His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America’s Archepiscopal visit to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago took place from March 23-March 25. His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael and the Archbishop of America participated in a full schedule of events, including presiding over Vespers and Liturgy services in celebration of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. In support of Archbishop Elpidophoros’ visit, a contingency of Chicago Area Archons attended those services.
On March 24, the Metropolis of Chicago Archon Regional Commanders, along with Archons Dimitris Bousis and Dr. Stilianos Efstratiadis, attended Vespers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on LaSalle Street in Chicago; Archon Robert Buhler attended Vespers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee.
On Friday morning, March 25, Archbishop Elpidophoros, together with Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago, Metropolis Chancellor Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion and clergy, took part in Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago in celebration of the church’s feast day. After the service, the faithful celebrated Metropolitan Nathanael’s four-year anniversary at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. The Regional Commanders, along with Archons Dimitris Bousis, Fred Chapekis, Dr. Stilianos Efstratiadis and Jim Logothetis were in attendance.
On Friday evening, the Archbishop of America presided over Great Vespers and Salutations to the Theotokos at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. Archon Regional Commander John Manos, along with Archons Jeffery Chrones, Alexander Gianaras, Tom Kanelos, Lou Laros, Lou Malevitis, Theodore Sepsis and Bill J. Vranas.