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 ==
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.
On [[October 30]], 2006, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Fr. Demetrios as Bishop of the [[
titular]] 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 ABp. [[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 America|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]].
*"[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
[[Category:Holy Cross Seminary Graduates]]