Each year during Christmas break, college conferences are held  in various regions in the U.S. This year three regional conferences are currently taking place. In the East at Antiochian Village,  attendees are enjoying traditional soccer and football games, a supplication service to Saint Raphael at his grave, a keynote presentation by Dr. Gayle Woloschak about technology and the Church, and what has been called "an epic coffee house night and a bonfire in the snow."
In the West at California's St. Nicholas Ranch, participants are listening to the keynote speaker, Abbot Meletios Webber, a well known author, lecturer, and scholar; attending daily workshops led by Mother Melania of the Santa Barbara Monastery and Katrina Bitar, Program Director of Focus North America, and going to nightly events, including the West's "famous open Mic Night."
Down south at the Diakonia Center in Salem, South Carolina, students are reconnecting with old friends and making new ones at the four day event. Students are ringing in the new year in the Blue Ridge Mountains with campfires, hiking, fishing, a pre-New Year's Eve dinner with fireworks, and talks by speakers Fr. Anthony Salzmann and Fr. John Parker.
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