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? (EDITORS NOTE ABOUT THE JANUARY 2017 REVISION) 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.