SS. Peter and Paul Church Accessible

Burr Ridge, Illinois

SS. Peter and Paul Church

Founded 1932

Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest

Deanery: Chicago Deanery


6980 County Line Rd
(northwest corner of County Line Rd and Carriage Way)
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527


Parish Contacts

Home: 630-323-3525

Lay Leadership

Mr. Casey Moore
Parish Council President
Home: 630-798-9331
Dr. Emil Tripa
Choir Director
Home: 708-424-3592


General Location
SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is located in Burr Ridge, IL, approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.  The church is situated on the northwest corner of County Line Rd and Carriage Way, and offers ample parking in a paved and lighted lot adjacent to the church.

From the north
Take I-294 south to I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the south
Take I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) north to I-55 towards St Louis.  Merge on I-55 south.  Exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the west
Take I-55 east and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the East / Northeast (Chicago)
Take 90/94 (Kennedy / Dan Ryan Expressway) south to I-55 south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

Schedule of Services

4:30 PM Memorial Services (upon request); 5:00 PM Great Vespers and Confessions.
Saturday Evening

8:15 AM Matins, 9:15 Hours; 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Church School, and Fellowship Hour.
Sunday Morning

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy or as announced.
Mornings of Great Feasts

6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent

For a complete list of services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish webpage.

Confessions are heard following Great Vespers, and by appointment.

Please call the Rectory at 630-323-3525 to arrange baptisms, marriages, memorial services, etc., or to schedule a home, hospital or nursing home visit.

Parish Background

On August 3, 1931, Rev Peter Semkoff officially petitoned His Eminence, the Most Rev Theophilus, Archbishop of Chicago for his permission and archpastoral blessing to organize and establish a new parish in the Gage Park area of Chicago, to be eventually known as St Peter and St Paul Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church. The first membership meeting was held on September 30, 1931, and on December 1, 1931, property for a new church was purchased on the northwest corner of Western Ave and 53th St. The first Liturgy in the new church was celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 20, 1932. The majority of parish founders were Carpatho-Rusins formerly belonging to St Mary’s Greek Catholic Church under papal jurisdiction. The desire to control parish property and retain what was then perceived as “nasa Ruska Vira” or “our Rusin Faith” were primary reasons for affiliating with the local Russian Orthodox Church.

After being spiritually served for over 50 years by V.Rev. Peter Semkoff and his son, VRev Nicholas Semkoff, this tight-knit parish family vacated their original temple and continued their parish life in a beautiful new church on County Line Rd in Burr Ridge, IL. The new location was determined by the demographics of the parish members, who now reside as far north as Racine, WI and as far south as Bourbonnais, IL. The first service in the new church was held on February 15, 1998.

The parish now serves an English-speaking congregation representing many backgrounds. The imposing temple calls all to experience the faith and worship of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church. The doors are open to all who seek the way of truth found in the ancient church founded by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The parish family welcomes all, regardless of background, to share the “Light of Christ that illumines all.”