Speaker Bios

Fr. Panteleimon Dalianis

Fr. Panteleimon Dalianis is the Presiding Priest at St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church in
Chicago, Ill. Both Fr. Panteleimon and Presvytera Konstantina grew up in the northwest
suburbs of Chicago – attending St. John the Baptist Church in Des Plaines, Ill. Fr.
Panteleimon grew up serving as an altar boy, growing close to the church through Fr.
Emmanuel Lionikis as well as the many assistant priests who served at St. Johns during
his middle school and high school years.

Fr. Panteleimon attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelors Degree
in Economics. After Purdue he worked for five years in real estate and later in public

During his five years of working in the private sector, Fr. Panteleimon was very involved
at St. Nectarios Church in Palatine, IL, where he taught the high school Sunday school
class. This ministry experience, along with getting to know some other priests in the
Chicago area, finally led Fr. Panteleimon to the realization that he really wanted to work
for the church. So, in August of 1998, Fr. Panteleimon left his public relations job to
head out to Brookline, MA, to start the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross School
of Theology. He completed his degree in 2002, after which he headed to Thessalonika,
Greece for 10 months to study the Greek language.

In the middle of his 10 months in Greece, Fr. Panteleimon returned home to marry his
(now) presvytera. They returned to Greece after the wedding. In October of 2003,
Fr. Panteleimon began his full-time ministry work at the Assumption Greek Orthodox
Church in Town & Country, MO, where he worked as the youth director for 3-1/2 years.

Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood in November of 2006, Fr. Panteleimon was
reassigned to Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Hills, IL, where
he served as the associate pastor for 3-1/2 years, leading up to his current assignment at
St. Basil Church.

Fr. Panteleimon and his presvytera have been married for 9 years and their four children
are Eleni (8), Elias (6), Blaise (4) and Xenia (2).

Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis

Fr. Sotirios is the associate pastor at Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church in Chicago.
He also serves as the Spiritual Advisor of the Hellenic American Academy located in
Deerfield, IL where he teaches Religion and Byzantine Music.

After graduating York High School in 1997, Fr. Sotirios attended DePaul University
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2001, he attended Holy
Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he received a Masters
of Divinity with high distinction. He continued his theological studies at the University
of Athens from 2004 through 2006 in the field of Pastoral Theology and Religious
Education. While in Athens, Fr. Sotirios continued to pursue his interest in Byzantine
Music; his efforts enabled him to receive a teaching degree in Byzantine Music.

Fr. Sotirios married Stefanie (nee Lialios) on July 8, 2007. On March 2, 2008, he was
ordained to the holy diaconate at St. Demetrios in Elmhurst, and on November 16,
2008, he was ordained to the holy priesthood at Holy Trinity in Chicago. Fr. Sotiri and
Presbytera Stefanie have two children, Maria and Nikolas Arsenios.

Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos

Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos was born in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in
Skokie, Illinois. She has been married since September, 1983, to Evan Theodoropoulos.
Dr. Theodoropoulos is the mother of three daughters: Annie (Anastasia), age 27; Elaine,
age 23; and Angela, age 18. She is a Greek Orthodox Christian and an active member of
Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Illinois.

Over the years, Dr. Theodoropoulos has been active in the Orthodox Church in various
ways. She has taught high school Church School classes at Sts. Peter and Paul for
over 10 years, and also led a young adult Bible Study for several years. Currently, Dr.
Theodoropoulos leads an adult Bible study group, and assists in an adult Church School
program on select Sundays. In addition, Dr. Theodoropoulos has lectured to Orthodox
and ecumenical religious groups on the local, Metropolis, and national levels, and
has presented papers at several conferences. She is a part-time faculty member in the
Theology Department at Loyola University in Chicago, and at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox
School of Theology, teaching courses in Orthodox Theology and Patristics.

Dr. Theodoropoulos has also served as an adjunct professor at Seabury-Western
Theological Seminary (Episcopal), and as a guest lecturer at various schools, including
Northwestern University, DePaul University, the Northside Chicago Theological
Institute, North Park Theological Seminary, and the Institute of Spiritual Companionship.
She has served on the editorial board of the St. Nina’s Quarterly, a publication devoted
to the exploration of the ministry and gifts of women and all persons in the Orthodox
Church. She is also a founding member, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the St.
Catherine Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, which aims to provide a forum in the
Chicagoland area for the study and research of Orthodox thought and practice.