YAL – The Beatitudes – A Summary of Christian Living

Friday, 11 March 2016
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
2350 E Dempster St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Attention High Schoolers and Young Adults!

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church invites you all to an evening with Fr. Demetrios Carellas; 6pm Paraklesis followed by Ice Cream Bar and round-table presentation and discussion.

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Martha & Mary Maternity Home Grand Opening Dinner

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
2350 East Dempster Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tickets – $40 (+ credit card processing fee); sales through 3 November

The Martha & Mary Maternity Home Grand Opening Dinner


After years of preparation, the Martha & Mary Maternity Home will be opening! This home seeks to serve pregnant women who find themselves alone or without a safe home through pregnancy and childbirth by offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.

This ministry is operated under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, but with a pan-Orthodox board.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/martha-and-mary-maternity-house-tickets-18788887067?ref=ebtnebtckt. The website of the Martha & Mary Maternity Home can be found here: http://www.marthamarychicago.org/

The 2016 Holy Apostles Celebration of Books

27-31 March 2016
Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
2501 S Wolf Rd
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 562-2744

Holy Apostles Orthodox Church Celebration of Books 2016

Bookstore Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-2pm

Thousands of Orthodox books will be on display for all to browse and purchase for their library. The Celebration of Books is sponsored by The Metropolis of Chicago Religious Education Department.

Featured speakers:

27 March Dr. Lewis Patsavos
“The Holy Canons: Punitive – Judgmental – or Compassionate and Liberating – Perceived Impressions of the Holy Canon”

6:30pm Vespers
8pm Presentation

29 March Dr. Lewis Patsavos
“The Holy Canons: Punitive – Judgmental – or Compassionate and Liberating – Spiritual and Pastoral Dimensions of the Holy Canons”

6:30pm Compline
8pm Presentation

31 March Rev. Dr. George Dokos
“Concerning Frequent Communion”

6:30pm Compline
8pm Presentation

2016, Celebration of Books

Engaging Orthodoxy : The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture

Saturday, 5 March 2016
Anderson Chapel, North Park University
5159 N Spaulding Ave,
Chicago IL 60625

Engaging Orthodoxy: The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture

Orthodoxy is on the cusp of a major theological renaissance in the 21st century. Join North Park University in the inaugural event in this speaker’s series, designed to explore Orthodox theology as a vital religious force in American life and thought.

In his lecture, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will present an Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Gospel, and offer practical guidance on how local churches may keep it clear and central for each generation. Three respondents will offer thoughts and reflections, moderated by Dr. Bradley Nassif. The event will include a time for audience Q&A.

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For more information, please go to http://www.northpark.edu/orthodox.
(North Park News release)
To register, please go to http://engagingorthodoxy2016.eventbrite.com

North Park University will be live-streaming the entire event. To see the stream, please go to http://www.northpark.edu/live. Streaming typically begins 5-10 minutes before an event starts.

Be The Bee Retreat

27 February 2016
Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
1401 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Be The Bee Retreat

There’s still time to join Orthodox Christians from the Chicagoland area for this retreat, which is open to all Orthodox youth (6th-12th grade), parents, youth workers (18 years and older). Steven Christoforou, from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese video series, “Be the Bee”, will be lead this wonderful retreat!


Registration can be found here: http://bethebee.goarch.org/retreats.

More information can be found here: https://fanaricamp.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/be-the-bee-retreat-this-saturday-2-27-16/

“Be the Bee” is a weekly YouTube series exploring how we can focus on what is good and beautiful in our daily lives. The series can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/y2am

Following this event in Glenview, the Chicago YAL will have “Orthodoxy on Tap” with Steven Christoforou in downtown Chicago. Details for that event can be found here: https://orthodoxlifewi.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/orthodoxy-on-tap-part-1/

Great Escape Winter Camp

11-13 March 2016
St. Iakovos Retreat Center
1000 224th Ave.
Kansasville, WI 53139
$155 fee per camper due by March 4th (space limited to 60 campers grades 6-11)

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries announces its

Great Escape Winter Camp


This year’s theme is Presenting Ourselves To the Lord and is for youth in grades 6 through 11.

Registration packets are available at http://chicago.goarch.org .

Bus transportation will be provided.

For more information, contact Dn. Chris Avramopoulous at gochicagoyouth@aol.com or 312.337.4130.

St. Nicholas (Kenosha) Blini Dinner

5 March 2016
St. Nicholas Parish Hall
4304 17th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53140
Adults – $10, Children (ages 6-12) – $5, Children (5 & under) – free

St. Nicholas Church in Kenosha will be hosting a “Blini Dinner” with authentic Russian food. The menu includes kielbasa, blini (cheese-filled pancakes), kapusta (specially prepared cabbage), plus homemade desserts.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Pat Ciko at 847.875.7917. StNicholasBliniDinner2016

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Orthodoxy on Tap (part 1)

27 February 2016
11 E. Madison St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Orthodoxy on Tap a three-part winter series

Presenting Steven Christoforou, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and host of “Be the Bee”. “LIVING ORTHODOXY TODAY: WHERE GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE”



IOCC Special Presentation – “Your Faith in Action” – St. Nicholas Day

6 December 2015
St. Nicholas Church
4313 18th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53140-2707

As part of St. Nicholas’ celebration of the church’s patron saint, Nick Kasemeotes, gift officer for International Orthodox Christian Charities will be giving a brief talk about IOCC and a recent trip to the Middle East.

St. Nicholas - Kenosha

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St. John Kochurov Feast Day Dinner

Sunday, 1 November 2015
following the Divine Liturgy (ca. 12pm)
Holy Trinity Cathedral
1121 N. Leavitt
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Tickets: Adult- $20, Child (5-12) – $5, Teen (13-18) – $10

The St. John’s Society of Holy Trinity Cathedral welcomes you to a dinner commemorating the feast day of St. John of Chicago.


To make ticket reservations, please call Nancy at 773.282.3291.

Fr. John Kochurov (also spelled Kochuroff) was priest at Holy Trinity just before and after the turn of the 20th century. He was instrumental in the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral building, and served as a missionary not just to the Chicago area but to Orthodox Christians in many far-flung locales in the United States. In 1907, he returned to Russia, and, in October 1917, was the first priest murdered in the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Memory Eternal: Archpriest Sergei Garklavs

According to the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest, Archpriest Sergei Garklavs fell asleep in the Lord on October 19th.

Fr. Sergei was the adopted son of Archbishop John (Garklavs), who was the bishop of Riga, Latvia, and who, after emigrating, became Archbishop of the American Metropolia. The future Fr. Sergei was an altar boy and helped protect the Tikhvin Icon after it came into Bishop John’s possession. Bishop John, along with Fr. Sergei, were forced to leave Latvia, and arrived in the United States in 1949, with the icon still in their possession.

In the United States, Fr. Sergei married Alexandra Iowina, then was ordained first to the diaconate and then the priesthood. Fr. Sergei served in churches around the Chicago area, including Holy Virgin Protection Church in Gary, Indiana (now in Merrillville), and Saint Panteleimon Church, Argo, IL before becoming dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago.

After the death of Archbishop John in 1982, Fr. Sergei became the caretaker of the Tikhvin Icon, and it was he, who in 2004, returned it to Russia, amid great festivities.

Fr. Sergei was predeceased by his wife, Matushka Alexandra, and is survived by five children and eleven grandchildren.

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