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Presiding Priest: Father Cosmas Halekakis
Fr. Cosmas was born in Los Angeles, CA the youngest of 7 children. 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 (22), Michael (20), Maximus (18), Gregory (15), Sophia (9), and Melanie (6).
After graduating Holy Cross in 1996, Fr. Cosmas was immediately ordained and assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in Anaheim, CA, where he served as Associate Priest for 2 years. He was then assigned to the mission parish of St. Anna in Roseville, CA, where he served as the first full-time Proistameno 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.
He was assigned to serve as the first Associate Priest at Holy Taxiarchai and St. Haralambos Church in Niles, IL. After serving at St. Haralambos for 2 years, Fr. Cosmas was assigned to St. Demetrios in Waukegan (now Libertyville) IL, where he has served as Proistamenos for the past 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. On April 13th of 2008, Saint Demetrios Church in Libertyville opened the doors of their new Church, and Metropolitan Iakovos gave Fr. Cosmas the dignity of Oikonomos.
In September of 2014 Fr. Cosmas was assigned by Metropolitan Iakovos to oversee spiritual development and religious education at the Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield, IL. Since then, Fr. Cosmas has celebrated services, and along with Pres. Michelle, has personally handled religious education for classes at the Academy.
Fr. Cosmas has also served as president of the Pan-Orthodox Clergy Association of Chicago.