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Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos
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[[Image:Mokissos.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Bishop Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos]]
His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop '''Demetrios''' (born Demetri C. Kantzavelos) is an [[auxiliary bishop]] of Mokissos 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.
He was [[ordination|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]].
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.
Fr. Demetrios is a member of the Executive Board of the [[National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA]], where he heads the nominations committee of the Board.
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 Chicago|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
* [http://chicago.goarch.org/bishop-demetrios/ Official Biography] on Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago
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