"Orthodox Christians for Life-Chicago is establishing the Martha and Mary Maternity House. OCLife-Chicago has 501c3 status as a "Pan-Orthodox Ministry" under the "Omoforion" of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, is our guiding shepherd in this ministry.
Once open, the House will provide residential housing,
with privacy, and confidentiality, for pregnant women in crisis. We acknowledge the sanctity of life and are grateful that the expectant Mom who will come to us has chosen life for her unborn child. At Martha and Mary House we plan to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support during that crucial period of the mother's life. As a Martha and Mary House 'Daughter' she will experience Orthodox family-style living with resident House Mothers or House Parents, and a daily schedule that includes work, study and morning and evening prayer.
We will welcome pregnant women in crisis of all ethnic, cultural, religious and social backgrounds. While at Martha and Mary House, we plan for them to pursue a program of study or vocational training, be actively seeking employment or be employed. They will share responsibility for housekeeping duties, live by the House Rules and participate in Martha and Mary House programs which include Bible study and Church attendance, pre-natal and birthing classes, and career and open adoption counseling. For more information contact Fr. Nicholas Jonas, OCLife Spiritual Advisor at
or Mr. Nicholas Cavaligos, OCLife president at
We hope to start providing a home for up to 4-5 women by Christmas of 2013. Donations for the support of this house can be sent to:
c/o SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
11025 South Roberts Road
P alos Hills, IL 60465