First 100 Days of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago

FILE - H.E. Metropolitan Nathanael Officially Enthroned by H.E. Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America at The Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago by H.E. Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit Bishop Athanasius and Bishop Makarios were present. (PHOTO: © GANP/DIMITRIOS PANAGOS)

CHICAGO – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago announced the enactment of a series of policies and decisions designed to provide for greater transparency, accountability and communication in its operations, ministries and finances.

The actions were introduced by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael during his first 100 days as the newly enthroned Metropolitan and approved and/or implemented by the newly formed Metropolis Council.

“The Orthodox faithful have long supported the church with their time, talent and treasure, in good and tough times, and have made their concerns and expectations clear to me,” His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael said. “It is extremely important to me as Metropolitan that the church continues to lead by example and serves the faithful with mercy and humility. While we have more work to do, I believe these decisions are important steps to make good on that promise.”
Among the new policies and decisions:

• An enhanced delegation of legal and financial authority policy, which imposes new
internal controls over long-term contracts, expenditures, management of funds,
compliance and budget approval, among other areas;

• Approval of funds to retain an independent accounting firm to conduct an audit of
the Metropolis’ finances for calendar years 2015-2017;

• Formation of 12 Metropolis Council standing committees, including the Baselining
and Ministries Committees, which will work together closely to evaluate, measure
and augment the holistic life of the Metropolis, and

• Implementation of a 12-week “Listening Tour” of Metropolis parishes in Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin to allow His Eminence to meet
parishioners face to face, hear their concerns and articulate his long-term vision
for the church in the Midwest.

The delegation of authority policy, which includes a requirement of Metropolis Council approval for expenditures greater than $5,000, and approval of funds for the audit were approved by the Metropolis Council at its May 7 and June 25 meetings, respectively.

“Beyond implementing new controls, we also are moving forward to learn more about how the Metropolis operates and what parishioners think, feel and believe about its present state and future direction, His Eminence continued. “The findings from this process will be incredibly important to ensure the words and deeds of the Metropolis are consistent and help us all walk with Christ.”

In the coming months, the work of the Baselining Committee, as well as two separate task forces undertaking an evaluation of Metropolis assets, will conclude with recommendations being made to the Metropolitan and the Metropolis as a whole.

About the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Tracing its roots back to 1923, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis is the diocese of Greek Orthodox faithful in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin as well as northern Indiana and southeastern Missouri consisting of 58 parishes and two monastic communities. The Metropolis is one of nine Metropolises in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. The general offices of the Metropolis are located in Chicago, Illinois.

For more information, please visit: http://chicago.goarch.org

7 Comments

  1. “It is extremely important to me as Metropolitan that the church continues to lead by example and serves the faithful with mercy and humility. “… Metroplitan Nathanael of Chicago

    …a lesson which could be used by more of his Metropolitan brethren,let alone acted out…..

    ….”Humility”: one of the most beautiful words in the English language and , yet, rarely used, especially by men of the cloth, and even more beautiful when acted out…….

    This humble servant of God appears to be off to a wonderful start……

    1. Humility is the mother of all the positive virtues. Without humility the Orthodox Christian life is dead.

  2. Such refreshing words and hope for a better future, after such a miserable time with the previous spiritual leaders in Chicago. The new Metropolitan seeks to heal and listen and be a true servant. The other hierarchs should listen and watch..and learn.

  3. AS a young man who understands the contemporary world, surrounded by a dynamic Orthodox people in this tyrannized Metropolis, Nathanael could bring healing and revitalize our Church in the Midwest!

  4. We’re all agreed that even Howdy Dowdy ,the puppet, would be a better Metropolitan than the last one and his deputy, now on paid sabbatical.

    Just make sure this new guy doesn’t get you mixed up in a bunch of Euro Marxist social justice ,income redistribution, eco-friendly, ICE, Phanar driven NONSENSE.

    He needs to do his job. Accountability. Low overhead. Grow the faith and worshippers. Take care of the beleaguered priests. Retire debt. Evangelize. Stop all Greek, Macedonia, Cyprus distractions that do NOTHING for the church here. And he needs to put on a golf shirt and appear like a human being once in a while and not like a caveman.

    Stop slobbering over him until he delivers those metrics.

    1. Spiro I agree with your comments completely. But there are a few more things he needs to do. First and foremost he needs to transfer all the Ephram worshiping clergy out of this damaged Metropolis. These Ephraimite clergymen have sacrificed their Laity in order to preserve their place in the Ephraimite movement. Next, there are a number of clergy that have severe character disorders. These affected clergyman, have caused many to leave our Faith. One only needs to walk into one of the Parishes where one of these bad actors presides. They have sown the seeds of discontent. That would give anyone an understanding of how much attention is needed at these Parishes. He needs to understand and then address why so many people are running for the exit doors of our Parishes.

      1. Basil, say it plainly. Too many priests and monks who are crooks and homosexuals. I got it. That’s the legacy of Iakovos Jr. , as allowed all these decades by Iakovos Sr., Spyridon, Demetrios, and Bart. The new guy will need automatic weapons to remove that crowd. How in the heck did you guys put up with that for 40 years? You are slaves, that’s why.

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