Almost a decade ago the dream of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos was to have a place of peace. Where the parishes and parishioners of the Metropolis of Chicago could connect with each other, rejuvenate, and grow in their faith. Additionally, the hope and prayer was to also finally build a home for the wildly successful camping program Fanari, which has changed the lives of thousands of campers in its over four decades of youth ministry. Through the love, dedication, and contributions of so many in the Metropolis of Chicago these hopes, prayers, and dreams have finally become a reality.  Therefore, it with great honor that we cordially invite all to join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center on Saturday June 13, 2015 at 11:00 am.

The day will begin at 11:00 am with the liturgical celebration of an Agiasmo Service and blessing of the new facilities, followed by lunch. Tours will be offered as well as wagon rides and visits to the barn. Additionally, the walking trails featuring the beautiful Proskinitaria will be open for those seeking tranquility amongst God's creation. 

The cost for the event is a freewill donation that can be made to the St. Iakovos Retreat Center.

RSVP's for the event can be made through your local parishes office. If you are not associated with a local parish, contact us at 

Parking is limited check with your local parish for transportation opportunities. 

We hope and pray that the entire metropolis family can gather together; the day has finally arrived to celebrate and launch this unique ministry of our Church. 

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