On June 13th 2015 over 250 faithful gathered in prayer to celebrate the Grand Opening of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. The Service of the Agiasmo was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, assisted by His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Dcn. Chris Avramopoulos and other Metropolis Clergy. In attendance with the many faithful was Mr. Chris Tomaras the Grand Benefactor of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center and Mr. John Papaps son of the late Theodore Pappas a Great Benefactor of the Retreat Center. 

In a symbolic moment the ribbon to the new facilities was literally cut by His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and His Grace Bishop Demetrios Of Mokissos, as well as Mr. Tomaras and Mr. Pappas. Additionally, Mr. Bill J. Vranas the president of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors and Mr. George Vorvoulis, the "God Father" and finder of the Retreat Center property, participated in this historic moment. 

The day was overflowing with joy to see this home and dream of His Eminence finally open its doors. Thanks and gratitude filled the air for those who have worked so hard, giving of their time, talents and treasures to launch this unique ministry of the Metropolis of Chicago. 

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A Special word of thanks to the St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors who have provided guidance for this ministry since its inception.