Rev. Dr. Ciprian Sas, Parish Priest of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, WI
Fr. Ciprian Sas was born in Timisoara, Romania in 1975 to V. Rev. Fr. Aurel Sas and Pre. Lidia Sas and is second oldest of five siblings. Having lived through the hardships of an oppressive regime and no religious freedom, his family placed their trust in God and formulated secret plans to escape communist Romania. His parents fled the country first and received asylum in Sweden. The International Red Cross pressured the Romanian communist government to release 5 minor children, between the ages of 3 to 15 years old, to their rightful parents. After 8-9 months of facing intense adversities when Fr. Ciprian was 13 years old, the family’s prayers were answered and the children were reunited with their parents in Sweden, where they lived for 1 year before moving to Canada and eventually to the United States.
In addition to his Theology Degree from St. Andrew’s College in Manitoba, Canada, Fr. Ciprian also earned a Master in International Business from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he met Magdalena as a fellow doctoral student who soon became his wife and presvytera. While Fr. Ciprian and Pre. Maggie completed their doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology, their family grew and they now have 3 children: Elijah, Emanuela, and Isaiah.
Rev. Dr. Ciprian Sas gained valuable experience working in the corporate setting and in academia. As part of his professional work experience, he (1) taught college and university courses in leadership, management, business mathematics, statistics, and ELL, (2) was the financial aid coordinator of a university campus, (3) provided statistical consulting and conducted research in the area of educational assessment and instruction, (4) taught and assisted university faculty to integrate various technologies and platforms into their online, hybrid, and classroom instruction and evaluation, and (5) conceptualized, designed, and tested an online assessment system meant to measure learner structural knowledge while using little language dependency.
Growing up in the church and following the footsteps of his father, his brother, and his uncles, Fr. Ciprian Sas was ordained to the priesthood on October 20th, 2002. He served St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, NV for 3 years, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids IA for 7 years, and All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria, IL for 7 years. Fr. Ciprian has been serving Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, WI since September 1st, 2019. Having experienced the hardships of an oppressive regime, religious persecution and immigration, Fr. Ciprian is fully committed to the work of the priesthood – serving God by serving others through: (1) Worship & Prayer, (2) Education & Evangelism, and (3) Ministry & Outreach.
Nick Roumas is head chanter at Annunciation, and studies and teaches theology at Marquette University. He received a certificate in Byzantine Music from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and is the author of a book of Byzantine chants in English titled The Musical Ark, available through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.