Beirut Relief Fund

By now, the world has seen videos of a mushroom cloud soaring over the Lebanese capital of Beirut, which explosions rocked on August 4. People fled in terror, homes have been destroyed, and countless lives were ended or ruined. Saint George Hospital in Beirut was without power and treating casualties in the darkness.

Joining the efforts of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, Saint George Church in Cicero, Illinois has established the “Beirut Relief Fund” to support the current humanitarian efforts. To donate, please use the secure link on this page. A charity fundraiser is also being planned. More information will be available soon.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, leader of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, issued the following message:

“It is with a sense of shock and awe that I learned of the tragic explosions in Beirut today. I have been in contact with the Archdiocese of Beirut and am thankful that His Eminence Metropolitan Elias of Beirut is safe. At this moment, all of the clergy of his archdiocese are safe. However, churches in Beirut including St. George Cathedral in downtown and especially St. Nicholas Church in Ashrafiyah suffered severe damage. There was also significant damage to Metropolitan Elias’ archdiocesan headquarters as well as St. George Hospital. We will send out an immediate appeal to our parishes requesting funds to aid our brothers and sisters in Lebanon.

In the meantime, please keep all of our Lebanese brothers and sisters – and their families on this continent and overseas – in your prayers as they endure yet another tragedy and hardship in their history.”

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Mail a Check Payable to:

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church
1220 S. 60th Ct.
Cicero, IL 60804

Please write “Beirut” in the memo of the check


The proceeds will be distributed between the Archdiocese of Beirut under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Elias for distribution to needy families and Saint George Orthodox Hospital that suffered severe damage as a result of the explosion.