionally.
* Oriental Orthodoxy is a communion of six autocephalous (self-governing) Churches: the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.