Χριστός Ἀνέστη!


On Friday, May 29, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern Time (6:00 PM Central Time) the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Saint Photios National Shrine will present the Shrine's inaugural Commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/goarch/videos/2932667196783229/ or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/e6lYrVX529E.


The online version of this event is presented for all the faithful in place of a planned event at the Saint Photios Shrine that had to be cancelled in light of the current pandemic.


The video presentation is hosted by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the Hierarchal Proistamenos of the Shrine, and is entitled Haghia Sophia—the Jewel of Byzantium. Focusing on the historic Church of the Holy Wisdom, for centuries the cathedral of the imperial capital, the presentation also features a musical presentation by the eminent Greek recording artist Petros Gaitanos.


The annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople is not only a remembrance of the fall of the capital of the Roman Empire on May 29, 1453 by the Ottomans who finally took the “Queen of Cities” established by Saint Constantine the Great some eleven centuries earlier. It is also a celebration of Byzantine culture and the Hellenic culture that sprang from this pivotal event in world history.


Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos was appointed Hierarch Proistamenos of the Saint Photios Shrine in 2019. For many years he organized and produced a similar commemorative program, unique in our Archdiocese of America, when serving as Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago.


In the service of Christ,

+Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

Annual Vasilopita Event 2020

On January 19, 2020 we held our annual Vasilopita cutting and membership drive at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox church. In addition to cutting our Vasilopita we presented a short documentary on Melina Mercouri and her contribution to the promotion of cultural diplomacy and her dedication to spearheading the drive to return the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece. We would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event such a success.


Thank you for your support!



Την Κυριακή, 19 Ιανουαρίου, ο Σύλλογος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών υποδέχτηκε την ομογένεια σε μια όμορφη συγκέντρωση για το ετήσιο κόψιμο της Βασιλόπιτας, στην κοινοτική αίθουσα των Αγίων Ταξιαρχιών και Χαραλάμπους στο Niles, παρουσία του Πατέρα Γεώργιου Λαμπέρη. Παρ' όλο που η θερμοκρασία έξω ήταν μόλις 20°F, παρευρέθηκαν 65 άτομα που γενναιόδωρα πρόσφεραν τις ευχές και υποστήριξή τους στο φιλανθρωπικό έργο του συλλόγου. 


Η κυρία Εύα Κουριαλη-Thomas παρουσίασε μία σύντομη ομιλία με θέμα την επιστροφή των αρχαίων αγαλμάτων του Παρθενώνα από το Βρετανικό Μουσείο. Αναφέρθηκε επίσης στον "αγώνα ζωής" της αείμνηστης Υπουργού Πολιτισμού, Μελίνας Μερκουρης, να

επαναπατριστουν οι θησαυροί μας στο Μουσείο Ακρόπολης. Ακολούθησε σύντομο, Αγγλόφωνο ντοκυμαντέρ που ανέλυε την αρπαγή των αρχαίων αγαλμάτων του Παρθενώνα από το Λόρδο Έλγιν το 1801. 


Στην συνέχεια ο κύριος Νικόλαος Χαρισιαδης μίλησε για την ιστορία της Βασιλόπιτας και ακολούθησαν τα Πρωτοχρονιάτικα κάλαντα. Το κόψιμο της Βασιλόπιτας ξεκίνησε η κυρία Αγγελική Στεφανσoν και την συνέχισε η κυρία πρόεδρος, Άννα Χαρισιαδη. Το τυχερό φλουρί της Βασιλόπιτας το κέρδισε ο κύριος Λεωνίδας Χαρισιαδης!


Μοιράστηκαν νοστιμότατα σπιτικά μεζεδάκια, γιορτινά εδέσματα, παραδοσιακά γλυκίσματα, αναψυκτικά και καφές. Όλοι πέρασαν ένα μεσημέρι ενημερωτικό και φιλόξενο στην ζεστή ατμόσφαιρα του δημιούργησε ο Συλλόγος

Κωνσταντινουπολιτών Σικάγου.




Many of you were present at our showing of the movie “The Rose of Smyrna” and witnessed firsthand that we had an unexpected high attendance - 223 people to be exact! We started from 60 the week before, climbed to 120, and we would have been satisfied with the 160 reservations.   


The RSVPs we have learned from the past are always surpassed by the attendance, the question was how much food to acquire in order to accommodate everyone.  The ladies in their great wisdom were able to amass ample quantities as they anticipated more attendance.  Nothing extra was left and we had no waste.  We thank everyone profoundly for participating and honoring us with their presence. 

We will do it again!


Be on the lookout for another date in which we are planning on showing “The Politiki Kouzina”, the original showing of which was in 2005 at St. Andrew’s gym.  We think it is time to reshow the movie and reconnect with its theme.


We encourage you to send us your e-mail address to the following: hellenicsocietyofconstantinople@comcast.net  so we can give you a heads up! 


We thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you at the next showing!


We would also like to thank the Consul General of Greece, Mrs. Ekaterina Demakis and her family, and the Vice Consul of Greece, Mr. Stathis Loukopoulos for honoring us with their presence.

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming holiday season!


To the following Donors,

our Heartfelt “Thank You”


Bousis, Eleni

Chicago Greek Press

Fiesta Market

Giannoulias, Anna

Gyros Express

Kyros, Dr. Chris & Harriett

Metropoulos, Tammy

Olympia Foods

Omogeneia Newspaper

St. George Greek Orthodox Church

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