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Presiding Priest: Father Cosmas Halekakis
Fr. Cosmas was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary(‘96). While studying at Holy Cross, he met Presvytera Michelle (a Chicago native) who, at the time, was completing a Masters of Theological Studies.
Presvytera Michelle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University. Fr. Cosmas and Pres. Michelle have 6 children: Yanni, Michael, Maximus, Gregory, Sophia, and Melanie.
After graduating Holy Cross in 1996, Fr. Cosmas was immediately ordained to the diaconate (June 16) and to the priesthood (June 20) and was assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in Anaheim, CA, where he served as Associate Priest for 2 years.
In 1998, he was then assigned to the mission parish of St. Anna in Roseville, CA, where he served as the first full-time parish priest for the next 3 years. While in Roseville, Fr. Cosmas assisted with the naming of the parish and the donation of property that would serve as the Church’s permanent home. After having 2 children, Fr. Cosmas then requested to serve in the Metropolis of Chicago to be closer to Presvytera’s family.
In 2001, he was assigned to serve as the first Associate Priest at Holy Taxiarchai and St. Haralambos Church in Niles, IL. In 2003, Fr. Cosmas was assigned to St. Demetrios in Waukegan (now Libertyville) IL, where he served as the parish priest for 17 years. While serving at St. Demetrios Fr. Cosmas assisted the parish in selling the old Church in Waukegan, and building a new Church in Libertyville.
From 2014 – 2020, Fr. Cosmas was assigned to oversee spiritual development and religious education at the Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield, IL. Fr. Cosmas also served as president of the Pan-Orthodox Clergy Association of Chicago.
In January of 2021 Fr. Cosmas was assigned to our Holy Apostles Church in Dulles, VA where he currently serves as our parish priest. You can see Fr. Cosmas during his “Good Spiritual Morning” videos on his YouTube channel.