About our Priest
Fr. Cosmas Halekakis is our parish priest. He was born in Los Angeles, CA the youngest of 7 children. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary. While studying at Holy Cross, he met Presvytera Michelle (a Chicago native) who, at the time, was completing a Masters of Theological Studies, after her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Fr. Cosmas and Pres. Michelle have 6 children: Yanni, Michael, Maximus, Gregory, Sophia, and Melanie.
After graduating Holy Cross Fr. Cosmas was assigned to St. John the Baptist Church in Anaheim, CA, where he served as Associate Priest for 2 years. He was then sent to the mission parish of St. Anna in Roseville, CA, where he served as the first full-time Priest for the next 3 years. Fr. Cosmas then requested to serve in the Metropolis of Chicago, and was sent 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 the Parish Priest since 2003.