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The Metropolis of Chicago releases its 2022 Annual Impact Report: Emerging Growth through Prayerful Cultivation


LOMBARD, IL, March 10, 2023 – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis today announced the release of its 2022 Annual Impact Report, “Emerging Growth through Prayerful Cultivation.” Executive Director, Vicki Karl, noted: “The title of this year’s report refers to the promising growth that has begun to emerge through our efforts to cultivate a stronger, more vibrant Church. We are heartened by our progress this year, and believe it portends an even brighter future for our Orthodox faith in the Midwest.” 

The report provides an update on the Metropolis’ finances, operations, and programs, and its progress in advancing its goals and mission. Some highlights of this year’s report, include: 

  • Religious Literacy: The launch of Living Water Productions, a platform for delivering innovative religious education resources, including “The Person of Christ,” the first video series presented by world-renowned theologian, Fr. Alexis Torrance.
  • Philanthropy: A report on the expansion of the Metropolis’ Project HOPE food ministry, which served close to 500,000 meals in 2022 alone.
  • Ministries: An update on the recipients of the Metropolis’ first Mustard Seed grants, including a look at the phenomenally successful Chicago Bike Project, created by the parishioners at our St. George parish in Chicago.
  • Sustained Future: The formation of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Foundation as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and its plans to invest for the long-term support of the Metropolis and its parishes.
  • Finances: A presentation of the solid financial condition of the Metropolis and our third consecutive clean audit—a testament to our promise of accountability and transparency to the faithful.

“Essentially, our 2022 Annual Impact Report is a testament to many of our achievements, none of which would have been possible without the efforts of our Metropolis team—our staff and volunteers, our clergy and laity,” said His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago. “I am deeply inspired by what we may achieve in the years ahead as a community united and grounded in Christ.”

About the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago 

Tracing its roots back to 1923, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is the diocese of Greek Orthodox faithful in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Indiana, and southeastern Missouri, consisting of 58 parishes and two monastic communities. The Metropolis is one of nine regions in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. The general offices of the Metropolis are temporarily located in Lombard, Illinois. For more information and to get involved, visit our website, join a Strategic Planning Team, and sign up to receive Metropolis news.