About Fr. David Bissias

Father David Bissias was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Elmhurst, IL, where he and his family attended the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church of Westchester.  Father David graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with distinction in 1993, and was married later the same year to Georgia Pateras who was raised in California.  They have two children and reside in Munster, IN.

Father David was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by the hand of (then) Bishop Iakovos of Chicago (now Metropolitan of Chicago) on February 2, 1994 at his home parish.  He served as the bishop's deacon until his ordination to the Holy Priesthood on May 21, 1994, at the Saints Constantine and Helen Church of Palos Hills, IL.  On June 1 of that year, he was assigned as the Associate Pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Milwaukee, WI, serving under Fr. James Dokos.  On August 1, 1996, he was assigned as the pastor of the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Hammond, IN.  In 2000, he also began to serve as the Special Administrative Assistant to His Eminence, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, under the supervision of the Chancellor, His Grace Bishops Demetrios of Mokissos.

Father David has delivered numerous lectures, seminars and presentations throughout the Mid-West, in parishes, at colleges, and various academic, interfaith, and ecumenical meetings and retreats.  He has published several articles (outside of parish publications) and his book, The Mystery of Healing: Oil, Anointing and the Unity of the Local Church (Orthodox Research Institute, 2006) has been recently translated into Romanian (Iasi, Romania: Doxologia, 2012).

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