Father David Bissias
Born November, 24, 1967, Chicago, IL. Raised in suburban Elmhurst, IL, while attending Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Westchester, IL. Married: August 22, 1993, to Georgia Pateras of Orange County, CA. Two children: George David, born December 16, 1996; Efthymia Anastasia, born June 21, 2000.
Ordinations & Offices
Elevation to the Rank of Economos
At the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago at the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Hammond, IN, May 17, 2009.
Ordination to the Presbyterate (Priesthood)
At the hand of His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Chicago at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Palos Hill, IL, May 21, 1994.
Ordination to the Diaconate
At the hand of His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Chicago at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Westchester, IL, February 2, 1994.
Master of Divinity, With Distinction
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline, MA, 1993.
- Scholarship Award for Excellence in Homiletics, 1993.
Bachelor of Arts
Hellenic College, Brookline, MA, 1989.
York Community High School, Elmhurst, IL, 1985.
Current Professional Positions and Memberships
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago since October 1, 2004.
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Hammond , IN, since August 1, 1996.
Member (elected) of the Metropolis Council
Metropolis of Chicago, November 1998 to November 2012.
Member of the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS
Metropolis of Chicago since 1997.
Member of the North American Patristics Society
Since August, 2005.
Member of The Northwest Indiana Orthodox Christian Clergy Association
Since August, 1996
Member of the Clergy Syndesmos, Metropolis of Chicago
Since February, 1994.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Milwaukee, WI, June, 1994—July, 1996
Deacon to the Bishop
Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, February 1994—May 1994
Assistant to the Director
Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago,September, 1993—June, 1994
Member of the Planning Committee of the Annual Jewish-Christian Clergy Retreat of Chicago
October 1998--October 2007.
Chicago Clergy Seminar in Israel, Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, July, 1998.
The Orthodox Clergy Fellowship of Wisconsin, August 1994—June 1996.
Administrative and Teaching Assistant
To Dr. John Chirban; at Cambridge Counseling Associates, Cambridge, MA; Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Hellenic College, Brookline, MA; 1989-1991.
Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion, (OCAMPR), Cambridge, MA, 1990—1991.
Boston Theological Institute, Boston, MA 1988—1989.
Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore, Brookline, MA 1986—1991.
Lecture: "Apocalypse and the Last Things: Preparing for the End of Time"
Saint Demetrios Church of Elmhurst, IL Lenten Seminar, April 17, 2013
Lecture: "Hope & Change: Church, Politics and Society in the 21st Century
Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Lenten Retreat, Merrillville, IN, March 14, 2009
Lecture: "Holy Oil and Holy Week: Revisiting an Issue"
Metropolis of Chicago Clergy Syndesmos Retreat, Sheboygan, WI, February 18, 2009
Lecture: "It is Time for the Lord to Act: The Many and the One."
Spiritual Weekend Retreat, Annunciation Church of Dayton, OH, November 1, 2008.
Discussion Panelist: “Mysticism and Popular Spirituality.”
Annual Jewish-Christian Clergy Retreat, Techny, IL, April 2006.
Lecture: “The Evil Eye, Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions: Are They Harmful?”
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago Religious Education Seminar, March, 2003
Lecture: “Marriage: An Orthodox Christian Perspective in Ecumenical Context.”
Annual Ecumenical Symposium of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago (at Loyola Univ.)September, 2002
Lecture: “Authority and Freedom in the Eastern Christian Tradition”
Annual Jewish-Christian Clergy Retreat Mundelein, IL, October, 2001.
Lecture: “Toward a Theology of Gender.”
Orthodox Women’s Association of Wisconsin Retreat, Milwaukee, WI, February, 2000.
Lecture: “Evolution from an Orthodox Christian Perspective”
Northwest Indiana Orthodox Christian Clergy Association Lenten Seminars Merrillville, IN; Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago Religious Education Seminar; April, 1998.
Lecture: “The Last Times and Thereafter.”
Northwest Indiana Orthodox Christian Clergy Association Lenten Seminars Merrillville, IN April, 1997.
Lecture: “The Last Judgment and Our Response to the Gospel”
The Philoptochos Lenten Retreat Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, Des Plaines, IL, March, 1997.
Lecture: “Orthodox Iconography: Windows Into Heaven”
Saint Mary’s College Wauwautosa, WI, May, 1996.
The Mystery of Healing: Oil, Anointing, and the Unity of the Local Church
Rollinsford, NH: Orthodox Research Institute, 2008
**Translated into Romanian as Sfantul Maslu: Taina vindecarii by Dragos Dasca. Iasi Romania: Doxologia, 2012.
“Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective in Ecumenical Context.”
Ecumenical Trends, Volume 33, Number 11 (December, 2004), pp. 1-4. Published by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Intereligious Institute.