History of Our Parish

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church was established in February of 1978. The original congregation of about 30 families came together in the name of our Patron Saint, Gregorios of Parumala, for worship and celebration of the Di-vine Eucharist in Evanston, Illinois under the leadership of our first vicar, Fr. Geevarghese Aroopala ChorEpiscopa.

The parish moved to a new place of worship in 1984 at Oak Park. After several years of leading and serving the parish, Fr. Aroopala left for Houston and Fr. Daniel George took over as the second vicar. Fr. Daniel served until 1993 at which point His Grace Mathews Mar Baranabas appointed Fr. Dr. M.K. Thomas as vicar. Fr. Thomas shepherded our parish for over 16 years and under his leadership, the parish witnessed a revived spiritual life with active Bible Study groups and regular family prayer meetings. Several youth ministries serving the spiritual needs of the young members of the church have been started and are continuing to thrive. During the tenure of Fr. Thomas, we have been divinely blessed with three young priests who serve us as assistant vicars- Fr. Dr. V.M. Abraham (now HG Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim), Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil (now HG Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios) and Fr. V.M. Shibu (now a Vicar in Philadelphia).

Upon Fr. Thomas’ retirement in 2010, our current spiritual father Rev. Fr. Ninan V. George was appointed by our Diocese Bishop, H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius. Our growth spurred our move to our new home in Elmhurst and we hope to be a loving presence in this neighborhood!