[b]Bishop Demetrios[/b] is the bishop of Mokissos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate serving in the United States. He is also the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. He has received worldwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach. Recently, he was recognized by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.
In 1992, [b]Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos[/b] founded the “Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS “to address the issues created by the AIDS crises in the United States. For his great work, he received the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry 2005 President’s Award.
Bishop Demetrios was named as the Outstanding Community Leader by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in the year 1995. Later in 1997, he received the Jim Noone Award for Religious Leadership from the AIDS Pastoral Care Network.
[b]About Bishop Demetrios[/b]
Bishop Demetrios was born to first-generation Greek American family, Merope and the late Christ J. Kantzavelos. He attended Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, and attained a degree in divinity. After his graduation, he went for his post-graduation in the area of metaphysics, in the philosophy program of Chicago's Loyola University. In 1992, Demetrios ordained to the priesthood, and in 1995, was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. He was consecrated as the Bishop of Mokissos on December 9, 2006. Demetrios co-founded a local intiative to strengthen Turkish and Greek relations. He even had established the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS, the first formal Orthodox Christian response to this epidemic in the western dimension. He has also led many Hellenic organizations and cultural events.