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Saturday, June 3

Obituary : Metropolitan Iakovos, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago dies at age 89

Metropolitan Iakovos, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in six Midwestern states and the first Metropolitan of Chicago, died Friday after an unexpected illness and surgery. 
The 89-year-old strengthened the ministries of the Greek Orthodox Church during his 38-year tenure with social justice initiatives, such as establishing the first organized ministry in the Greek Orthodox world for those living with HIV or AIDS. He was still active in his ministry at the time of his death at Weiss Memorial Hospital, the church said in a statement.

Born in 1928, in Athens, Greece, Metropolitan Iakovos moved to Boston as a young clergyman and earned his doctorate from Boston University and later taught at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, according to the statement.
He was elected a bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1969. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, overseeing parishes in Detroit and New England, the church said. He also served as president of the Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

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