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[[Image:Mokissos.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Bishop Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos]] His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop '''Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos''' is an [[auxiliary bishop]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] serving in the United States. He is the [[Protosyngellos]] (Chancellor) of the Greek Orthodox [[Metropolis ]] of Chicago.
== Early life ==
Demetrios was born in Chicago, the son of Christos and Merope Kantzavelos. He grew up in the "Assumption" Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago, and served as an [[acolyte]]. While still in high school, he began working for the office of the [[Diocese]] of Chicago. He was accepted to Hellenic College and [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology]]. Upon completing his studies and receiving a Master's of Divinity degree in 1987, he pursued post-graduate work at Loyola University of Chicago.
Demetrios was born in Chicago, the son of Christos and Merope Kantzavelos. He grew up in the "Assumption" Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago, and served as an [[acolyte]]. While still in high school, he began working for the office of the Diocese of Chicago. He was accepted to Hellenic College and [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)ordination|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theologyordained]]. Upon completing his studies and receiving a Master's of Divinity degree in 1987, he pursued post-graduate work at Loyola University of Chicago. He was ordained to the [[diaconate]] in 1989 and served as deacon to Metropolitan [[Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago]]. Upon ordination to the [[priest]]hood in 1992, he served as associate pastor of Chicago's Annunciation Cathedral, and later was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese, a position he still holds. In 1995 he was elevated to the rank of [[archimandrite]].
==Activities==
 
Fr. Demetrios became one of the first Orthodox clergy in America to address the issues created by the AIDS crises when he founded the [[Bishop's Task Force on AIDS]]. He has also been a leader in the movement in Illinois opposing the death penalty, working with other faith leaders to pressure the Governor of Illinois to issue a moratorium on executions in the state. He served two terms (from 1993 to 1995) as President of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
==Bishop==
 On [[October 30]], 2006, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Demetrios as Bishop of the titular [[titularsee]] see of Mokissos. The [[Mega Minima]] took place at the Archdiocesan [[Chapel ]] of St. Paul on [[December 7]], 2006, with the consecration taking place at Chicago's Assumption Church on [[December 9]]. Concelebrating hierarchs were ABpAbp. [[Demetrios (Trakatellis) of America|Demetrios]], Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, Metr. [[Maximos (Aghiorgoussis) of Pittsburgh|Maximos of Pittsburgh]], Metr. [[Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver|Isaiah of Denver]], Metr. [[Paisios (Loulourgas) of Tyana|Paisios of Tyana]], Abp. [[Damaskinos of Jaffa]], Abp. [[Nicolae (Condrea) of AmericaChicago|Nicolae]] of the [[Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada]], Bp. [[Philotheos (Karamitsos) of Meloa|Philotheos of Meloa]], Bp. [[Savas (Zembillas) of Troas|Savas of Troas]], Bp. [[Andonios (Paropoulos) of Phasiane|Andonios of Phasiane]], and Bp. [[Ilia (Katre) of Philomelion|Ilia of Philomelion]].
==Sources==
*"[http://www.goarch.org/en/news/observer/pdf/2006/06-12-DEC.pdf Archimandrite Kantzavelos Ordained Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos]]," ''The Orthodox Observer'', December 2006, page 2 (PDF)*"[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0612080312dec08,1,4429911.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true "REV. DEMETRI KANTZAVELOS: From altar boy to bishop]]," ''Chicago Tribune'', December 8, 2006
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