GOYA is the Ascension of Our Lord's high school youth group! 

The primary focus of this ministry is to educate our youth about our Greek Orthodox Christian Faith and learn to incorporate those teachings into their daily lives.  Through discussions and Diakonia (Service) projects and spending time together, Goyans  learn "how" to live our Greek Orthodox Faith.  In spending time together through Koinonia (fellowship) they find the joy of Christ within each other! 

GOYA meets weekly at the church on Monday evening from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. from September through May.  If you are in High School please come and join us


During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be relying on the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Department to provide us with weekly content for our youth groups. Each Monday, we will speak about the Saints, their example, and how we can learn from them. Also, a new Be the Bee video will be released from the Archdiocese every Monday, along with questions and talking points for our youth groups. Podcasts, other resources and small group sessions will supplement our Monday night gatherings. 

During our meetings, Ascension will be very diligent in abiding by all health and safety measures required by the state, Metropolis, and our very own Safety Task Force!  Although we may temporarily need a mask to cover our face, that won't stop us from uncovering wonderful lessons together this year with an open mind and heart.

CLICK HERE to view the 2020-21 Schedule!



  • LIGHTHOUSE:  Metropolis of Chicago Launches New Ministry for High School Graduates.  


  • JUNIOR OLYMPICS  Memorial Day Weekend. 


  • CROSSROAD 2020
    CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Historically, CrossRoad has been hosted solely on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross; however in recent years, it has also been offered in Chicago on the campus of North Park University.  Application Deadline is typically in February.  For more information, visit www.crossroadinstitute.org; or, or call 617-850-1310.  

    Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Programs


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