I am a lifelong Central Illinois resident and a parishioner of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria. My wife's parents are immigrants from a small village outside Athens. My wife (Maria) and I have two young sons, Christian age 4 and Dimitrios age 3. I am also a member of Chicago Metropolitan Council.
Elmhurst, IL: Eikona, a three sister ensemble, held a fundraiser concert tonight hosted by St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. Over 140 attended the event with proceeds from the fundraiser going to St Nicholas National Shrine in New York City, New York.
Eikona, who have childhood ties to Chicago, consists of sisters Presvytera Stacey Dorrance, Presvytera Marika Brown, and Chrysanthy Therianos. The groups mission is to inspire more people to express their Faith through the magnificent hymns of our church. For 23 years since formerly establishing themselves as Eikona, the sisters have released 10 CDs, with hymns in Greek and English, releasing one every few years. Over the years, they have performed in over a dozen states, giving concerts, workshops and directing various choirs. This year in November they will be assisting at the Church Music Conference in Southampton, NY.
St Nicholas National Shrine in New York City, New York, is currently under construction. Directly across the street from the National 9/11 Twin Towers Memorial in Downtown Manhattan, the National Shrine will stand in memory of the former St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church which was destroyed on 9/11 by the collapse of its gigantic neighbor – the former South Tower of the Twin Towers.
The only church destroyed by the events of 9/11, some of the last witnesses to view St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church reported the landing gear of one of the planes that struck the Twin Towers was on the roof of the church before the Twin Towers collapsed. Many if the Holy Relics within the church would never be recovered, including the relics of St Nicholas, St Catherine, and St Sabbas the Sanctified, which had been donated to the church by Emperor Saint Nicholas II, the last czar of Imperial Russia.
The new St Nicholas National Shrine will not only serve as a parochial Greek Orthodox Church but additional as a nondenominational bereavement center and memorial shrine. The $35 million domed structure to the south of the memorial will glow at night through a veneer of white Pentelic marble, from the same vein in Greece that was quarried to construct the Parthenon.
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is lead by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and oversees all Greek Orthodox parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana.
You can find more information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago at www.Chicago.GOArch.org. For more information on Eikona, please visit their website at www.Eikona.com. To make a contribution to or for more information on St Nicholas National Shrine, please visit their website at www.StNicholasWTC.org.
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