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 Metropolis of Chicago as its Presiding Hierarch (Προέδρος).

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 Metropolis 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 Metropolis of Chicago are located in Chicago, Illinois.

Since assuming the position of Presiding Hierarch of the Metropolis of Chicago, Metropolitan Iakovos has characterized his tenure by his many initiatives. Under his leadership the Metropolis has increased its efforts to assist the homeless and those in need, as witnessed in the labors of the Metropolitan 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 Metropolis established by Metropolitan Iakovos include the Bishop Iakovos Scholarship Assistance Program, the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS, the Metropolis Junior Olympics, the Metropolis Dance Festival, as well as numerous programs in religion and Greek education.

Metropolitan Iakovos fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness at the age of 89.

 

 

Metropolis of Chicago Website: http://chicago.goarch.org/

Name day: October 23


Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

Consecration date: September 17, 1967
Name day: October 26

His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Consecration date: December 25, 1969
Name day: October 23

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston

Consecration date: April 08, 1984
Name day: June 14

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Consecration date: May 25, 1986
Name day: May 9

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta

Consecration date: May 17, 1987
Name day: March 17

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit

Consecration date: April 03, 1999
Name day: December 6

His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh

Consecration date: February 02, 2002
Name day: December 5

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco

Consecration date: February 09, 2002
Name day: October 20

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey

Consecration date: May 10, 2003
Name day: March 25

Retired Metropolitans and Bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Retired Metropolitans and Bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: June 18, 1978
Name day: January 21

His Eminence Metropolitan Spyridon

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: May 01, 1985
Name day: December 12

His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Catania

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: May 21, 1967
Name day: October 23

His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: May 30, 1998
Name day: October 26

Auxiliary Bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Auxiliary Bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: February 23, 2002
Name day: January 17

His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: December 09, 2006
Name day: October 26

His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: December 17, 2011
Name day: December 18

His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Consecration date: December 20, 2014
Name day: June 30