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Rev. Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis, Proistamenos

Voice:  (847) 482-1200
Email:  frsotirios@ascensiongoc.com

On September 1, 2014, Father Sotirios Malamis began his tenure as Parish Priest (Proistamenos) of the Ascension of Our Lord Church. 

Fr. Sotirios Malamis was born in Elmhurst, IL on August 6, 1978, the eighth of nine children to Fr. Panagiotis & Presvytera Theodora Malamis. After graduating York High School in 1997, Fr. Sotirios attended DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During his four years at DePaul, Fr. Sotirios was the OCF President of DePaul University. 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 Presvytera Stefanie (nee Lialios) on July 8, 2007. On March 2, 2008, he was ordained to the holy diaconate at St. Demetrios in Elmhurst, IL and on November 16, 2008, he was ordained to the holy priesthood at Holy Trinity in Chicago. Fr. Sotirios’ first assignment was at Holy Trinity in Chicago where he served for six years. He also served as the Spiritual Advisor at the Hellenic American Academy from the time of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood until 2013.  Since 2013 and until his assignment as Pastor of Ascension, Father was the Associate Pastor at the Saint John the Baptist Church in Des Plaines, IL.  Concurrently, he has been teaching Byzantine music to area students for several years and recently expanded the program online nationwide.  Fr. Sotiri and Presvytera Stefanie have three children, Maria, Nikolas and Aimilianos.

The Ascension of Our Lord Parish lovingly welcomed Fr. Sotiri, Presvytera Stefanie and their family in September, 2014; and, we continue to pray that our Almighty God will bless them and our entire parish.  AXIOS!

Father Sotiri introduces his wife, Presvytera Stefanie, and their children,
Maria and Nikolas to the Ascension Parish 
after he celebrated his first Divine
Liturgy on Septemer 7, 2014, as Proistamenos of Ascension.

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