The Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America in conjunction with Suprasl: A World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, is hosting “Chicago 2024 – An International Orthodox Youth Encounter” which will be held in Chicago from June 21-28, 2024. This international event will bring together Orthodox youth from around the world for a week of worship, fellowship and action.
Who is it for?
Participation in Chicago 2024 is open to Orthodox Christian youth aged 18- 30. Priority will be given to participants who are actively engaged in Orthodox youth work.
Recognizing the need to network, connect, and gather in fellowship the youth of the Orthodox Church worldwide, nearly 100 youth from around the world gathered in Suprasl in July 2022 for the first World Gathering of Orthodox Youth. Motivated by their experience and desire for more opportunities to meet and share their Orthodox faith, the participants decided to establish an organization called Suprasl: A World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth. Chicago 2024 will be the first event organized by Suprasl in the United States.
The theme of Chicago 2024 "Orthodoxy Unleashed" will be explored by a series of discussions offered by Archbishop Daniel of Chicago and Bishop David of Alaverdy of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Participants will be encouraged to offer their own reflections on the theme.
Taking place between the Feasts of Pentecost and Saints Peter and Paul, Chicago 2024 will provide a unique opportunity for theological reflection and discussion on the practical actions youth can take to share the Gospel and the light of Jesus Christ.
A key aspect of this year's gathering will be the participation in the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the return of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God. To mark this anniversary the participants will lead a three mile urban pilgrimage with the icon through the streets of Chicago from Holy Trinity Cathedral to Christ the Savior Church.
Other workshops will include:
•Sharing our Faith in the World Today
• Orthodox Action: the life and work of St Maria of Paris
• Liturgical Music
And other practical workshops: prayer rope making, cheese making, and folk dancing.
The participation fee for Chicago 2024 is $350.00 and includes all meals, accomodations and excursions.
To get an idea of what to expect you can view a photo gallery of past events here
Let's be in touch
Join your Orthodox brothers and sisters from around the world, share your faith, make new friends, and celebrate the unity of our Orthodox faith. Apply today here: https://forms.gle/pSmCb35zhW1BmvWi7