Father David Bissias


Personal

 

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.


Degrees/Education

 

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. 

Diploma

York Community High School, Elmhurst, IL, 1985.


Current Professional Positions and Memberships

 

Special Assistant

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago since October 1, 2004.

Parish Priest

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.


Previous Positions/Memberships

 

Associate Pastor

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.

Diocesan Representative

Chicago Clergy Seminar in Israel, Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, July, 1998. 

Secretary

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.

Office Manager

Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion, (OCAMPR), Cambridge, MA, 1990—1991. 

Staff Member

Boston Theological Institute, Boston, MA 1988—1989.

Assistant Manager

Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore, Brookline, MA 1986—1991.


Speaking Engagements

 

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.


Publications

 

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.