OCCIF helped provide a cooperative funding program to assist St. Seraphim Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, California, by completing its new Parish Hall. The facility consists of a large multi-purpose dining and meeting space, full commercial kitchen, and bookstore. Also a part of the project was a free-standing general storage building and related site improvements.
OCCIF worked with the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco in Manton, California to refinance the Monastery's first mortgage. The Monastery was facing a major balloon payment and possible foreclosure. With OCCIF's help, the Monastery now has a new loan, dramatically improved interest rate, and is on the way to one day owning their own property.
St. Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Thousand Palms, California had spent many years of looking for a home. While the parish had been viable for over 16 years, they were unable to find traditional funding to secure a location. OCCIF worked with St. Raphael's elders and finance officers to implement a solid finance program, which enabled them to buy a building for a permanent location for the church.
Any mission, parish, monastic community or institution serving the Orthodox jurisdictions determined as canonical by the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America and/or its successor interested in applying for funding through OCCIF should visit the Application Process section of the website.
This section of our site is designed to equip you with an understanding of how OCCIF works, and describes our process and requirements for our participation. We are committed to the idea that each application received will be considered on its own merit, and not forced to fit a mold prescribed by artificial standards. As each project yields a unique solution, so should the ability to think creatively about its funding.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!