THURSDAY, May 18, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Ave

Cocktails at 5:30, with the presentation at 6:00 for about thirty minutes,
followed by Q&A and general cocktail conversation. 
Reservations are required.

His Grace, Bishop Demetrios, will screen a short documentary film produced by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago about the ongoing genocide in Syria.

"Kidnapped, tortured, their priest murdered, a Syrian family is forced to flee, finding asylum here in the United States.  In this edition of Sanctuary, we meet the Alkhoury family, and take a closer look at growing evidence of widespread persecution of religious minorities, as well as efforts by faith communities here in Chicago, the United States government, and the United Nations to find ways to support and protect some of the worlds most vulnerable people."

Bishop Demetrios is the auxiliary bishop of Mokissos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago which includes parishes in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa. The Metropolis, whose offices are located in Chicago, Illinois, consists of 58 parishes which minister to the needs of approximately 250,000 Greek Orthodox faithful.

Named as “one of the twelve people to watch” by The Chicago Sun-Times, Bishop Demetrios has worked to improve relationships between Chicago’s Greek Orthodox Community with other local Orthodox bodies, as well as other Christian and non-Christian groups.

A native of Chicago born to first-generation Greek-Americans, Demetrios grew up as an active participant in the city's Assumption Greek Orthodox Community. He went on to attend Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he obtained his graduate divinity degree “with high distinction” in 1987. Following graduation, he pursued post-graduate doctoral work in the philosophy program of Chicago's Loyola University, concentrating in the area of metaphysics.

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