Nestled in the Wisconsin woods, the rustic Saint Iakovos Retreat Center (SIRC), hosted Metropolis of Chicago families during Labor Day Weekend. Around forty families attended the annual event, centered around the theme of: Sacred Space, Sacred Time: Cultivating Orthodox Families.
On Wednesday, August 31, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago held the first of what is planned to be an new annual event within the Metropolis; the service of Great Vespers for the Feast of the Indiction and Protection of the Environment.
The Metropolis of Chicago, under the spiritual guidance of her beloved Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, consists of thirty-four parishes in Illinois, with another twenty-four parishes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, northern Indiana, and eastern and central Missouri.
The newly established St. Iakovos Retreat Center is a 138-acre facility located in beautiful Kansasville, WI on the 11-acre Friendship Lake with over 50 acres of pinewood forest. The St. Iakovos Retreat Center offers guests a unique quiet setting for all types of retreats and events.
The Metropolis of Chicago energetically serves the needs of the disadvantaged, sick and suffering. From the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS to her coordinated efforts to seek justice and humanity in the prison system, the Metropolis strives to be a ministering presence of Jesus Christ to all people.