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Chicago Synergy Annual Symposium

Retreat with Father Barnabas Powell - October 10, 2015

Bible Study begins on October 18, 2015 at St. Nikoal in Brookfield, IL

Stewardship Retreat with Bill Marianes

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Chicago Synergy organized a Pan Orthodox Stewardship Retreat presented by Bill Marianes. The day’s agenda focused on many aspects of Stewardship from a new and different perspective. Over 60 attendees met at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Palos Park Illinois.

Topics included:

  • The importance of Greeters in the parish and the critical role they play

  • How you can witness the Orthodox faith when presented with your own “Jerusalem moment”

  • The creation of a Ministry Book to identify and describe the parish’s ministries, leaders and contact information

  • Visiting Stewards at their homes and how this increases interest and support

  • Developing your Stewardship team and the role they play in growing commitments

  • The college student ministry and why this makes such a positive impact within your Church community

  • A new look at the parish council/executive board with the members and Clergy at the center and the respective Ministry leaders forming a supportive circle around them

  • Strategic planning from the Orthodox and Stewardship perspective and why this is a necessary process to support future growth

The speaker, Bill Marianes, has traveled throughout the country, for the past eight years, every available weekend and logged over 180,000 miles as a “stewardship and strategic planning evangelist” inspiring parishes and parishioners to understand what true Orthodox Christian stewardship is, how to live their stewardship calling and how to reorganize and re-energize their Parish.

Father Ljubomir Krstic, parish priest at Holy Trinity in St. Louis MO, drove over a total of nine hours to attend. He commented “that it was well worth the trip and I’m looking forward to attending again in the future.”

Chicago Synergy is working with Bill to plan a few more retreats in the Midwest. Please visit for future updates. You can also access Bill’s materials at



2015 Stewardship Retreat

2015 Stewardship Retreat

2015 Stewardship Retreat

Holy Week in Chicago

Holy Week in Chicago Photo Album

2015 Pan-Orthodox Holy Week in Chicago

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2015 Triumph of Orthodox Vespers

The Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers were held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois. Several of the local Hierarchs and Clergy celebrated this service. Those that attended found this to be a blessed evening. Please click this link to view the pictures.

Father Demetrios Carellas' retreat in Chicago

On Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosted Father Demetrios Carellas, Chaplain of the Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. 

This two day seminar was titled “Come Let Us Go to the Mountain of The Lord – A Patristic Look Into the Spiritual Treasury of the Beatitudes."  These sessions focused on 4,5 & 6. 

  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 

  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 

  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

    Papa Demetri discussed these Beatitudes and their impact upon our lives as Orthodox Christians. For example, when reflecting on righteousness, we are challenged by the passions. They cause a self-centered existence not a God centered existence. Passions start with forgetfulness, laziness and ignorance. The earthly can never satisfy our hunger – we must be Christ centered to satisfy this hunger. 

    When we consider God’s mercy, we find that sinful people need:

  • God’s mercy as opposed to just His judgment

  • God’s long suffering for repentance

  • The soul’s impulse to be towards repentance

  • Forgiveness of sins but only with the forgiveness of others

Throughout the presentations, Papa Demetri emphasized how much God loves us and that to be Orthodox we have to focus on the mystical and open our hearts as this is His dwelling place within us. As we progress through our faith we may struggle with Him or experience agony without Him! The choice is ours.

The Orthodox Christian Churches of Chicago Welcome You!

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SYNERGY is a Pan-Orthodox organization,  consisting of Clergy and lay representatives of Chicago-area Orthodox Christian parishes who seek to project awareness of Orthodox Christianity to the public at large.

Established in 1990, SYNERGY works together with its parent organization, the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, and with the blessings of the Chicago-area Orthodox Hierarchs. Our primary objective is to provide religious education opportunities via the Annual Symposium, seminars and the web site. SYNERGY represents the following Orthodox Christian Jurisdictions:                   

 Albanian Orthodox                                           

 Antiochian Orthodox                                                     

 Bulgarian Orthodox                     

 Byelo-Russian Orthodox

 Carpatho-Russian Orthodox

 Greek Orthodox

 Orthodox Church in America

 Romanian Orthodox

 Russian Orthodox

 Serbian Orthodox

 Ukrainian Orthodox

 SYNERGY  is always looking for new members! Check our calendar below for upcoming meeting dates and locations, or email our organization at




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We represent the following Orthodox jurisdictions:

Albanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Bulgarian Orthodox, Byelo-Russian Orthodox, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox
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