Parish Clergy

Rev. Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis, Proistamenos

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

Rev. Fr. Sotirios P. 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 in 2014, 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 also expanded theprogram online nationwide. 

Since September 1, 2014, Fr. Sotirios has been the Proistamenos at the Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire, IL. In that capacity, he has provided leadership and spiritual guidance during a $9 million, 21-month construction project, which culminated in the opening of a new new church and community center on June 5, 2019.  In September 2019, Fr. Sotiri was nominated and elected by the Metropolis of Chicago Clergy Syndesmos to serve as its representative on the Archdiocesan Council. Father was also elected by the Clergy Laity to serve on the Metropolis Council. 

Fr. Sotiri and Presvytera Stefanie have three children, Maria, Nikolas and Aimilianos.  (Photo to right taken December 2019)


Justin Glavanovits, Pastoral Assistant

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On August 1, 2019, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago, Justin Glavanovits was appointed as Ascension's Pastoral Assistant.  In that capacity, Justin works closely with Fr. Sotirios Malamis to further the work of Ascension’s ministries, with a special emphasis on the Parish’s Youth Groups. 

Justin graduated in May 2019 from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, with a Master of Divinity. He is currently a member of the Leadership Team in the Fanari Camp Ministry at the Metropolis of Chicago, where he recently served as Program Coordinator. During his seminary days, Justin gained a wealth of experience as a youth counselor and staff member at Ionian Village and the Metropolis of Boston Camp. He received his BA in Political Science/Pre-Law in May of 2015 from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL. Growing up at Holy Apostles in Westchester, Justin served as a devout altar boy and was an active member of the parish’s youth programs.