Life in Christ

St.Mark Orthodox Church was founded and given status as a mission parish by Bishop Boris of the Chicago Diocese in 1980.  Father Andrew Yavornitzky served from 1987-2020. Fr. John Baker is now the rector.

Services This Week


Complimentary to the services of the Church, our life in Christ consists of time with Him in personal prayer and silence.

To help our distracted minds focus on this task, Christians have always used "arrow prayers" (such as The Jesus Prayer) and read the scriptures, (particularly the four Gospel books) as often as possible.

In the Church we also remember various saints on each day of the year. By reading their lives and words we can find encouragement and inspiration to follow their example, following the path well trodden.

The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church. Within her are communities of churches where Orthodox Christians participate in the mystical (sacramental) life, drawing nearer to God through this life of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, confession, and communion.

For Inquirers

What is Orthodox Christianity all about? How does it differ from other Christian confessions? This section will attempt to answer these questions and many more.


Here are some helpful links