The 2022/23 Jr. GOYA and GOYA ministry serves the youth in our parish currently in 6th-12th grade.  The primary focus of this important youth ministry is to educate our pre-teens and teenagers about our Greek Orthodox Christian Faith, and inspire them to incorporate those teachings into their daily lives.  Through discussions, Diakonia (Service) projects, activities and spending time together, our Jr. GOYANs and GOYANs learn how to live our Greek Orthodox Faith.   

In the 2022/23 Ecclesiastical year, Ascension's Jr. GOYA and GOYA programs will join forces and focus on a nationally renowned program developed by Faithtree Resources called "The Relationship Project."  Using "The Relationship Project" as a guide, supplemented by many social and fun activities planned throughout the year, Fr. Sotiri will deliver a truly special year of content that will present the life-giving road map to Christ through the lens of a teenager.

Jr. GOYA and GOYA meets weekly at the church on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. from September through May.  We welcome and encourage our youth in 6th through 12th grade to join us

  Click for the 2022-2023 Calendar  

Here are a few highlights of “The Relationship Project”

  • Materials that are uniquely Orthodox, rooted in the faith traditions of our Church yet focused on how we live and learn in the twenty-first century
  • Relevant, and highly engaging content offered around 3 themes: Understanding Our Identity with God, family and friends; Understanding Intimacy with God and our heart; Understanding Mental Health as we discuss anxiety and depression
  • Meets our youth at their level and helps them explore difficult issues facing them today in a safe space while forming lifelong friendships along the way
  • High-quality, professional material that has been developed and vetted by more than 50 theologians, hierarchs, priests, educational professionals, laity and youth
  • Successfully implemented by more than 200 Orthodox churches around the world
  • Heralded by many as one of the best programs to come to the Orthodox faith in a long time!

    Learn more about “The Relationship Project” HERE
    Learn more about Faithtree HERE
    Purchase Supporting Materials for the 2022/23 Program HERE




  • PUTT PUTT & PIZZA:  Meet at River's Edge Mini Golf course in Highland Park at 5:30 p.m. on October 10th for miniature golf and pizza.  See flyer tothe right for more information!

  • FANARI FALL and WINTER CAMP  Offered by the Metropolis of Chicago, Fanari Winter Camp brings all of the fun of Fanari Summer Camp to the fall and winter months. The camp takes place at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI  for 5th - 12th graders and activities include: Worship, Orthodox Life, Winter Olympics, and much more!  REGISTRATION FOR BOTH NOVEMBER SESSIONS OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 16.  Click HERE for more information.

  • METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO SEEKING COUNSELORS & LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS:  Lighthouse Counselor Applications are open!  To learn more and apply, click here.  Fanari is looking for wonderful young adults to join the Leadership Team! To learn more and apply, click here.

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2022: PARISH FAMILY ICE SKATING EVENT
    Details and location to follow
  • Sunday, February 5, 2023: YOUTH SUNDAY
    A much-loved tradition in our Parish is our annual Youth Sunday celebration, a day to honor our youth. Save the date of Sunday, February 5, 2023 to celebrate and honor the important role our children play in this parish.  Witness the exuberance our youth brings to Ascension's Parish life by watching a video presented at last year's Youth Sunday HERE

  • Sunday, January 15, 2023: DIVE FOR THE CROSS
    Our annual Dive for the Cross will now be held January 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Rec Center of Highland Park. Stay tuned for more information later this fall and plan to join us for this wonderful afternoon!

    CLICK HERE for information on Ascension's Parish Oratorical Festival program.  In 2023, our Parish Festival will take place on March 22nd and then Ascension is blessed to host the Regional Oratorical Festival on Saturday, April 29 for the entire Metropolis of Chicago.  Express Your Faith! Represent your Parish! Do you like to write? Draw? Chant? Present your point in front of an audience? Don’t miss the opportunity to show your God-given talents as a writer, speaker, artist and vocalist by participating in the 2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. If you are in 4th – 12th grade, you are encouraged to participate in this program, which gives you the opportunity to reflect upon and express what your faith means to you. 
  • FANARI SUMMER CAMP  Fanari Camp is open to rising 6th grade through rising 12th grade campers.  Stay tuned for information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's summer 2023 Fanari camp program dates. Registration typically opens each year in early March.   Fanari is looking for wonderful young adults to join the Leadership Team! To learn more and apply, click here.

  • Fanari Camp FACEBOOK Page and Instagram 
  • LIGHTHOUSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Lighthouse is a summer camp ministry for Orthodox high school seniors offered by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, administered by Orthodox clergy and laypeople who work with campers to prepare them in a Christ-centered way for the social, emotional, practical, and spiritual challenges they will face in college.  In the summer of 2023, Lighthouse will offer be a week-long summer camp that will help high school seniors build a stronger sense of their identity and allow them to form relationships they need to transition into the next phase of their life - adulthood.   Lighthouse Counselor Applications are open!  To learn more and apply, click here.
  • Y2AM Ministry At Home Resources   Check this wonderful resource out!

  • GOA Center for Family Care Comfort Food for Families

  • JUNIOR OLYMPICS  Memorial Day Weekend. 

  • IONIAN VILLAGE  Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece.   Stay tuned for more information on the Summer 2023 program.  R

    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.