CC Midwest 2016

College Conference Midwest 2016 – St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Wisconsin

Dates: December 27-30, 2016

Cost: $325.00 (partial scholarships available, see below)


Check out the College Conference Midwest Schedule!


$150.00 Scholarships for up to 50 students are now available for those wishing to attend College Conference Midwest (see registration tickets)! These scholarships CAN be combined with the scholarships still available from your jurisdiction (Antiochian, Greek, OCA). REGISTER TODAY!

College Conference 2016 Scholarships have been graciously offered by several participating Orthodox jurisdictions in different amounts and in limited quantities.  Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) will review all scholarship applications on behalf of the jurisdictions and will notify applicants within two (2) weeks of registration if their request for assistance has been granted until all of the available scholarships have been distributed.  Given the limited number of scholarships that have been made available by the jurisdictions, OCF encourages registrants to register and to apply early.  If a registrant is unable to obtain a scholarship for College Conference 2016 and would like information on other possible avenues to pursue for financial assistance, please contact OCF National Programs Manager, Donna Levas at

Transportation: Shuttle transportation is provided by OCF for College Conference Midwest under the following constraints:

  • “Ride shares” with other conference attendees
  • Bus tickets purchased by conference attendees to the Kenosha, Wisconsin station from area Airports. OCF will shuttle students from the Kenosha Bus Statin to the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. To purchase a bus ticket visit the following link:

Keynote Speaker Fr. Panagiotis Boznos

Fr. Panagiotis BoznosFr. Panagiotis Boznos is the Proistamenos of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. He was born and spent most of his childhood in the Chicago suburbs, before attending the University of Oklahoma, where he received his BA in 2008 in Religious Studies and Classical Greek. He then went on to receive his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. While a student at Holy Cross, Fr. Panagiotis met and married his wife, Presbytera Nichole. They have two children, and have been serving the community of Saints Peter and Paul since the summer of 2013.

Why are you excited to speak to the Conference’s Theme of “Come and See” (John 1:39)?

“I am excited to speak on the theme “Come and See” because it is the invitation that both Christ and His disciples use (John 1.38-51). Christ calls His followers to Himself using these words, and those who hear it make that same invitation to others. “Come and See” is at the same time a personal invitation for our own salvation in Christ and a responsibility of the Christian to draw others toward salvation, as well. These words, and they way in which they are used, mean that we must be transfigured and sanctified in Christ and that our sanctification is not complete without the salvation of our fellow man.”

Workshop Speakers 

Rev. Fr. Kosmas Kallis & Pres. Anna Kallis – “He Made them Male and Female”

kosmas-and-annaWorkshop Description – The goals of this workshop are to discuss: What are the roles specific to men and women in the Church? Why are there two genders? How does each serve the Church?

Speaker Biography for Pres. Anna – Anna was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010 and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology in 2013 focusing her studies in Religious Education and Youth Ministry. She worked for the CrossRoad Summer Institute for four years, first as a staff member and then for three years as the Assistant Director. Additionally in her portfolio of experience, Anna has developed and lead countless retreats and has worked as a camp counselor for many summers. She is currently the Church School Director at SS. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL, is teaching High School Church School, and is working on an exciting curriculum project.

Speaker Biography for Fr. Kosmas – Fr. Kosmas Kallis is the Youth Director/Associate Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois.  He is originally from the home of the greatest hockey franchise in the United States, Detroit, Michigan; Hockeytown, USA.  As far as involvement with OCF, he isthe advisor to the OCF at Northwestern University and loves having the opportunity to get to know and be inspired by the young adults of his area.


Rev. Fr. Ciprian Sas – “The Journey of Salvation”


Workshop Description – In an attempt to deepen our Orthodox Christian understanding of Salvation, this workshop will address numerous topics directly related to our Salvation, such as faith, Heaven & Hell, sin, suffering, sacrifice, blessings, prosperity, good works, life in Christ, and acquisition of the Holy Spirit. The Orthodox Christian doctrines on these topics will be compared and contrasted to other Christian faiths and even other religions. The conclusion of this workshop will focus on everyday life behaviors and manifestations of an Orthodox Christian.

Speaker Biography – Fr. Ciprian Sas was born in Timisoara, Romania in 1975. When he was 13 years old, his parents fled communist Romania with secret plans and trust in God that they would be reunited with their 5 minor children (ages 3-15) in the “free world”. Following 8-10 months of pressures from the International Red Cross on the Romanian Communist Government, he and his siblings were reunited with their parents in Sweden, where they lived for 1 year before moving to Canada. Fr. Ciprian received his theology degree from St. Andrew’s College in Canada, a Masters in International Business from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, and a Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His Presbytera Dr. Magdalena Sas and Fr. Ciprian have 3 children: Elijah (13), Emanuela (11), and Isaiah (8). Fr. Ciprian has served St. Andrew’s Church in Las Vegas, NV for 3 years, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, IA for almost 7 years, and his current parish All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria, IL for 4 years.


Rev. Fr. Gabriel Bilas – “Living Sacramentally”

static1-squarespaceWorkshop Description – “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light.  Those who dwell in the country of the shadow of death, a Light has risen!” (Isaiah 9:2) At Holy Baptism and Chrismation, we too are given this precious light, which we are called to shine brightly for others…leading them towards Christ in the midst of the dark and fallen world. In this presentation on “Living Sacramentally”,  I will describe just what that light is that we receive at Baptism and Chrismation, how the Eucharist enhances and fuels that light, how confession keeps the flame bright, and what we are called to do with these gifts we have received.

Speaker Biography – Father Gabriel is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in International Business. He also studied over-seas at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia.  Fr. Gabriel spent over 10 years in the banking industry.  He was an investment banker for a number of years before deciding to pursue a calling to the Holy Orders of the Orthodox Church. In February of 2014, Fr. Gabriel was ordained to the Holy Priesthood.  He served St. Peter and Paul Parish in Uniondale, Pennsylvania during his final year of seminary. In May of 2015, Fr. Gabriel graduated from St. Tikhon’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  While waiting for an assignment from the diocese, he spent the summer serving at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, and In February of 2016, Fr. Gabriel was assigned as rector to St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church in Fenton.  He currently lives in Linden, Michigan with Matushka Laura, and their two children Lucille and Noah.  Nativity of Christ Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio.


Photo courtesy of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center -

Photo courtesy of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center