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Bishop Demetrios Visits Decatur Parish

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS VISITS LOCAL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH AND OFFICIATES SUNDAY SERVICES

 

DECATUR, IL: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, March 26. Bishop Demetrios presided over Sunday services and visited afterwards with the local Greek Orthodox community.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just last year for the official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

 

Bishop Demetrios Assist Lesvos Fishermen

Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, together with an anonymous donor from California and the Greek America Foundation’s Project Hope for Greece, recently helped repair two commercial fishing boats, restoring the livelihoods of their owners on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Wheaten College to Screen “Modern Christian Martyrs”

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is honored to join with Wheaton College to offer a FREE Public Screening of the new documentary "Modern Christian Martyrs" on March 29, 2017, at 7:00pm in Blanchard Hall, room 339, on the campus of Wheaton College.

2017 Quilt-a-Thon

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Society held their annual Quilt-a-thon on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Ss Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Hills.

Indiana Passes Senate Resolution 2

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos, and the Metropolis of Detroit under the leadership of Metropolitan Nicholas, together with Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos and Order of Saint Andrew (Archon) Regional Commanders Gus M. Pablecas, John G. Manos, and Lazaros Kircos, are proud to announce passage today by the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee of Senate Resolution 2

2017 Celebration of Books

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester host again this year the Metropolis of Chicago Celebration Of Books, titled “Navigating God’s Holy Word”.

Bishop Demetrios Speaks at Univ. of Wisconsin

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS INVITED TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYMPOSIUM ON MOUNT ATHOS

MADISON, WI: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, was invited to the Chazen Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, March 10, as a Guest Speak at the “Mount Athos in Context: Art, History, Ritual and Spirituality of Eastern Orthodox Monoasticism” Symposium.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art History has organized an exhibit “Holy Mountain: Icons from Mount Athos and Photographs by Frank Horlbeck” in the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery at the Chazen Museum of Art. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Athos is a beautiful, wooded and mountainous peninsula in Northeastern Greece that constitutes one of the most sacred sites for the Eastern Orthodox Christianity. It includes twenty working monasteries and their dependencies and a rich cultural heritage dating back as far as the tenth century.

Warmly welcomed by University Dean Karl Scholz, Professor of Art History Thomas Dale, Professor Emeritus Frank Horlbeck, Madison Parish Priest Michael Vanderhoef, and many of the other presenters today, Bishop Demetrios said "I will conclude this most cursory introduction to what is perhaps of greatest importance and influence of Mount Athos on the faithful of my Orthodox tradition: the beauty of the Holy Mountain - its physical beauty in its landscape and in its ancient architecture, in its iconography, and the beauty of its liturgical life - is one that inspires every pilgrim and visitor and moves the imagination of those who learn of it from afar."

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year for the official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org.

Bishop Demetrios to Visit East Moline Parish

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS WILL VISIT LOCAL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH AND OFFICIATE SUNDAY SERVICES

EAST MOLINE, IL: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, will visit Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 4900 Kennedy Drive in East Moline at 10:00am on Sunday, March 12. Bishop Demetrios will preside at Sunday services and visit afterwards with the local Greek Orthodox community.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just last year for the official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org.

 

Bishop Demetrios Visits Duluth

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church  in Duluth on Sunday, March 5. Bishop Demetrios officiated Sunday services and visited afterwards with the local Greek Orthodox community.

Archon Regional Commanders Host Symposium

The Metropolis of Chicago Regional Commanders of the Greek Orthodox Order of Saint Andrew (Archons) Gus Pablecas and John Manos visited St Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church in Valparaiso on today. Following Sunday Services they gave a presentation to the congregation, which totaled over 100 parishioners, concerning Indiana Senate Resolution 2.

Extra, Extra! Chicago Greeks in News Photographs 1930-1990

Extra, Extra! Chicago's Greeks in News Photographs is a stunning new coffee table book featuring over 150 news photographs from major Chicago newspapers spanning the decades from the onset of photography in newspapers from the 1930s-1990s.

Videos of 2017 Blessing of the Water Services

VIDEOS OF 2017 BLESSING OF THE WATER SERVICES

FEATURING SERVICES HELD THROUGHOUT THE METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO

CHICAGO, IL: A video review has been released of the 2017 Outdoor Blessing of the Water Services held in numerous parishes of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.  Each January 6, Eastern Orthodox Christians throughout the world celebrate Theophany, which in Greek mean “manifestation of God.” The feast day commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the revelation of the Holy Trinity.

One element of the feast’s observance is the Blessing of the Waters (Greek: Aghiasmos, “sanctification”).  Traditionally, is celebrated twice: once within the festal celebration within the church in a specially prepared font and, where possible, outdoors at a natural body of water. At each, a Crucifix is plunged into the water. For the outdoor blessing it is customary, in warmer climates, for the Cross to be retrieved by swimmers. 

The outdoor Blessing of the Water service at a major waterway is rare in this part of the United States due to our climate. This year the Metropolis of Chicago witnessed nine outdoor services within the six Midwest states we oversee:

A)    Des Plaines, Illinois, blessing the Des Plaines River,
B)    Peoria, Illinois, blessing the Illinois River
C)    Cedar Rapids, Iowa, blessing the Cedar River
D)    Sioux City, Iowa, blessing the Missouri River
E)    St Louis, Missouri, blessing the Mississippi River
F)    Dubuque, Iowa, blessing the Mississippi River
G)    Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, blessing the Mississippi River
H)    Rockford, Illinois, blessing the Rock River

Featured in this video compilation is Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos who attended several of these events.  He serves as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year for the official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website at www.Chicago.GoArch.org or our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MetropolisofChicago.

Olive Oil from Viannos Village

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and Laureotiki of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in Greece (Dodecanese Islands) has brought to the attention of our spiritual father, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago an informational and fund-raising project to benefit awareness of increased Turkish attempts to claim the island of Stongyli Megistis, the most south-eastern territory of Greece.