On Sunday, the 24th of July, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, made a pastoral visitation, on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, to St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, Dubuque, Iowa, in honor of their patronal feast. Serving with His Grace were the parish's past interim pastor, Fr. Constantine Balomenos, and Fr. George Pyle, it's new proistamenos. The celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, a manifestation of the Kingdom of God and the mysterial presence of Christ, was uplifting and joyful for all those present.
The anticipated enthusiasm of the Bishop's visit was evidenced by the parish council president, Mr. Nickas Yianyias, who invited several friends to the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy including the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dubuque, His Excellency, Archbishop Jerome Hanus. After observing the Divine Liturgy, the Archbishop commented that he was "ecstatic to be able to observe the Orthodox Christian service," and that he "thoroughly enjoyed the divine liturgy." His Grace presented the Archbishop with a framed ‘commerative stamp’ issued by the Vatican in honor of the visit in Constantinople of the Pope Benedict and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. His Grace was joined by the Archbishop and members of the congregation in fellowship hall for a feastday luncheon following divine services.