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Saint Mary of Magdala

Saint Mary of Magdela is far more than just one of the Myrrhbearing Women the church remembers on the Third Sunday of Pascha; her life is of such great magnitude that it is referred to as the Primacy of Mary. That Mary of Magdala is venerated in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, several Protestant churches, and even in the Baha’i Faith tradition, speaks of her prominence.

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Holy Trinity held its annual Welcome Back College Student Sunday, a day in which our community welcomes the return of its faithful group of Orthodox students who make up the University of Connecticut Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF).

Welcome Back College Student Sunday is held in early September each year, and this year marked the eighth consecutive year it has been held. At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, the students stepped forward and spoke about the studies, summer experiences, and plans for the future. They were presented gift bags by Holy Trinity's Catie Rose Zak, 9, which were filled with food and school supplies brought by Holy Trinity parishioners. 

OCF students who spoke today included seniors Eddie Ryan, Solomon Yniguez and Tashie Leva; sophomores Michael Dolan, Nikolas Hutnik (from HTOC), and Sarah Luft; and freshmen Peter Hopko and Melanie Sulich.  We were also happy to be visited once again by Ricketta Johnson, a senior at ECSU.

The UConn OCF has been an integral part of Holy Trinity for over a decade. They are extremely faithful in their commitment and participation. A scope of their ministry can be viewed on our parish web site:  UConn OCF. Holy Trinity parishioner Jason Geeza recently provided a testimonial and in it, he spoke of the inspiration the OCF provides to him and to the Holy Trinity community. (Click to read: Jason's testimonial).

At the conclusion of the presentation, Fr Marc presented a check for $250 to the UConn OCF to help further their ministry on the Storrs campus.

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