Greek Orthodox priest at odds with leaders over inquiry into cleric leaving post

Chicago Tribune

By Lisa Black
Chicago Tribune

A priest who rebelled against his superiors in the Chicago Greek Orthodox Church by supporting his parish’s pursuit of a criminal investigation into another clergy member will leave his position at the end of June.

The Rev. Angelo Artemas, who formerly led Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, confirmed that he was recently released from his duties at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee “after two years of frustration” and will join a parish based out of Atlanta.

“After two years of fighting for this parish … I have given up,” said Artemas, after informing congregants of his pending departure.

The priest said he and his congregation have been under intense pressure from leaders of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago since members of his Milwaukee church raised concerns in 2013 about their former priest, the Rev. James Dokos.

Dokos, who also served at Sts. Peter and Paul, was eventually charged with felony theft over his alleged mishandling of a $1.2 million trust fund that was left to the Milwaukee church. He is awaiting trial.

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