Annual Motorcycle Blessing

Greek Orthodox Church offers Annual Blessing Service for
Motorcycle Riding Season

Greek American Motorcycle Association (GAMA) will Gather for
Blessing and Fundraiser Ride for Scholarship Program

HOMER GLEN, IL:  The Greek American Motorcycle Association and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will hold their 4th Annual Motorcycle Blessing Service on April 10, 2016, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church located at 15625 South Bell Road in Homer Glen. The service will be officiated by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, and will begin following Sunday services at approximately 12:00 p.m.

Assumption Pastor, Rev. Sotirios (Sam) Dimitriou noted, “What better way to kick off the summer riding season than to have His Grace, Bishop Demetrios, bless all the riders along with their motorcycles, by saying a prayer for their safety.  I’d like to think the riders will listen closely to the prayers for a safe riding season.”

“GAMA’s annual motorcycle blessing is a wonderful way for our members and our fellow Chicagoland supporters in the motorcycle community to start each riding season with a Holy Blessing,” said GAMA President John Corasis.  “It’s truly a spiritual feeling that gives you a sense of confidence riding your motorcycle throughout the riding season.”

“This is a wonderful and spiritual experience where Bishop Demetrios along with Fr. Sam Dimitriou bless the riders (along with their motorcycles) and wish them a safe riding season” said Nikos Karavitis, GAMA Media and Public Relations Officer. “It's refreshing to see how the church continues to reach out and embrace motorcycle enthusiasts and how this blessing continues to grow every year.”

This 4th Annual event is also a fundraiser ride for the GAMA Scholarship Program.  The fundraiser ride will begin immediately following the Blessing Service and will end at Zante Lounge in Palos Hills.

GAMA is proud to offer four (4) scholarships to attend the Greek Orthodox Fanari Summer Camp, which is held at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Southern Wisconsin. To apply for the $500 scholarships, students must submit an application by May 31, 2016.  Every applicant is required to submit a short essay which will help the selection committee to understand their motivations and desires to attend Fanari Camp.  Winners will be selected by June 4, 2016. The scholarships include transportation, room and board and activity fees at Fanari Camp. The application that could be found on the GAMA web site:

This Motorcycle Blessing Service is free and open to the public. Media coverage of this event is welcomed and encouraged. Interviews with Bishop Demetrios, Rev. Dimitriou, and others can be arranged by contacting John C. Ackerman at (309)635-7624 or