Holy Metropolis Of Chicago

Iakovos of Chicago


His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago was elected to the episcopacy of the Greek Orthodox Church by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1969. He was enthroned by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America on May 1, 1979 as the Bishop of Chicago at the Annunciation Cathedral. In November, 1997 the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Chicago to the active Metropolitanate of Chicago and Exarch of Ionias. In this capacity, His Eminence serves the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago as its Presiding Hierarch (PrσedroV).

Beginning his higher education in Athens, Greece and continuing his studies and service in the Boston area, Metropolitan Iakovos was appointed Archdiocesan Vicar of the Diocese of Detroit by Archbishop Iakovos in February, 1968. One year later he was elevated to the rank of Bishop by the Holy See of Constantinople. He was consecrated Bishop of Apameia (an Auxiliary Bishop of Archbishop Iakovos) on Christmas Day of 1969, and appointed to the Diocese of Detroit as Bishop of that district.

In 1971 he was appointed President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, while remaining as administrative overseer of the Diocese of Detroit. He simultaneously served as the Bishop of the New England area during his five-year tenure as President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology.

The Diocese of Chicago consists of thirty-four parishes in Illinois, with another twenty-four parishes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, northern Indiana, and eastern Missouri. The general offices of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago are located in Chicago, Illinois.

Since assuming the position of Presiding Hierarch of the Diocese of Chicago, Metropolitan Iakovos has characterized his tenure by his many initiatives. Under his leadership the Diocese has increased its efforts to assist the homeless and those in need, as witnessed in the labors of the Diocesan Philanthropy Committee. He has founded new Youth programs, established various local Dialogue Commissions with other faith communities and continues to work with other area Religious leaders in promoting justice and truth in our society.

Various other programs of the Diocese established by Metropolitan Iakovos include the Bishop Iakovos Scholarship Assistance Program, the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS, the Diocese Junior Olympics, the Diocese Dance Festival, as well as numerous programs in religion and Greek education.

Feastday: 23 October

Assistant Bishops:

Demetrios of Mokissos

His Grace
Bishop Demetrios
of Mokissos


His Grace Bishop Demetrios (Kantzavelos) of Mokissos,  a native of Chicago born to first-generation Greek-Americans, Merope (nee Kossivas) and the late Christ J. Kantzavelos, grew up as an active participant in the life of the city's historic Assumption Greek Orthodox Community located at 601 S. Central Avenue. He went on to attend Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he obtained his graduate divinity degree 'with high distinction' in 1987. Following graduation, he pursued post-graduate work in the doctoral philosophy program of Chicago's Loyola University, concentrating in the area of metaphysics.

Having received monastic tonsure, Bishop Demetrios was ordained to the Diaconate October of 1989. In 1992, he was ordained to the priesthood, and in 1995 elevated to the rank of Archimandrite, all through the hands of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. Since then, he has served as assistant and deacon to the bishop, as associate pastor of Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago, and presently as Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago.

Named as "one of the twelve people to watch" by The Chicago Sun-Times (January 5, 2003), Bishop Demetrios has worked extensively to build bridges of understanding and improve relationships between Chicago's Greek Orthodox Community with other local Orthodox bodies, as well as other Christian and non-Christian groups. His ecumenical and interfaith commitments are numerous, coalescing around areas of social justice and advocacy. To this end, in February of 2003, he co-founded a local initiative to improve relations between the Turkish and Greek communities in Chicago.

In 1992, Bishop Demetrios established the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS, the first formal Orthodox Christian response to this pandemic in the western hemisphere. As this ministry received widespread recognition, its founder-coordinator Bishop Demetrios was named Outstanding Community Leader by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1995, and received the Jim Noone Award for Religious Leadership from the AIDS Pastoral Care Network in 1997. The Task Force has since become a resource for the entire Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. From 2001 until 2004, he served as board member of Chicago's Alexian Brothers' Bonaventure House, a premiere residential care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS. In August of 2005, Bishop Demetrios was honored with the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry 2005 President's Award.

Feastday: 26 October

Website: http://www.chicago.goarch.org

The Metropolis of Chicago contains the Parishes of the States of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri (excluding Kansas City), and some Parishes in Indiana.

Address: His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 40 East Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610-1697.
Tel. +1-312-337.41.30.
Fax. +1-312-337.93.91.


1. St Dimitrios, 2727 W. Winona Street, Chicago, IL (60625).
2. Dormition of the Theotokos, 601 S. Central Avenue, Chicago, IL (60644).
3. Holy Trinity, 6041 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL (60639).
4. St Andrew, 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL (60660-4803).
5. St Basil, 733 S. Ashland Blvd, Chicago, IL (60607).
6. Sts Constantine and Helen, 11025-45 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills, IL (60465).
7. St George, 2701 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL (60614).
8. St Spyridon,  12307 S. Ridgeland, Palos Heights, IL (60463).
9. Holy Archangels – St Charalampos, 7373 Caldwell Avenue, Niles, IL (60714-4503).
10. St Athanasios Aurora, 1855 Easte 5th Avenue, IL (60504).
11. Three Hierarchs, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, Champaign, IL (61820).
12. Dormition of the Theotokos,  20401 South Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL (60461).
13. St Dimitrios, 893 Church Road, Elmhurst, IL (60126).
14. Annunciation of the Theotokos,  570 Ν. Union Street, Decatur, IL (62522).
15. St John the Baptist, 2350 Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL (60016).
16. Dormition of the Theotokos, 4900 Kennedy Drive, East Moline, IL (61244).
17. Sts Constantine and Helen,  405 Huntwood Road, Swansea, IL (62226).
18. St George, 320 S. Second Street, Dekalb, IL (60115).
19. Holy Apostles Peter and Paul,  1401 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL (60025).
20. Dormition of the Theotokos, 13631 Brainard Avenue, Hegewisch, IL (60633).
21. All Saints, 102 North Broadway, Joliet, IL (60435).
22. Annunciation of the Theotokos, 296 N. Washington Avenue, Kankakee, IL (60901).
23. St George, 2930 31st Avenue, Rock Island, IL (61201).
24. St Nicholas, 10301 S. Kolmar Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL (60453-4892).
25. All Saints, 1812 North Prospect Road, Peoria, IL (61603).
26. Sts Constantine and Helen, 108 North Fifth Street, Rockford, IL (61107).
27. St Anthony, 1600 So. Glenwood Avenue, Springfield, IL (62704).
28. Holy Cross, 7560 S. Archer Avenue, Justice, IL (60458).
29. St Dimitrios, 1400 North O' Plaine Road., Libertyville, IL (60048).
30. Holy Apostles, 2501 South Wolf Road, Westchester, IL (60154).
31. St Nektarios, 133 South Roselle Road, Palatine, IL (60067).
32. St Sophia,  525 Church Road, Elgin IL (60123).
33. St George,  528 77th Avenue, Schererville, IN (46375).
34. Sts Constantine and Helen,  8000 Madison Street, Merrillville, IN (46410).
35. St Dimitrios, 7021 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN (46324).
36. St Andrew, 52455 N. Ironwood Road, South Bend, IN (46635).
37. St James, 602 East Monroe Street, Valparaiso, IN (46383).
38. St John the Baptist,  501 Α. Avenue, N.E, Cedar Rapids, IA (52401).
39. St George, 35th and Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA (50311).
40. Holy Prophet Elijah, 1075 Rockdale Road, Dubugue, IA (52001).
41. Transfiguration of the Lord,  1311 2nd Street, S.W., Mason City, IA (50401).
42. Holy Trinity, 900 6th Street, Sioux City, IA (51101).
43. St Dimitrios, 613 West Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA (50702).
44. Annunciation of the Theotokos, 1017 N. La Salle Drive, Chicago, IL (60610).
45. St Apostles, 632 East 2nd Street, Duluth, MN (55805).
46. Holy Theotokos, 3450 Irving Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN (55408).
47. Sts Kosmas and Damian, 703 West Center Street, Rochester MN (55902-).
48. St George,  1111 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN (55105).
49. Dormition of the Theotokos,  1755 Des Peres Road, Town and Country, MO (63131-1405).
50. St Nicholas, 4967 Forest Park Boulevard, St. Louis, MO (63108).
51. St Nicholas,  3333 Ν. French Road, Appleton, WI (54911).
52. Holy Trinity, 198 Ν. Macy Street, P.O. Box 11, Fond Du Lac, WI (54935-0011).
53. Dormition of the Theotokos, 11 North 7th Street, Madison, WI (53704).
54. Annunciation of the Theotokos, 9400 W. Congress Street, Milwaukee, WI (53225-4812).
55. Sts Constantine and Helen, 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI (53213).
56. Dormition of the Theotokos, 1355 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI (53406)
57. St Spyridon, 1427 South 10th Street, Sheboygan, WI (53081).
58. Ascension of the Lord, 1207 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire, IL (60069).
59. St Nicholas G.O. Albanian Church, 2701 N. Narra-gansett Ave,  Chicago, IL (60639).
60. St Luke, 901 West Broadway, Columbia, MO (65203)


1. Transfiguration of the Lord, 17906 Route 173, Harvard, IL (60033).
2. St John Chrysostom, 4600 93rd Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI (53158).