Registration for College Conference 2019 is CLOSED!
College Conference 2019
December 27-30, 2019
Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conference hosts hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, education, and prayer.
College Conference East — Antiochian Village – Bolivar, PA
College Conference Midwest — St. Iakovos Retreat Center – Kansasville, WI
Hear what other students are saying about the College Conference experience!
“Whatever meaningful activity it is, everyone at College Conference feels that they are experiencing communion with each other too deep for words, and that God is within all of it somehow. In the same way that Saint Paul encouraged the Colossians, we are being ‘knit together in love’ at College Conference.” – Patrick
“The experience I had was truly amazing and eye-opening. In meeting other Orthodox Christians, I have built friendships that are stronger any others I have had previously, and I now have the support of other Orthodox Christians as I face the challenges of college.” – Nick
Learn more about the College Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers!
Dr. Timothy Patitsas
College Conference East 2019 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Patitsas was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in the nearby city of Kent. He attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and interned at NASA’s Office of International Affairs. He received the Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Seminary and the doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America.
His dissertation, “The King Returns to His City: An Interpretation of the Great Week and Bright Week Cycle of the Orthodox Church,” combined interests in complexity theory, the Holy Week liturgy, and the political and economic writings of Jane Jacobs. In 2014 he held a research fellowship at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.
Since 2005 he has been the Assistant Professor of Ethics at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, and also teaches courses in Hellenic College.
Three of his brothers are Orthodox Christian priests, and Timothy has served in the long-term mission in South Korea. The last 15 years he has also been responsible for organizing and leading the St. Helen’s Pilgrimage, the annual study abroad of Holy Cross Seminary in Israel, Palestine, Constantinople, Mount Athos, Albania, and Greece.
His forthcoming book The Ethics of Beauty is said by some academic reviewers to mark him as among the most important voices in Orthodox Ethics today and is due out in February 2020 from St. Nicholas Press. He also serves on numerous boards and foundations, including the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund and the Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Washington, DC.
In 2019 Dr. Patitsas co-founded Beauty First Films, a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit whose tagline is “Pilgrimage in Film” and he is the co-creator of the 2020 BFF Liturgical Seasons Calendar currently sweeping the nation. Beauty First Films is in post-production on two projects, one about St. Amphilochios of Patmos, and one about Holy Week in Jerusalem.
Fr. Sergius Halvorsen
College Conference Midwest 2019 Keynote Speaker
Father Sergius Halvorsen is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and serves as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. In addition to teaching homiletics and preaching, he also teaches courses in apologetics, faith and science, and Christian education.
Fr. Sergius received his M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 1996, and completed his doctoral dissertation at Drew University in 2002. Fr. Sergius is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America and is attached at Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, CT.
He is an accomplished liturgical musician and has contributed to a number of “Archangel Voices” recordings. He currently lives in New Haven, CT with his wife and three children. He loves gardening, hiking, biking, and reading biographies and fiction.