Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos

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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 Christ 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. 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 priesthood 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 Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, , Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, Archbishop Damaskinos of Jaffa, Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada, Bishop Philotheos of Meloa, Bishop Savas of Troas, Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, and Bishop Ilia of Philomelion.


  • "Archimandrite Kantzavelos Ordained Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos," The Orthodox Observer, December 2006, page 2 PDF
  • "REV. DEMETRI KANTZAVELOS: From altar boy to bishop," Chicago Tribune, December 8, 2006 Text of article here

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