Greek Orthodox Church Hoping For Christmas Miracle To Save Building

Steve Miller
December 12, 2018 - 6:00 am

courtesy: Steve Karavolos

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Time is running out for the oldest Greek Orthodox Church congregation in the Midwest.

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church building is still set for auction on Friday, despite the efforts of the parishioners who have been praying for a benefactor.

"We're all heartbroken that we risk losing the church to a bidder that may have plans to develop the land, as opposed to work with the church,” said Stelios Andreakis, president of the parish council.

"We are still praying for that Christmas miracle. We're praying for some guardian angels to come forward where we can come up with a reorganizational plan."

Steve Karavolos, a church member and an architect, said the age of a building is not the only factor in determining whether it should be spared the wrecking ball.

"This church is not just an ordinary building, an ordinary church. This parish has been in Chicago for 121 years,” he said Tuesday.

The auction is scheduled because of an outstanding $8 million loan.