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.


Ministry Directory

  • Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

    The fundamental goal of the Order of St. Andrew is to address an ongoing concern for religious freedom and the defense of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Read More

  • Choir Federation

    Our organization is a ministry arm of the Chicago Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church. We represent the church musicians of our Metropolis, whether they are member choirs, individual stewards, or chanters. Read More

  • Clergy Syndesmos

    The Clergy Syndesmos consists of all the clergy of our Metropolis. As a body, the Syndesmos arranges for various clergy retreats throughout the year while also supporting the many ministries of our Metropolis. Read More

  • Family Synaxis

    The Metropolis Family Synaxis is a ministry committed to strengthening the bond of families through Orthodox praxis (practice), workshops and discussions, fellowship and, above all, our assembly as the worshipping Body of Christ. Read More

  • Greek Education

    The Greek Education Department is focused on supporting the teaching, preservation and promotion of Greek education, Hellenic culture and history, and Orthodox tradition. Read More

  • HOPE

    Through Humanitarian Outreach and Philanthropic Engagement (HOPE) our mission is to support children, families, and individuals by partnering with Metropolis of Chicago Parishes and local networks to help achieve food security and stable housing. Read More

  • Martha & Mary House

    The Martha and 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 home through pregnancy and childbirth. Read More

  • Mission Team Chicago

    Mission Team Chicago supports the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) by educating the Chicago Orthodox Christian communities about the needs of developing Orthodox communities both local and afar, serving these communities, promoting the programs of the OCMC, and fundraising. Read More

  • Order of the Myrrhbearing Women

    The Order of the Myrrhbearing Women was established in 2020 in recognition of the leadership, gifts and service that distinguished women offer the Orthodox Church. These women are committed to the Order’s mission of leading initiatives focused on preserving and growing the Church. Read More

  • 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 imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities, and the victims of disasters. Read More

  • Philoxenia House

    The Philoxenia House Ministry demonstrates love for our “neighbor,” which is a pillar of our Orthodox Christian Faith and provides hospitality that is representative of our heritage. Read More

  • Presvytera Sisterhood

    The purpose of the Metropolis of Chicago Sisterhood of Presvyteres is to promote the spirit of Christian love, provide opportunities for Presvyteres, and allow the spread of outreach programs. Read More

  • Religious Education

    The Religious Education Department of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago seeks to offer resources and training for our parish educators and volunteers as well as to provide opportunities for youth and adults to form a firm foundation of faith and tradition. Read More

  • St. Iakovos Retreat Center

    The St. Iakovos Retreat Center is a 137-acre facility located in the western corner of Kenosha county in beautiful Kansasville, WI. The Center serves as a setting for events like retreats, camps, weddings, and family reunions. Read More

  • 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 the relationships among chanters in our Metropolis, while cultivating them morally and spiritually. Read More

  • TEAM-W/Inclusion Awareness Day

    TEAM-W (That Every Ability May Worship; formerly known as Inclusion Awareness Day), is a ministry designed to create a sense of belonging among Orthodox Christians with disabilities, as well their families, in their parishes. Read More

  • 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 them to live out their relationship with the Lord and His Church on a daily basis. Read More