our parish priests
Rev. Fr. Andrew G.
Fr. Andrew was born in Arlington Heights, IL on March 23, 1971. As an infant he lived in Des Plaines, IL. He was raised in Wheaton, IL and graduated from Wheaton North High School in 1989. In 1994 he graduated from Hellenic College and in 1997 he graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology - both institutions in Brookline, MA.
In 1997 he obtained the position of Youth Director at the SS. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. In 1999, he become the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
On November 25, 2000 Fr. Andrew married his love and soul-mate, Dimitra Nassis. On May 21, 2001 he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at the SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Hills, IL. In September of 2001, Fr. Andrew began to serve on a part-time basis The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios in Elmhurst, IL. On June 9, 2002 Fr. Andrew was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Demetrios and has served the parish on a full-time basis ever since.
Fr. Andrew and Presbytera Dimitra, together with their 5 children, reside in Willowbrook, IL. Fr. Andrew is grateful to Almighty God for the opportunity of serving as a priest and ministering to the faithful of St. Demetrios - unworthy though he may be. He realizes that it is only by God's grace, that his ministry can be fulfilled. He can be reached at 630-834-7010 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rev. Panagiotis K. Malamis
Born in Sigouni, Kalavrita, in Greece, Father Malamis dreamed of being a priest as a small child. n 1966, Father went to Holy Cross Theological School in Boston and was ordained a deacon in 1968 and priest in 1969 by Bishop Demetrios of Olymbou.
Father then came to Chicago where he served as assistant priest at Assumption Greek Orthodox church from 1968 to 1971 and at St. Demetrios in Chicago until 1974. In 1974 he received his Bachelor of Arts from Governor State University and was finally assigned to our parish of St. Demetrios in Elmhurst.
In 1985, Metropolitan (then Bishop) Iakovos of Chicago bestowed the honor of "ofikion tou oikonomou" upon Father Malamis. On Father Malamis' 25th anniversary in the priesthood at Holy Cross Theological School, Archbishop Iakovos of New York bestowed upon Father the the highest honor a married priest can achieve, that of "ofikion tou protopresbyterou".
- His All Holiness, the Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew I
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the 270th successor to the Apostle Andrew and spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Since ascending the Ecumenical Throne on November 2nd, 1991, he has tirelessly pursued the vision of his enthronement message, spiritual revival, Orthodox unity, Christian reconciliation, interfaith tolerance and coexistence, protection of the environment and a world united in peace, justice, solidarity and love
- His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has labored together with the Hierarchs, clergy, and laity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in an intense effort to strengthen conditions of unity and peace and to advance administrative and ecclesiastical stability of the work of the Church in America. His Archpastoral message has been one that has called for unity, genuine relationships, and an ever-increasing commitment to God and to service in the name of Christ. This is essential, he has affirmed, not only as a witness to the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, but also as a presupposition for growth and development.
- His Eminence, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago
As the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, his Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos oversees 58 parishes in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Indiana and Eastern Missouri. His tenure is characterized by the many successful programs he has instituted including youth and scholarship programs, dialogue commissions, as well as other religious and Greek education programs. He is both spiritual father and guide to our community's priests and parishioners.
The parish of Saint Demetrios has been an important part of Chicago's Greek Orthodox community for over 33 years. With the guidance of our Patron Saint Demetrios as well as the church's spiritual fathers, benefactors, parish council, member families, ministry leaders and volunteers, the church has baptized, married, educated and raised thousands of people in the Greek Orthodox faith and community. Our main church, two chapels and bookstore offer the faithful a place to worship and continue learning about themselves and the Greek Orthodox Faith.
The Greek Orthodox Church is a treasury of centuries of accumulated wisdom in man's efforts to relate to God and his fellow man. It is our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to teach and spread the Orthodox Christian Faith, to energize, and to cultivate and guide the lives of our parishioners according to the Orthodox Christian Faith and Tradition.
The Greek Orthodox Church sanctifies the faithful through divine worship, especially the Holy Eucharist and other Sacraments, building the spiritual and ethical life of the faithful in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, Sacred Tradition, the doctrines and canons of the Ecumenical and local Councils, the canons of the Holy Apostles and the Fathers of the Church and of all other Councils recognized by the Orthodox Church.
Through divine worship, preaching, teaching, and living of the Orthodox Christian Faith, our dedicated spiritual fathers, directors and volunteers nurture a series of ministries that give parishioners, young and old alike, a place to come together in the name of Jesus Christ.
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