|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
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.