Holy Cross Chaplaincy at UBC
No Official Chaplaincy This Year

It has been a great privilege and honour to serve as the Orthodox chaplain at UBC these past few years, but as my life has gotten busier and busier, serving in this capacity has become more and more of a stretch. Things came to a bit of a head last year, with the birth of my fourth child, whom l am holding in my lap as I write this.

So, with the bishop’s blessing and with greatly mixed emotions, I am stepping back from my official role as Orthodox chaplain at UBC. That being said, I am still more than willing to meet with anyone out at UBC, as time permits and as the need presents itself.

To that end, I will keep this website up and the associated email addresses active and monitored. Please feel free to contact me at info@holycrosschaplaincy.org if you are interested in anything related to Orthodox Christianity at UBC - or anywhere, for that matter!

Love in Christ,

Fr. Justin.

Welcome Back!

And another new school year has begun… Welcome back!

My intent is to continue the chaplaincy services this year if there are enough people interested in finding a time and place where we can all pray together. Thoughts, ideas, and schedules should be sent to discussion {at} holycrosschaplaincy.org so we can begin to coordinate, if possible!

Looking forward to seeing you again!

Love in Christ,

Fr. Justin,
UBC Orthodox Christian Chaplain.

Thanks for a Great Year!

It’s hard to believe that the school year is already drawing to a close. It was a great blessing to see the chaplaincy grow this year not so much in numbers, but very much in diversity! The move to the Regent College prayer room was also a blessing - while not as splendid as St. Mark’s, it was a good match for this year’s less formal (and less numerous) prayers and discussions.

The greatest blessing for me, personally, was connecting with all of you who came. I look forward to further building up our connections with one another next year - and the interconnections between our respective Orthodox communities!

Many thanks are due, in particular, to our faithful chaplaincy president, Stephen, who did so much to keep the chaplaincy going this year - and undertook the first steps towards forming an Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Sadly, this is his last year with us, as he - like most people who come to university to study - is moving on with his life and career. We will miss him! And thank you, Stephen! Please continue to remember him - and the chaplaincy - in your prayers.

As usual, formal chaplaincy activities will be suspended for the summer months - but I’ll be looking forward to resuming our prayers and discussions together next September. May God bless you and keep you!

Love in Christ,

Fr. Justin.

The Chaplaincy, Re-imagined

Many thanks to all who contributed to the discussion of what the chaplaincy should look like this year - and to those who have worked to bring the new vision to pass, either by arranging things or just by showing up at the new time and place!

We are now meeting regularly in the Regent College Prayer Room at 3pm on Fridays for a brief time of prayer (the Ninth Hour) and for fellowship. Feel free to bring a snack to share if you come - or, if you can’t bring a snack, just to come! I (Fr. Justin) won’t always be able to be there, but I will do my best to ensure that at least one of the local clergy will be there to pray and to chat with you all whenever I am unable to come.