The Metropolis of Chicago plans to create a year-round, full-service retreat center to host Metropolis functions, including Fanari Camp, Family Synaxis, individual Parish & organizational meetings, etc.

The Address is:
920 224th Avenue
Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139

General Information


The Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, is a center which ennobles spiritual, physical and human potential in an Orthodox Christian environment.

It is a center which provides a special place dedicated to prayer, worship, education, culture, activity and reflection removed from worldly cares and disquiet. A place wherein through fellowship and community, the current and future generations of our children and families can grow in the image and likeness of God.


For many decades the Metropolis had been searching for a property to provide the youth, the families and all the people of the Metropolis a permanent facility that can be used in a wide variety of ministries. The property is 137 acre compound located north-east of Lake Geneva, approximately an hour from either Chicago or Milwaukee. The natural beauty flourishes with rolling hills, tree-lined paths, an apple orchard, streams, an aerated pond and a private eight acre lake with dock and pontoon boat. For the winter, there are cross country ski and snowmobile trails. The property also includes many buildings including a 100 year old renovated main house; a meeting facility building, a 2000 square foot log house; and a large loafing barn, plus other out-buildings.

The recreation opportunities are astounding. There are two pools, one indoor with a hot tub and pool house, and a larger outdoor pool. From the outdoor pool deck there are views of the fenced-in pasture land that contain horses, ponies, peacocks, llamas and goats. For the sports enthusiast, there are two tennis courts, a baseball diamond with bleachers and volleyball courts. The camp comes with an extremely unique feature, a four car train that holds sixteen adults and circles the perimeter of the property.

The Metropolis plans to create a year-round, full service retreat center to host Metropolis functions such as: Metropolis Council Meetings; Metropolis Philoptochos Board and Presidents Meetings; Clergy Syndesmos; Youth Ministries; Archons; Bishop Taskforce on AIDS; Presvytera Sisterhood; Family Synaxis; Religious Education; Choir Federation; Greek Education; Individual Parish and organization meeting and events; and Fanari Summer Camp and Winter Camp sessions.

The acquisition of this property presents a fulfillment of a dream shared by thousands of the faithful, and this generosity brings the dream one significant step closer to making it a reality.

Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and the Metropolis of Chicago give thanks and gratitude for the most generous and loving gifts for the purchase of the property that will serve as the sit of our long-awaited Retreat Center.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. What great blessing for our Metropolis! It will be a great center of spiritual respite and learning for all of our faithful. May St. Iakovos continue to intercede to our Lord to see this sacred project to its conclusion!

  2. History in the making! Glory be to God! And may He give us strength, patience, & perseverance to complete this mighty task!

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