ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL OF CHICAGO CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY
125TH GALA HELD AT CHICAGO'S DRAKE HOTEL. BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS JOINED AT EVENT BY ILLINOIS GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER AND ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE
CHICAGO, IL: A large crowd packed the ballroom of the world famous Drake Hotel in Downtown Chicago to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The capacity crowd for this formal black-tie gala included His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Illinois Governor Bruce and Diana Rauner, Consul General of Greece in Chicago Polyxeni Petropoulou, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and a strong gathering of the Metropolis of Chicago Archons.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral was the third Greek Orthodox Parish to open in the United States, following New Orleans and New York City. The Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago was established in 1892 by a group of people who had emigrated from Laconia and some of the Greek Islands. The community first rented a hall on Randolph near Union Street and asked the Holy Synod of Athens for a priest. Fr. Panagiotis of Ithaca was signed as the first priest and in March of 1892 the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated.
The community today has some 400 families who with zeal and dedication support the Cathedral to continue its rich spiritual mission throughout the next century and be the beacon of Orthodoxy in the Metropolis of Chicago.