The Metropolis of Chicago consists of thirty-four parishes in Illinois, with another twenty-four parishes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, northern Indiana, and eastern and central Missouri. The general offices of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago are located in Chicago, Illinois.
Construction at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center has begun! Watch the Retreat Center take shape and stay informed by following this blog.
The St. Iakovos Retreat Center represents an opportunity to give in a way that nourishes our children and families, strengthens our Faith, supports and extends the Community, and serves the Lord. This is a gift to be embraced by generations and generations. Click here to read about the Phase II appeal.
News and Upcoming Events
Religious Leaders Gather to Pray for Peace
His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, organized and participated in a noontime interfaith prayer service, sponsored by the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. Leader’s of Chicago’s Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities gathered together in Daley Plaza to pray for peace around the world, the nation and the city. Click here to read more.
What: Join the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago for an InterFaith gathering in witness of peace.
When: Monday, August 18, 12pm - 1pm.
Where: Daley Plaza (Washington & Clark Sts., Chicago)
Labor Day Family Retreat
The Annual Family Synaxis Retreat will be held on Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29 - Aug. 31 at Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, WI. This retreat will include worship, workshops, discussion groups for both adults and children, fun outdoor activities including athletics and a small beach, and fellowship with other families. To register, follow click here. To learn more, click here.
Annual Motorcycle Blessing
His Grace Bishop Demetrios blessed the bikes, bikers and families of the Greek American Motorcycle Association, (GAMA), as they opened the summer riding season on Sunday, May 18. The event was hosted by Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, IL.
Metropolis Responds to "Story of the Jews"
As we approach Jewish and Christian holy seasons, a documentary produced by British historian Simon Shama and broadcast recently on WTTW (PBS, Channel 11, Chicago) has brought pain and dismay to the Orthodox Christian community. Click here to read more.
To view the questionable portion, click here, and forward to timestamp 15:55 through 20:05.
WTTW11 has responded. Read their response by clicking here.
Feast of the Life-Giving Fountain
Join us and experience the St. Iakovos Retreat Center as never before! The feast day activities will begin at 9am in the Retreat Center Chapel with the celebration of Paschal Orthros followed by Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, officiated by His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos. Click here to read more.
Orthodox Coalition Receives Award
At an elaborate ceremony on February 5, 2014, at the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum held at Maryland’s National Harbor, Gaylord Convention Center, Chicago’s Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY], received Graduate Certificates of Completion from the CADCA National Coalition Academy. OCCHY was among 87 coalitions from across the U.S. to merit this graduation… Click here to read more.
New Children's Book
Every Time I Do My Cross is a thirty-two page hardcover Orthodox children's book that teaches the reader how to make the sign of the cross, and some of the reasons why we do. The book follows a boy (named James) through his Sunday; waking up, going to church, liturgy, church school, a soccer game, riding his bike, eating with his family, and going to bed. To learn more or buy a copy, click here.
The Retirement Research Foundation announces funding for its Accessible Faith Grant Program to enable Chicago area houses of worship to make their facilities more accessible.
Grants may be awarded for up to 50% of a project’s total cost. The maximum amount of the grant is $30,000. Click here to read more.
Quilts Provide Comfort
The Lenten Quilt-a-thon hosted April 5 by the Philoptochos Society of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview produced nearly 200 colorful quilts that will be distributed to comfort infants and children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Click here to read more.