Ministries

Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

The ministries of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago represent the works of the Church and are created on both the diocesan and parish levels to meet the needs, concerns, and expectations of the faithful as well as to positively impact parish communities. In short, ministries are the Christian faith in action.

The Metropolis of Chicago maintains several ministries focused on outreach, athletic, musical, fraternal, and cultural ministries, to name a few. All provide the opportunity for laypeople and clergy to come together and grow spiritually in fellowship, service, and community.

The Metropolis of Chicago welcomes recommendations from its faithful for ministry development. If you have a specific need for a ministry you wish to be considered, please read and complete this downloadable Request for Ministry Need form and an appropriate representative of the Metropolis will responded to you in a timely fashion.

Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
The mission of the Order of St. Andrew is to defend the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul, Turkey; promote its well-being and advancement;...
Choir Federation
Founded in 1957, the aim of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians of the Greek Orthodox Chicago Metropolis (Choir Federation) is to sustain the music ministries and traditions of the...
Clergy Syndesmos
The Clergy Syndesmos consists of the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. It is responsible for organizing various clergy retreats throughout the year while also supporting the many...
Family Synaxis
Family & Couples Ministry The Family Synaxis of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is a ministry committed to strengthening the bond of families through Orthodox praxis, or practice....
Greek Education
The Greek Education Department of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is focused on supporting the teaching, preservation and promotion of Greek education, Hellenic culture and history, and...
Project HOPE
The mission of Humanitarian Outreach and Philanthropic Engagement (HOPE) is to partner with parishes in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago (“Metropolis”) and with local networks to help...
Martha & Mary House
The Martha & Mary Maternity House in the northwest suburbs of Chicago offers practical, emotional, and spiritual support for expectant mothers who find themselves alone or without a good, safe...
Mission Team Chicago
Mission Team Chicago supports the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) by educating the Chicago Orthodox Christian communities about the needs of other developing Orthodox communities, both at...
The Mustard Seed Fund
On May 6, 2021, the Metropolis of Chicago announced the establishment of a new parish advancement initiative – the Mustard Seed Fund – to help drive parish growth through evangelism, welcoming, and...
Philoptochos
Philoptochos, the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the...
Philoxenia House
The Philoxenia House Ministry offers free temporary housing to individuals and families visiting the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, in need of shelter, spiritual healing and/or...
Presvytera Sisterhood
The mission of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Sisterhood of Presvyteres is to promote the spirit of Christian love among the Presvyteres of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago;...
Religious Education
The Religious Education Department of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago seeks to offer resources and training for parish educators and volunteers as well as to provide opportunities for youth...
St. Iakovos Retreat Center
The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is a 137-acre retreat facility located in the western corner of Kenosha county in beautiful Kansasville, WI. Settled on the 11-acre Friendship Lake with over 50 acres...
St. John Damascene League of Chanters
The St. John of Damascus League of Chanters is comprised of the Metropolis of Chicago chanters and assistant chanters. It aims to strengthen relationships among chanters of the Metropolis while...
TEAM Belong
TEAM Belong (That Every Ability May Belong; formerly known as Inclusion Awareness Day), is a ministry designed to create a sense of belonging among Orthodox Christians with disabilities, as well...
Youth & Young Adults
The Youth & Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) is the largest and most active ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Y2AM helps introduce youth and young adults to Christ and inspires...