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His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] '''Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver''' is the ruling [[hierarch]] of the Metropolis of Denver, a [[metropolis]] within the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] covering a twelve-state region (and parts of two others) in the Intermountain Region of the United States.
  
His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] '''Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver''' is the presiding [[hierarch]] of the Metropolis of Denver, a [[diocese]] within the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] covering a twelve-state region (and parts of two others) in the Intermountain Region of the United States.
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==Life==
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Metr. Isaiah was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of four children of Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos, who had immigrated to the United States from Olympia, Greece. After completing his pre-college education, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served with distinction during the Korean War. Returning from his military service, he enrolled during the autumn of 1954 at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary]] in Brookline, Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1960. He, then, continued with graduate studies at the [[Theological School of Halki]].
  
==Background and Education==
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On [[February 25]], 1962, Metr. Isaiah was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by  [[Archbishop]] [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]] at St. Spyridon Church in San Diego, California, following his [[tonsure]] as a [[monk]] the previous day. He was ordained to the [[priest]]hood by Bishop [[Demetrios (Makris) of Olympus]] at St. Sophia [[Cathedral]] in Los Angeles, California, on [[March 18]], 1962.
The Metropolitan is a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His parents, Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos, immigrated to the United States from Olympia, Greece. Metropolitan Isaiah is one of four children. After his primary and high school education, he served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. In the autumn of 1954, he enrolled at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary]] in Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon his graduation in 1960, he undertook graduate studies at the [[Theological School of Halki]].
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==Early Career in the Priesthood==
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Fr. Isaiah's first assignment was as assistant [[priest]] of Holy Trinity Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December 1964, he was assigned as priest at St. John the Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. On [[November 30]], 1969, he was raised to the dignity of [[archimandrite]] by Abp. Iakovos at the [[consecration]] services of the new church and community center in Youngstown. In August 1971, Fr. Isaiah assigned to the [[Hellenic College (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College]] and Holy Cross School of Theology by Abp. Iakovos as the Director of Student Life.  
On [[February 25]], 1962, Metropolitan Isaiah was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]] at Saint Spyridon Church in San Diego, California, following his [[tonsure]] as a [[monk]] the previous day. He received his ordination to the holy [[priest]]hood from Bishop [[Demetrios (Makris) of Olympos]] at Saint Sophia [[Cathedral]] in Los Angeles, California, on [[March 18]], 1962. His first assignment was as assistant to the [[pastor]] at Holy Trinity Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December of 1964, he was assigned as pastor at Saint John the Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. On [[November 30]], 1969, he was raised to the office of [[Archimandrite]] by Archbishop Iakovos at the [[consecration]] services of the new church and community center in Youngstown.
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Archbishop Iakovos next assigned Fr. Isaiah to [[Hellenic College (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College]] and Holy Cross School of Theology as the Director of Student Life in August of 1971. Taking a leave of absence from his duties in February 1975, he enrolled as a graduate student at the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, fulfilling requirements for the recognition of his master's degree in theology. He returned to the United States in July of that year and continued in the capacity as Dean of Students.
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In February 1975, Fr. Isaiah took a leave of absence from his duties at Holy Trinity to enroll at the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, as a graduate student, to fulfill requirements for his master's degree in theology which he did that July. He returned to the United States to continue in his responsibilities as Dean of Students.
  
In September 1976, he was appointed the Dean of Administrative Affairs, concurrent with his position as Dean of Students. In October 1977 he assumed additional duties as the interim pastor at Saint Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Relinquishing all of these positions in March 1979, he was assigned as the [[Chancellor]] of the Diocese of Chicago under His Grace, [[Bishop]] [[Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago|Iakovos]] of Chicago.
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In September 1976, Fr. Isaiah was appointed Dean of Administrative Affairs, at Holy Cross concurrent with his position as Dean of Students. In October 1977, he was assigned further duties as the interim priest at St. Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In March 1979, Fr. Isaiah was transferred to the Diocese of Chicago to serve under His Grace, [[Bishop]] [[Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago|Iakovos]] of Chicago as [[Chancellor]] of the [[diocese]].
  
==Election as Bishop and Metropolitan==
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On [[April 10]], 1986, Archim. Isaiah was elected to the episcopacy by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]]ate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] bishop on [[May 25]], 1986, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, and was given the title of ''Bishop of Aspendos''. In September 1986, Abp. Iakovos appointed Bp. Isaiah Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York, a position he held until [[June 23]], 1992 when he was elected Bishop of Denver by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and received his new title in a special ceremony on [[June 24]], 1992 in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. He was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as Bishop of Denver on [[September 10]], 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the [[Assumption]] of the [[Virgin Mary]] in Denver, Colorado.
Metropolitan Isaiah was elected to the episcopacy by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]]ate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, on [[April 10]], 1986. He was consecrated a bishop on [[May 25]], 1986, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, and was given the title of ''Bishop of Aspendos'', a former Christian city in southwestern Asia Minor. In September 1986, Archbishop Iakovos assigned him as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York. Bishop Isaiah continued to function in this capacity until [[June 23]], 1992, when he was elected Bishop of Denver by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, taking the new title on [[June 24]], 1992, at special ceremonies in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver on [[September 10]], 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the [[Assumption]] of the [[Virgin Mary]] in Denver, Colorado.
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On [[November 24]], 1997, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated him to Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver. Metropolitan Isaiah was also appointed as President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on [[July 1]], 1997, by His Eminence Archbishop [[Spyridon (Papageorge) of America|Spyridon]] of America. He accepted a one-year term which officially ended on [[August 14]], 1998.
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In 1996, the Archdiocese of North and South America was reorganized with the formation of the Archdiocese of America and re-designations of the dioceses as metropolises. On [[November 24]], 1997, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated Bp. Isaiah to Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver.
  
On [[December 20]], 2002, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the status of the Diocese to a Metropolis, and elected Metropolitan Isaiah as Metropolitan of Denver.
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On [[July 1]], 1997, Metr. Isaiah was also appointed President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology by Abp. [[Spyridon (Papageorge) of America|Spyridon]] of America for a one-year term which ended on [[August 14]], 1998.
 
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==Source==
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*[http://www.denver.goarch.org/bio.html Biography of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver]
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==External link==
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*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/goarch/current.htm#isaiah_metr Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
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On [[December 20]], 2002, the Ecumenical Patriarchate changed the status of the diocese to that of metropolis, that resulted in a change in 2003 of Metr, Isaiah's title to Metropolitan of Denver.
  
 
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*[http://www.denver.goarch.org/metropolis/biography/  Biography of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver]
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*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/goarch/current.htm#isaiah_metr  Listing at the Orthodox Research Institute]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:11, February 27, 2012

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver is the ruling hierarch of the Metropolis of Denver, a metropolis within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America covering a twelve-state region (and parts of two others) in the Intermountain Region of the United States.

Life

Metr. Isaiah was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of four children of Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos, who had immigrated to the United States from Olympia, Greece. After completing his pre-college education, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served with distinction during the Korean War. Returning from his military service, he enrolled during the autumn of 1954 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1960. He, then, continued with graduate studies at the Theological School of Halki.

On February 25, 1962, Metr. Isaiah was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Iakovos at St. Spyridon Church in San Diego, California, following his tonsure as a monk the previous day. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Demetrios (Makris) of Olympus at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, California, on March 18, 1962.

Fr. Isaiah's first assignment was as assistant priest of Holy Trinity Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December 1964, he was assigned as priest at St. John the Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. On November 30, 1969, he was raised to the dignity of archimandrite by Abp. Iakovos at the consecration services of the new church and community center in Youngstown. In August 1971, Fr. Isaiah assigned to the Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology by Abp. Iakovos as the Director of Student Life.

In February 1975, Fr. Isaiah took a leave of absence from his duties at Holy Trinity to enroll at the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, as a graduate student, to fulfill requirements for his master's degree in theology which he did that July. He returned to the United States to continue in his responsibilities as Dean of Students.

In September 1976, Fr. Isaiah was appointed Dean of Administrative Affairs, at Holy Cross concurrent with his position as Dean of Students. In October 1977, he was assigned further duties as the interim priest at St. Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In March 1979, Fr. Isaiah was transferred to the Diocese of Chicago to serve under His Grace, Bishop Iakovos of Chicago as Chancellor of the diocese.

On April 10, 1986, Archim. Isaiah was elected to the episcopacy by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey. He was consecrated bishop on May 25, 1986, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, and was given the title of Bishop of Aspendos. In September 1986, Abp. Iakovos appointed Bp. Isaiah Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York, a position he held until June 23, 1992 when he was elected Bishop of Denver by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and received his new title in a special ceremony on June 24, 1992 in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver on September 10, 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Denver, Colorado.

In 1996, the Archdiocese of North and South America was reorganized with the formation of the Archdiocese of America and re-designations of the dioceses as metropolises. On November 24, 1997, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated Bp. Isaiah to Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver.

On July 1, 1997, Metr. Isaiah was also appointed President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology by Abp. Spyridon of America for a one-year term which ended on August 14, 1998.

On December 20, 2002, the Ecumenical Patriarchate changed the status of the diocese to that of metropolis, that resulted in a change in 2003 of Metr, Isaiah's title to Metropolitan of Denver.

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Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver
Preceded by:
Kallistos (Samaras)
Bishop of Aspendos
1986-1992
Succeeded by:
Jeremias of Aspendos
Preceded by:
Kallistos (Samaras)
Metropolitan of Denver
1992-present
Succeeded by:
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