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Gnostic. Esoteric. Christian. Inclusive.


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Gnostic. Esoteric. Christian. Inclusive.


St. John the Evangelist by Hans Memling

St. John the Evangelist by Hans Memling

Why St. John's?

Many of us seek a real spiritual community which is loving, inclusive, spiritually lively and empowering of people of all genders, races and sexualities, both rich and poor.

The Johannite tradition represents just such a community. Guided by direct, experiential contact with the Divine, our tradition encourages personal responsibility and freedom of thought and practice.

Join us for a service or one of our social gatherings and let us help you discover your own personal relationship with the Divine. Gnosticism is real and alive in Chicago!

Gnostic

We believe a personal, intimate relationship with the divine is not only possible, but necessary.  We delight in the freedom to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths.

Christian

We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests. 

Inclusive

We welcome ANYONE who comes respectfully and openly to our services.  Come as you are and share our pilgrimage toward the Divine.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
— Revelation 21:3-4
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Together on the Path


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Together on the Path


Initiated by the Baptist, transmitted by the Apostle, and restored in the modern era, the Apostolic Johannite Church enacts the Johannite Tradition through an esoteric, Gnostic and Christian path of spiritual understanding and self-discovery.  Ignited in community, nurtured by individual practice, and fed by service, the Sacred Flame of Gnosis embodied in the tradition of the Holy Saints John, lives anew through the work of the Apostolic Johannite Church.

Standing at the forefront of this path in the modern age, the Apostolic Johannite Church has centres and activities in numerous cities and countries, with lectures, workshops, articles and educational resources online.  Find out how you can become involved.  

May the light of the Sacred Flame illuminate your path!

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The Clergy


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The Clergy


John DiGilio

Rector, Deacon

John serves as Rector to the Parish of St. John the Revelator.  He also serves at the altar with His Grace Mar +Thomas, Primate of the United States and Bishop of the Diocese of Wisconsin.  John received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine  University and is currently the National Manager of Research Services for a major, international law firm.  

Deacon John leads the day-to-day  operations of our Chicago Parish and serves the spiritual needs of our Indiana outpost, Mission Hugues de Payens.

A native of Pennsylvania, John currently lives in Chicago, IL.  He is also currently enrolled as a student at St. Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary.

William Behun

In Ecclesia, Mar Thomas Archbishop, Primate of USA

Originally consecrated as a Bishop for another denomination, His Grace affiliated with the Apostolic Johannite Church in 2004.

His Grace has devoted his life to the pursuit of the Sacred Flame. An accomplished initiate of several groups and Orders, His Grace wastes no time in making clear and accessible the mysteries and timeless wisdom of the Gnostic path.

A true scholar, His Grace earned his Ph.D from DePaul University in the United States, in addition to degrees in Fine Arts. He currently teaches Philosophy as a Lecturer at a major University.

His Grace’s passion is not limited to the spiritual, he is an accomplished brewer, enjoys theatre and a wide range of cultural pursuits.

Juliana Eimer

Subdeacon

Juliana Eimer also serves at the altar with His Grace Mar +Thomas.  She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Penn State University and is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy in Chicago, IL. 

A native of British Columbia, Dr. Eimer currently lives in Kenosha, WI and serves primarily at the altar of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.