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
Inclusion Liturgies 2014
What: Inclusion Liturgies are designed to include all people with all abilities.
When: The Inclusion Liturgies are scheduled for the following Saturdays: March 29, April 5, May 10, June 14. The Doxology and Liturgy Starting begin at 9:30am.
Where: St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 E. Dempster Street Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Fanari Camp 2014
Fanari Summer Camp is a Metropolis wide program, open to all youth both from within and outside the Metropolis of Chicago. Summer Camp programs provide a unique opportunity for staff and clergy to create life-changing relationships with campers through the love of Christ. This year Fanari Camp will take place from June 15-21, 2014. Click here to download the Camper application. Click here to download the Counselor application packet.
GAMA is proud to offer 2 scholarships to attend Fanari Camp. To apply for the $500 scholarship you must submit your application by May 1, 2014. Winners will be selected by May 11, 2014. The scholarship includes transportation, room & board and activity fees at Fanari Camp. Click here to learn more.
First Inclusion Liturgy of 2013 Celebrated on January 25
The first Inclusion Liturgy took place on Jan. 25th at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. The parish welcomed Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me families to celebrate the feast day of St. Gregory the Theologian. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos celebrated liturgy and the tradition of cutting of the Vasilopita to celebrate a new year.
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.
Sharing the Faith
The Niagara Foundation and the Metropolis of Chicago present: Sundays of Orthodoxy, the Lenten Journey. Join the community of Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, as Fr. Dean Botsis discusses the richness of the Orthodox Christian tradition. To learn more, click here.
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.