By dogcatcher on February 25th, 2012
  Parishes Impacted by the Ephraimite Movement GOTR has conducted numerous interviews of Clergymen, Parish Council members and members of the laity and has compiled a list of those parishes located within a 50 mile radius of the Metropolis of Chicago. We have concluded that every one of these parishes has been exposed to varying degrees of the Ephraimite Movement. Some have a few loyal Ephraimites sitting in the pews for the Divine Liturgy while others have a very high number of Ephraimite parishioners. Moreover, there are parishes which have crossed the line and are committed to the Ephraimite camp. The parishes with the strongest relationship to the Monasteries of Elder Ephraim are: 1. St. John the Baptist Church 2350 Dempster Street Des Plaines, IL 60016 Rev. Fr. John Rallis 2. St. George Church of Chicago 2701 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 Rev. Fr. George Bessinas 3. St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Schererville 528 77th Avenue Schererville, IN 46375 Rev. Fr. Constantine Aliferakis 4 St. Basil Church 733 S. Ashland Chicago, IL 60607 Rev. Fr. Pantelemon Dalianas 5 Holy Cross Church 7560 S. Archer Road Justice, IL 60458 Rev. Athanasios Pieri The churches where it appears that the clergy or certain powerful parishioners are trying to move the community into the direction of the Ephraimite movement and need to be closely monitored are: 1. St. Demetrios Church of Chicago 2727 W. Winona St. Chicago, IL 60625 Rev. Fr. Apostolos N. Georgiafentis Rev. Fr. Peter Sarolas 2. St. Demetrios Church 1400 N. O’Plaine Road Libertyville, IL 60048 Rev. Fr. Cosmas J. Halekakis 3. Sts. Constantine & Helen Church 11025-45 South Roberts Road Palos Hills, IL 60465 Rev. Fr. Nicholas W. Jonas Rev. Fr. Byron S. Papanikolau-Priest-Emeritus 4. Sts. Spyridon Church 12307 S. Ridgeland Palos Heights, IL 60363 Rev. Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos 5. Kimissis Tis Theotokou Church 1335 S. Green Bay Road Racine, WI 53406 Rev. Fr. John Ketchum 6. Sts. Constantine & Helen Church 108 North Fifth Street Rockford, IL 61107 Rev. Fr. Demetrios Kounovis Parishes that appear to have one priest that may be sympathetic to the Ephraimite Cause are: 1. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 601 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644 V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Bakakos 2. Holy Trinity Church 6041 West Diversey Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 Rev. Fr. George C. Kaloudis Rev. Fr. Soterios Malamis 3. St. Constantine & Helen Cathedral 8000 Madison St. Merrilville, IN 46410 Rev. Fr. Theodore Poteres Rev. Fr. Christ Margellos Parishes that appear to have the Ephraimite issue under some control but stronger than a trace element of the problem exists and may be growing are: 1. St. Demetrios Church 893 Church Road Elmhurst, IL 60126 Rev. Fr. Andrew Georganas Rev. Fr. Peter Malamis-Priest Emeritus 2. St. Nicholas Church 10301 S. Kolmar Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Rev. Fr. John E. Artemas 3. St. Sophia Church 525 Church Road Elgin, IL 60123 Rev. Fr. Andrew G. Karamitos The following parishes have done an excellent job of retarding the growth and development of an Ephraimite culture within their parishes. These particular parishes have clergy who are to be commended in their personal efforts to handle these and the related problems without any support from the Hierarchs. In no particular order they are: 1. Annunciation Cathedral 1017 N. Ashland Chicago, IL 60610 Rev. Fr. Nicholas I. Nikokavouras Rev. Fr. Symeon Johnson 2. St. Andrew Church 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660 Rev. Fr. John Kalomas Rev. Fr. John Kutulas, Emeritus 3. St. Athanasios Church 1855 East 5th Ave. Aurora, IL 60504 Rev. Fr. Peter Spiro Rev. Dn. Vasilios Smith 4. All Saints Church 102 North Broadway Joliet, IL 60453 Rev. Fr. Steven C. Bithos 5. Holy Taxiarchi and St. Haralambos 7373 Caldwell Ave. Niles, IL 60714 Rev. Fr. Constantine Botsis Rev. Fr. Chrisanthos Kerkeres 6. Ascension of our Lord 1207 Riverwoods Rd. Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Rev. Fr. James S. Gordon 7. Sts. Peter & Paul Church 1401 Wagner Rd. Glenview, IL 60025 Rev. Fr. Angelo J. Artemas 8. Assumption Church 20401 S. Western Ave. Olympia Fields, IL 60461 Rev. Fr. Sotirios Dimitriou 9. Assumption Church 13631 Brainard Ave. Hegewisch, IL 60633 10. St. Nectarios Church 133 South Roselle Rd. Palatine, IL 60067 Rev. Fr. Peter G. Balkas 11. St. Demetrios Church 7021 Hohman Ave. Hammond, IN 46324 Rev. Fr. David G. Bissias 12. St. Iakavos Church 352 Chicago St. P.O. Box 149 Valporaiso, IN 46383 Rev. Fr. James Greanias When tracking the Ephraimite movement, please keep in mind the following information; • We have only reviewed the churches within a 50 mile radius of Chicago; • We have received reports about afflicted parishes in all other Metropolises in the United States except for the Metropolis of Boston and the Metropolis of Detroit; • The number of incidents reported from Florida, Western Pennsylvania, California, Alabama and other states continue to grow on a regular basis; • The growth and development of the Monasteries founded by Elder Ephraim has caused a disruption to and a financial drain on parishes in every Metropolis except for Boston; • At the core of this issue is power, not money. Money is one of the Ephraimite weapons employed to influence the Archdiocesan system; • Many Ephraimite clergymen have failed to think about or take the time to understand the damage occurring to the institution of our Greek Orthodox faith. They have elevated a “guru-cult Leader” into the spiritual systemic center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; • Ephraimite clergy and their followers are directing unsuspecting faithful to the clutches of recruitment centers at the three primary parishes; Do not be fooled or taken in by this movement. They have a scheme and have reached into the right circles to execute their plan. Ask yourself these questions: 1. Do I attend an Ephraimite controlled or influenced parish; 2. Am I financially supporting a future schism by buying raffle tickets, baked goods, books sold by the monastery or donating items to their picnics; 3. Is my stewardship helping to destroy the fabric of our faith and the peace of our church; 4. What is their master plan and am I helping; 5. What am I doing to help our Archdiocese?