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.

Download Event Flyer (PDF)

For more information, please go to
(North Park News release)
To register, please go to

North Park University will be live-streaming the entire event. To see the stream, please go to 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:

More information can be found here:

“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:

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:

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”



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.

Download the PDF Flyer

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.

Diocese of the Midwest post

St. George Cathedral Centennial Banquet

Sunday, 25 October 2015
St George Cathedral
917 N Wood St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

12:30pm Social Hour & Appetizers
1:30pm Banquet & Entertainment

Tickets: $75 adult/$35 children (6-12)
Please purchase tickets by October 18
Tickets can be purchased at the candle desk at church or by calling 312.666.5179

St. George Cathedral Centennial Banquet

Celebrating 100 years of Life in Christ!


Full schedule of celebrations:

Sat., October 24
3:00 pm Moleben of Thanksgiving
3:30 pm Memorial Service for the Departed of the Parish
4:00 pm Great Vespers
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception at Erie Café

Sun., October 25
9:30 am His Grace Bishop PAUL Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
12:30 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
1:00 pm Dinner and Entertainment

For more information, please see