Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest
Deanery: Chicago Deanery
1670 W Hovey Ave
Normal, Illinois 61761-4313
Normal IL 61761
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
5:15 PM Great Vespers.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (English).
Confessions before or after Church services or by appointment.
Call for Feast Day, Lenten, and Holy Week service schedule.
Holy Apostles 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, 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. The first Divine Liturgy was served by Fr. Mark Stevens on the Eve of the Nativity in 1997, and became under the spiritual care of Fr. John Matusiak and St. Joseph’s Orthodox Church in Wheaton, Illinois.
In 2001, His Grace ordained John Dickson Brown to the priesthood and assigned him as priest-in-charge. Also in that year, property was purchased on Hovey Avenue, and extensive renovation work began on two buildings which eventually became the Church and a multi-functional community house. The first Divine Liturgy on the new property was celebrated on the Eve of the Nativity - exactly four years since first gathering for worship. Fr. John served until October of 2012, moving to the state of Georgia.
Shortly after, Fr. Danial Doss, began serving as a visiting priest, and was assigned as priest-in-charge on March 17, 2013. By the end of this year, Holy Apostles was elevated to “church status”, and on March 30, 2014, reader David Gresham, was ordained as deacon, by His Grace, Bishop Alexander.
We about 50-50 “cradle/convert”, with the riches of Greek, Serbian, Russian, Ethiopian, and Coptic heritages currently represented. Several of us have returned to active, regular practice of their Orthodox faith after years away. Our converts range from Roman Catholic to evangelical Protestant, Lutheran and other backgrounds. And, we have seen an influx of children and revitalization of an active Sunday school. However, our focus has not changed, and that is to be a witness of the beauty of Orthodoxy to central Illinois.