Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest
Deanery: Chicago Deanery
1670 W Hovey Ave
Normal, Illinois 61671
From the west
Take I-74 east. Exit Highway 150/Mitsubishi Parkway south. Take a very quick right onto White Oak Rd. After going under the second overpass, turn left onto W. Hovey Ave. The chapel is on the left. Please park behind the chapel.
From the north
Take I-39 south. Turn on I-55 north. Take the BR 51 exit south. It eventually becomes Center St. Turn right onto W. Hovey Ave. The chapel is on the right. Please park behind the chapel.
From the east
Take I-74 west. Take the Market St./ Hwy 9 exit east. Follow the signs to stay on highway 9. Turn north/left onto Main St./BR 51. Turn left onto W. Hovey Ave. The chapel is on the right. Please park behind the chapel.
From the south
Take I-55 north. Take the Market St./ Hwy 9 exit east. Follow the signs to stay on highway 9. Turn north/left onto Main St./BR 51. Turn left onto W. Hovey Ave. The chapel is on the right. Please park behind the chapel.
Schedule of Services
5:00 PM Great Vespers.
Divine Liturgy (English) 9:30 AM Sundays. Confessions 9:00 AM
Call for Feast Day, Lenten, and Holy Week service schedule.
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Holy Apostles Mission began in 1997, when a small group of lay people met to discuss the possibility of establishing a local Orthodox church. That group was a mixture of “cradle” Orthodox and recent converts, Greek, Serbian and non-ethnic, but all prayed for an Orthodox witness in these cities where there was no Orthodox church of any jurisdiction.
Shortly thereafter, the group received the blessing of His Grace JOB, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest, to be a mission station in the OCA. We celebrated our first Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the Nativity in 1997. We also came under the spiritual care of Fr. John Matusiak and St. Joseph’s Orthodox Church in Wheaton, Illinois. For the next three years, our mother parish sent their dedicated clergy each week to lead us in worship and to provide us with the Holy Mysteries. In 1999, His Grace Bishop JOB honored us with an arch-pastoral visit, placed us under the heavenly patronage of the Holy Apostles, and elevated us to Mission status.
In 2001, His Grace ordained John Dickson Brown to the priesthood and assigned him as priest-in-charge of the mission. Also in that year, we purchased property on Hovey Avenue, and began extensive renovation work. That work was completed, and we celebrated our first Divine Liturgy on the new property on the Eve of the Nativity - exactly four years since we first gathered for worship.
Our group has grown in that four years, however, our focus has not changed: to be an witness of the beauty of Orthodoxy to central Illinois.”