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  • Clean Audit Opinion Announced for 2020 and 2019 Financial Statements »

    July 12, 2021

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced it received an unqualified (clean) audit opinion of its 2020 and 2019 financial statements from the independent accounting firm of MichaelSilver & Company, LLC.

  • St. Nicholas of Oak Lawn, Illinois Parishioner John Vranas Named Winner of the 2021 National Oratorical Festival »

    June 22, 2021

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced that John Vranas, a parishioner of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois, has won this year’s Speech category of The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival.

  • Update on the Burton Place Property and Securing the New Metropolis Center »

    June 10, 2021

    The Metropolis of Chicago released an update on the efforts to sell the Burton Place Property and secure a new Metropolis Center.

  • Memorial Day Service Held at the Hellenic American Veterans Monument »

    June 9, 2021

    On Memorial Day, 2021, with great solemnity and respect, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, and Father Peter Sarolas presided together over the Hellenic American Veterans Monument at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. The memorial service was hosted by Hellenic Post #343 of the American Legion, the creator of the Hellenic American Veterans Memorial.

  • Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures »

    May 16, 2021

    With the latest developments in the effort to end the pandemic, effective immediately, subject to orders and directives of applicable state or local authorities, all parishes of our Holy Metropolis may cease requiring fully vaccinated people to use facemasks and observe social distancing. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a facemask over the nose and mouth and observing social distancing.

  • Metropolis of Chicago Announces a New Parish Advancement Initiative »

    May 6, 2021

    Inspired by the impact of the COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund established during the pandemic, 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 outreach.

  • Metropolitan Nathanael's 2021 Paschal Encyclical »

    April 29, 2021

    Having reached the final steps of our Lenten Journey to Pascha, we gather on this most blessed day of the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead to receive God’s universal invitation: Come, receive the Light! Overwhelmed by the weight of sin and guilt, we receive with great relief our Lord’s message: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).

  • Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha »

    April 29, 2021

    How far we have come since Easter of last year! Those were dark days, when our passing of the light of the Resurrection had to be virtual, even if no less heartfelt. But as we all know, it is always darkest before the dawn.

  • Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha »

    April 29, 2021

    Having completed the soul-profiting Lent and venerated the Lord’s Passion and Cross, behold today we are rendered participants of His glorious Resurrection, radiant through the feast and crying out with ineffable joy the world-saving announcement: “Christ is Risen!”

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Secures Church Building Space »

    April 22, 2021

    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced that Holy Trinity will move its liturgical services, ministries, and programs to the former St. Maria Goretti Church located at 10050 Ivanhoe Ave., Schiller Park, Illinois, 60176.

  • A Statement from the Metropolis of Chicago »

    April 19, 2021

    On April 18, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael began experiencing acute, persistent pain that was unusual in nature and unrelated to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, His Eminence was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was admitted and treated.

  • Junior Olympics Relaunches and Registration Opens for its 40th Year »

    April 15, 2021

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced the dates and registration information for its annual Junior Olympics, which will take place in person after last year’s cancellation caused by COVID-19.

  • Archiepiscopal and Synodal Encyclical for the Feast of the Annunciation and the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution »

    March 24, 2021

    The glorious Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos is the annual, joyful, commemoration of the Rebirth of the Greek Nation. This year, on the very day we praise the incarnation of the Son of God, we celebrate the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the beginning of the War for Independence, and the restoration of freedom after four centuries of oppression.

  • Metropolis of Chicago Releases its First-Ever “Annual Impact Report” for 2020 »

    March 22, 2021

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago today released its first-ever Annual Impact Report summarizing key actions and developments taken in 2020. The purpose of the report is to provide data and information related to the financial performance, ministry building, and community outreach of the Metropolis on an annual basis.

  • Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy and Great Lent »

    March 14, 2021

    With the good-will and grace of God, the giver of all good things, we are entering Holy and Great Lent, the arena of ascetic struggles. The Church knows the labyrinths of the human soul and the thread of Ariadne, the way out of all impasse – humility, repentance, the power of prayer and the sacred services of contrition, fasting that eliminates the passions, patience, obedience to the rule of piety.