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His Grace Bishop Demetrios Officiates in Elmhurst

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS OFFICIATES SERVICES IN ELMHURST

CHICAGO, IL: His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos was warmly welcomed as he officiated Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The church was standing room only as over 500 attended today for St Demetrios Name Day. In attendance was the Greek Consul General in Chicago Polyxeni Petropoulou. Several, including the Greek Consul General, brought gifts for Bishop Demetrios.

His Grace Officiates at Great Vespers in Libertyville

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS OFFICIATES SERVICES IN LIBERTYVILLE

CHICAGO, IL: His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos officiated tonight's Vespar Service for St Demetrios at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville, Illinois.

We wish our Chancellor a happy Name Day

New Archon Named

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CHICAGO, IL: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago congratulates our newest Archon, Dr. John Fotopoulos of St George Greek Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana.

100th Anniversary of St. Spyridon Church and the Relic of the Saint

ST SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO VENERATE THE RIGHT HAND OF ST SPYRIDON

In Celebration of 100th Anniversary St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Heights welcomes His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Kerkyra

PALOS HEIGHTS, IL:  St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, Illinois, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary welcomed the Right Hand of St Spyridon accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Kerkyra. An over capacity crowd of over 650 parishioners gathered Sunday morning for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios and included several past and present clergy members.

Since 1917, the community of St Spyridon has been welcoming Orthodox Christians in worship and fellowship. A parish of 350 families, St Spyridon serves the Orthodox community of Chicago's south suburbs with a full liturgical and community life. St Spyridon contains some of the finest Byzantine iconography and architecture in our Archdiocese.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago itself traces its explicit roots to 1923, when Rt. Rev. Philaretos Johannides became the city’s first Greek Orthodox bishop. This Episcopal ministry has culminated in the singular dedication of Chicago’s Metropolitan Iakovos of Blessed Memory, who has tirelessly ministered in the nation’s “Second City” for twenty-four years. A studied and accomplished liturgist, Athens-born Metropolitan Iakovos has made a profound imprint upon the character of the Midwest’s Greek Orthodox communities. The majority of Metropolis parishes are concentrated in the Chicago metropolitan area, where immigrants arrived as early as the 19th century. 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.

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Chicagoland Orthodox Christians Celebrate 125 Years

CHICAGOLAND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE 125 YEARS

CHICAGO'S GREEK, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, UKRAINIAN, ROMANIAN, ALBANIAN, ARABIC AND AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS GATHER FOR PANORTHODOX SERVICE

 

CHICAGO, IL: Chicago’s Greek, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Albanian, Arabic and American Orthodox Christians gathered at Lane Tech Auditorium on Saturday, September 30, 2017, for a Pan Orthodox liturgical worship service commemorating 125 years of the Orthodox Christian presence in greater Chicagoland. A procession of more than 100 bishops, clergy, and youth in national costume commenced the worship service. Choral responses will be sung in English by the Pan Orthodox Choir of Greater Chicago, and include music traditions of participating Orthodox jurisdictions.
Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, an organization which represents 250,000 Orthodox Christians in Chicagoland, the service featured guest homilist and historian, Rt. Rev. Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic) of the Serbian Orthodox Eastern American Diocese. Recently assigned to the United States, following 10 years in the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, Bishop Irinej sits on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, is a member of Columbia University’s Advisory Council for Serbian Studies and is on the editorial board of the Tesla Memorial Society. While residing in Chicago, as director of Christian Education for the Serbian Orthodox Church in the 1990s, he was also lecturer at Loyola University.
History reveals that the Orthodox Christian presence in Chicago began in the late 1800's with an organization called the "Greco Slavonic Brotherhood", comprised of immigrants primarily from Greece, Serbia and Carpatho Russians (Galicians) from the then, Austro-Hungarian Empire. After petitioning the ecclesiastical centers in their respective homelands, in 1892, all three mother churches responded by sending a priest to serve the faithful. This was the beginning of Annunciation Greek, Holy Resurrection Serbian and St. Vladimir Russian (later renamed Holy Trinity) Orthodox parishes. Today there are nearly 80 Orthodox churches in greater Chicago. Early worship began in warehouses, meeting halls and house-chapels throughout Chicago’s Near North side.
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Solemn Vespers Observed for Care of Creation

Faith Leaders from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Observe the Third Annual Solemn Vespers for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Roman Catholic Bishop Francis J. Kane, Greek Orthodox Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, and Roman Catholic Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima attend service.

GLENVIEW, IL:  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, both in Glenview, Illinois, commemorated the third annual Solemn Vespers for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Thursday, August 31, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Bishop Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, presided at the evening prayer. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, the Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese, and Polyxeni Petropoulou, Greek Consul General in Chicago, were also in attendance. Bob Langert, editor-at-large for GreenBiz Group and former vice president of sustainability at McDonald’s, will be the featured speaker at a reception following the service.

In 1989, the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople designated September 1 as a day of prayer for "the protection of the environment" for Orthodox Christians, a tradition that has been continued by his successor, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. Sharing concern for creation with Patriarch Bartholomew, in 2015, Pope Francis instituted September 1 as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” for Catholics.

“Thankfulness for God’s creation — of our world and ourselves — is a central element of ancient Christian worship, and our proper stewardship of the environment is not only practically necessary, but spiritually important,” said Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos. “That this event underscores one more shared belief is also something for which we can be grateful in the continuing Dialogue of Love between our Churches.”

By joining together in prayer for the Care for our Common Home, Catholic and Greek Orthodox Christians in Chicago are heeding the calls of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to protect creation, especially through prayer, education and action. The teachings of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato si’,” petition individuals and communities to care for our common [earthly] home, thus respecting the dignity of every human being, especially the poor, marginalized, and future generations.

“For years Christians have affectionately called the Ecumenical Patriarch ‘the Green Patriarch’ because of his tireless preaching on the dignity of creation,” said Fr. Thomas Baima. “Bringing our sister churches together to offer prayers for the care of our common home has been a priority for Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and the Late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. The close partnership we enjoy in Chicago allows us to join together around these issues of common concern.”

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 344 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees in its systems and ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region's largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country's largest seminaries. The Archdiocese's 214 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type.

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago itself traces its explicit roots to 1923, when Rt. Rev. Philaretos Johannides became the city’s first Greek Orthodox bishop. This Episcopal ministry has culminated in the singular dedication of Chicago’s Metropolitan Iakovos of Blessed Memory, who has tirelessly ministered in the nation’s “Second City” for twenty-four years. A studied and accomplished liturgist, Athens-born Metropolitan Iakovos has made a profound imprint upon the character of the Midwest’s Greek Orthodox communities. The majority of Metropolis parishes are concentrated in the Chicago metropolitan area, where immigrants arrived as early as the 19th century. 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.

World Day of Prayer for Creation

Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Thurd Annual Solemn Vespers for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be observed Thursday, August 31 at 7:00-pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Glenview. Guests: Dan Olsen; Michael Terrien; Fr. Panagiotis Boznos.

Conference on Orthodox Christian Schools

On Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School, both of Des Plaines, hosted the 4th Annual National Conference on Orthodox Christian Schools.

40 Day Memorial Observed for Metropolitan Iakovos

The 40 Day Memorial took place this past Sunday, July 9th, for Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. The service was officiated by Archbishop Demetrios of America with Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos.