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Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver

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{{cleanup}}His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] '''Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver''' is the ruling [[hierarch]] of the Metropolis of Denver, a [[metropolis]] within the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] covering a twelve-state region (and parts of two others) in the Intermountain Region of the United States.
His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] '''==Life==Metr. Isaiah was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of four children of Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos) of Denver''' is , who had immigrated to the United States from Olympia, Greece. After completing his pre-college education, he joined the presiding [[hierarch]] of United States Marine Corps and served with distinction during the Metropolis of DenverKorean War. Returning from his military service, a [[diocese]] within he enrolled during the autumn of 1954 at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Archdiocese School of AmericaTheology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary]] covering a twelve-state region (and parts of two others) in Brookline, Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1960. He, then, continued with graduate studies at the Intermountain Region [[Theological School of the United StatesHalki]].
==Background and education==The Metropolitan is a native of PortsmouthOn [[February 25]], 1962, New HampshireMetr. His parents, Dennis and Mary Isaiah was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by [[Archbishop]] [[Iakovos (KapsimalisCoucouzis) Chronopoulosof America|Iakovos]] at St. Spyridon Church in San Diego, immigrated to the United States from OlympiaCalifornia, Greece. Metropolitan Isaiah is one of four children. After following his primary and high school education, he served with distinction in [[tonsure]] as a [[monk]] the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Warprevious day. In He was ordained to the autumn [[priest]]hood by Bishop [[Demetrios (Makris) of 1954, he enrolled Olympus]] at St. Sophia [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox SeminaryCathedral]] in BrooklineLos Angeles, Massachusetts. Upon his graduation in 1960California, he undertook graduate studies at the on [[Theological School of HalkiMarch 18]], 1962.
==Early career in the priesthood==On [[February 25]], 1962, Metropolitan Fr. Isaiah was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] by His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]] at Saint Spyridon Church in San Diego, California, following his [[tonsure]] as a [[monk]] the previous day. He received his ordination to the holy [[priest]]hood from Bishop [[Demetrios (Makris) of Olympos]] at Saint Sophia [[Cathedral]] in Los Angeles, California, on [[March 18]], 1962. His 's first assignment was as assistant to the [[pastorpriest]] at of Holy Trinity Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In December of 1964, he was assigned as pastor priest at Saint St. John the Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. On [[November 30]], 1969, he was raised to the office dignity of [[Archimandritearchimandrite]] by Archbishop Abp. Iakovos at the [[consecration]] services of the new church and community center in Youngstown. In August 1971, Fr. Isaiah assigned to the [[Hellenic College (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College]] and Holy Cross School of Theology by Abp. Iakovos as the Director of Student Life.
Archbishop Iakovos next assigned In February 1975, Fr. Isaiah to [[Hellenic College (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College]] and Holy Cross School of Theology as the Director of Student Life in August of 1971. Taking took a leave of absence from his duties in February 1975, he enrolled as a graduate student at Holy Trinity to enroll at the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, fulfilling as a graduate student, to fulfill requirements for the recognition of his master's degree in theologywhich he did that July. He returned to the United States to continue in July of that year and continued in the capacity his responsibilities as Dean of Students.
In September 1976, he Fr. Isaiah was appointed the Dean of Administrative Affairs, at Holy Cross concurrent with his position as Dean of Students. In October 1977 , he assumed additional was assigned further duties as the interim pastor priest at Saint St. Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Relinquishing all of these positions in In March 1979, he Fr. Isaiah was assigned as the [[Chancellor]] of transferred to the Diocese of Chicago to serve under His Grace, [[Bishop]] [[Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago|Iakovos]] of Chicagoas [[Chancellor]] of the [[diocese]].
==Election as bishop and metropolitan==Metropolitan On [[April 10]], 1986, Archim. Isaiah was elected to the episcopacy by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarch]]ate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, on . He was [[April 10consecration of a bishop|consecrated]], 1986. He was consecrated a bishop on [[May 25]], 1986, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, and was given the title of ''Bishop of Aspendos'', a former Christian city in southwestern Asia Minor. In September 1986, Archbishop Abp. Iakovos assigned him as the appointed Bp. Isaiah Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York. Bishop Isaiah continued to function in this capacity , a position he held until [[June 23]], 1992, when he was elected Bishop of Denver by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, taking the and received his new title in a special ceremony on [[June 24]], 1992, at special ceremonies in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. He was [[enthronement|enthroned ]] as Bishop of Denver on [[September 10]], 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the [[Assumption]] of the [[Virgin Mary]] in Denver, Colorado.
In 1996, the Archdiocese of North and South America was reorganized with the formation of the Archdiocese of America and re-designations of the dioceses as metropolises. On [[November 24]], 1997, the [[Holy and Sacred Synod ]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated him Bp. Isaiah to Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver. Metropolitan Isaiah was also appointed as President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on [[July 1]], 1997, by His Eminence Archbishop [[Spyridon (Papageorge) of America|Spyridon]] of America. He accepted a one-year term which officially ended on [[August 14]], 1998.
On [[December 20July 1]], 20021997, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the status Metr. Isaiah was also appointed President of the Diocese to a Metropolis, and elected Metropolitan Isaiah as Metropolitan Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of DenverTheology by Abp==Source==*[ Biography [Spyridon (Papageorge) of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah America|Spyridon]] of DenverAmerica for a one-year term which ended on [[August 14==External link==*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute], Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
On [[December 20]], 2002, the Ecumenical Patriarchate changed the status of the diocese to that of metropolis, that resulted in a change in 2003 of Metr, Isaiah's title to Metropolitan of Denver.
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*[ Biography of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver]
==External link==
*[ Listing at the Orthodox Research Institute]

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