Missions Ministry

“The Missions Ministry is committed to inspiring and empowering the Holy Apostles Community toward an integrated Orthodox outreach and inter-cultural witness that serves the physical and spiritual needs of all.”


This is the the current Holy Apostles Missions Ministry group. 

Please pray for us to be an inspiration for our community.


Click here to see a summary of the 2018 activities.



Holy Apostles Parishioners Serve DuPagePads

Founded in 1985, DuPagePads is the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward a place to call home.

Holy Apostles parish volunteers were responsible for the Naperville site Friday night meal May 17th and for the breakfast Saturday May 18th

Holy Apostles team shopped, prepared and served a fully cooked meal to a group of individuals and families who are struggling in between permanent housing.


The group was also responsible for purchasing, preparing and serving breakfast the next morning.


All who participated were energized and inspired by this Christian outreach. 

For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in (Matthew 25:35).

Parishioners who wish to join in the next outreach contact the missions committee of Holy Apostles or Father Nicholas.

The difference between DuPagePads and Beds is that meals are prepared on site for DuPagePads. The cook teams for Beds purchase and prepare meals at home or as a team using the Holy Apostles kitchen. The pre-prepared meals are delivered by our parishioners to another group overseeing the shelter.

Holy Apostles mission team is trying to provide a variety of opportunities for cook teams to serve this vital ministry.



Krishti u Ngjall! (Christ is Risen!)

The Hoppe long term missionaries to Albania host the 2019 Bible Bowl

Holy Apostles, as a parish, are helping the Hoppes who are long term orthodox misionaries to Albania. They enjoyed Holy Week and Pascha. On Lazarus' Saturday they had the bible bowl for the teenagers on the gospel of Matthew Here is a video from that event.




Nathan Hoppe, long term orthodox missionary to Albania is talking to the “young adult group” at the Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection in Tirana. He spoke to them about The Ladder of Divine Ascent of Righteous Father John Klimacus whose memory was celebrated on Fourth Sunday of Lent (April 7, 2019).


The Righteous Father John is called "Klimacus" due to his authorship of the great spiritual work “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”. His commemoration affirms him as a supreme bearer and proponent of Christian asceticism. The ascetic example of this great Saint of the Church inspires us in our Lenten journey.

Holy Apostles Parishioners cook Team

deliver meals to Beds overnight shelter





Shoes that Grow 2019 Holy Apostles Makaronatha missions awareness event

The Holy Apostles Parish Council graciously sponsored the 2019 Cheesefare Maranonatha on Sunday March 10, 2019. The annual event kicks off the Lenten season. The multipurpose room was fill to near capacity as the board members served delicious Makaronia to the parish and guests.

The event supported the “Shoes that Grow” project, a community wide initiative to provide 350 pairs of expandable shoes to the orphan children of St. Clements Orthodox School in Kenya. These specially designed shoes that have the ability to be adjusted up to five shoe sizes.

A special Lenten almsgiving calendar was also distributed to Sunday School students so that they may grow in awareness of missions and our brothers and sisters living in poverty.


Mr. Jesse Brandow,

a long term Orthodox Missionary in Guatemala visits Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church.


Jesse Brandow has been serving for two years in Guatemala where he lives in Aguacate in the department of Huehuetenango. Jesse, a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, uses his training to teach and preach in the parishes in Guatemala and Southern Mexico. He also provides liturgical guidance to the priests. While in Guatemala, Jesse also is continuing the online ministry that he began during his initial travels to Guatemala in 2012. Jesse created the website Mayan Orthodoxy for the joy and inspiration of the Church.

At Holy Apostles Jesse delivered an inspiring sermon proclaiming the important role Orthodox Missionaries play in propagating the word of Christ to all nations.

Segment from the long term orthodox missionary Jessie Bandow's sermon to Holy Apostles congregation

After Liturgy Jesse took time to have a conversation with the youth of our community and then enjoyed a fellowship lunch with Holy Apostles parishioners and faithful that visited Holy Apostles to hear his inspirational message.



Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

surrounded by

Sunday School Children at the Cathedral of Tirana



The Hoppe long term missionaries in Albania are present when Archbishop Anastasios is surrounded by Sunday School Students who sing for him


Archbishop Anastasios of Albania greets Sunday School Children

The Hoppe long term missionaries in Albania attend the Sunday school performance of “Father Abraham” with Archbishop Anastasios



Hoppe Greeting


Gabriela Hoppe Teaches Sunday School

Nathan Hoppe educates teenagers about the image of God

Albanian families share an evening of relaxation and fellowship with the Hoppe missionaries

Hoppe OCMC Missionaries reach out to the Community of Bathore Albania

On Saturday January 26, 2019 the Hoppe OCMC missionaries attended Divine Liturgy in the neighborhood of Bathore. The Hoppes have reached out to this community. What followed is the cutting of the Vasilopita (St. Basil cake) and the water blessing of the worship space and homes.



Bathore comprises approximately 2 square miles in a location north of the capital Tirana and was originally a state-run farm.

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church continues to send monetary support to the Hoppes. Please pray for the Hoppe Missionaries as they continue to bring Orthodox Christian witness in Albania.


January 24 BEDS cook team delivery


                            Delivery to the site

January 2019 Feed6 Event

On January 12th, over 400 volunteers from the Holy Apostles community came together to pack highly nutritious meals for the food insecure within the Chicagoland area. At the conclusion of the event, 111,888 meals had been packed. To date, this means that the church community has packaged over a quarter million meals for the needy (2017 = 68,000+ meals, 2018 = 101,000+ meals, 2019 = 111,000+ meals).

Dupage Pads Outreach Pictures from November

This is a photo of one of the Holy Apostles teams while preparing dinner for the guests. Overall, 19 families, consisting of 52 adults and children, came early in the morning, during the dinner hour, or overnight, to serve those that are in need at this time in their lives.


Pictures of the Holy Apostles Missionaries - Ted and Eleni Karamatskos's Work in Kenya

This is a photo of the baptismal font our fellow parishioner Ted Karamatsikos has constructed at the Orthodox mission in Kenya.




Video Messages from the Hoppe Missionary Family in Albania!

Here are some videos from the Hoppes', a missionary family in Albania, that Holy Apostles has been supporting for the past few years.


In this video, Gabriella Hoppe is taking youth on a pilgrimage to a cave. While at the cave, they turn out the lights and discuss how oftentimes life can feel dark. Then, they turn on a light and discuss how it cuts through the darkness and enables us to see. She makes the point that this is how the light of Christ can work in our lives.


Here Gabriella shows the children singing Christmas carols in a family ministry.


In this next video, Gabriella shows the work of a family ministry and how they are making crafts for Christmas. Additionally, each family receives a book explaining the mystery of Christmas and the meaning of the different ornaments on their trees.


Here Gabriella gives an update on a study group, centered around the Divine Liturgy, taking place at the Cathederal in Tirana, Albania.