Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)
History of the Metropolis
|History of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver|
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver was established in 1979 and extends over a vast area of the western mountain and central plains states. The total population of the states that lie within the Metropolis of Denver is over 45 million people, out of which approximately 35,000, or 0.078% (less than one-tenth of one percent), are members of the Greek Orthodox parishes.
Forty nine parishes and two chapels under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver are scattered throughout 1.285 million square miles encompassing the states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as the western parts of Louisiana and Missouri.
The states which comprise what is now called the Metropolis of Denver were originally under the spiritual jurisdiction of the headquarters in San Francisco. These states later formed the Eighth Archdiocese District, when the Archdiocese of North and South America was subdivided into Archdiocese districts in 1968. During its existence from 1968 to 1977 the Eighth District was administered by the following Assistant Bishops and Archdiocesan Vicars:
Under the administration of Bishop John of Thermon, the regional headquarters of the Eighth Archdiocese District were relocated from Houston, Texas to Denver, Colorado in 1974.
Although the Diocese of Denver was established by Decree of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1979 the first bishop bearing the title Bishop of Denver was not enthroned until 1984. The Hierarchs and Vicars who administered the region from 1979 to 1992 were:
On June 24, 1992 His Grace Bishop Isaiah, became the second Bishop of Denver, relinquishing his former responsibilities as Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. He was enthroned during ceremonies on September 10, 1992 at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Denver.
In November 1997 Bishop Isaiah was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continuing in his capacity as hierarch of the Denver Metropolis. Metropolitan Isaiah is presently completing his fifteenth year as the presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver.
|Civil Statistics of States within the Metropolis of Denver|
|State or City||Area (square miles)||Population (in 2005)|
Caddo and Bossier Parishes
|Kansas City, MO
Clay, Cass, Jackson and Platte Counties