Clergy Laity Assembly Presentation

On September 26th, 2019 the St. Iakovos Retreat Center made a presentation during a Plenary Session at the Clergy Laity Assembly which took place in Minneapolis Minnesota. During this presentation members of the Board of Directors spoke on behalf of the retreat center including its history and background, as well as its current financial situation. In person testimonials were given by Mr. Paul Kaors of Minneapolis, sharing the impact and value of the Retreat Center’s Ministry. Lastly, the Retreat Center Board of Directors asked the assembly to continue the parish support of the retreat center for 2020 and 2021, a motion which passed by overwhelming majority.

Additionally, the Board of Directors is seeking support from the Parishes, Philoptochos Chapters and Parishioners of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago for the 2019 budget shortfall of $270,000.00.

It was asked that the materials shared during the presentation be made available on our website so that they can be shared at the parish level. Here you will find all the materials needed to share with your parish. Please note that the presentation deck asks that you watch two videos, this can be done one of two ways; 1) using the link below, click on the title of the video and open the video in a new tab to be played via YouTube. Or, 2) Watch the videos which are embedded directly in this page.

Video’s Via YouTube Link

Just click on the title below and a new browser window will pop open with your video via the Retreat Center’s YouTube Channel.

VIDEO 1: Experience the St. Iakovos Retreat Center

Video 2: Why Should We Own the Retreat Center

Embedded Video’s

Below are both the video’s you are asked to watch through the above decking, just hit play on each video when the desk asks you too!

Video 1: Experience the St. Iakovos Retreat Center

Video 2: Why Should We Own the Retreat Center

Fanari Winter Camp | March 22-24

Fanari Winter Camp | March 22-24

Our beloved Fanari Camping Ministry hosted their annual Winter Camp March 22nd- 24th. Over 95 campers stayed in the cabins and enjoyed a weekend of Faith, fun and fellowship while getting a preview of Summer camp.


Archons Retreat | March 1-2

The Archon’s held their annual retreat with Metropolitan Nathanael as their key note speaker. The group of nearly 30 individuals engaged in fellowship while learning about their Faith, and reinforced their commitment to their ministry.

Family Synaxis Men’s Retreat | Feb. 22-23

Family Synaxis Men’s Retreat | Feb. 22-23

The Family Synaxis Ministry hosted their Men’s Retreat February 22nd-23rd at the retreat center. The retreat was led by Dn. Perry Hamalis and had over 30 men in attendance from across the Metropolis. Sessions and overnight stay took place in the log lodge as well as the Tomaras Lodge.



OCF Midwest Spring Retreat | Feb. 22-24

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) rock stars enjoyed another weekend of Faith and fellowship during their regional retreat February 22nd-24th. The retreat was led by Fr. John and Presvytera Rallis and over 70 students were in attendance.

Marquette University Retreat | Feb. 15-17

The Salt and Light group from Marquette University hosted a religious retreat for about 25 of their students. The students had an engaging retreat while growing their relationships with God and each other. The group stayed in the cottages and utilized the log lodge.

OCA Training Program | Feb. 12-14

The OCA (Orthodox Church of America) organized a national facilitators training program for creating and sustaining vibrant peer learning groups for Orthodox clergy and clergy wives. Dr. Albert Rossi was the keynote speaker.

Holy Cross Ladies Retreat | Feb. 8-10

Holy Cross Ladies Retreat | Feb. 8-10

The ladies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Justice, IL stayed in the log lodge at the retreat center for a cozy and rejuvenating retreat February 8th-10th. They enjoyed fellowship and education over a fire for a beautiful experience.


SE Quilters of Wisconsin | Feb. 8-11

SE Quilters of Wisconsin | Feb. 8-11

The fabulous ladies apart of the Southeast Quilters of Wisconsin have returned for an exciting weekend of extreme quilting. This group transforms the downstairs area of the Tomaras Lodge to a hub of quilting stations for over 25 people.


St. Paul Coptic Church Retreat | Feb. 1-2

Over a dozen parishioners from St. Paul Coptic Church stayed in the main lodge during their retreat February 1st-2nd. The group enjoyed each other’s company while learning and growing together.

Family Synaxis Women’s Retreat | Jan 25-26, 2019

The Family Synaxis Ministry hosted a wonderful Women’s Retreat January 25th and 26th where they stayed in the Tomaras Lodge. More than 30 women from across the Metropolis gathered for an inspiring and uplifting retreat lead by a Metropolis of Chicago native, Mother Macrina from Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI. The women were able to reconnect with friends and connect with new faces during a peaceful yet fun retreat.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church | Jan. 18-20, 2019

St. Paul’s Catholic Church hosted over 100 youth at their retreat January 18th-20th in the Tomaras Lodge and Log Lodge. This large group enjoyed the company of their peers while learning and growing in their faith.

The Ark January 2019

The January 2019 edition of The Ark is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.

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