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Bishop Demetrios Raised Awareness of AIDS through “Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS”

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Bishop Demetrios is a spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. He is also one of the first Orthodox clergies in the United States to address the issues that were caused by the AIDS crises when he founded the “Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS”. In addition to his commendable work in raising awareness of AIDS, he has been acknowledged for many other things like his work to end the death penalty in Illinois. He has been a leader in the movement in Illinois to oppose the death penalty. He worked with other faith leaders to ensure that the Governor of Illinois issued a moratorium on executions in the state.

Bishop Demetrios was ordained to the priesthood in 1992 and elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago in 1995. Since then, he served as an assistant and deacon to the bishop. In 2006, he was considered as the Bishop of Mokissos, and in 2013, he was Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago.

Bishop Demetrios has also contributed to many publications including:

  • Echoes From Calvary: Meditations on Franz Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of The Christ (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2005), edited by Richard Young
  • The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World (Relevant Books, 2006), edited by Heather Zydek
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Bishop Demetrios is the bishop of Mokissos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

Bishop Demetrios is a spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. He was born to first generation of Greek-American, Christos and Merope Kantzavelos. While growing up he was an active participant in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Community. He received his graduate divinity degree with high distinction from Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1987. Later, he attended Chicago’s Loyola University to pursue his post graduate doctoral work in the area of metaphysics.

In October 1989, Bishop Demetrios was ordained to the Diaconate. In 1992, he was ordained to the priesthood, and later in 1995, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. Since 1995, he served as an assistant and deacon to the bishop. On December 9, 2006, Demetrios was consecrated as the Bishop of Mokissos.

Bishop Demetrios established the Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS, the first formal Orthodox Christian response to this pandemic in the western hemisphere. He has led many Hellenic organizations and cultural events, and is a regular contributor to publications in local as well as national media channels.