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His Eminence [[Metropolitan ]] '''Isaiah (Chronopoulos) of Denver''' is a native of New Hampshire, having been born in Portsmouth. He is one of four children born to Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos who had emigrated immigrated to the United states from Olympia, Greece. After his primary and high school education, he served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. In the autumn of 1954 he enrolled at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary ]] in Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon his graduation in 1960, he attended the Ecumenical Patriarchate Seminary of Halki in Istanbul, Turkey , for graduate studies.
On [[February 25]], 1962 , Metropolitan Isaiah was [[ordination|ordained ]] a [[deacon ]] by His Eminence [[Archbishop ]] [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America|Iakovos]] at Saint Spyridon Church in San Diego, California, having been tonsured [[tonsure]]d a [[monk ]] on the previous day. He received his ordination to the holy priesthood [[priest]]hood from His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Olympos at Saint Sophia [[Cathedral ]] in Los Angeles, California, on [[March 18]], 1962. His first assignment in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Orthodox Archdiocese ]] was as assistant to the [[pastor ]] at Holy Trinity Church in Salt Lake City , Utah. In December of 1964 he was assigned as pastor at Saint John the Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio. On [[November 30]], 1969 , he was raised to the office of [[Archimandrite ]] by Archbishop Iakovos at the [[consecration ]] services of the new church and community center in Youngstown.
Archbishop Iakovos was reassigned the Metropolitan to [[Hellenic College (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Hellenic College]] and Holy Cross School of Theology as the Director of Student Life in August of 1971. Taking a leave of absence from his duties in February 1975, he enrolled as a graduate student at the School of Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, fulfilling requirements for the recognition of his master’s master's degree in theology. He returned to the United States in July of that year and continued in his capacity as dean of students.
In September 1976 he was given additional responsibilities at the college-seminary as the Dean of Administrative Affairs together with his position as Dean of Students. In October 1977 he assumed additional duties as the Interim Pastor at Saint Nicholas Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Relinquishing all of these positions in March 1979, he was assigned as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chicago under His Grace, [[Bishop ]] [[Iakovos (Garmatis) of Chicago|Iakovos]] of Chicago.
Metropolitan Isaiah was elected to the rank of bishop by the [[Holy Synod ]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate Patriarch]]ate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey , on [[April 10]], 1986. He was consecrated a Bishop 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, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos assigned him as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York. Bishop Isaiah continued to function in this capacity until [[June 23]], 1992 , when he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Denver by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, taking the new title on [[June 24]], 1992 , at special ceremonies in the Archdiocesan Chapel. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver on [[September 10]], 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the [[Assumption ]] of the [[Virgin Mary ]] in Denver, Colorado.
On [[November 24]], 1997 , the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated him as 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 20]], 2002 , the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated the status of the Diocese to a Metropolis, and elected Metropolitan Isaiah is as Metropolitan of Denver. The Metropolitan is presently completing his eleventh year in Denver.
==Source==
*[http://www.denver.goarch.org/bio.html Biography of His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver]
 
==External link==
*[http://orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/goarch/current.htm#isaiah_metr Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
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