ECCLESIA, Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis Book

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Explore the establishment and growth of the ecclesiastical Greek Orthodox churches. Documented for the first time in one place through personal interviews with dozens of priests and parishioners. Discover the Greek immigrant community, fundamental beliefs and history, as well at the meaning of Greek orthodoxy icons and symbols. If you are new to Orthodoxy, this book will illuminate Orthodox Christianity with its simple text and explanations

Author: Panos Fiorentinos ('s founder)

Bulk discounts for fundraisers and church organizations.

  • A monumental photographic and historical journey through the entire Greek Orthodox Metropolis (Archdiocese) of Chicago
  • Spans 59 individual parishes of Greek Orthodox Churches in six states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, northwest Indiana and northwest Missouri
  • More than 400 richly colored photographs of Greek Orthodox churches with interior and exterior pictures
  • Book is signed by author
  • Measures 11" x 11" with 224 pages, ISBN 0-9759782-0-9
  • Read the review from The Institute for Sacred Architecture here   
  • Listen to a NPR interview with Panos, the author, about the book here

Greek Orthodox Churches included in this volume: ILLINOIS: St. Athanasios of Aurora, Three Heirarchs of Champaign, Annunciation of Chicago, Holy Trinity of Chicago (before it was sold), St. Andrew of Chicago, Old St. Basil of Chicago (before the fire), St. Demetrios of Chicago, St. George of Chicago, Annunciation of Decatur, St. John the Baptist of Des Plaines, Assumption of East Moline, St. Sophia of Elgin (old church), St. Demetrios of Elmhurst, Sts. Peter and Paul of Glenview, Assumption of Hegewisch, All Saints from Joliet, Holy Cross of Justice, Annunciation of Kankakee, Ascension of Our Lord, Lincolnshire (old church), Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos, St. Nicholas of Oak Lawn, Assumption of Olympia Fields, St. Nectarios of Palatine, St. Spyridon of Palos Heights, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Palos Hills, All Saints of Peroia, St. George of Rock Island, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Rockford, St. Anthony's of Springfield, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Swansea, St. Demetrios of Waukegan (old church), Holy Apostles of Westchester   INDIANA: St Demetrios of Hammond, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Merrillville, St. George of Schererville, St. Andrew of South Bend, St. Iakovos of Valparaiso   IOWA: St. John the Baptist of Cedar Rapids, St. George of Des Moines, St. Elias the Prophet of Dubuque (old church), Holy Transfiguration of Mason City, Holy Trinity of Sioux City, St. Demetrios of Waterloo  MINNESOTA: Twelve Holy Apostles of Duluth, St. Mary's of Minneapolis, Sts. Anargyroi Cosmas and Damianos (old church), St. George of St. Paul   MISSOURI:   St. Luke the Evangelist of Columbia (old church), St. Nicholas of St. Louis, Assumption of Town and Country   WISCONSIN: St. Nicholas of Appleton (demolished), Holy Trinity of Fond du Lac, Assumption of Madison, Annunciation of Milwaukee, Dormition of the Theotokos, St. Spyridon of Sheboygan, Sts. Constantine and Helen of Wauwatosa


Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Antony Xenios
Great piece of art for reading and gracing your household!

Well done, by Panos Fiorentinos! He should be the only one doing the rest of the Dioceses churches throughout the USA, and even further.

Clifford T. Argue, Hellenic Journal
S.F. Native Publishes Photo Book of Midwest Churches

"A life-long member of Holy Trinity parish in San Francisco, Fiorentinos coupled his strong involvement in the Church with his new found ability with photography when he moved to Chicago a few years ago. There he began taking pictures of the exterior and interior of the many Greek Orthodox Churches in the area, eventually photographing all 59 parishes in the Metropolis (Diocese) of Chicago. The results of his labor of love and faith are beautifully displayed in a wonder new 'coffee table' book. Included are everything from great cathedrals to small chapels, as well as converted former Protestant churches, Jewish synagogues, and non-religious buildings, all now serving as houses of worship for the Greek Orthodox faithful in the Midwest. Through Fiorentinos'
lens, we see not only the varying styles of architecture, often striving to preserve some form of Byzantine traditions, but also a detailed look at the interior iconography and layouts in each parish. Together with more detailed excerpts of histories of the Greek communities of Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis, theses summaries give fascinating insights into the migration of Greeks to the Midwest and the importance they placed in establishing and fostering their Greek Orthodoxy in their new homeland. Finally, through scholarly well illustrated essays by noted Orthodox authors, Ecclesia provides the reader with a short course in church theology, history, iconography, symbols and lives of the saints for whom churches are named, making this volume a valuable resource on the Orthodox faith. It's is an ideal gift for anyone interested in church architecture and local community history."
Condensed from a review appearing in the Hellenic Journal 12/2004

Van Argyrakis, Attorney
For someone else

"...I was surprised that such a book existed because I had no heard of such a book before. I bought the book to give to a friend for Christmas, but when it arrived at my house I enjoyed so much that I kept it myself. I was intrigued by the stories of each parish and how they came to be and the struggles that many of them face to survive. But what struck me the most was how beautiful the photographs were and how they reminded me of the beauty of our liturgy and how I value being an Orthodox Christian. I look at the book regularly especially when I need some inspiration. I highly recommend the book to all Orthodox Christians."
Reviewed 6/2006

Patty Christopulos, Manager Light and Life Publishing

"Allow me to go on the record as saying, your book is a masterful work of art and writing!"
Reviewed 6/2006


"We were pleased to see your article/press release in the Orthodox Observer - of course published late as usual. I left the paper on the table so I could cut out the article and Sophia as it on her own and was all excited - "Panos' book, Panos' book! It's in the newspaper !!" and ran around the house with it. Then I read her a few lines and she said "WELL, doesn't it say who he is MARRIED TOO?!!!!" Then she sang a song about Nouna (godmother) and Nouno (godfather) and ran around the house singing about how great you were. She is funny. I told if she acted nicer when she you in person it would be better than singing all this when you weren't here to hear it."
From an email 11/2005