By dogcatcher on February 1st, 2017


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 100-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
Rev. Fr. Athanasios Papagiannis

2. St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Schererville
528 77th Avenue
Schererville, IN 46375
Rev. Fr. Constantine Aliferakis

3. St. Basil Church
733 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60607
Rev. Fr. Pantelemon Dalianas

4. Holy Cross Church
7560 S. Archer Road
Justice, IL 60458
Rev. Fr. Demetrios Kounavis

5. St. Demetrios Church of Chicago
2727 W. Winona St.
Chicago, IL 60625
Rev. Fr. Apostolos N. Georgiafentis
Rev. Fr. Christos Mihalopoulos

6. St. Demetrios Church
1400 N. O’Plaine Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Rev. Fr. Cosmas J. Halekakis

7. St. Andrew Church
52455N. Ironwood Road
South Bend, IN 46635
Rev. Fr. George Konstantopoulos

8. Annunciation Church
9400 Congress Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225-4812
Rev. Fr. John Ketchum

9. SS. Constantine and Helen Church
2160 Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa WI 53213
Rev. Fr. Theologos Pandelis

10. Annunciation Cathedral
1017 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Rev. Fr. Stamatios Sfikas

11. Ascension of our Lord
1207 Riverwoods Rd.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Rev. Fr. Sotirios Malamis

12. Sts. Peter & Paul Church
1401 Wagner Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
Rev. Fr. Panagiotis Boznos
Rev. Dn. Kosmas Kallis

13. St. Nicholas Church
10301 S. Kolmar Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Rev. Fr. Christ Margellos

14. Holy Apostles
2501 South Wolf Road
Westchester, IL 60154
Rev. Fr. Nicholas C. Georgiou
Pastoral Assistant Peter Hasiaskos

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. Sts. Spyridon Church
12307 S. Ridgeland
Palos Heights, IL 60363
Rev. Fr. Tilemahos Alikakos

2. Kimissis Tis Theotokou Church
1335 S. Green Bay Road
Racine, WI 53406
Rev. Fr. Athanasios Pieri

Parishes that appear to have one priest that may be sympathetic to the Ephraimite Cause are:

1. St. Demetrios Church
893 Church Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Rev. Fr. Andrew Georganas
Rev. Fr. Peter Malamis-Priest Emeritus

2. Holy Taxiarchi and St. Haralambos
7373 Caldwell Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Rev. Fr. Constantine Botsis
Rev. Fr. George Lamberis

3. St. Andrew Church
5649 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
Rev. Fr. John Kalomas
Rev. Fr. Athanasios Minetos

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. Holy Trinity Church
6041 West Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
Rev. Fr. George C. Kaloudis

2. St. Sophia Church
525 Church Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Rev. Fr. Andrew G. Karamitos

3. St. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
8000 Madison St.
Merrilville, IN 46410
Rev. Fr. Theodore Poteres
Rev. Fr. George P. Pappas

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. St. George Church of Chicago
2701 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Rev. Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres
Rev. Dn. Vasilios Smith

2. St. Athanasios Church
1855 East 5th Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
Rev. Fr. Peter Spiro

3. All Saints Church
102 North Broadway
Joliet, IL 60453
Rev. Fr. Steven C. Bithos

4. Assumption Church
20401 S. Western Ave.
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Rev. Fr. Sotirios Dimitriou

5. Assumption Church
13631 Brainard Ave.
Hegewisch, IL 60633

6. St. Nectarios Church
133 South Roselle Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Rev. Fr. Peter G. Balkas

7. St. Demetrios Church
7021 Hohman Ave.
Hammond, IN 46324
Rev. Fr. David G. Bissias

8. St. Iakavos Church
352 Chicago St.
P.O. Box 149
Valporaiso, IN 46383
Rev. Fr. James Greanias

9. Sts. Constantine & Helen Church
108 North Fifth Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Rev. Fr. Peter Sarolas

10. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
601 S. Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Bakakos
Rev. Fr. Dimitrios Burikas

11. Sts. Constantine & Helen Church
11025-45 South Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Rev. Fr. Athanasios De Mederios

When tracking the Ephraimite movement, please keep in mind the following information;

• We have only reviewed the churches within a 100 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 (2017 revision: This is no longer correct as we have now received information concerning activity in these Metropolis’ as well.);

• The number of incidents reported from Florida, Western Pennsylvania, California, Alabama and other states continue to grow on a regular basis (2017 revision: There are significant reports of activity generated from the Pacific Northwest and the Metropolis of Atlanta);

• 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 (2017 revision: There continues to be more and more evidence of foreign intervention and control of this movement. One would only conclude that the goal of the movement, from this intervention and their principals, is to destabilize the GOA as an institution as well as affect the future of the Ecumenical Patriarch and its historic ties to Hellenism);

• 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 primarily affected parishes on our list;
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?


Clearly if you look at the growth of the Parishes in the first category of this article you should be very concerned. It has gone from 5 (in 2012) to 14. Granted a few of those are from the expansion of the geographic area from 50 to 100 miles. But the evidence of the growth of this heretical cult is irrefutable. Those focused on denial or disproving this are only, in the work of Lenin “Useful idiots”. They are acting like propagandist for a cause whose goals they apparently are not fully aware of. This of course is giving them the benefit of the doubt.
We thank the many who emailed us and asked us to revise this article.