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.
St. Iakovos Feast Day Dinner
What: St. Iakovos Feast Day Dinner in honor of His Eminence Met. Iakovos.
When: Thursday, October 23, 6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner.
Where: Cotillion Banquets, 360 S. Creekside Dr., Palatine, IL 60074.
St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church invites everyone to its annual Efhelion Service (Sacrament of Holy Unction) to be celebrated Saturday, October 25 at 10am. All Orthodox Christians are welcome. Click here.
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.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church invites everyone to its Fall Fundraiser, a movie premier of Christmas with the Karountzoses. The event will take place on November 2 at 3pm. Call the church office at 708-636-5460 to reserve your seats. Click here for additional information.
2014 Fuller Award
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will present Harry Mark Petrakis with the 2014 Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement on Saturday, October 4 at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL from 7-9pm. Make reservations at by clicking here.
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.