Over 500 youth from throughout the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's six states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Indiana have traveled this year to Kansasville, Wisconsin to enjoy FANARI Camp at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. Each has their own story of how they got to FANARI and distance they traveled. But 15 year old George from Tbilisi, Georgia, stands out.
“Retreating is a big part of our faith,” explained Chrysanthy Tiggas, the director of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. “There’s this image of going away with your friends, not only to connect with God, but connect with your friends.”
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, together with the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Hellenic Society of Constantinople, hosted “Imagining Religious Freedoms and Diversity Beyond the Halki Seminary” by former member of the Turkish Parliament, Dr. Aykan Erdemir, at the 36th Annual Commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople.
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.