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 & Upcoming – Recent Events
Suspected Vandal Arrested
On Thursday, 02/27/2014, Gurnee detectives concluded a two-week criminal defacement investigation with the arrest of a suspect. The suspect was believed to be involved in a series of criminal defacement incidents at 10 religious institutions in Gurnee as well as several in neighboring communities. Gurnee detectives worked with Waukegan, Libertyville and Lake County Sheriff’s detectives to identify the suspect. The suspect was questioned and cooperated fully. Click here to read more.
We have learned that sometime in the evening of this past Sunday (Feb. 16) or the early hours of Monday morning, our beloved parish of Saint Demetrios in Libertyville, IL, was subjected to vandalism in the form of obscene graffiti. Likewise, the neighboring Islamic Foundation North, an Islamic cultural center and mosque, was vandalized in the same manner. In both these instances, the vandals disparaged the faith of those who worshipped in these two communities. Click here to read more…
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: √January 25, February 8, 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.
Each year at this time, the Metropolis of Chicago acquaints the faithful as to the Lenten period worship offerings so that all may participate fully in this Holiest of seasons. ‘Solemn Vespers’ begins on Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the Eve of Great Lent, and are celebrated on each Sunday evening throughout Lent. Click here to see the schedule.
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.
March for Life 2014
Listen to His Grace Bishop Demetrios' homily, Conceptions of Life: Understanding the Sacred Gift, delivered at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, Champaign, IL at the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil on Jan. 22, 2014.
Lenten Retreat with Fr. James Mackoul
St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Palatine, IL, will be hosting a lenten retreat with guest speaker Fr. James Mackoul. Click here for more info.
Family Synaxis Lenten Retreat
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago presents the annual Family Synaxis Lenten Retreat, A Handbook for Godly Families:
Guidance from the Wisdom of Scriptures, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 2727 West Winona, Chicago, IL 60625. Click here to read more.
Philoptochos Lenten Retreat
Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos presents a Lenten Retreat onThe Theotokos and the Modern Woman, Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Click here to read more.
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.
Celebration of Books
Holy Apostles is excited to announce our annual Celebration of Books from Sunday, March 16th through March 23rd. This year we are honored to have Father Maximos as our keynote speaker on all three nights. Click here to find out more.