Holy Trinity in Chicago, Second Oldest Greek Orthodox Church in U.S., Sold for $2.5 Million

This Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 photo, shows the interior of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — The fate of one of the oldest Greek Orthodox Church’s in the nation has become clear.

The sale of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago for $2.5 million to Universal Life Church was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. The congregation of Holy Trinity will now have 75 days to vacate the building.

The church’s future hung in the balance after financial woes put it on the verge of closing for good. Church officials said a bank rejected a loan request after the church was unable to secure $1.6 million in needed pledges.

Holy Trinity avoided foreclosure late last year after an anonymous donation. But an issue with the money arose, forcing the church to go up for sale again.

Officials say Holy Trinity is the second oldest Greek Orthodox Church in the United States.

5 Comments

  1. Sold to this religious body?

    FROM UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH CHICAGO
    “We are one of the only LGBTQ Churches on the west side of Chicago. We have been in operation since January 3rd, 2018. Our goal is to service anyone regardless of age, sex, or national identity.”

  2. Hope this isn’t tip of the iceberg – of the 300 “active” parishes in the GOA, how many are truly financially solvent?

  3. Truly sad, but this is emblematic of the general fate of the GOA. Declining numbers of faithful parishioners is a fact, demonstrating the terminal demise of the GOA. May our gracious Lord renew His Church.

  4. There is no doubt that Holy Trinity pf New Orleans is the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the US. However, it seems that Annunciation of Chicago and Annunciation of New York are second to New Orleans. There was a disagreement between the Spartans and the Arcadians. The Lycurgos Society had been formed to establish a community and the Spartans dominated the society. So some left the Annunciation and formed Holy Trinity.

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